Thursday, September 25, 2008


WARNING: While not explicit in any conventional way, the following videos may be disturbing to some. They were made by members of The Children of God, aka The Family, a radical Christian organization (or cult, some would argue) that advocates free love and open expressions of sexuality for all humans, including minors. Charges of prostitution and pedophilia drove church leaders underground years ago, but the Family remains active to this day. In these seemingly innocuous home movies, chapters around the world share brief updates on their evangelical activities and pledge their undying love for late Family patriarch David Berg, or deliver dispassionate sermons on the righteousness of their ministry. There's no graphic discussion of sex, nothing particularly NSFW even, but staring into the eyes of a cult member makes for heavy viewing.

"Song For Dad"

Video Report From Australia

"One Wife" Class

The Children of God, excerpted from Wikipedia ...

"The Children of God (COG), later known as the Family of Love, the Family, and now the Family International (TFI), is a Christian religious group, widely referred to as a cult by the media and some academics, that started in 1968 in Huntington Beach, California, United States. It was an off shoot of the Jesus movement of the late 1960s, with many of its early converts drawn from the hippie movement.

As TFI grew and expanded around the world, so did its message of salvation, apocalypticism, and spiritual "revolution" against the outside world that they called "the System", as well as resultant controversy. In 1974, it began a method of evangelism called Flirty Fishing, using sex to show God's love and win converts. It was also a means of raising financial support as many of the women worked as prostitutes. Flirty fishing has been compared to religious prostitution. The practice was discontinued in 1987.

The group's liberal sexuality and its publication and distribution of writings, photographs and videos advocating and documenting adult-child sexual contact and the sexualization of children led to numerous reports of child sexual abuse. A number of judicial and academic investigations in the 1990s found TFI to be a safe environment for children, yet such investigations have also highlighted troubles in its past.

The January 2005 murder of a former member by the leader's son Ricky Rodriguez (who had also left the group several years earlier) and his subsequent suicide shocked both current and former members, and led to considerable renewed media attention."

Posted by CravendeKere, who has many, many more Family-related videos available for viewing.

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