STATEMENT OF PATRICIA RYAN August 19, 1985 WHILE I AM NOT AN EXPERT ON +quot;CULTS,+quot;

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STATEMENT OF PATRICIA RYAN August 19, 1985 WHILE I AM NOT AN EXPERT ON "CULTS," I AM AND HAVE BEEN A FIRST- HAND WITNESS TO THEIR EFFECTS. MY FATHER, CONGRESSMAN LEO RYAN, WAS MURDERED WHEN HE DARED TO CHALLENGE AND CONFRONT JIM JONES' REIGN OF TOTALITARIAN MIND CONTROL. MY SISTER SHANNON IS CURRENTLY INVOLVED IN THE RAJNEESHEE "CULT" WHERE, SIMILAR TO JONESTOWN, A SENSE OF SELF IS INTENTIONALLY SUBVERTED AND DISSOLVED, AND EVERYTHING ONE DOES OR SAYS IS AT THE WHIM AND CONTROL OF A SINGLE MASTER -- A SELF-PROCLAIMED MESSIAH. "CULTS" PREY ON THE WEAK AND VULNERABLE, AND PROVIDE EASY FORMULA ANSWERS TO THOSE WHO MAY HAVE DIFFICULTY FINDING MEANING IN THEIR LIVES. THROUGH THEIR VARIOUS MIND-CONTROL METHODS, THEY INTENTIONALLY WEAKEN FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS. THEY WEAKEN THE INTEGRITY AND AUTONOMY OF THE INDIVIDUAL. THEY WEAKEN RESISTANCE TO OUTSIDE INFLUENCES, AND THEY CREATE IN THE INDIVIDUAL A STATE OF DEEP DEPENDENCY--OPENING THE DOOR TO INDOCTRINATION. MANY OF THESE ORGANIZATIONS CLAIM TO BE RELIGIOUS SECTS LARGELY FOR THE RESPECTABILITY AND LEGAL AND FINANCIAL PROTECTION AND BENEFITS AFFORDED TO RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS. AS A RESULT THE LARGER "CULTS," OF WHICH THE UNIFICATION CHURCH IS A PRIME EXAMPLE, ARE ABLE TO EMPLOY AN IMPRESSIVE ARRAY OF LAWYERS, BUSINESS ADVISORS, EXPENSIVE PUBLIC RELATIONS FLACKS, SPIES, AND STRONG- ARM GUARDS TO INTIMIDATE ANYONE WHO THREATENS THEIR MISSION. THE PRACTICES OF THE UNIFICATION CHURCH, THE PEOPLE'S TEMPLE, THE RAJNEESHEES, AND MANY OTHERS ARE SIMPLY VARIATIONS ON A VERY OLD THEME. THOUGH DIFFERENT IN METHOD AND INTENSITY, THE RESULT IS TO CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH SELF-EXPRESSION AND DISSENT ARE BOTH IMPOSSIBLE AND DANGEROUS. IN THESE "CULTS," AS IN NAZI GERMANY, SAFETY AND SECURITY RESTS IN TOTAL CONFORMITY. THE INDIVIDUAL DISAPPEARS AND IS REPLACED BY A DESIRE ON THE PART OF THE "CULT" MEMBER TO BE ALL, GIVE ALL, AND DO ALL FOR THE "CULT'S" SINGLE LEADER--BE HE MASTER, GURU, MESSIAH OR DICTATOR. IF YOU LOOK BACK AND REMEMBER THE EARLY DAYS OF JIM JONES WHEN HE WAS PUTTING HIS CHURCH TOGETHER, HE WENT TO GREAT LENGTHS TO CONVINCE AND COURT LOCAL RELIGIOUS LEADERS, POLITICIANS, AND THE PUBLIC, THROUGH THE MEDIA, THAT HE WAS, INDEED, LEGITIMATE. AS WE NOW KNOW, THIS "LEGITIMATE" MESSIAH CAUSED [sic] THE DEATHS OF 913 PEOPLE. AS REVEREND MOON YET ANOTHER "LEGITIMATE" MESSIAH IS LET LOOSE ON AMERICAN SOCIETY TOMORROW, WE SHOULD RECALL THE WORDS POSTED OVER THE THRONE OF JIM JONES: "THOSE WHO DO NOT REMEMBER THE PAST ARE CONDEMNED TO REPEAT IT."

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