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On November 18 1978 events in an isolated village in South America gave the world a sudden shock Galanter 119 On this date 913 followers of Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple committed a mass suicide in Northern Guyana at a site called Jonestown The casualties included almost the entire membership of the Peoples Temple Based upon this my opinion is that the Peoples Temple was full of problems from beginning to end The chaos began with a man named Jim Jones continued with the organization of Peoples Temple and ended with the events on November 18 1978 James Warren Jim Jones Born on May 13 1931 near Lynn Indianapolis Jim Jones became known as one of the most destructive charismatic cult leaders of this century Jones held bachelor degrees from Indiana University and Butler University and belonged to a mainline Christian denomination ordained in the Christian ChurchDisciples of Christ According to Professor JM Weightsman author of Making Sense of the Jonestown Suicides He preached a social gospel of human freedom equality and love which required helping the least and the lowliest of societys members Later on however this gospel became explicitly socialistic or communistic in Jones own view and the hypocrisy of white christianity was ridiculed while apostolic socialism was preached Weightsman 24 Jones was a very ill man with a mental illness aggravated by his abuse of prescription drugs which in turn made him increasingly paranoid Dr Carlton Goodlett Jones physician in San Francisco said that Jones was frying his brain with drugs and that he had noticed that the refrigerator in Jones cabin was well stocked with drugs Maaga 91 According to Marc Galanter Professor of Law and South Asian Studies at the University of Chicago states that this is why Jones claimed to be the reincarnation of Jesus as well as Ikhnaton Buddha Lenin and Father Divine Jones also decided to start staging rehearsals of his eventual
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