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I find it unfortunate, even distasteful, to equate the Peoples Temple’s Jim Jones with the Reverend Dr. Sun Myung Moon, as Mark Jenkins does in his review of Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple (“Splice of Life,” 6/9). Jenkins says Jones “extolled socialism and warned that the United States was moving toward fascism, yet his tactics—including sleep deprivation and the sexual initiation of young recruits—were similar to those attributed to the right-wing Rev. Sun Myung Moon.”
While it is true that I’ve often not had enough sleep, the reasons have been many, and I would say that in my 40-year association with Rev. Moon’s endeavors I have never suffered from gratuitous sleep deprivation, nor as a “young recruit” (is 25 young enough?) experienced “sexual initiation.”
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