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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.
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