Heaven’s Gate

Marshall Applewhite believed himself to be directly related to Jesus. He and his cult members were convinced that the Earth was about to be recycled, and that the only way to survive was to leave it immediately. You can find recordings of their nutty psychobabble saved on YouTube.

Applewhite claimed that a space craft was trailing comet Hale-Bopp. In late March of 1997, he urged his followers to commit suicide so that their souls could board the craft. They were truly brainwashed into believing they had to leave Earth as quickly as possible.

Including Applewhite’s, 39 deaths were counted, poisoned by cyanide and arsenic.

Cult and religious power must be restricted or eliminated.