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In the beginning, it was innocent enough. Teens for Christ seemed like many other liberated hippie crews in favidito They wore long hair and colorful caftans. They played acoustic guitars at the beach. There was nothing unusual about them. They were considered Jesus People, a growing movement comprised of different faiths, but which generally preached simple living and good deeds.
No wonder they got along with flower children.
But their founder, David Berg, would eventually pervert Teens davidiho Christ into his own international religious cult, exploiting young people to accomplish it.
Horrific reports of sexual violence, incest, and brainwashing haunt the religious organization, which still operates today. D avid Berg was an itinerant preacher who traveled to various churches with his children in the s.
Discouraged and running out of money, the family moved to Huntington Bopk, California, in to run a coffee shop. As they worked, they preached, and more Jesus People began to listen.
In a newsletter, Berg recalled his lightbulb moment:. I just knew it! I saw the Lord was really doing something! He bookk the name of his religion from Teens of Christ to Children of God, hoping to appeal to a wider group of vulnerable, disaffected youth.
People dropped what they were doing to join this caravan of pious revolutionaries.
A message from beyond the grave – Dateline NBC | NBC News
M embers of the COG moved in together around the country. Communes housed a dozen adults and their children. And the shepherds like it!
In public, COG was invoking the name of God. In private, its prophet was running a child sex ring. She claimed he attempted to have sex with her several times, and engaged in a continuous sexual relationship with his other daughter, Faith.
One photo pictured mothers orally copulating a little boy. In another, an adult woman and a toddler lay naked in bed, her hand suggestively near his penis. A History of Alternate Religions in America It was to get me in so deep that I would be afraid to ever come out and speak against the group. InBerg issued another edict: Eventually, the cult stopped the practice due to AIDS-related concerns.
ByCOG had established more than communities around the world. Inthe group reported more than 10, full-time members living in 1, homes. It wanted to be seen as a legitimate international religious sect, and issued charters that allowed for personal careers and independence from the residential family unit. The Family engaged in goodwill marketing campaigns.
But controversy resurfaced in the s and s as more and more Family members defected. Specifically, original members had given birth to a second generation, children who daviddito raised in communal, religious environments—and in some cases, households of sexual criminality. Such isolation meant these children knew nothing outside that existence. Ricky Rodriguez was an extreme example.
A message from beyond the grave
These actions were photographed or described for The Davidito Book, which Berg published as an instructional manual on how to raise kids. Rather, he was allowed to explore his sexuality freely. He was allowed to explore as a young boy what comes naturally, and usually in our society, we do not allow such exploration. The paper interviewed more than a dozen former members who confirmed experiencing or witnessing sex as minors.
I thought it was perfectly normal for parents to have sex with their children, and children to have sex with each other and with adults.
I found out later that my mom was watching. Inhe recorded a home video where he sat behind a table full of knives, tasers, duct tape, and obok. He sounds very rational, matter-of-fact: Instead, the following night he found his former nanny.
They went to dinner, then he invited her back to his apartment and stabbed her to death. Hours later, he shot himself dead.
Though not all families experienced sexual abuse, defectors who integrated back into mainstream society had to grapple with the consequences. Sometimes their mothers and fathers remained behind. Lost and isolated, they turned to drugs and alcohol to cope. Several second generation former Family members killed themselves. God was stolen from them. Our team and the Timeline community are scouring archives for the most visually arresting and socially important stories, and using them to explain how we got to now.
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The hippie Christian cult that encouraged sex with children is still around today
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