The mass suicide of the Heaven’s Gate group in San Diego last week
has again highlighted the importance of Apocalyptic visions in the
social and political landscape of America. From the Christian
Identity Movement to the Freeman of Montana, the idea that the end
of the world is near — or that a much better world is at hand,
whether at some vague higher level or through the return of Jesus
Christ — appears to be growing as we get closer to the year 2000.
Here to discuss the Heaven’s Gate group and the growth of
apocalyptic groups as we approach the millennium is Chip Berlet, of
Political Research Associates, a Massachusetts-based group that
monitors the US political right.
CHIP BERLET, of Political Research Associates, a
Massachusetts-based group that monitors the US political right.