Jim Jones: anti-racist
The horrific thing is Jim Jones was a member of a so-called “Mainline” Protestant denomination. Jim Jones was a known sex pervert, who attacked children of both sexes, but the leadership of the denomination kept quiet because Jim Jones was politically correct, anti-“racist,” and was donating so much many to “Disciples of Christ,” the “Peoples Temple” contributed more money to the denomination than any other single congregation.
Jim Jones Jr. adopted Black son of tells us his father was good guy because he hated “racism”...
My Name is Jim Jones
Twenty-five years after the cult leader who presided from this the adopted son who carries his name is alive and well and chair ordered the largest murder-suicide in modern history, has his own remarkable story to tell.
Jim says he had “a great childhood”—a deceptively simple phrase laden with positive thoughts, gratitude, and a preference not to dwell on his father’s flaws. “I worked hard to be number one,” he says. “I don’t think my father loved me more than the others. I think I brought him more joy because I was always grateful for everything he did.” What he remembers is tree houses, swimming pools, playing basketball with his brothers. He didn’t even mind the long weekend bus trips into San Francisco, where his father preached at a temple on Geary Boulevard. He would do his homework on the bus, and one year, he says proudly, even with all that traveling, he never missed a day of school.
The popular mind conflates Jonestown with its apocalyptic end. Jim equates it with Peoples Temple and its shining dream of racial harmony and mutual care: “I still believe in what Jonestown was trying to do.” And in his way, he’s still crusading for social change—not by creating a new world in a faraway land, but by staying in the Bay Area with Erin, as an interracial couple raising their kids in a diverse environment. “You open yourself to other people,” he says, “and you pray and you hope that we live an example that is infectious or that creates energy to change other people.”
“He claimed to be an incarnation of Jesus, Akhenaten, Buddha, Lenin, and Father Divine…”
Jim Jones was a cynical unbeliever who used religion as an engine of the implementation of his social ideals, in a sort of left-wing Straussian way. I think that many representatives of “Religious Liberal-Left” had and have a similar mentality, they only do not loose their self-control like Jones did. So do not let any “New Atheist” to bring up Jonestown as an example of evils of Christianity/religion! The expose below was written right after the Jonestown massacre in late 1978.
JONES: CHRISTIAN OR COMMUNIST?
People all over the world are horrified and puzzled by the Jonestown, Guyana atrocity. Questions are being asked: Who was the Rev. Jim Jones? What kind of religion did he teach? Why did he order the murder and suicide of over 900 of his followers? The answers provided by most of our media during the week following the news of the murder of Congressman Leo Ryan and four others in his group at the Kaituma airstrip have been confused, inaccurate and misleading. Our media have concealed, misrepresented, or downplayed the key element in the philosophy of Jim Jones. He was a long-time dedicated Marxist communist who admired totalitarian communist dictatorships such as the Soviet Union and Cuba so much that he built one of his own in Guyana. It was tiny, with fewer than 1,000 inhabitants, but it had many striking resemblances to the dictatorships it was modeled after. The inhabitants were not free to leave Jonestown. Those who tried to escape were severely punished. Family members were kept in Jonestown as hostages to enable the dictator to exert control over those who were on the outside. The inhabitants were cut off from free communication with the outside world. The news they got was filtered through the dictator. They were subjected to the constant blare of exhortations and instructions by loudspeaker, one of the techniques of the Chinese communists. They were forced to attend lengthy meetings, listening to the political harrangues of Jones, after having worked ten to twelve hours in the fields. This is another technique of the Chinese communists. They were trained in what to say to visitors and were as adept as the Chinese, and Soviets in pulling on a good show and concealing the harsh reality. They were not permitted to own any substantial personal property, making them totally dependent on the dictator for their subsistence and survival. They were in mortal fear of the dictator’s armed guards and “hit squads,” which they believed would track them down and murder them if they should leave. They were punished if they complained about food or living conditions, and they were afraid to express dissatisfaction even privately. There was no religious observance in the community, apart from the obeisance to the all-powerful dictator, Jones. The workers were poorly fed, poorly housed and overworked, while the dictator lived in luxury. The settlement could not deliver the standard of living promised to the inhabitants, and it relied heavily on external contributions.
The evidence that Jim Jones was a Marxist communist does not derive solely from the fact that he established a communist settlement in the Marxist state of Guyana. Jones made no bones about the fact that he was a Marxist. His wife, Marceline, in an interview given to the New York Times in 1977, said that when Jones was 18 years old, his idol was Mao Tse-tung. She said his goal was social change through Marxism. The Chicago Tribune on November 22, quoted a former follower of Jones, Mrs. Wanda Johnson, as saying: “He told us on many occasions he was the reincarnation of Lenin. He told us this time he would be successful in installing a socialist state in America.” She also said that on several occasions Jones spoke of killing then President Nixon or kidnapping the children of any public figure if he felt it would bring about a socialist form of government in the United States
On November 17, 1978, Jim Jones was a hero to American leftists. On November 18, 1978, Jones orchestrated the killings of 918 people and strangely morphed in the eyes of American leftists into an evangelical Christian fanatic. An unfortunately well-worn narrative, playing out contemporaneously in Pol Pot’s Cambodia, of socialist dreams ending in ghoulish nightmares, then, conveniently shifted to one about the dangers of organized religion. But as The Nation magazine reported at the time, “The temple was as much a left-wing political crusade as a church. In the course of the 1970s, its social program grew steadily more disaffiliated from what Jim Jones came to regard as ‘Fascist America’ and drifted rapidly toward outspoken Communist sympathies.” So much so that the last will and testament of the Peoples Temple, and its individual members who left notes, bequeathed millions of dollars in assets to the Soviet Union. As Jones expressed to a Soviet diplomat upon upon his visit to Jonestown the month before the smiling suicides took place, “For many years, we have let our sympathies be quite publicly known, that the United States government was not our mother, but that the Soviet Union was our spiritual motherland.”
Jim Jones was an evangelical communist who became a minister to infiltrate the church with the gospel according to Marx and Lenin. He was an atheist missionary bringing his message of socialist redemption to the Christian heathen. “I decided, how can I demonstrate my Marxism?,” remembered Jones of his days in 1950s Indiana. “The thought was, infiltrate the church.”
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