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Kelley Krueger Reading Questions for When Religions become Evil, Chapter 3: “Blind Obedience” Due in class Oct. 15 – 40 participation points possible 1. What is a “sect”? Are they necessarily ‘bad’? A sect is an alternative religious organization with traditional beliefs and  practices. They are not necessarily bad.  Many religious movements start out as sects,  flourishing and fading over a period of years or centuries; some developing into major  religions that then give rise to new movements and sectarian groups. They become  “bad” when the practices start breaking free from the original ideas and something goes  horribly wrong; when it seeks to limit the intellectual freedom and individual integrity of  its followers.  2. Who is the Rev. Jim Jones? Compare his beginnings to his ending – any ideas what happened to him along the way? An influential Indianapolis preacher since the 1950s, he established the People's  Temple, which was affiliated with the Disciples of Christ and opposed racism and  poverty. The group moved to San Francisco in 1971. Accused of defrauding church  members, Jones led his group to Guyana in 1977 and set up the agricultural commune  of Jonestown, using threats and force to control his followers. In 1978 U.S.  Congressman Leo Ryan went to Jonestown to investigate allegations against Jones.  Ryan and four others were killed when they reached the airport to return to the U.S. In 
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