Jim Jones

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The other night I watched the new documentary on Jim Jones and the Guyana Massacre. This piqued my interest to learn more. Must say that when the event actually occurred back in 1978, I was living in Boston and having a good time and thus paid little attention to it. My impression back then was pretty much my impression now; rather, was my impression until I started digging deeper.

I have never been one to accept the standard version of anything. I have learned in my overly long life that when a major event occurs, many forces (our Marxist federal government, the sinister Jewish media, etc.) are brought to bear to shape something to their liking. In a word, I had formerly thought of Jim Jones (above) as just another cultish-type leader whose megalomania and power over his followers drove nearly a thousand of them to commit suicide. Bad as that already is, it is only a tithe of the story.

I have listened to some of the tapes and read the transcripts of the People’s Temple gatherings while in Jonestown, Guyana. And I am horrified. There is a bloodthirsty paranoia that colors everything. On one tape, we hear the congregation come forward one at a time and describe in graphic detail what they would like to do to their parents and former friends back in the “vomit” called America; the objects of their hatred are the people who either fled Jonestown and the cult or who were trying to get their loved ones out. With Jim Jones sitting on his throne (a lawn chair) and encouraging the throng, even little children come forward and talk about hanging relatives “by their balls” and roasting them alive. They speak not just of vengeance and death to those who oppose them, but sadistic torture. The Reverend Jones just giggles. And such vile language. I won’t repeat what is on the tapes here, but there was no thought or word too graphic. In “fairness” to this zoo, Jonestown had long since ceased being even a nominal religious organization. With the sinister Reverend Jones ruling with an iron fist, vicious, paranoid Marxism was the guiding faith of all.

Despite the rhetoric about universal brotherhood and the equality of man, hatred for whites among the black members and Jones himself is shockingly clear in the “Death Tape” (below).  This race hate seemingly exploded only an hour before the mass suicide when Jones himself noted to the assemblage that of the twenty or so cultists who chose that day to leave jonestown and return to the US with Congressman Leo Ryan, all were white.

The sad fact is: Left to their own, I think virtually everyone would have fled Jonestown. But such was his power, magnetism and paralyzing menace, that Jones turned this jungle clearing into his private Communist concentration camp.  Mind manipulation . . . Brainwashing . . . Slavery . . . Hatred . . .  Evil . . .  Jonestown had it all, and plenty more. Fascinating subject.

Jonestown website:  http://jonu/estown.sdsu.ed

Death Tape: http://jonestown.sdsu.edu/?page_id=29084