Gillian’s Found Photo #58

This week’s found photo, exact place and date unknown, shows a bunch Children Of God cult members caught in their own version of religious rapture. The Children Of God, were (and still are) a creepy hippie-Christian cult,  I touched on them briefly in my June, 2009 posting on Jeremy Spencer, the Fleetwood Mac front man who quit the group to join the C.O.G. mid-tour back in 1971. The Children Of God are still around, now doing biz as “Family International” (briefly they were Family of Love), and Spencer is still with them. Children Of God were founded by the late Moses David aka Dad (born– David Brandt Berg) who croaked back in ’94, just as the law was closing in on him. Over the years all sorts of disturbing reports have come from former members from accusations of child abuse and kiddie porn, to a sort of prostitution they call “flirty fishing”– using young women to seduce men into the cult, or out of their money. They have been run out of the U.S. and Europe, and are mostly based out of communes in South America and South East Asia.
Still, I love this photo because I find photos of people involved in stupid behavior entertaining. I asked the Fang why she liked it and she simply replied– “because it’s sick”.

13 thoughts on “Gillian’s Found Photo #58”

  1. I remember a story and photos in our local paper in Perth, Western Australia when these guys were around.The house of the neighbours to one of the COG houses was onfire, so the COG started praying for them.As the article suggested, a hose pipe would have been of better use.

  2. In 1973 they believed that the comet Kohoutek was about to smash into the earth and barbecue it. COGites handed me a leaflet to this effect outside the Dylan & Band show at the Philly Spectrum–Dylan's first tour since 1966, and (to my mind) as much of a dud as the comet.

  3. Anybody have the number of that barefoot babe just to the right of center? Devil with the blue dress, blue dress on, let 'ol Jerry Lee lay his healing hands on thee!

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