Cults. Brandon Cotner and HarleyAnn Heitzman. Objectives. To inform the class about cults and how they function. To provide examples of cults. To show the class other examples of religion. . Cults.
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Brandon Cotner and HarleyAnnHeitzman
To inform the class about cults and how they function.
To provide examples of cults.
To show the class other examples of religion.
Faith Group: Church of God, Family of Love, The Family
Assembled a doomsday cult
More than 100 individuals
30 miles outside of Northwest Los Angeles at Spahn Ranch
Charles claimed to be a reincarnation of Jesus Christ
Concerned about environment and pollution (hippie)
Convicted of several murders
Some murders were believed to be because of not believing in his music career
All murders were gruesome and stabbed multiple times
Highly hostile to society
Rejected by music industry
Entertained by death
Clear blame from friend, Bobby Beausoleil by committing a copycat murder
Sentenced to death penalty and CA revoked the death penalty
Life in prison
Created as a mission for inter-racial, sick, homeless, jobless people.
Gathered over 3,000 people total
Second largest civilian loss, not occurring because of natural disaster besides September 11th
More than 900 people died
Originally in Indiana, moved to California
Rumors that Jonestown was being run as a concentration camp and people were being held against their will
Congressman Leo Ryan went to investigate and see for himself what was happening
After the visit, 16 members wanted to leave the cult, but this angered Jim Jones and the others.
While waiting to leave, a few armed members opened fire and killed the congress man and a few members of the press
Because of this, the group decided to commit a group suicide by drinking cyanide mixed with Kool-Aide
6 It is absolutely forbidden to question Ratzon on his whereabouts or intention.Fine: 400 shekels
7 It is permissible to ask to accompany him; but refusal is to be accepted without appeal.Fine: 300 shekels
8 No woman shall interrupt Ratzon or intervene in matters not concerning her.Fine: 500 shekels
9 All orders are to be obeyed immediately.Fine: 300 shekels
10 No woman shall work while a man of over 12 years of age is in the house.Fine 3,000 shekels
Hay, Jeff. World Religions (Greenhaven Encyclopedia). New York: Greenhaven, 2006. Print.
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