March 2016 Newsletter

Discussion Topic for This Month: God, Save Us From Your Followers!
Presented by Henry Aguirre.

Henry asks, “What do the following, mostly violent, events have in common: 1914 Jehovah’s Witness Last Days, 1978 Jonestown Massacre, 1984 Rajneeshee Bioterror Attack, 1993 Waco Siege, 1995 Tokyo Subway Sarin Attack, 2001 World Trade Center Attack, 2016 Malheur/Bundy Standoff.

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Answer: In each case, the antagonists claimed to receive orders directly from God.

We’ll examine the question: Are personality cults ever not divinely-inspired?

We’ll also examine the human propensity to join and devoutly follow charismatic leaders, as well as what drives some of us to be so controlling.

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