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Leftist ‘Paradise’ Jonestown had ‘a Survival Rate Below that of Auschwitz’

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Posted on May 17 2010 3:30 pm
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Leftists were “for” liberation theology preacher/community organizer/serial killer Jim Jones before they were “against” him. After all (aside from all that embarrassing “believing in God” stuff), the San Francisco-based preacher was one of them. Why do you think Jones called his “church”/ripoff scheme “the People’s Temple”?

FrontPage Magazine favorite Daniel J. Flynn (A Conservative History of the American Left) reviews a new revisionist apologetic for Jones over at City Journal:

It would be tempting to dismiss Moore, who in addition to her latest apologia has authored such titles as A Sympathetic History of Jonestown and In Defense of Peoples Temple. But like the group whose reputation she seeks to resuscitate, Moore does not operate on the margins, however marginal her views. She chairs the department of religious studies at San Diego State. (…)

Jones’s seductive rhetoric attacking racism, capitalism, and homophobia (…) helped delude his supporters. (…)

Indeed, Jim Jones was a power player in Bay Area politics and thereby a player in national Democratic Party politics. Local politicians and activists benefited from the slave labor that he could provide on little notice to people political rallies and hand out campaign literature. In gratitude, Moscone appointed him chairman of San Francisco’s housing authority and Willie Brown likened Jones, a man who would eventually kill more African-Americans than any Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard, to Martin Luther King, Jr.

Read the whole thing.

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