In 1955 a charismatic preacher from Indianapolis, Indiana founded the People's Temple. Jim Jones led his followers to California and eventually to Jonestown, Guyana where on November 18, 1978 he led over 900 members into the largest mass murder-suicide ever.
I remember the horrifying news footage of the event. It was so hard to understand how one man could have that kind of influence over his followers. After 30 years, I still cannot fathom being so controlled by another human being.
Cults can do amazing things. Jim and Tammy Faye Baker led millions of people to part with their money to save their souls, and allow Jim and Tammy to live in luxury.
Jimmy Swaggert fell from his pulpit from his weakness with women, and
Ted Haggard stumbled with his weakness for muscle men
The 30th anniversary of Jonestown woke me up to remembering a few of the many who have fallen
I have always had a nagging feeling that religion can be hazzardous to your health.