Sunday, February 20, 2011

Catholic Church Being Built in Capital of Guyana; On Site of Church Used by Cult Leader Jim Jones

Officials in the South American nation of Guyana are building a colonial church -- replacing the one destroyed by fire six years ago -- on the same site that had served as a base for US cult leader Jim Jones in the mid-1970s, according to the Worldwide Religious News website.

Construction of the new Sacred Heart Church in Georgetown -- the capital of Guyana -- began on February 18, 2011, church spokesman Ramsal Alli said.

The $450,000 church will be built in concrete -- the previous one was wooden -- and is designed to hold 500 parishioners.

On November 18, 1978, Jones led more than 900 cult members -- mostly Americans -- into a jungle clearing, where they drank cyanide-laced grape-flavored punch, while others were shot by guards loyal to Jones.


  1. This feels very strange.

    That tragedy is such a mystery. Were the people who committed suicide victims of a grand delusion or were they martyrs?

    How will they be judged by God? since we cannot judge them.

    I suppose in antiquity the Church used to build Christian places of worship on the site of old pagan temples. I suppose this is no different.

  2. Romanos, I can remember when Jim Jones and his hundreds of cult members drank the cyanide-laced punch in 1978. They drank it willingly, knowing they were going to die. I believe that dying this way was part of the accepted "philosophy" for members of this cult.