Right-Wing Christian Media & Political Connections to the Heaven’s Gate Cult

" ... The Heaven's Gate theology, for all intents and purposes, is Christian. In fact, it's so steeped in classic neo-Platonist theological motifs that it's almost Gnostic. Just because Heaven's Gate substituted a flying saucer for Jesus Christ doesn't mean that their beliefs were any different than those found in certain strands of American Protestantism ... "

Edited by Alex Constantine

... The suicides were more than just UFO cultists. They were also computer entrepreneurs. They ran Higher Source, a Web-design firm in Rancho Santa Fe. They designed Christian sites (Keep the Faith sells Christian music) ...

David Ronald Sams, Founder of KEEP THE FAITH and & TVFirst

David Ronald "Uncle" Sams
Candidate for Recall of Gray Davis; State of California

• Party: Republican
• Occupation: Businessman/Producer/Writer
• Nine (9) time Emmy Award Winning television producer, writer, director
• Launched OPRAH WINFREY Show nationally while at King World Productions, Inc.
• Produced various news magazines on TV; produced various public affairs programs that address vital issues facing the nation.
• Produced special investigative undercover report on teens getting into R-rated movies. White House used Sams' report to get photo ids into theaters.
• Chairman of Sams Industries, SamsDirect.com, TVFirst.com, 100% Productions, Inc.; President of Christian Network Holdings (CNI Holdings) Corporation
• Raised millions of dollars for charity

Top Priorities if Elected

• Protect and defend the rights of small business owners in California

• Stop Illegal immigrants from causing ECONOMIC TERRORISM against California's tax-paying citizens

• Generate new revenue without raising taxes (see plan at http://www.DavidSams.com)

Position Papers

Illegal Workers Are Creating "Economic Terrorism" Against Every Taxpayer in California - Just Say "NO" To Illegal Aliens at the DMV!!


69: David Ronald Sams (R), businessman/producer/writer, Agoura Hills

David Sams

As a TV producer David Sams has won nine Emmys. He accuses illegal immigrants of causing "ECONOMIC TERRORISM" in California and promises to make prayer "the centerpiece of his daily schedule."

This year California's UC and CSU campuses will begin turning away thousands of students due to no money for enrollment growth. How will you as governor continue to support funding for K-12 while at the same time
maintaining the possibility of the same kind of access to four-year higher education? (submitted by Rick Anderson, president of the CUSD Board of Trustees) Education must come first, at the expense of all other programs--period. We must plant the seeds of knowledge in the minds of our children in order to protect California's leadership in high-tech, bio-tech and
aero-tech. Everyone benefits from more education.

Those who receive a good education are simply more useful, more self-reliant citizens.

Sams Says: "They'll Be NO Gravy Train On My Watch!"

... Sams is considered a visionary and one of the world's greatest marketers. He has appeared on 60 MINUTES, NBC'S TODAY SHOW, DATELINE NBC, and WORLD NEWS TONIGHT. He has been featured in dozens of magazines and newspaper articles, including USA TODAY and TVGUIDE. Sams launched the OPRAH WINFREY show into national syndication in 1986 while head of marketing and creative affairs for KingWorld (see picture above). As a marketing archetect, he turned WHEEL OF FORTUNE and JEAOPARDY! into household names. Since 1987, he has owned and operated his own businesses, generated over $100,000,000 in sales via TV and the Internet. He has consulted many companies from CBS to Motown. As a TV Producer/Director/Writer, Sams has won 9 Emmys and many advertising awards. He has also helped to raise millions of dollars for charity. His Internet companies, including SamsDirect.com have been
incredibly successful. ...

I'm sick and tired of Governor Davis and his gang of spend-a-holics. All they want to do is spend, spend, spend and tax, tax, tax. Who died and made Grayout Davis king?

Grayout is the worst CEO in our state's history. He simply does not know the meaning of balancing a checkbook--other than his own! Of course, it's easy to balance your checkbook when millions of dollars pour in from special interest groups!

I've built my business from the ground up since 1987--generating over $100,000,000 in sales--balancing the checkbook and putting a lot of good folks to work along the way...

I vow to REDUCE WORKERS' COMPENSATION BENEFITS for state workers (just how many times do you really need to go to the chiropractor?)....

I vow to STUDY INCOME TAX ALTERNATIVES, including a FLAT TAX that is fair to all citizens--regardless of income level (It's incredible that our government taxes hard-working successful people higher than those who sit on the couch eating donuts and watching the Jerry Springer Show).



Charity Summary
Christian Benevolent Association of Greater Cincinnati
Donald Sams
Chief Executive Officer


DAN BURTON, Republican, of Indianapolis, IN; born in Indianapolis, June 21, 1938; graduated, Shortridge High School, 1956; Indiana University, 1956-57, Cincinnati Bible Seminary, 1958-60; served in the U.S. Army, 1957-58; U.S. Army Reserves, 1958-64; businessman, insurance and real estate firm owner since 1968; served, Indiana House of Representatives, 1967- 68 and 1977-80; Indiana State Senate, 1969-70 and 1981-82; president: Volunteers of America, Indiana CHRISTIAN BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION, Committee for Constitutional Government, and Family Support Center; member, Jaycees; 33rd Degree Mason, Scottish rite division; married the former Barbara Jean Logan, 1959; three children: Kelly, Danielle Lee, and Danny Lee II; elected on November 2, 1982, to the 98th Congress; reelected to each succeeding Congress.


Honorable Dan Burton - CNP 1988, 1996, 1998; member US House of Representatives (Indiana-6th); vice chairman, Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa. "...In the late 1980s and early 1990s [Dan] Burton and Republican Senator Jesse Helms worked with the International Freedom Foundation, a Washington-based organisation in part clandestinely funded by the South African military to prop up overseas support for apartheid. The goal of the anti-communist group was to gather intelligence on, and discredit, the then-banned African National Congress. Burton and Hatch voted against key 1986 legislation banning trade and investment with South Africa, even when most of their party moved across the floor to support it...It is the height of hypocrisy that Orrin Hatch or Dan Burton would be opposed to anyone breaking sanctions against South Africa," said Salih Booker, who was the Democratic professional staff member of the House foreign affairs subcommittee on Africa in the mid-1980s. He is now executive director of the Africa Policy Information Centre, a non-profit advocacy organisation in Washington. Dan Burton called the freedom movement of the ANC a 'terrorist' organisation and spent most of the time attacking their leadership, notably Nelson Mandela," Booker said, noting that Burton was the ranking Republican on the Africa subcommittee at the time. "He never had a word against the white supremacists who ruled; he never met with those fighting for freedom, unlike others on the committee, Republicans and Democrats alike...after many of his Republican peers decided to support US trade and investment sanctions against South Africa, Burton remained a stalwart against the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act of 1986. So did Hatch. That Bill "which became law by garnering a two-thirds majority to override president Ronald Reagan's veto " outlawed petroleum product exports and imports of South African coal, uranium, iron, steel, textiles, sugar and other agricultural products, and prohibited new investment in South Africa."

"The role of apartheid military intelligence in the International Freedom Foundation surfaced in 1995 when former South African spy Craig Williamson revealed that the former Pretoria regime spent up to $1,5-million a year until 1992 to underwrite "Operation Babushka", as the foundation was known." "A member of the foundation's international board of directors disclosed that at least half of the foundation's money came from projects undertaken on behalf of South Africa's military intelligence, New York's Newsday reported in 1995 after a three-month investigation. And Colonel John Rolt, a South African army representative, confirmed that "the International Freedom Foundation was a former South African Defence Force project".

"Burton, Helms and other foundation participants, such as former Republican presidential candidate Alan Keyes, denied knowledge of the South African funding link. But Burton was an active participant. In 1987, for example, when Senator Edward Kennedy chaired a study of children in apartheid prisons, the foundation retaliated by sponsoring an investigation into the ANC's treatment of children, The Observer of London reported..."

Replaying Jonestown
April 1997

Charlie Bertsch

" ... The Heaven's Gate theology, for all intents and purposes is Christian. In fact, it's so steeped in classic neo-Platonist theological motifs, that it's almost Gnostic. Just because Heaven's Gate substituted a flying saucer for Jesus Christ doesn't mean that their beliefs were any different than those found in certain strands of American Protestantism. In fact they were quite similar. Nevertheless, mainstream American Christians and therapists alike have for years drawn a distinction between cultism and religion in order to deflect criticism from the ethical consequences of certain types of Protestant worldviews, particularly those millennial ones which reject the world out of disgust with its corruption, its lack of meaning and its emptiness in favor of the afterlife. Like the members of the Heaven's Gate cult, Christians who hold these millennial views see death and the second coming as a means to annihilate the fallen world which traps all of us.

"We have to learn to come to terms with the psychological undercurrents which inform all of our spiritual dispositions, especially in a country as nihlistic as America. ... "http://bad.eserver.org/issues/1997/32/badshorts.html

" ... The leader of the cult Marshall Herff Applewhite claimed that he came to this earth 2,000 years ago as Jesus ... "

One Response to “Right-Wing Christian Media & Political Connections to the Heaven’s Gate Cult”

Lyle Courtsal

The real danger here lies with the nazis Sams and Burton masquerading as Christians rather than white nazi supremacists. I know of much better ideals of Christianity than them; ones who do the work rather than exploit the religion to benefit themselves. The catholic nuns who refused to abandon those blacks in colombia caught in the murderous fire of the governments’ cleansing squads. The people who risked their lives daily to expose militar mass murders and elimination of villages and subsistence crops on lands slated for multinational corporate theft and exploitation by rightwing nazi elites in affected countries. Those who take and never give back to peoples and communities stolen from and poisoned by the activities by these businesses. Those who kill and forget about how it is that those mass murders benefitted them. People like Jesse Helms, Dan Burton, and Mr. Sams.

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