Interesting That CNN Would Put This Out Now

Posted: November 13, 2008 in Politics, Remember

Jim Jones’ followers enthralled by his skills as a speaker
By David M. Matthews

With the cadence and fervor of a Baptist preacher, the charm and folksiness of a country storyteller and the zeal and fury of a maniacal dictator, Jones exhorted his followers to a fever pitch, audiotapes recovered from Jonestown reveal.

As he spoke, they applauded, shouted, cheered. One follower who survived the “revolutionary suicide” at Jonestown on November 18, 1978, said that Jones was the most dynamic speaker he had ever heard.

Like all powerful speakers, Jones’ greatest asset was his ability to determine what listeners wanted to hear and give it to them in simple language that appealed to them on an almost instinctual level.

Now Check this out.

“He could quote scripture and turn around and preach socialism,” she said. “He appealed to anyone on any level at any time.”

Jim Jones was not the first or certainly not the last preacher that blended socialism with scriptures. In fact, the only thing separating Jim Jones with numbers of preachers out there who preach this social gospel where Jesus is portrayed as Gandhi-type figure is a vat of Kool-aide flavored cyanide.

More from the article~

He also indoctrinated many young, idealistic liberal white people in progressive 1970s California with the themes of socialism, equality and political activism. And he justified his brand of socialism with the Bible for those recruited from more conservative religious factions, who might have found such left-wing ideas tough to swallow.

“The only ethic by which we can lift mankind today is some form of socialism,” he said in another 1972 sermon. “There’s a smattering of it in the, in the New Testament. It’s very evidently clear on the day of Pentecost that they that believed were together and had all things common.”

Socialism, he said, is “older than the Bible by far.” (more…)

The only problem I have with what I bolded above is that it was actually mostly Blacks who drank the Kool-Aide.

  1. “The only problem I have with what I bolded above is that it was actually mostly Blacks who actually drank the Kool-Aide.


    Hey Duane, I know you didn’t mean it to sound this way but I’m thinking you’d still have a problem with it if it was mostly whites; right? 🙂

  2. S. Cain says:

    I think I got the big picture on that now. Thanks for the head’s up, Duane.

    If you can do that to a small part of people, imagine if the whole of the Guyana were to go under, or maybe a swarth of an African nation, or a block of the hood…I mean, this is really bad. I’m not supposed to trust the CIA, and this is one more reason why. I want a new FBI, CIA, NSA, DNI, DSA…because, really, it’s like umpteen (more than ten) intelligence agencies in our country alone. I find myself thinking there’s always 5 people in a room looking at astonishing information.

  3. Duane says:

    I’m thinking you’d still have a problem with it if it was mostly whites; right?

    You’re right.

    I just mentioned that fact because the CNN piece made it seem as if “liberal Whites” were the only ones that got caught up with Jim Jones.

  4. Carol says:

    For anyone who’s interested, the best book ever written about Jonestown has been re-released:

    I’ve read several, as pathological narcissists fascinate me, and this is definitely a must-read. And the recent re-release might explain why on earth CNN would dig that SOB up after all this time.

  5. I didn’t read that very carefully the first time.

  6. andycanuck says:

    Jones also had alot of lib-left white and black politicians as buddies. I wonder if CNN highlighted them too?

  7. Revnant Dream says:

    Another small a Anti-Christ. Usefull though in knowing what the real one, methods will be. A Man of Peace. Only this one will force most of the human race to drink the poisened chalice.

  8. andycanuck says:

    I just saw this today at News Busters:

  9. carolo says:

    How was Jim Jones much different than some of the radical preachers were have in our religions today who tell people what they can and can not do, what they should believe and even who they should vote for?

    I think they’re all nuts and controlling.

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