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[Fredric Rice, The Skeptic Tank: The authorship of these files on cults has his or her own motivations for providing them and will contain his or her own bias. What I find typical is that individuals and organizations which report on cults are usually themselves a competition cult yet like to think of themselves as "a religion, not a cult." In actual fact, _ALL_ religions are cults by the primary, secondary, and terciary usage definition of the term. Some of the information you find here is inaccurate and contains urban legend -- take what you find with a grain of salt. If you wish to acquire a copy of the Law Enforcement Guide on Occult Crime, contact myself at frice@stbbs.com or at The Skeptic Tank (818) 335-9601 and I'll forward the address and information you need.] Children of God It is difficult to find a cult with a worse reputation than the Children of God (now known as The Family). Despite an Aids-prompted clean up, it is still the target of regular tabloid campaigns. As recently as October of last year a teenage girl was awarded £5,000 by the British Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, having been abused by members of the sect from the age of three. It is estimated that of the 9,000 current members of The Family, 6,000 are children; many of them the offspring of the sect's 'Hookers for Christ' campaign in the 1970s and 1980s, in which women members seduced potential converts and bore their children. The Family's image has improved slightly with the death last year of its maverick leader David Berg. Born in 1919 to preacher parents, in the late 1960s Berg took hisanti-establishment word of God to California, where he became known as 'theoriginal hippy'. As his communal movement spread from America to Europe, Indiaand Australasia, Berg issued his followers guidelines through gaudily illustrated pamphlets. Members were urged to 'share' each other's wives andhusbands, pornography was circulated, sex with children was ellipticallycondoned and 'God's Whores' were instructed to pick up men in discos and bars. One infamous pamphlet showed a picture of a naked woman sitting astride a man, with the caption: 'Receiving God is like sexually going all the way'. Despite the liberal nature of the cult's philosophy, discipline within the communes was harsh and provisions spartan - children were brought up by the commune ratherthan by their parents. Conditions within Family communes throughout the worldare now monitored closely by police and health authorities. To comment about this Website, our paper and all associated articles, you can mail us at the Observer: bill@dial.pipex.com

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