Saturday, August 22, 2009

Process of Elimination

If you're in the LA/SoCal area, you might want to check this out- an event put on by Feral House promoting their book and the upcoming documentary on the notorious Process Church. Being nowhere near LA, I'll have to miss it, but will definitely be checking out both the book and the film.
In celebration of the book "Love Sex Fear Death: The Inside Story of The Process Church of the Final Judgment," Feral House, Process Media, and Sound At One Records present A Sabbath Assembly Ritual ...a preview will be shown of William Morrison's documentary feature about The Process, after which Adam Parfrey will interview Mr. Wyllie, who will also respond to questions from the audience.

Services begin at 6 pm on Sunday August 23, 2009, at the Silent Movie Theater, 611 N. Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles [323] 655-2510.
For my part, I still believe that a lot of these 60s/70s cults were actually intelligence operations in which control techniques were developed to be later introduced in the Fundamentalist and megachurch movements. Matt Taibbi's expose on John Hagee in Rolling Stone chillingly details how cult techniques are being used today.

And certainly the paranoid, apocalyptic mindset of cult leaders like the Robert DeGrimston and Jim Jones has inspired an entire growth industry, with well-funded radio networks, publishing houses and websites. Make no mistake- Fear is big business.

PS: Here's an interesting article refuting the The Process Church's links to the Manson Family.