Cults Of The People 's Temple

1476 Words Oct 1st, 2015 6 Pages
Since from the beginning and as far as the eye can see, cults have been and will continue to be part of human life. These small religious groups can happen anywhere and have been the cause of much debate and interest. For humans have an innate need to know why things are the way they are. Cults for one have done some rather unmoral things that lead the people to ask, "Why did they do it?" The People 's Temple, Aum Shinrikyo, and Ku Klux Klan are extraordinary examples of wicked cults that begged the question "Why?" When people think of crazed cults The People 's Temple quickly comes to mind because it truly fits the definition of a cult "a small group of very devoted supporters or fans" (Merriam-Webster). The members of The People 's Temple worshipped Jim Jones their leader even though he was a abusive, manipulative, and murderous man. Jones would put on this facade and he would hide behind dark sunglasses that covered up who he truly was. At first Jim seemed like a relatively likable man. After all he offered the soon-to-be members homes, jobs, and a purpose in life (American Experience). He set up a programs that helped the poor for example he provided drug rehab to the druggies, meals free of charge to the hungry, and medical assistance to the sick. This outwardly God sent group got it 's roots in Indianapolis in the mid-1950 's and moved to Mendocino County in California ten or so years later (History). A few years later it moved to San Francisco. Everything though…
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