Letters: Apr. 28, 1997

INSIDE THE CULT OF HEAVEN'S GATE

It is obvious that the 38 members of Heaven's Gate who committed suicide were sure their leader, Marshall Herff Applewhite, was the real thing [NATION, April 7]. He sounded good, offering hope for the future and requiring morality and kindness toward others. That is what is frightening about counterfeits--they look and sound like the real thing. We should all question whether our religious leaders have done anything to justify their claim to authority. JEFFREY M. KEY Fullerton, California

If one man has the power to persuade 38 followers to abandon their lives and families and...

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