Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Children of God

A cultish movement from 1968 that preached sexual liberation, milleniumism, and general distrust of "the system." Spawned the first organized anti-cult movement: FREECOG. Used "flirty fishing," a practice of religious sexual prostitution (they lured converts with promises of sex). Reports of adult-child sex have dogged the organization since its founding. They banned it in 1988 (it was formerly condoned), although anyone who reports it to the police is excommunicated. The leadership has had to continually re-emphasize their non-pedophilic teachings over the years, since the message seems to have not sunken in fully.


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