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Heaven's Gate 6

Author: Pagan Communities
Posted: November 16th. 2002
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Heaven's Gate: Comments

I honor you, people of Heaven's Gate
by Lora Lumara Lee

People are still reeling in shock from the Heaven's Gate suicides and the media are portraying it as a tragedy by yet another "cult" in the manner of Jonestown and Waco, but is it really the terrible tragedy it may appear? I say no. The deaths at Jonestown and Waco involved terror and violence, while the Heaven's Gate suicides were peaceful and voluntary. I believe that they joyfully and in full control of their faculties chose to exit this planet in a sensational way in order to shock the sleeping members of humankind and to wake them up.

Until the mass suicides, most people had never heard of Heaven's Gate and had never been exposed to the ideas portrayed on their beautiful web site. Since then, the web site has had so much cyber-traffic that servers shut down temporarily because they couldn't handle the flow. Mirror sites sprang up overnight to bring the Heaven's Gate teachings to all who want to read them, and hopefully, some minds have been opened.

In a society that worships life at any cost and tries to keep people alive using unnatural, frequently unwanted technological intervention, the suicides of seemingly healthy people caused a shock wave that is still rippling throughout the planet. The suicides of the Heaven's Gate group caused a rip in the fabric of humanity's mass consciousness which created a hole or gateway in the density surrounding this planet in order to allow new energies to enter. These suicides are NOT the tragedy they appear.

These people came to do a mission, and completed it brilliantly. Most of us would not choose such a mission, but we each have our own mission and path to follow, and perhaps as a result of the Heaven's Gate suicides, people who have been floundering will find their way and be guided to fulfill their own unique roles in the Divine Plan.

I honor you, people of Heaven's Gate, and I wish you well on your journey through the stars.

Lora Lumara Lee
Email: lumara@earthlink.net



Heaven's Gate ... Tragedy or Transformation?
by Roland WordStone

This is, without a doubt, going to be a very controversial issue for avery long time. Perhaps that's because of America's fear of cults, theunknown, and the old taboo concerning suicide.

But, this article isn't about what the public feels, or says, or even whatthey want everyone else to say. This is what I personally feel about theissue ... no colors, artificial flavorings, or preservatives added.

First, here are all the things that I perceive as being unfortunateregarding this occurrence:

1) The families who do not accept the beliefs of Heaven's Gate aredoubtlessly grieving awfully. But I understand that this is a minority: mostof the families are very understanding. Perhaps this is anemotional/psychological defense mechanism to keep them from feeling as badlyas perhaps they ordinarily would.

2) If the groups' beliefs are false, and their expectations of what comesnext are not being fulfilled in some astral wonderland, then they wasted agreat deal of potential for nothing. A person is an awful thing to waste.

3) Perhaps this fate was not of their own free will. They may have beenbrain-washed by their leader. The man really can't be thought of as tooterribly stable: he did spend a large amount of time in a mentalinstitution, after all.

4) The media is going absolutely crazy! Everyone is now subject to slander, even the most benign minority religious group.

However, it becomes necessary to question the basic beliefs of this groupand determine whether they, themselves, are benign or malignant. I'm notgoing to spend time doing that here, for that's not the puspose of thisarticle. But it is commonly known that, besides their mass suicide(ascension?), they were a group of harmless eccentrics.

Yet, does the human populace have the right to keep a group of people fromfulfilling their spiritual needs, even though they may be extreme? Theanswer, in my opinion, is a very firm "no." These are free people, and tokeep them from doing this is a very unjust violation of basic human rights.

Because, really, how far can it be taken? One step at a time, and beforewe know it, our rights may be stripped away until we live in a society ofslavery and persecution. Grown adults have the right to make their ownchoices. Perhaps when they're going to kill themselves out of depression ordespair, they should be kept from the act and helped to get their life backin order, but for a grand goal such as this? It is a perfectly noble thingto do! Few people have such dedication to their path.

Where will the misunderstandings stop? When will people get their nosesout of other peoples' business? Will we ever truly be free from ourselves?

Only time will tell.

And then it may be too late.

Roland WordStone
Email: becsmith@ix.netcom.com



Another Post to Good Morning America
by Jennifer

I am concerned about a matter brought to the attention of the pagan community. Apparently a piece was aired on the accessibility of cults on the internet, a topic of great interest to the nation, to be sure, especially in light of the recent events in Southern California. The objection to the piece aired stems from the linkage of the term "pagan" to the existence of such cults.

I did not see the piece, so can only base my argument on the information I received. However, I feel that, as a news organization with major impact, the quality of your news stories should reflect the impact that you have.Misinformation does not reflect this.

It was irresponsible of your program, your producers and your reporter to allow that piece to air without speaking with representatives of the pagan community first. Had you done so, you would have learned that there is no connection between paganism, and the sort of activity occuring in places like

San Diego.

We struggle enough on a daily basis with religious persecution; the harm that you have caused us cannot be measured. I hope that, in future, you will be aware of all the angles of your story, before you present them. As it is, you have lost credibility as an accurate source of information. I will notwatch Good Morning America anymore.

Jennifer Mays




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