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 Children of God / The Family

Monday December 14, 2009
Children of God / The Family:
Kereninan Sunny Halim, Miss Indonesia Miss Gibraltar Kaiane Aldorino was crowned Miss World 2009 on Saturday, outshining 111 other hopefuls, including Miss Indonesia.

Before the contest a local, South African newspaper had highlight the latter’s connection to a religious cult. The Miss World organization lost its legal attempt to prevent the paper from publishing the article.

Monday June 29, 2009
Children of God / The Family:
Family International / The Children of God Family International, the cult formerly known as The Children of God, is gearing up for a massive come-back.

Known for anything from sex scandals to offbeat doctrines that are far removed from the teachings of Biblical Christianity, the cult announced its plans for the future at the recent conference of CESNUR — and organization known for its defense of religious cults.

Tuesday March 4, 2008
Children of God / The Family:
Following last week’s story about The Family International’s controversial sexual and religious practices, Gideon Scott, of the Family liaision office in South Africa, talked to Esther Namugoji. He said that the Family apologised for the sexual abuse and such mistakes will not be repeated … [video]

Tuesday February 26, 2008
Children of God / The Family:
Because of its liberal attitude to sex, the Family International, has been baptised ‘the sex cult’ by the Western media. But the group insists it is a religious movement living according to the law of love. [videos]

Wednesday December 5, 2007
Children of God / The Family:
Also disturbing, former members who spoke to CNN say they witnessed Ricky Rodriguez having sex with his mother, Karen Zerby, the leader of the sect now known as “The Family International.”

Monday November 12, 2007
Children of God / The Family:
Jesus Freaks: A True Story of Murder and Madness on the Evangelical Edge, by Don Lattin, chronicles the abuses that took place in the Children of God cult.

Sunday November 4, 2007
Children of God / The Family:
In the late 1960s David Berg — the self-proclaimed prophet and Children of God founder — began preaching a bizarre brew of sex and scripture. In writings and preaching, Berg advocated free love among his disciples, including adult-child sex.

Saturday November 3, 2007
Children of God / The Family:
In an attempt to process what happened to him, to his siblings and to the many former Family members he has tracked down and interviewed, filmmaker Noah Thomson has created the chilling documentary Children of God: Lost and Found.

Saturday October 20, 2007
Book ReviewChildren of God / The Family:
You couldn’t beat it for tabloid fodder: Anointed prophet of a secretive evangelical mission-cum-sex cult slits the throat of an ex-nanny, and then kills himself, in protest against the cult leaders, his parents, for years of sex abuse he says he and many other children suffered. And he made a video first.

Friday October 19, 2007
Children of God / The Family:
Almost three years after Children of God cult member Richard Rodriguez murdered Angela Smith and then committed suicide, a San Francisco journalist and a cult escapee are publishing books to spread awareness about the dark side of cult life.

Wednesday September 5, 2007
Children of God / The Family:
Rodriguez was the stepson of the late Children of God cult leader David Berg, and his murder of another former “Family member” and subsequent suicide brought renewed media attention to the 40-year-old California-based religious group that had been accused in the past of abusing its children.

Sunday September 2, 2007
Children of God / The Family:
The women’s father remains in the Children of God cult and, as a result of her experiences and those of her sisters, Kristina is currently setting up the charity Rise International to help cult victims and raise awareness of cult damage.

Thursday August 9, 2007
Children of God / The Family:
Leading figures in Castleconnell were puzzled this week at claims that a religious cult, which allegedly organised sex between children and adults, operated from the area for a period in the mid 1990s.

Children of God / The Family:
The Children of God Cult, in which orgies and sex between adults and children was considered the highest expression of love, had one of its communes in county Limerick, Ireland, in the late 1990’s, it has been claimed in a new book.

Friday July 13, 2007
Children of God / The Family:
Born into an evil cult, called the Children of God, sisters Celeste, Kristina and Juliana Jones were abused from the age of three. Torn from their parents, their childhood was dominated by the warped cult leader David Berg.

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