Hello my lovelies. Your very wayward Queen is back since I actually have something to say. My in house psychic locked me in the tower of London and tried to make an escape. She is being dealt with accordingly. Not like Henry the VIII accordingly, but accordingly.
So lets get to it shall we. Raise your hands if you remember Jim Jones, the Jonestown Massacre, The Guyana Tragedy, or the peoples temple. I’m betting cuz I’m a betting kind of Queen that most of you raised your hands. This was waaaaay back in the day, but it isn’t something easily forgotten.
As a quick refresher, Jim Jones was a shyster/preacher/prophet with a huge god complex. He actually probably started out with good intentions although who the fuck knows since he was a complete sociopath by the time it was all over but just for brevities sake let’s go with that.
He was originally ordained as a Disciples of Christ pastor and believed that communism was the social order most in tune with gods law. Jones pretended to sympathize with the African American population in America even though his father and grandfather were both very high up in the KKK and indoctrinated Jones to its teachings from the time he could begin to comprehend. He stumbled upon faith healing at a seventh day Baptist Church and discovered the amount of money that faith healing could bring in. It was at that point that Mr. Jones suddenly was gifted with the power of healing the afflicted.
In the early 70’s Jones rejected the bible and denouncing a sky god that in his words was no god at all. Jones also began preaching that he was the reincarnation of Gandhi,Jesus, Buddha and Vladimir Lennon . Former Temple member Hue Fortson, Jr. quoted Jones as saying, “What you need to believe in is what you can see … If you see me as your friend, I’ll be your friend. As you see me as your father, I’ll be your father, for those of you that don’t have a father … If you see me as your savior, I’ll be your savior. If you see me as your God, I’ll be your God. (Wikipedia)
He said there was no heaven and if they wanted one they would have to make it down here. He teeter tottered between Agnostic and Atheist depending on his mood during different interviews. He didn’t believe in god any more than I believe in unicorns. That didn’t stop him however from fleecing his congregation out of most of all their life’s savings, not that it would matter the way things played out.
It was fear of the IRS and Government intervention that drove Jones to Guyana to start his peoples Temple. Forced labor, substandard food, gun wielding guards to make sure nobody tried to leave in he middle of the night. One person stating that if the guards didn’t get you the snakes would. Physical, emotional and sexual abuse was rampant as reported in an expose which is the main reason that Jones abruptly booked it for Guyana.
Jones declared that since he was the supreme being he had decided that all marriages were now null and void being based on lust and he would find mates more suitable for people. In reality Jones was grabbing everybody by the pussy and simply didn’t want to get called out on it. The non compliant ones were fed drugs to make them more amenable to the status quo. Jimmy’s door swung both ways although he told all that would listed that acts of homosexuality disgusted him and he only did it to connect the male members of the congregation with him spiritually. Since most of the men likely screamed things like OH MY GOD MAKE IT STOP I suppose it worked.
Jones was also a huuuuuuge drug addict and insane, although his insanity became completely off the hook fucking nuts right close to the end.
In November of 1978 Congressman Leo Ryan led a fact finding mission regarding the myriad of complaints he had received regarding human rights violations. Since Jim Jones had always been known for a really good show, at first glance the congressman honestly thought most of the allegations were unfounded. Two days later however a man by the name of Don Sly for reasons of his own attacked the congressman with a knife. At this point the congressman decided to peace the fuck out and invited anybody that wanted out to get on the bus. Well, tractor wagon. There were 15 temple members that decided to take that opportunity to get out of crazy land and went along.
One of the people who said they wanted to go home was a plant who was totally not named Steve Bannon or anything drew a weapon and opened fire on the people boarding the plane. The personal Jones body guards had already opened fire on the congressman and his people. Congressman Ryan, three reporters and one of the temple defectors were killed on the airfield. People who survived the initial attack were future Congresswoman Jackie Spiere, then a staff member for Ryan; Richard Dwyer, the from the U.S. Embassy at Georgetown; Bob Flick, a producer for NBC; Steve Sung, an NBC sound engineer; Tim Reiterman, a San Francisco Examiner reporter; Ron Javers, a San Francisco Chronicle reporter; Charles Krause, a reporter for the Washington Post; and several defecting Temple members( *Wikipedia)
Right after that, 909 people drank the Kool-Aid 304 of those children who didn’t have a choice as to whether or not they wanted to die. Anybody that said “I think I’d like to nope the fuck out of this really stupid idea” was summarily shot. Jones himself had someone shoot him because he didn’t have the balls to do it himself and his hands were too small to hold the cup of Kool-Aid.
So, let us recap. Jim Jones was a really big fish in a really small pond when he started his ministry in the States. His delusions of grandeur led him to believe that he could create a society where he was basically god and could do whatever he wanted to anybody at any time without fear of repercussion. He lied to his followers about what he was doing with their money, what he was doing with their spouses, what he was running away from, what they were getting themselves into, and how much he know about running his utopian society. His followers were basically mindless sheep that thought whatever he said had to be true and when it turned out it wasn’t he blamed it on outside forces like the news, or bad hombres, or non believers, or when his faith healing failed he blamed the person for losing their faith and thus sealing their own fate. He decided that he could do whatever he wanted to whoever he wanted because he was such hotshot that not only did they like it, they invited it. Once his house of cards began to crumble, instead of admitting defeat or that he may have been wrong he simply got his sheep to kill themselves so that nobody would ever know that all the shit he had shovelled had been nothing but that. A big stinking pile of shit. If he was orange (he wasn’t, at least not in any pictures I can find) I’d call him Donald. God knows he’s gotten enough people to drink the Kool-Aid.
Please discuss. Also note that information I gathered that I was not aware of has been cited because that is what you are supposed to do. Cite your sources. It’s kind of a thing you should do.
That’s it for tonight. RBMD peacing the fuck out.