Children Of God: Lost & Found

The Children of God, a.k.a. the Family, was founded by David Berg in the late ’60s. By 1981, it boasted more than 2,000 homes in 76 countries. Former child members include actors Joaquin Phoenix, his late brother River and Rose McGowan.

The group emphasized the cutting of family ties, discipline and commitment to cult beliefs, which included total devotion to cult activities on the part of children of members. The group’s activities triggered a 18-month investigation by New York’s Attorney General’s Office in the 1970s, which led to a 1974 report alleging that cult members were engaged in kidnapping, imprisonment, virtual enslavement, prostitution, polygamy, rape and sexual abuse of children and incest.

River Phoenix and the Children of God

River Phoenix - Children of God

Founded by David Berg, the Children of God had established communities in 60 countries by the end of the 1970’s. Former cult members claim that church members practiced pedophilia. One British newspaper reported that children of cult members exhibited signs of rectal excoriations and that pre-pubescent girls had torn hymens and flayed vulvae.

Berg’s pamphlets promoted pedophilia and sex between children, while another pamphlet displayed a photograph of a Children of God nurse engaged in oral sex with a young boy. A prosecution witness and former cult member alleged that Children of God girls were expected to lure men into having affairs with them, in order to recruit new members; this was known within the Children of God movement as “flirty fishing”.

Berg promoted not only pedophilia, but also racism, proclaiming that “I’m a racist because God is!”

Joyanne Treadwell Berg, the granddaughter of the cult’s founder, alleges that she was made to have sex with important government officials and had “met presidents from around the world”. If this claim is valid, it would imply that possibly she could have been used as a “Black Widow”. This is an Illuminati term for mind-controlled sex slaves who are used for the entrapment of high-level dignitaries. One of Berg’s own daughters claimed that her father had an incestuous relationship with herself and her sisters.

Remarkably, the Children of God organization has withstood several prosecutorial attempts, including one in 1974 by the New York Attorney General’s office, which accused the cult of incest, rape and kidnapping. Incredibly, the case was dropped by order of the Attorney General, who made the amazing claim that the cult was protected from prosecution by the First Amendment! Could it be that the cult is protected by very powerful figures? Former Chilean dictator Pinochet and Libya’s Muammar al-Qaddafi, allegedly have connections with this organization, whose choir even performed at the George Bush White House.

In 1991, movie actor River Phoenix revealed that as a child he had been forced to have sex. This was during the period when his father served as an archbishop of the Children of God church. Because the actor had not acquired celebrity status at that time, his comments were largely unreported by the media.

Some 170 children were taken into protective custody in 1993, after a police raid on an Argentinean compound of the Children of God church. The police claimed that the children had been sexually-abused by church members; cocaine and pornographic video tapes had been seized in a previous raid. Not surprisingly, perhaps, no charges were brought against church members.

State Chief Inspector Rebolio, leader of the 1993 raid, claimed to have found evidence that the Children of God church was being funded by a global cabal of influential people.

By the time of the Argentinian raid on the Children of God compound, River Phoenix had become a well-known movie star. A few weeks after the raid, River Phoenix died from a drug overdose: his body bore no evidence of needle marks. Since he died on Halloween night, was his death accidental – or was it a ritual murder to prevent him disclosing what he knew about the Children of God organization?

Since the Argentinian raid, the church has undergone restructuring and has changed its name to the Family of Love. It disavows that its adult members engaged in sex with minors; it also claims that it terminated its practice of “flirty fishing” in 1987, which implies that this outrageous practice did take place in previous years.

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