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Maurice Davis

Birthdate: 15. December 1921
Date of death: 14. December 1993

Maurice Davis was a rabbi, and activist. He served on the President's Commission on Equal Opportunity, in the Lyndon B. Johnson Administration and was a director of the American Family Foundation, now known as the International Cultic Studies Association. Davis was the rabbi of the Jewish Community Center of White Plains, New York and a regular contributor to The Jewish Post and Opinion. Wikipedia

„Rabbi Maurice Davis -- Senior rabbi of the Jewish Community Center of White Plains, N. Y.; faculty member of Manhattan College; actively engaged in combating cults for over five years; responsible for separating 128 young people from cults.“

—  Maurice Davis

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF PARTICIPANTS – INFORMATION MEETING ON THE CULT PHENOMENON IN THE UNITED STATES http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Cult_Phenomenon_in_the_United_States_%281979%29/Biographical_Sketches, February 5, 1979, 318 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. [Between pages 18-19 of Transcript of Proceedings]. The Cult Phenomenon in the United States (1979), Joint-Congressional Proceedings, Chaired by Senator Bob Dole
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„The next witness is a constituent of mine, Rabbi Maurice Davis. He comes from White Plains, a Rabbi of the Jewish Community Center. He is a faculty member at Manhattan College. He has been actively involved with working with young people to deprogram them from cults for over five years. He is responsible for separating some 128 young people from these organizations. I would just like to take the opportunity to welcome a very distinguished constituent.“

—  Maurice Davis

Introduction of Rabbi Maurice Davis to Congressional Hearings, by Congressman Richard Ottinger., INFORMATION MEETING ON THE CULT PHENOMENON IN THE UNITED STATES http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Cult_Phenomenon_in_the_United_States_%281979%29/Davis, February 5, 1979, 318 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. P.74-80. of Transcript of Proceedings.
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„I keep thinking what happens when the power of love is twisted into the love of power. … When he bought our temple we had an eternal light going. Jim asked us to leave it. He wanted to keep it burning as a sign of our friendship and what we stood for. All last night I kept wondering, where did it go out?“

—  Maurice Davis

On Jim Jones, upon hearing of the mass murders and suicides of Jonestown, as quoted in "Cult Chief's Beginnings in Indianapolis Recalled" by James Feron, The New York Times (22 November 1978); in the early years of Jones' ministries, Davis had sold Jones a synagogue in Indianapolis within which Jones housed his first "People's Temple"; also quoted in "Masters and Slaves: The Tragedy of Jonestown", by Fanita English, M.S.W, in Idea, Vol.1, no.2 (1 September 1996) http://www.ideajournal.com/articles.php?id=7

„Ladies and gentlemen, every path leads somewhere. That is what a path is all about. The path of segregation leads to lynching every time. The path of antisemitism leads to Auschwitz every time. The path of the cults leads to Jonestown and we watch it at our peril.“

—  Maurice Davis

Variant: We know, and we must never forget, that every path leads somewhere. The path of segregation leads to lynching. The path of anti-Semitism leads to Auschwitz. The path of cults leads to Jonestown. We ignore this fact at our peril. As quoted in "How Many Jonestowns Will It Take?" in The Cult Observer (1992), p. 123

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„I keep thinking what happens when the power of love is twisted into the love of power.“

—  Maurice Davis

Masters and Slaves: The Tragedy of Jonestown http://www.ideajournal.com/articles.php?id=7, Fanita English, M.S.W., September 1, 1996 Vol.1, no.2, Idea, ISSN 1532-1712

„We know, and we must never forget, that every path leads somewhere. The path of segregation leads to lynching. The path of anti-Semitism leads to Auschwitz. The path of cults leads to Jonestown. We ignore this fact at our peril.“

—  Maurice Davis

Supporting Cult Prevention, Assistance, & Recovery http://www.csj.org/aff/aff_contribution, Herbert L. Rosedale, president (deceased), American Family Foundation, 2005 - International Cultic Studies Association.
"The Art of Hoping: A Mother’s Story" http://www.csj.org/infoserv_articles/langone_michael_arthoping.htm, Cultic Studies Journal, Michael Langone, Ph.D.

„I am here to protest against child molesters. For as surely as there are those who lure children with lollypops in order to rape their bodies, so, too, do these lure children with candy-coated lies in order to rape their minds.“

—  Maurice Davis

Cults Hearing Noisy, Tense http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/longterm/cult/misc/hearing2.htm, By Marjorie Hyer, Washington Post Staff Writer, Tuesday, February 6, 1979; Page A14, The Washington Post

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