My Heart Belongs To Dad

Kondracke, Morton
December 1978
New Republic;12/8/78, Vol. 179 Issue 24, p9
Describes the American public's compulsive search for any kind of explanation, whether cosmic, social, political, or psychological, for the mass suicide of cultists at Jonestown, Guyana led by Reverend Jim Jones. Massacre as a product of a peculiar lunacy or a reflection on all Americans; Distancing oneself from the event as a natural reaction to the horror; Jones' use of Christianity and Marxism as cloaks for his behavior though he understood and believed in neither; Making a collective scapegoat of other nontraditional cults.


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