Playlist · by Langston.katie
4 episodes, 5 hours 37 mins
104 - The Children of God Sex Cult
The Children of God cult aka The Family aka The Family International is still around today which is very disturbing considering their twisted origins and disgusting, sexually exploitive doctrinal past. Founded by David "Huge Perv" Berg in 1968 in Huntington Beach, California, they now operate to an unknown degree internationally, basing their existence in a highly sexualized interpretation of Biblical teachings, interpreting God's love as being expressed best through sex. Berg initially took a second wife saying it was God's will, as cult leaders so often do. He then began showing his followers "God's love" first through secret orgies with high-ranking members, then through the demand to share cult member's wives, who were suddenly forbidden to deny male members "God's love". David then commanded female members to spread God's love and do missionary work, which centered around "Flirty Fishing", i.e., having sex with random dudes to encourage them to join the cult. From there, women ...
26 - The Children of God Cult - Part One (Or, how much can we rage in one sitting?)
David Berg founded the Children of God under the tenets of "God is love"...and ended up taking his interpretation of god's love waaaaay past the point of sanity. Preaching that sex was how you showed love, the cult encouraged married couples to copulate with others in the cult, that women share the word of god with strangers by engaging in sexual relations, and even told parents that they should engage in sexual activity with their own children, and the children of others in the organization. With his charismatic charm, and confidence in which he proselytized, his followers hung on his every word, and easily convinced others to join them. Unfortunately, this created an incredibly dangerous environment for children being raised in the cult, as well as many of the adult members. Join us today, as we delve into the horrifying activities Berg and the Children of God members committed in the name of God, under his direction.
27 - Children of God/The Family Part Two: ( Heeeelp. The End.)
In our conclusion of our coverage of the Children of God/The Family/The Family International/whatever name they use to rebrand their horrible cult this year, we discuss the tenets of the cult as it evolved, the last years of leader David Berg's life, his wife Karen Zerby's rise to prophet after his death, and some of the extremely disturbing abuse that was commonplace within the cult. We will also talk about Zerby's son, Ricky Rodriguez, or Davidito, as he was known within the cult, who was supposed to be the next in line for status of prophet for the cult, but who was so traumatized and disgusted by the environment in which he was raised, he left the cult and began to see himself as a vigilante for justice for the others who had experienced what he had there. This ended tragically, as it has for a ridiculous amount other second-generation members of this dangerous and destructive cult.
Well, Now We're Thoroughly Depressed
This week, Cher and Gewnda talk about The Children of God/The Family/The Family International. The cult's survived for decades despite a very scandalous past, a pedophile for a founder, and an elusive current leader whose hasn't been seen since her son committed suicide. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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