Extract from a report made on a young female child drawn into the Godson Cult in Ireland: the female has actually been physically damaged by the abuse in ways that really do not bear mentioning suffice to say that she has multiple injuries “consistent with the application of a blunt instrument.” It could not be clearer. Someone has been doing deeply unpleasant things to these children. Each child independently expressed to the authorities in Wicklow the fear that Clare Godson would kill them, one had nightmares about it. Expressions of fear do not get more profound than that. The fact that these allegations against Clare Godson were made at the same time as the allegations concerning the cruelty of the Godson Cult in general, is clearly overwhelming evidence that these children spoke the truth to the best of their ability and were not under external control of social services in Wicklow. The sexual abuse alleged by the children in Wicklow also repeats much of what was revealed to us by former victims of Clare Godson at her surrey boarding school when as a Head Girl she used her power to sexually torture much younger girls. Ariela Cohen August 2015. My friend and colleague, journalist Robert Cahill, remarked in 2009 that we “hover between pity and loathing” for this woman. She was born into a hopelessly dysfunctional family setting where she was bruised and warped by the abuse and cruelty of her, East End racketeer, father Harry Soden. It was decided, at some stage in her childhood, to wash away the lowly East End roots and put the girl into a Surrey boarding school where she could have a thin veneer of “poshness” and respectability applied. It was at this school that Clare Soden thrived as the merciless leader of a “pack” of bullies. In recent months there has been an outpouring of memories of misery by the bullied, indeed many of the victims demanding justice and something close to revenge. It is quite a difficult path for us to keep our WHISTLEBLOWER Blog dispassionate when we hear of the suffering inflicted by this very disturbed woman when a child herself. When you learn about sexual abuse of this extreme kind it is very hard to present a balanced article/post. Our correspondents, from this period, speak of the fear engendered by coming into contact with Clare. We understand that Clare spared no one. Young pupils begged their parents to take them away. The bullying was institutionalised when Clare wangled the position of “Head Girl.” This gave the young Clare, exhibiting obvious personality disorders, a chance to create protection rackets worthy of her East End roots. In this sad time for the school, Clare hunted and tormented anyone she perceived as an intellectually gifted pupil or alternatively vulnerable to extreme bullying. Our correspondents all assert that savage beatings were the norm under the umbrella of the “Head Girl” title. Many of our correspondents speak of extreme sexual perversion already evident in Clare’s “capricious punishments” for the target pupil. It did seem to pupils at the time that nothing could touch Clare Soden. A parent might complain to the Head or teachers about the bullying and find that it gave Clare a further opportunity to single out the child of the complainer and make their life a world of misery. This must have been an incredibly dark period in the history of B****** School. Boarding schools of this type were closed communities where horrific bullying and perversion could go unchallenged. Our correspondents all assert that the staff were deeply frightened of Clare Soden and seemed unable to control the “gang” activities she introduced. They all suggest that Clare was blackmailing staff members. Clare tortured new pupils with impunity and exacted heavy payments for small favours. Failing to pay Clare Soden produced far worse than a “slapping” for the target pupil. Clare was at this time developing forms of psychological torture that she has brought to the service of the foundation USA cult and to her offshoot cult in Benevent l’Abbaye. She was also perfecting ways of draining funds from the vulnerable that she has brought to the service of the present cult. It can be no surprise that someone brought up in a climate of shameful parental abuse, deprived of even the basic norms of behaviour, should go on to create one of the most evil cults we have investigated. It comes as no surprise that, under the umbrella of a “Christian outreach programme” in the far East, she should form a relationship with an old-fashioned “perv” who would eventually become her husband and joint leader of the cult. This gave them an opportunity to brand themselves as former “missionaries” in their early advertising in 2004. This tawdry claim has been deleted from much of their present adverts as more evidence of criminality has come to light. Her husband has the far from affectionate nick of “Creeeeepy Chris” in the Benevent l’Abbaye area. “HOWEVER, looking back (so easy to read things in retrospectively), what the Godsons told me of their story (moving constantly from country to country) fitted in with the internet stories, and I have to say Chris Godson was not a man I’d wish to meet on a dark night alone.” Quote from Scruffy1. Ariela Cohen arielacohen99@gmail.com August 2015 It seems, from the Ian Watkins case, that very little attention is paid to WHISTLEBLOWERS who try desperately to alert the public and law enforcement agencies. The predatory paedophile Godson Cult settled in Benevent l’Abbaye since 2004 remains an alarming threat to the well-being of vulnerable pensioner expats and young families with impressionable daughters. This WHISTLEBLOWER Blog needs to reach more people! Ariela Cohen. November 2013. Posted on October 26, 2012 Chris and Clare Godson, we are told, regularly provoked the ire of neighbours in Wicklow who objected to the suspicious “comings and goings.” Amongst the most alarmed was the lady next door, an outraged woman whose house was positioned in-between Godson’s and one of his paedophile converts to the cult. She and her husband kept a close watch on what went on in the Godson house………………………and tried desperately to alert the somnolent authorities to the unfolding horror! The husband died in a “mysterious” vehicle accident after raising the alarm about the presence of “underage” girls and “pervy” looking men visiting the Godson home. Several WHISTLEBLOWERS about the Godson Cult have died in “unexplained” accidents! The concerned neighbours don’t seem to have too impressed by the explanations of “spiritual” improvement given by the Godson couple to cloak what was in fact a child brothel administered by Clare Godson. The neighbour was interviewed in the local press and described regular conflict between her and the Godson couple involving a procession of complaints to the police and the local authority. “It was a brothel in every possible way and the clients were clearly attracted to the twelve year old girls that stayed over at the Godsons,” she said. Update 2012: the Godsons have bought over 20 properties in Benevent l’Abbaye (France) and have stationed an “odd set” of converts/recruits in all the buildings. Many of these recruits seem to work on the plumbing/renovation enterprises for negligable pay and look “spaced out” with vacant un-focussed expressions. Most of the Godson work team appear to be stunted lowlife characters on the run from UK legal issues and the police. It astonishes us at Kelleher Newsdesk that so many people are still sucked into the harsh dominating web of Clare Godson. They are drawn inexorably into a situation where Clare Godson dictates who they can meet or be friends with. We have discovered people so frightened of Clare Godson they dare not meet former friends, even in secret, knowing that fearful consequences will follow. They know that Clare Godson will insist on vetting NEW friends! To offend Clare Godson is to bring down a weight of lies and savage, humiliating, bullying down upon ones family. They know that the target family or individual will be the subject of destructive poison pen emails/letters. We have discovered people who started enterprises in France absolutely terrified of Clare Godson, they know that Clare is capable of orchestrating bullying and bad-publicity on a massive scale. Offend this terrible woman and you suffer! This WHISTLEBLOWER Blog is basically the only opposition to this cruel and depraved cult and the vicious leadership of Chris & Clare Godson. The Godsons endlessly try to shut us down! Ironically the most malicious woman whines that this WHISTLEBLOWER Blog is maliciously motivated. She demands to have the names and addresses of those claiming abuse at her hands. No chance Mrs. Godson! The witnesses are terrified of you! This Blog is simply designed to protect the vulnerable from this evil cult and its leadership. Refer back to Clare Godson’s time at Bramley School in Surrey and evidence of a gangland culture of bullying is immediately clear. Clare thrived as so called Head Girl of this minor boarding school, her rule went unchallenged by the staff, parents were forced to take their children away from the school when they looked into the dark and brooding atmosphere of sadistic activity presided over by Clare (Soden). Clare dominated the life of this closed community in Surrey inflicting horror on any girl that might threaten her power base. The cruelty went far beyond practical jokes and mockery, the target girl was driven to extremes of misery and isolation. She actually established a “protection racket” in this school and netted substantial sums from frightened pupils. Clare Godson has perfected and employed these evil techniques in the USA, Cambodia, Thailand, Ireland and now employs them in France. Robert Cahill has chatted to former employees of Godson and found himself travelling to very obscure villages by circuitous routes to conduct interviews where the former employee is constantly looking over his shoulder expecting Clare Godson to march in……………. The threat posed by the Godsons in la Creuse is very real and potent. Our independent cult experts suggest that this is the most dangerous cult operating in France at the present. Aggressive marketing of sham enterprises and leeching funds from vulnerable pensioners has rapidly become the main focus of this cult. Our advisory, protective, guidelines for dealing with this cult are still not reaching everyone open to the techniques adopted by the Godson couple. We have limited some of their phoney “activities” but they are still adapting and managing to draw in people. Holding gatherings in the homes of other converts has been used to cloak the sordid goings on! Advertising, giving only a phone number, was recently adopted by the Godson couple. This of course meant that their tainted name did not appear in the adverts. Please contact: kelleher.newsdesk@hotmail.co.uk if you need help and advice to break free from the Godsons………………………. The roots of the cult are, of course, in a dysfunctional family in which Clare and her siblings needed treatment for various types of STD even before they had reached their teens such was the depravity endemic in the family relationships…………. We at Kelleher Newsdesk hover between pity and loathing for this woman who has inflicted so much suffering! This is a sad woman who just would not comprehend the norms of civilized behaviour. If you have further information or concerns please contact: arielacohen99@gmail.com or kelleher.newsdesk@hotmail.co.uk Edited from an article by Robert Cahill. Updated by Ariela Cohen in 2015. Another email received on 12/02/2013: “……….he is in my house now! What do I do? A friend just arrived and told me about this Blog………………………………………………………….” Chris Godson: “This sly grin comes over his face when meeting clients……………………….” “This guy oozes sleaze.” We have been made aware that visitors to Benevent l’Abbaye have often been approached by Clare Godson on the streets of this little town and pressured into staying at one of their “Christian” gites or the B&B. This totally unscrupulous woman used opportunities like the local bars (where she had the nerve to waitress) to bully people into staying with them! Pilgrims were routinely targetted and told that there was nowhere to stay other than one of the Godson gites. The Godson woman also shamelessly hyped up their “Christian” background and “missionary” status……………… Local businesses were blackmailed into displaying Godson adverts and cards. Several people who encountered Clare Godson speak of their certainty that she is deeply disturbed and one correspondent has supplied us with very revealing candid video clips of the B&B and Clare Godson herself. Entrapment advert for Godson B&B: La Chouette B&B http://www.pilgrim23.com/id3.html La Chouette bed and breakfast accommodation in Bénévent l’Abbaye, Creuse. Special rates for pilgrims on route of St Jacques de Compostela. New email today 08/10/2012: “I am the Hon. Secretary of an Association based in the ………………………. We are seeking your advice about taking safety precautions concerning this cult. Our membership has expressed fear about Chris and Clare Godson, and the membership have been targetted by their aggressive advertising………………………………………” Our advice: do not in any way antagonise the Godsons as they are highly dangerous. Ignore the Godson TP advertising material and politely reject high pressure follow-up calls if you receive them………………….. Abuse by the Godson Cult: “Most abuse is ritualised in some way and generally people accept that children can be subjected to a range of terrifying and repetitive abusive experiences. One definition of ritual abuse is when one or more children are abused in a highly organised way, by a group of people who have come together and subscribe to a belief system which, for them, justifies their actions towards that child. This usually extends into family involvement and may have been practised as a religion or a way of life for years. Human Nature (3): there has been no shortage of former associates and colleagues clamouring to confirm long harboured suspicions about the Godson couple and their “perv” behaviour in Thailand, Cambodia, the USA, Ireland and the UK. It seems a pity that they did not inform law enforcement at an earlier time in order to spare so many families from anxiety and pain! Somehow we find this “dishing the dirt” on the Godsons pretty distasteful even though it comes from reliable sources with a knowledge of the Godsons stretching back over twenty years! True we asked people to to contact kelleher.newsdesk@hotmail.co.uk with further information about this “foul and depraved couple” but we have been taken aback by the sordid antics of the Godsons with very vulnerable girls 11yo to 15yo. Cloaking themselves in false piety and pretending to good character they have used this cover to inflict terrible sexual cruelty and abuse over many years and continents. Some of our contacts/correspondents have explained that they felt intimidated and fearful of the vengeful nature of Clare Godson, and this we quite understand, even so we wish people had made the effort to stop Chris and Clare Godson earlier in their evil career. Robert Cahill. We at Kelleher Newsdesk have for sometime raised the issue of the methods used by the Godsons to “slip beneath the radar” and ingratiate themselves with local politicians/ police/gardai and cunningly evade justice: Jimmy Savile: police investigate alleged rape and sex abuse ‘on national scale’ Jimmy Savile sex abuse claims made by former hospital patients Former patients at Stoke Mandeville, Leeds General Infirmary and Broadmoor complain about TV presenter’s behaviour. By Lisa O’Carroll Video Jimmy Savile ‘abused brain-damaged patient at Leeds hospital’ – video Video Jimmy Savile claims horrifying, says BBC director general – video Jimmy Savile: former BBC executives deny sex abuse claims were open secret Poll Jimmy Savile: should the BBC director general make an on-air apology? Jimmy Savile: BBC’s Lord Patten denies corporate cover-up Jimmy Savile: BBC to bring in outsider to head inquiry Video Jimmy Savile: Metropolitan police investigating 120 abuse claims – video Video Jimmy Savile’s tombstone removed from grave in Scarborough – video Panorama to conduct Savile investigation By Michael Holden LONDON | Tue Oct 9, 2012 5:21pm BST (Reuters) – Jimmy Savile, the late BBC TV star at the centre of a child sex scandal that has shaken Britain’s state-funded broadcaster, may have abused up to 25 victims some as young as 13 over four decades, police said on Tuesday. Detectives said they were looking into 120 lines of inquiry about Savile, the eccentric children’s presenter who was a British household name for both his TV and charity work, since allegations against him were first aired just over a week ago. A number of the alleged victims have gone public, triggering a media storm that has raised awkward questions for the BBC including suggestions the broadcaster covered up Savile’s crimes, some of which were said to have taken place on BBC premises. The BBC’s new boss George Entwistle was forced to apologise on Monday to the women alleging abuse by Savile, who died last year aged 84. Eight women have already made criminal complaints against Savile, two of rape and six of indecent assault. Commander Peter Spindler, who is heading the police inquiry, said he expected more to follow as other victims came forward. “We think we will come up with between 20 and 25 victims,” he told reporters, adding the eight who had already come forward had mostly been aged 13 to 16 at the time of the alleged abuse. “The pattern of his offending behaviour does appear to be on a national scale,” Spindler said. He added the abuse spanned four decades with the earliest reported case in 1959. Cigar-chomping Savile, instantly recognisable by his shock of blonde hair and garish outfits, is accused of using his celebrity status to abuse the girls. The former DJ travelled around London in a Rolls-Royce and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth for his charitable work in 1990. When he died last year, he was buried wearing a tracksuit after his gold-coloured coffin was put on public display in a hotel. “CULTURE OF SEX ABUSE” Some of the alleged victims have said there was a culture of sexual abuse inside the BBC when Savile was at the height of his fame in the 1970s and 80s, and that other well-known stars were involved. “We’re not investigating the BBC, the only people we will be investigating are specific individuals should there be any evidence,” said Spindler, rejecting a suggestion that they were looking at a sex ring inside the broadcaster. “I’m very satisfied with the level of support the BBC have provided. They are fully cooperating,” he added. As Savile is dead, he himself will not be the focus of any criminal probe. Instead, Spindler said their primary objective was to get recognition for the victims and have the issues out in the open. “Information is coming in as we speak. The reality is this really has captured the public’s mind,” Spindler said. He said the police inquiry was an assessment rather than a formal investigation at this stage. Detectives aim to produce a speedy report in conjunction with the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) charity to see what conclusions can be drawn. Last year, an investigation by Newsnight, the BBC’s flagship news show, was shelved, prompting critics to suggest that BBC bosses had known about the allegations but kept quiet. The BBC has denied that. Newsnight’s editor Peter Rippon said his decision not to run its story was because the allegations against Savile could not be substantiated. Prime Minister David Cameron has waded into the scandal, calling on the BBC to conduct an internal investigation. (Editing by Pravin Char) December 13, 2012 How people find our WHISTLEBLOWER Blogs warning about the predatory paedophile cult of Chris and Clare Godson in Benevent l’Abbaye: Top Searches chris and clare godson, child nude pedo, chris godson creuse, des dainty clugnat Top Searches chris godson creuse, religious cult creuse france, elisabeth fritzl 2008, amstetten Searches in December 2012: chris clare godson 2 paedophile cult 2 chris clare godson paedophile cult 2 rituelle gewalt ritual abuse satanismus mind control 1 is it possible for a 11yo girl to give a blowjob? The Godsons are plainly aware of the fact that they are being “watched’ in any event and Clare Godson has been sending hysterically paranoid emails to various people in la Creuse for some time. She has been touring associates attempting to find out who has been leaking information to Kelleher Newsdesk.The Godsons are clearly in the centre of the murky world of paedophile rings! Sadly, those who have been brave enough to break with the Godsons have found themselves on the receiving end of poison pen letters, threats, and in the most extreme cases blackmail…………………………The death of a neighbour in Ireland who constantly complained to the authorities about cult “activities’ made us reluctant to expose victims to further harassment or possible physical danger! This WHISTLEBLOWER Blog has reached over 18,000 visits since April 2012. We are continuing to refine our aims for 2013, especially since receiving in the last two days very valuable emails from people who have had the unfortunate experience of being drawn into the Godson web in France. They testify to horrific treatment and feel terrible shame for their involvement…………………………. Firstly in 2013, we intend to investigate and list all the known associates/accomplices of the Godson couple during their time in the USA and Ireland. We will also be throwing a wide net to establish exactly who is a member of their so called “prayer group” in France. It is our intention to identify, investigate and expose in the public domain all those who seem to have developed a much too close relationship with the “activities” of the Godson Cult in France. Of course, some of these people will be victims drawn in by Chris and Clare Godson and some will be degenerates in the thick of the sordid sexual abuse or involved in fleecing vulnerable pensioners. Sorting the dupes from the villains will involve considerable effort on our part! We certainly do not want to shame innocent parties who may have blundered into the Godson web of depravity unaware of the implications of contact with this evil couple.Secondly, we are contacting witnesses who have come forward from the Godson period in Thailand and Cambodia. In addition, we know of the Godson links to paedophile groups in Belgium and we will be further investigating their role in the trafficking of underage girls among the wealthy and politicians. We are aware that several girls were held in “dungeons” against their will and savagely abused.Thirdly, exactly as has been raised by the Jimmy Savile scandal we are going to be on the trail of those who were involved in the massive “cover-up” that has shielded the Godson couple for so long. Certainly in Ireland and the USA this was the work of local politicians and law enforcement officers “gone bad.” Corruption of this kind will be tackled bravely and the culprits brought to account for their mis-deeds. We also intend to recruit additional people in Benevent l’Abbaye to keep a watchful eye on Chris and Clare Godson. There will be no more “cover-ups” now that Kelleher Newsdesk is investigating……………………… We drew the readers of this WHISTLEBLOWER Blog to the fact that the Godson couple further their depraved aims by a tried formula: 1. The client is “invited” to lunch or supper after engaging Godson for fosse septique installation. 2. The client is sounded out for their views on ‘prayer” and “Christianity.” 3. The client is then assessed for their “vulnerability” or “gullibility.” 4. From that moment the client is either drawn-in as a “cash-cow’ or recruit to cult “activities.” 5. It is quite possible for a client of the Godsons to be rejected on the basis that the client is focussed and not riddled by self-doubt! Jaycee Dugard,Raped,Kidnapped, and Torture Victim for 18 Years … jerrybrice.wordpress.com/…/jaycee-duga… – Traduire cette page 14 oct. 2009 – Chris and Clare Godson have a history of child abuse and cruelty.http://kellehernewsdesk.wordpress.com. Olivia Kelleher. kellehernewsdesk … Bra**** School in Surrey: Updated from an article first posted in October 18, 2012. Olivia Kelleher reports: Our email: kelleher.newsdesk@hotmail.co.uk Today some former pupils from Bra**** School in Surrey contacted us! They were 11year old girls attending this boarding school at the time Clare Soden, now going by the name of Clare Godson, reigned as a bully and sexually sadistic Head Girl. They confirm that they were forced by Clare Soden to participate in perversions that have marred and darkened their subsequent lives……………………………….. They would like Kelleher Newsdesk to be a clearing house for other Bra**** girls abused by Clare Soden. We are happy to put these former pupils in touch with each other. These brave people are seriously considering, in the light of the Jimmy Saville revelations, claims for compensation against the School governors alleging negligence and the shameful complicity of staff in Clare Soden’s reign of terror! There can be little doubt that Clare Godson was a deeply troubled young woman when she was a senior and ultimately Head Girl of her minor independent school in Surrey, England. Former contemporaries have come forward to confirm the sadistic cruelty she inflicted on younger/vulnerable pupils. Even her “confederates” in the shameful bullying of young girls confess to a fear and loathing of Clare and an “awarenes” of just what she was able to do to anyone who failed to meet her “exacting” standards of physical or racial purity. It was better to be part of the “pack” rather than stand up to the bigotted mindset of Clare Godson (Soden). In the 1970′s very little attention was focussed on the sadistic behaviour of teachers or indeed senior pupils. A blind eye was turned toward the most scandalous sexual abuse of pupils in schools that had a closed boarding community. Prosecutions are now going forward of abuses that took place in the 60′s and 70′s. It is a truth that if present safeguards had existed when Clare Godson was a “Head Girl” she would have been the subject of rapid psychiatric evaluation/investigation/treatment and prosecution/youth custody/imprisonment for her persistant cruelty. She was little more than a child when she began her career of depravity! She was little more than a child when she discovered the desire and skill to dominate/torture the weak. Deeply troubled, and certainly abused by her criminal gangland father Harry Soden, she developed what would become an insatiable deviant appetite for getting her own back on the World. This took the form of vicious sadistic beatings of girls who offended her by “simply” being ”better” academically than Clare at the Surrey boarding school. Any girl that seemed weak or defenceless was a target for the most appalling sexual abuse! Clare Godson (Soden) tormented and tortured any girl that did not fit her warped ideal of pupils at Br***** School. She whipped up her friends into “pecking at” anyone who seemed of lower or indeed higher social standing. She was merciless in her cruelty and her friends/conferates were terrified of her………………………………. Clare Godson (Soden) often orchestrated a large group of other girls to savagely ”hunt” and “torment” the target victim. The bullying by Clare Godson drove the chosen target to despair and a number of victims felt obliged to leave the school because the teachers did nothing to stop Clare! A suspicion was raised by various people with knowledge of this period in Clare Godson’s life that she was, in fact, blackmailing some of the staff. This technique of blackmail has certainly been one of Clare Godson’s most successful tools in the cult. Complaints about the cruel behaviour of Clare Godson were “hushed up” in the school and these complaints often provoked Clare to even more extreme acts against the accuser! A victim who writes to Kelleher Newsdesk also claims that Clare Godson stole from her victims! A great deal of time has passed since Clare Godson (Soden) played the tyrant in Br***** School but some of her contemporaries had their childhood blighted/poisoned by the activities of this monstrous person and still talk about her with terror. The girls who were ”aides/confederates” in the bullying organised by Clare Godson have taken their feelings of guilt into adulthood and feel ashamed of their part in Clare’s vendettas against the helpless! One prolific correspondent feels “wretched” everytime she recalls her association with Clare Godson (Soden). How people find this WHISTLEBLOWER Blog about Chris and Clare Godson:

Extract from a report made on a young female child drawn into the Godson Cult in Ireland:  the female has actually been physically damaged by the abuse in ways that really do not bear mentioning suffice to say that she has multiple injuries “consistent with the application of a blunt instrument.”
It could not be clearer. Someone has been doing deeply unpleasant things to these children.

Each child independently expressed to the authorities in Wicklow the fear that Clare Godson would kill them, one had nightmares about it. Expressions of fear do not get more profound than that.

The fact that these allegations against Clare Godson were made at the same time as the allegations concerning the cruelty of the Godson Cult in general, is clearly overwhelming evidence that these children spoke the truth to the best of their ability and were not under external control of social services in Wicklow.

The sexual abuse alleged by the children in Wicklow also repeats much of what was revealed to us by former victims of Clare Godson at her surrey boarding school when as a Head Girl she used her power to sexually torture much younger girls.

Ariela Cohen   August 2015.

My friend and colleague, journalist Robert Cahill, remarked in 2009 that we “hover between pity and loathing” for this woman. She was born into a hopelessly dysfunctional family setting where she was bruised and warped by the abuse and cruelty of her, East End racketeer, father Harry Soden. It was decided, at some stage in her childhood, to wash away the lowly East End roots and put the girl into a Surrey boarding school where she could have a thin veneer of “poshness” and respectability applied. It was at this school that Clare Soden thrived as the merciless leader of a “pack” of bullies. In recent months there has been an outpouring of memories of misery by the bullied, indeed many of the victims demanding justice and something close to revenge. It is quite a difficult path for us to keep our WHISTLEBLOWER Blog dispassionate when we hear of the suffering inflicted by this very disturbed woman when a child herself.

When you learn about sexual abuse of this extreme kind it is very hard to present a balanced article/post.

Our correspondents, from this period, speak of the fear engendered by coming into contact with Clare. We understand that Clare spared no one. Young pupils begged their parents to take them away. The bullying was institutionalised when Clare wangled the position of “Head Girl.” This gave the young Clare, exhibiting obvious personality disorders, a chance to create protection rackets worthy of her East End roots. In this sad time for the school, Clare hunted and tormented anyone she perceived as an intellectually gifted pupil or alternatively vulnerable to extreme bullying. Our correspondents all assert that savage beatings were the norm under the umbrella of the “Head Girl” title. Many of our correspondents speak of extreme sexual perversion already evident in Clare’s “capricious punishments” for the target pupil. It did seem to pupils at the time that nothing could touch Clare Soden. A parent might complain to the Head or teachers about the bullying and find that it gave Clare a further opportunity to single out the child of the complainer and make their life a world of misery. This must have been an incredibly dark period in the history of B****** School. Boarding schools of this type were closed communities where horrific bullying and perversion could go unchallenged. Our correspondents all assert that the staff were deeply frightened of Clare Soden and seemed unable to control the “gang” activities she introduced. They all suggest that Clare was blackmailing staff members. Clare tortured new pupils with impunity and exacted heavy payments for small favours. Failing to pay Clare Soden produced far worse than a “slapping” for the target pupil. Clare was at this time developing forms of psychological torture that she has brought to the service of the foundation USA cult and to her offshoot cult in Benevent l’Abbaye. She was also perfecting ways of draining funds from the vulnerable that she has brought to the service of the present cult. It can be no surprise that someone brought up in a climate of shameful parental abuse, deprived of even the basic norms of behaviour, should go on to create one of the most evil cults we have investigated. It comes as no surprise that, under the umbrella of a “Christian outreach programme” in the far East, she should form a relationship with an old-fashioned “perv” who would eventually become her husband and joint leader of the cult. This gave them an opportunity to brand themselves as former “missionaries” in their early advertising in 2004. This tawdry claim has been deleted from much of their present adverts as more evidence of criminality has come to light. Her husband has the far from affectionate nick of “Creeeeepy Chris” in the Benevent l’Abbaye area.

“HOWEVER, looking back (so easy to read things in retrospectively), what the Godsons told me of their story (moving constantly from country to country) fitted in with the internet stories, and I have to say Chris Godson was not a man I’d wish to meet on a dark night alone.” Quote from Scruffy1.

Ariela Cohen      arielacohen99@gmail.com  August 2015

It seems, from the Ian Watkins case, that very little attention is paid to WHISTLEBLOWERS who try desperately to alert the public and law enforcement agencies.  The predatory paedophile Godson Cult settled in Benevent l’Abbaye since 2004 remains an alarming threat to the well-being of vulnerable pensioner expats and young families with impressionable daughters. This WHISTLEBLOWER Blog needs to reach more people!

Ariela Cohen. November 2013.

Posted on October 26, 2012

Chris and Clare Godson, we are told, regularly provoked the ire of neighbours in Wicklow who objected to the suspicious “comings and goings.”
Amongst the most alarmed was the lady next door, an outraged woman whose house was positioned in-between Godson’s and one of his paedophile converts to the cult.
She and her husband kept a close watch on what went on in the Godson house………………………and tried desperately to alert the somnolent authorities to the unfolding horror!

The husband died in a “mysterious” vehicle accident after raising the alarm about the presence of “underage” girls and “pervy” looking men visiting the Godson home. Several WHISTLEBLOWERS about the Godson Cult have died in “unexplained” accidents!

The concerned neighbours don’t seem to have too impressed by the explanations of “spiritual” improvement given by the Godson couple to cloak what was in fact a child brothel administered by Clare Godson.
The neighbour was interviewed in the local press and described regular conflict between her and the Godson couple involving a procession of complaints to the police and the local authority. “It was a brothel in every possible way and the clients were clearly attracted to the twelve year old girls that stayed over at the Godsons,” she said.

Update 2012:  the Godsons have bought over 20 properties in Benevent l’Abbaye (France) and have stationed an “odd set” of converts/recruits in all the buildings. Many of these recruits seem to work on the plumbing/renovation enterprises for negligable pay and look “spaced out” with vacant un-focussed expressions. Most of the Godson work team appear to be stunted lowlife characters on the run from UK legal issues and the police.

It astonishes us at Kelleher Newsdesk that so many people are still sucked into the harsh dominating web of Clare Godson. They are drawn inexorably into a situation where Clare Godson dictates who they can meet or be friends with. We have discovered people so frightened of Clare Godson they dare not meet former friends, even in secret, knowing that fearful consequences will follow.
They know that Clare Godson will insist on vetting NEW friends! To offend Clare Godson is to bring down a weight of lies and savage, humiliating, bullying down upon ones family. They know that the target family or individual will be the subject of destructive poison pen emails/letters. We have discovered people who started enterprises in France absolutely terrified of Clare Godson, they know that Clare is capable of orchestrating bullying and bad-publicity on a massive scale. Offend this terrible woman and you suffer! This WHISTLEBLOWER Blog is basically the only opposition to this cruel and depraved cult and the vicious leadership of Chris & Clare Godson. The Godsons endlessly try to shut us down! Ironically the most malicious woman whines that this WHISTLEBLOWER Blog is maliciously motivated. She demands to have the names and addresses of those claiming abuse at her hands. No chance Mrs. Godson! The witnesses are terrified of you! This Blog is simply designed to protect the vulnerable from this evil cult and its leadership. Refer back to Clare Godson’s time at Bramley School in Surrey and evidence of a gangland culture of bullying is immediately clear. Clare thrived as so called Head Girl of this minor boarding school, her rule went unchallenged by the staff, parents were forced to take their children away from the school when they looked into the dark and brooding atmosphere of sadistic activity presided over by Clare (Soden). Clare dominated the life of this closed community in Surrey inflicting horror on any girl that might threaten her power base. The cruelty went far beyond practical jokes and mockery, the target girl was driven to extremes of misery and isolation. She actually established a “protection racket” in this school and netted substantial sums from frightened pupils. Clare Godson has perfected and employed these evil techniques in the USA, Cambodia,  Thailand, Ireland and now employs them in France. Robert Cahill has chatted to former employees of Godson and found himself travelling to very obscure villages by circuitous routes to conduct interviews where the former employee is constantly looking over his shoulder expecting Clare Godson to march in…………….
The threat posed by the Godsons in la Creuse is very real and potent. Our independent cult experts suggest that this is the most dangerous cult operating in France at the present. Aggressive marketing of sham enterprises and leeching funds from vulnerable pensioners has rapidly become the main focus of this cult. Our advisory, protective, guidelines for dealing with this cult are still not reaching everyone open to the techniques adopted by the Godson couple. We have limited some of their phoney “activities” but they are still adapting and managing to draw in people. Holding gatherings in the homes of other converts has been used to cloak the sordid goings on! Advertising, giving only a phone number, was recently adopted by the Godson couple. This of course meant that their tainted name did not appear in the adverts. Please contact: kelleher.newsdesk@hotmail.co.uk if you need help and advice to break free from the Godsons……………………….

The roots of the cult are, of course, in a dysfunctional family in which Clare and her siblings needed treatment for various types of STD even before they had reached their teens such was the depravity endemic in the family relationships………….

We at Kelleher Newsdesk hover between pity and loathing for this woman who has inflicted so much suffering!  This is a sad woman who just would not comprehend the norms of civilized behaviour.   If you have further information or concerns please contact:  arielacohen99@gmail.com   or     kelleher.newsdesk@hotmail.co.uk

Edited from an article by Robert Cahill. Updated by Ariela Cohen in 2015.

Another email received on 12/02/2013:

“……….he is in my house now! What do I do? A friend just arrived and told me about this Blog………………………………………………………….”

Chris Godson:

“This sly grin comes over his face when meeting clients……………………….”

“This guy oozes sleaze.”

We have been made aware that visitors to Benevent l’Abbaye have often been approached by Clare Godson on the streets of this little town and pressured into staying at one of their “Christian” gites or the B&B.

This totally unscrupulous woman used opportunities like the local bars (where she had the nerve to waitress) to bully people into staying with them! Pilgrims were routinely targetted and told that there was nowhere to stay other than one of the Godson gites.

The Godson woman also shamelessly hyped up their “Christian” background and “missionary” status………………
Local businesses were blackmailed into displaying Godson adverts and cards.
Several people who encountered Clare Godson speak of their certainty that she is deeply disturbed and one correspondent has supplied us with very revealing candid video clips of the B&B and Clare Godson herself.

Entrapment advert for Godson B&B:

La Chouette B&B      http://www.pilgrim23.com/id3.html

La Chouette bed and breakfast accommodation in Bénévent l’Abbaye, Creuse. Special rates for pilgrims on route of St Jacques de Compostela.

New email today 08/10/2012:

“I am the Hon. Secretary of an Association based in the ……………………….

We are seeking your advice about taking safety precautions concerning this cult. Our membership has expressed fear about Chris and Clare Godson, and the membership have been targetted by their aggressive advertising………………………………………”

Our advice:  do not in any way antagonise the Godsons as they are highly dangerous. Ignore the Godson TP  advertising material and politely reject high pressure follow-up calls if you receive them…………………..

Abuse by the Godson Cult:    “Most abuse is ritualised in some way and generally people accept that children can be subjected to a range of terrifying and repetitive abusive experiences. One definition of ritual abuse is when one or more children are abused in a highly organised way, by a group of people who have come together and subscribe to a belief system which, for them, justifies their actions towards that child. This usually extends into family involvement and may have been practised as a religion or a way of life for years.

Human Nature (3):

there has been no shortage of former associates and colleagues clamouring to confirm long harboured suspicions about the Godson couple and their “perv” behaviour in Thailand, Cambodia, the USA, Ireland and the UK.

It seems a pity that they did not inform law enforcement at an earlier time in order to spare so many families from anxiety and pain!

Somehow we find this “dishing the dirt” on the Godsons pretty distasteful even though it comes from reliable sources with a knowledge of the Godsons stretching back over twenty years!

True we asked people to to contact kelleher.newsdesk@hotmail.co.uk with further information about this “foul and depraved couple” but we have been taken aback by the sordid antics of the Godsons with very vulnerable girls 11yo to 15yo. Cloaking themselves in false piety and pretending to good character they have used this cover to inflict terrible sexual cruelty and abuse over many years and continents.

Some of our contacts/correspondents have explained that they felt intimidated and fearful of the vengeful nature of Clare Godson, and this we quite understand, even so we wish people had made the effort to stop Chris and Clare Godson earlier in their evil career.

Robert Cahill.

We at Kelleher Newsdesk have for sometime raised the issue of the methods used by the Godsons to “slip beneath the radar” and ingratiate themselves with local politicians/ police/gardai and cunningly evade justice:

Jimmy Savile: police investigate alleged rape and sex abuse ‘on national scale’

Jimmy Savile sex abuse claims made by former hospital patients

December 13, 2012
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  • The Godsons are plainly aware of the fact that they are being “watched’ in any event and Clare Godson has been sending hysterically paranoid emails to various people in la Creuse for some time. She has been touring associates attempting to find out who has been leaking information to Kelleher Newsdesk.The Godsons are clearly in the centre of the murky world of paedophile rings!
  • Sadly, those who have been brave enough to break with the Godsons have found themselves on the receiving end of poison pen letters, threats, and in the most extreme cases blackmail…………………………The death of a neighbour in Ireland who constantly complained to the authorities about cult “activities’  made us reluctant to expose victims to further harassment or possible physical danger!
  • This WHISTLEBLOWER Blog has reached over 18,000  visits since April 2012. We are continuing to refine our aims for 2013, especially since receiving in the last two days very valuable emails from people who have had the unfortunate experience of being drawn into the Godson web in France. They testify to horrific treatment and feel terrible shame for their involvement………………………….
  • Firstly in 2013, we intend to investigate and list all the known associates/accomplices of the Godson couple during their time in the USA and Ireland. We will also be throwing a wide net to establish exactly who is a member of their so called “prayer group” in France. It is our intention to identify, investigate and expose  in the public domain all those who seem to have developed a much too close relationship with the “activities” of the Godson Cult in France. Of course, some of these people will be victims drawn in by Chris and Clare Godson and some will be degenerates in the thick of the sordid sexual abuse or involved in fleecing vulnerable pensioners. Sorting the dupes from the villains will involve considerable effort on our part! We certainly do not want to shame innocent parties who may have blundered into the Godson web of depravity unaware of the implications of contact with this evil couple.Secondly, we are contacting witnesses who have come forward from the Godson period in Thailand and Cambodia. In addition, we know of the Godson links to paedophile groups in Belgium and we will be further investigating their role in the trafficking of underage girls among the wealthy and politicians. We are aware that several girls were held in “dungeons” against their will and savagely abused.Thirdly, exactly as has been raised by the Jimmy Savile scandal we are going to be on the trail of those who were involved in the massive “cover-up” that has shielded the Godson couple for so long. Certainly in Ireland and the USA this was the work of local politicians and law enforcement officers “gone bad.” Corruption of this kind will be tackled bravely and the culprits brought to account for their mis-deeds. We also intend to recruit additional people in Benevent l’Abbaye to keep a watchful eye on Chris and Clare Godson. There will be no more “cover-ups” now that Kelleher Newsdesk is investigating………………………

We drew the readers of this WHISTLEBLOWER Blog  to the fact that the Godson couple further their depraved aims  by a tried formula:

1.  The client is “invited” to lunch or supper after engaging Godson for fosse septique installation.

2.  The client is sounded out for their views on ‘prayer” and   “Christianity.”  

3.  The client is then assessed for their “vulnerability” or   “gullibility.”  

4.  From that moment the client is either drawn-in as a “cash-cow’ or recruit to cult “activities.”

5.  It is quite possible for a client of the Godsons to be rejected on the basis that the client is focussed and not riddled by self-doubt!

Jaycee Dugard,Raped,Kidnapped, and Torture Victim for 18 Years 

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14 oct. 2009 – Chris and Clare Godson have a history of child abuse and cruelty.http://kellehernewsdesk.wordpress.com. Olivia Kelleher. kellehernewsdesk 

Bra**** School in Surrey:

Updated from an article first posted in October 18, 2012.

Olivia Kelleher reports:

Our email:    kelleher.newsdesk@hotmail.co.uk

Today some former pupils from Bra**** School in Surrey contacted us!

They were 11year old girls attending this boarding school at the time Clare Soden, now going by the name of  Clare Godson, reigned as a bully and sexually sadistic Head Girl.

They confirm that they were forced by Clare Soden to participate in perversions that have marred and darkened their subsequent lives………………………………..

They would like Kelleher Newsdesk  to be a clearing house for other Bra**** girls abused by Clare Soden. We are happy to put these former pupils in touch with each other.

These brave people are seriously considering, in the light of the Jimmy Saville revelations, claims for compensation against the School governors alleging negligence and the shameful complicity of staff in Clare Soden’s reign of terror!

There can be little doubt that Clare Godson was a deeply troubled young woman when she was a senior and ultimately Head Girl of her minor independent school in Surrey, England.

Former contemporaries have come forward to confirm the sadistic cruelty she inflicted on younger/vulnerable pupils. Even her “confederates” in the shameful bullying of young girls confess to a fear and loathing of Clare and an “awarenes” of just what she was able to do to anyone who failed to meet her “exacting” standards of physical or racial purity. It was better to be part of the “pack” rather than stand up to the bigotted mindset of Clare Godson (Soden).

In the 1970′s very little attention was focussed on the sadistic behaviour of teachers or indeed senior pupils.  A  blind eye was turned toward the most scandalous sexual abuse of pupils in schools that had a closed boarding community. Prosecutions are now going forward of abuses that took place in the 60′s and 70′s. It is a truth that if present safeguards had existed when Clare Godson was a “Head Girl” she would have been the subject of rapid psychiatric evaluation/investigation/treatment  and prosecution/youth custody/imprisonment for her persistant cruelty. She was little more than a child when she began her career of depravity! She was little more than a child when she discovered the desire and skill to dominate/torture  the weak. 

Deeply troubled, and certainly abused by her criminal gangland father Harry Soden, she developed what would become an insatiable deviant appetite for getting her own back on the World. This took the form of vicious sadistic beatings of girls who offended her by “simply”  being  ”better”  academically than Clare at the Surrey boarding school.

Any girl that seemed weak or defenceless was a target for the most appalling sexual abuse!

Clare Godson (Soden) tormented and tortured any girl that did not fit her warped ideal of pupils at Br***** School. She whipped up her friends into “pecking at”  anyone who seemed of lower or indeed higher social standing. She was merciless in her cruelty and her friends/conferates were terrified of her……………………………….

Clare Godson (Soden) often orchestrated a large group of other girls to savagely  ”hunt” and “torment” the target victim.

The bullying by Clare Godson drove the chosen target to despair and a number of victims felt obliged to leave the school because the teachers did nothing to stop Clare! A suspicion was raised by various people with knowledge of this period in Clare Godson’s life that she was,  in fact,  blackmailing some of the staff. This technique of blackmail has certainly been one of Clare Godson’s most successful tools in the cult. Complaints about the cruel behaviour of Clare Godson were “hushed up” in the school and these complaints often provoked Clare to even more extreme acts against the accuser! A victim who writes to Kelleher Newsdesk also claims that Clare Godson stole from her victims! A great deal of time has passed since Clare Godson (Soden)  played the tyrant in Br***** School but some of her contemporaries had their childhood blighted/poisoned by the activities of this monstrous person and still talk about her with terror.

The girls who were  ”aides/confederates”  in the  bullying organised by Clare Godson  have taken their feelings of guilt into adulthood and feel ashamed of their part in Clare’s vendettas against the helpless!  One prolific  correspondent feels “wretched” everytime she recalls her association with Clare Godson (Soden).

How people find this WHISTLEBLOWER Blog about Chris and Clare Godson:

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Clare Godson and the Godson Cult: we can only warn people coming into Benevent l’Abbaye.

The Godson Cult: the suspicious deaths, interference with vehicles and threats led to a climate of fear where those who would have given evidence were too afraid to do so. Females like Clare Godson who exhibit pedophilia tend to suffer from psychiatric disorders or substance abuse problems. Also, there is a higher correlation between sexual abuses as a child with females compared to males. It is worth remembering that Clare Godson (Soden) suffered horrendous abuse by her Father Harry Soden. Harry Soden was an East End racketeer with a history of violent crime.

The case below gives a graphic and heart rending insight into the type of degenerate “sexual predator” partnership that has very much been the core activity of the Godson Cult.

A couple from Ipswich have been jailed for sex offences against children, described by a judge as taking “cruelty to a level of unimaginable, terrifying horror”.

Brian Callaghan, 79, of Waterford Road, was jailed for 24 years for a variety of offences including rape.

Diane Foster, 56, of Downside Close, was jailed for 11 years for offences including aiding and abetting rape.

Ipswich Crown Court heard the offences took place between 1974 and 1991

Callaghan’s crimes were committed in Preston, Lancashire, and later in Ipswich and included the rape of children of primary school age.

He pleaded guilty to a total of 19 offences, which took place over 17 years.

‘Degenerate’ fantasies

The court heard he left Preston for Ipswich and met Foster while working as a door-to-door salesman.

During her trial last month, Foster was found guilty of three offences, carried out alongside Callaghan, which took place on one night in the 1980s.

Judge Rupert Overbury told Callaghan: “You are a perverted sexual predator who enjoyed [abusing children] in a multitude of ways and to a number of degrading levels … no doubt to satisfy your degenerate sexual fantasies.”

He said the victims were haunted by the memories, had suffered psychologically and had received professional help to deal with “ongoing trauma”.

Foster was described as a “willing participant” in Callaghan’s activities in Ipswich.

The judge said: “You are a cold-hearted woman, lacking any moral fibre and displaying no remorse for those children you were content to abuse so cruelly.”

Det Ch Insp Tonya Antonis, from Suffolk Police, said: “The crimes committed by both Callaghan and Foster were abhorrent.

“We wonder if they have ever stopped to think about the damage they have done to the children while they sought sexual gratification or how their lives will probably be scarred forever.”

July 2014

Child sex offences, guilty plea

A man from Ipswich has pleaded guilty to 19 child sex offences in Suffolk and the north-west of England.

Brian Callaghan was arrested at his home in September 2012 following several allegations of historical sexual assaults in Suffolk and Lancashire from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. The 78-year-old retired man from Waterford Road was charged with offences in December 2013.

At Ipswich Crown Court on Wednesday, July 30, he pleaded guilty to two counts of administering a drug with intent to have sex; six counts of inciting indecency with children; six counts of sexual assault; three counts of child rape; two counts of committing gross indecency with children and one count of cruelty to a child.

Senior Investigating Officer, Ds Darren Bruce, said: “The case against Brian Callaghan highlights the continued determination by Suffolk Police to identify and prosecute those people responsible for committing sexual offences, no matter when they occurred.

These crimes were abhorrent. We wonder if he has ever stopped to think about the damage he has done to the children while he sought sexual gratification or how their lives will probably be scarred for ever.

We here at Suffolk Police are fully committed to investigating of all aspects of child abuse and sexual assault. Dedicated officers are specially trained to undertake difficult and emotive investigations on a daily basis. Working with all professionals within the field of child protection, we are making a difference promoting the welfare of children to protect them from harmful people.”

He was remanded on court bail prior to his sentencing which will take place at the end of the trial of his co-defendant.

The trial of 54-year-old unemployed Diane Foster from Downside Close in Ipswich is due to take place at Ipswich Crown Court on Monday, October 6.

She was charged with four counts of committing gross indecency with children; one count of aiding and abetting rape and one count of cruelty to a child.

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The Godson Cult: we can only warn people about the activities of Chris & Clare Godson.

The Godson Cult: the suspicious deaths, interference with vehicles and threats led to a climate of fear where those who would have given evidence were too afraid to do so. Females like Clare Godson who exhibit pedophilia tend to suffer from psychiatric disorders or substance abuse problems. Also, there is a higher correlation between sexual abuses as a child with females compared to males. It is worth remembering that Clare Godson (Soden) suffered horrendous abuse by her Father Harry Soden. Harry Soden was an East End racketeer with a history of violent crime.

The case below gives a graphic and heart rending insight into the type of degenerate “sexual predator” partnership that has very much been the core activity of the Godson Cult.

A couple from Ipswich have been jailed for sex offences against children, described by a judge as taking “cruelty to a level of unimaginable, terrifying horror”.

Brian Callaghan, 79, of Waterford Road, was jailed for 24 years for a variety of offences including rape.

Diane Foster, 56, of Downside Close, was jailed for 11 years for offences including aiding and abetting rape.

Ipswich Crown Court heard the offences took place between 1974 and 1991

Callaghan’s crimes were committed in Preston, Lancashire, and later in Ipswich and included the rape of children of primary school age.

He pleaded guilty to a total of 19 offences, which took place over 17 years.

‘Degenerate’ fantasies

The court heard he left Preston for Ipswich and met Foster while working as a door-to-door salesman.

During her trial last month, Foster was found guilty of three offences, carried out alongside Callaghan, which took place on one night in the 1980s.

Judge Rupert Overbury told Callaghan: “You are a perverted sexual predator who enjoyed [abusing children] in a multitude of ways and to a number of degrading levels … no doubt to satisfy your degenerate sexual fantasies.”

He said the victims were haunted by the memories, had suffered psychologically and had received professional help to deal with “ongoing trauma”.

Foster was described as a “willing participant” in Callaghan’s activities in Ipswich.

The judge said: “You are a cold-hearted woman, lacking any moral fibre and displaying no remorse for those children you were content to abuse so cruelly.”

Det Ch Insp Tonya Antonis, from Suffolk Police, said: “The crimes committed by both Callaghan and Foster were abhorrent.

“We wonder if they have ever stopped to think about the damage they have done to the children while they sought sexual gratification or how their lives will probably be scarred forever.”

July 2014

Child sex offences, guilty plea

A man from Ipswich has pleaded guilty to 19 child sex offences in Suffolk and the north-west of England.

Brian Callaghan was arrested at his home in September 2012 following several allegations of historical sexual assaults in Suffolk and Lancashire from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. The 78-year-old retired man from Waterford Road was charged with offences in December 2013.

At Ipswich Crown Court on Wednesday, July 30, he pleaded guilty to two counts of administering a drug with intent to have sex; six counts of inciting indecency with children; six counts of sexual assault; three counts of child rape; two counts of committing gross indecency with children and one count of cruelty to a child.

Senior Investigating Officer, Ds Darren Bruce, said: “The case against Brian Callaghan highlights the continued determination by Suffolk Police to identify and prosecute those people responsible for committing sexual offences, no matter when they occurred.

These crimes were abhorrent. We wonder if he has ever stopped to think about the damage he has done to the children while he sought sexual gratification or how their lives will probably be scarred for ever.

We here at Suffolk Police are fully committed to investigating of all aspects of child abuse and sexual assault. Dedicated officers are specially trained to undertake difficult and emotive investigations on a daily basis. Working with all professionals within the field of child protection, we are making a difference promoting the welfare of children to protect them from harmful people.”

He was remanded on court bail prior to his sentencing which will take place at the end of the trial of his co-defendant.

The trial of 54-year-old unemployed Diane Foster from Downside Close in Ipswich is due to take place at Ipswich Crown Court on Monday, October 6.

She was charged with four counts of committing gross indecency with children; one count of aiding and abetting rape and one count of cruelty to a child.

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WE CAN ONLY WARN VISITORS TO AVOID ALL CONTACT WITH CLARE GODSON………. by Ariela Cohen & Robert Cahill. “These cults exporting their madness from the USA have taken hold in France. One such cult now infests Benevent l’Abbaye in the Limousin. Chris and Clare Godson are hotly advertising their dodgy enterprises. They are a terrible danger to the vulnerable in the region.” As you can see, from the evidence and testimony contained in this Blog, Chris and Clare Godson pose a significant threat to any vulnerable person coming to La Creuse in Central France. They have created a massive raft of luring enterprises and advertise these in every English language periodical dealing with Central France. They have posted a huge set of advertisements on French interest websites. They have set their sights on pilgrims making their way through Benevent l’Abbaye on the way to Compostelle. Their cards are in every Immobillier and Cafe. BE WARNED! We will examine the history/behaviour that Clare Godson exhibited at her boarding school in Surrey where she “hunted” and “tormented” her victims and inflicted sexual sadism on weaker girls. Former victims and remorseful confederates of Clare Godson contributed to an earlier study, shortly to be updated on this WHISTLEBLOWER Blog that outlines the manner in which Clare Godson (Soden) orchestrated horrific campaigns against her targets in the boarding school. The victims suggest that Clare Godson had blackmailed staff into giving her a free hand in bullying! Clare’s partner Chris Godson on the other hand just seems a straightforward/old fashioned “perv” with a taste for underage girls 12y to 15y, the sadism, torture and procurement for prostitution does seem to be Clare Godson’s little preserve. It is a sad fact that the Godsons and their degenerate adherents have received an incredible level of protection from criminal investigation and charges! What is their “hold” on law enforcement agencies? Benevent l’Abbaye: The Godsons arrived in the Spring of 2004 and immediately purchased ten properties in Benevent l’Abbaye. The bulk of these properties are occupied by cult members. Two properties are reserved for the purpose of Christian gites. One large building contains the pilgrim dormitory (now called a self-catering annexe) and a Christian B&B. In addition some adherents of the cult purchased other dwellings in the centre of Benevent l’Abbaye. Most of the buildings contain deep cellars (cave in France) and given the previous history of the Godsons in the USA and Republic of Ireland the future/present use of these dungeon-like spaces causes anxiety to Kelleher Newsdesk. Shortly after establishing themselves they mounted a huge advertising campaign for their gites, B&B, fosse septiques etc. All the advertising blatantly stated that they had been missionaries and a great many Christian websites were targetted by Chris and Clare Godson to attract vulnerable pilgrims and the elderly retired ex-pat community. Following their previous agenda in the USA and Ireland they set about ingratiating themselves with families that had impressionable girls in the puberty stage. Their preferred target is the 12yo to 15yo range. During this time because she is very mentally disturbed Clare Godson also repeated (incredibly successful in the USA and Ireland) her vicious campaign of anonymous poison pen letters against anyone who might threaten the existence of her abusive paedophile cult. These poison pen letters were invariably sent in envelopes bearing Clare Godson’s handwriting. Almost immediately Kelleher Newsdesk became aware of the presence of the Godsons in Benevent l’Abbaye resulting from the advertising campaign and the helpful presence of several retired journalists in the area. The Godsons had disappeared so rapidly from Ireland we were very fearful they might never be caught for their abuse and other alleged crimes. We note that an Irish neighbour died in very mysterious circumstances after raising the alarm about Godson activities. Policy: Updated on 2014 Policy: get this straight from now on! All “rough justice” comments about Chris & Clare Godson and the membership of the Godson Cult will be binned immediately! They will not appear on these WHISTLEBLOWER Blogs about Chris and Clare Godson……………..the comments will be deleted unless they discuss the offending and “activities” of this couple intelligently. We have no room for violent “yobs” on our WHISTLEBLOWER Blogs. Comments from victims will be added to the Blogs if they discuss their experiences in a civil manner and seek judicial/legal punishment for the many crimes of the Godson Cult. Barely a day goes by without some illiterate “yob” screaming for totally illegal vengeance against the cult……………you are not going to have a public forum here! The WHISTLEBLOWER Blogs are intended to WARN the public to keep their distance from Chris & Clare Godson and to avoid contact with their bogus/suspect enterprises in la Creuse. Today, a good many people are dead, dying, ill, malfunctioning, crippled or developing improperly as a result of their involvement with cults in Europe, the USA, Asia. Some of them are being exploited, end up their lives and energies are being used for the benefit of a cult leader or his organization rather than themselves. Evidence is available to show that, in the name of religion: cult leaders have, and there is extensive documentation for all of this, harassed and intimidated members who try to leave the group.Created ill-feelings by members towards their families; Murdered a media informants; harassed ex-members and investigators who attempted to investigate cult abuses; attempted extortion from relatives; amassed stores of weapons; misrepresented the true purpose of their group; received illegal employment insurance payments; plotted to corrupt/infiltrate government agencies; forced child prostitution on members; sentenced vulnerable children to isolation for several months; bea ten, hosed down, sexually assaulted, murdered, starved to death, and tortured members, even children; denied medical help for members under various conditions including childbirth; induced illness and even death in members through improper dietary restrictions and stress; required members to obtain abortions, to engage in unhealthy behaviors, to marry strangers and even……………….to commit suicide. The families of those lost to the Godson Cult in the USA, Ireland and now France have not yet developed a very effective system of mutual help. That is why this Blog is leading the fight against abusive cults of the Godson type and focussing media attention on their cruelty and depravity! Just enter Benevent l’Abbaye today and prominently positioned adverts for the Godson bogus enterprise of pilgrim gites and “Christian” B&B greet you……………. “Accueil Pelerin” is plastered all over their main house! The so-called “pilgrim dormitory” is highlighted by every innocent/gullible tourist website in the Limousin. Cults of the Godson type systematically deceive the public, conceal information, harass critics, and intimidate or dominate their own members to prevent a free flow of information. Even so, existing data now suffices to convince any reasonable person that this is an important social issue, one that should be investigated and one that has issue mental health implications. Please know that it is safe to contact us if you need to talk in confidence about your experiences with Chris and Clare Godson. Do you need help to escape their clutch now? WE CAN HELP! Godson and his even more depraved wife, like most other messianic cult leaders, are basically abandoned, damaged, deeply hurt, angry, resentful, fearful inadequates……….. who feel unloved and unlovable. By becoming dominant cult leaders, they receive the unconditional love, attention and acceptance from their followers they always craved. And they can act out their infantile fantasies of omnipotence and control. It is very noticeable how rapidly Chris and Clare Godson are deleting references to their “missionary” and “Christian” past since the Godson Cult came under intense media scrutiny in the Spring of 2010………. amazing how quickly they decided to become ordinary people living ordinary lives! They shreik denials that they were ever a cult or predatory paedophiles. Ariela Cohen. October 2013. Even 2013, in Europe and the United States of America, despite some horrendous insights into paedophile gangs/cults operating in sleepy towns of Wales or northern England, many officers in law enforcement, child welfare, the media, and the judicial process simply refuse to accept that there are elements of society who are committed to the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual destruction of children. If you have further information about the “activities” of Chris Godson and Clare Godson please contact: arielacohen99@gmail.com or kelleher.newsdesk@hotmail.co.uk Please be mindful that the use of entrapment links include: pilgrim23.com; Godson TP; fossepro@orange.fr and a host of gullible/innocent ex-pat sites in France. TAGS concerning Chris & Clare Godson: CRIME BENEVENT L’ABBAYE, CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN BY CLARE GODSON, CHRIS GODSON IN THE NEWS, GODSON CULT SEX AND SEXUAL PERVERSIONS,RACISM & PERSECUTION BY GODSON COUPLE and tagged BRITAIN, CHILD ABUSE,CHILD PROSTITUTION, CHILD RAPE, COVER UP, CRIME, EVIL, EXPLOITED,GROOMING, GROOMING GANG, PAEDOPHILE COUPLE, CHRIS GODSON-NONCE, MEDIA BLACKOUT,GROOMING GANG, PAEDO EPIDEMIC,RAPISTS, MUSLIMS, MUSLIMS TARGETING WHITE SCHOOLGIRLS,NONCES, PAEDOPHILE, PARENTS, PERVERTS, POLICE, PROSTITUTION, RACISM,RACIST, RACIST , ROCHDALE, SCHOOLGIRLS, SCUM, SEX, SEX FIENDS,SEX GANG, SEX OFFENDERS, SEXUAL EXPLOITATION, THREATS, CHRIS AND CLARE GODSON, VICTIM.

WE CAN ONLY WARN VISITORS TO AVOID ALL CONTACT WITH CLARE GODSON……….

by Ariela Cohen & Robert Cahill.

“These cults exporting their madness from the USA have taken hold in France.
One such cult now infests Benevent l’Abbaye in the Limousin.
Chris and Clare Godson are hotly advertising their dodgy enterprises. They are a terrible danger to the vulnerable in the region.”

As you can see,  from the evidence and testimony contained in this Blog,  Chris and Clare Godson pose a significant threat to any vulnerable person coming to La Creuse in Central France.

They have created a massive raft of luring enterprises and advertise these in every English language periodical dealing with Central France. They have posted a huge set of advertisements on French interest websites. They have set their sights on pilgrims making their way through Benevent l’Abbaye on the way to Compostelle. Their cards are in every Immobillier and Cafe.
BE WARNED!

We will examine the history/behaviour that Clare Godson exhibited at her boarding school in Surrey where she “hunted” and “tormented” her victims and inflicted sexual sadism on weaker girls.
Former victims and remorseful confederates of Clare Godson contributed to an earlier study, shortly to be updated on this WHISTLEBLOWER Blog that outlines the manner in which Clare Godson (Soden) orchestrated horrific campaigns against her targets in the boarding school.
The victims suggest that Clare Godson had blackmailed staff into giving her a free hand in bullying!
Clare’s partner Chris Godson on the other hand just seems a straightforward/old fashioned    “perv” with a taste for underage girls 12y to 15y, the sadism, torture and procurement for prostitution does seem to be Clare Godson’s little preserve.

It is a sad fact that the Godsons and their degenerate adherents have received an incredible level of protection from criminal investigation and charges! What is their “hold” on law enforcement agencies?

Benevent l’Abbaye:   The Godsons arrived in the Spring of 2004 and immediately purchased ten properties in Benevent l’Abbaye. The bulk of these properties are occupied by cult members. Two properties are reserved for the purpose of Christian gites. One large building contains the pilgrim dormitory (now called a self-catering annexe) and a Christian B&B.
In addition some adherents of the cult purchased other dwellings in the centre of Benevent  l’Abbaye. Most of the buildings contain deep cellars (cave in France) and given the previous history of the Godsons in the USA and Republic of Ireland the future/present use of these dungeon-like spaces causes anxiety to Kelleher Newsdesk.
Shortly after establishing themselves they mounted a huge advertising campaign for their gites, B&B, fosse septiques etc. All the advertising blatantly stated that they had been missionaries and a great many Christian websites were targetted by Chris and Clare Godson to attract vulnerable pilgrims and the elderly retired ex-pat community.
Following their previous agenda in the USA and Ireland they set about ingratiating themselves with families that had impressionable girls in the puberty stage. Their preferred target is the 12yo to 15yo range.
During this time because she is very mentally disturbed Clare Godson also repeated (incredibly successful in the USA and Ireland) her vicious campaign of anonymous poison pen letters against anyone who might threaten the existence of her abusive paedophile cult.
These poison pen letters were invariably sent in envelopes bearing Clare Godson’s handwriting. Almost immediately Kelleher Newsdesk became aware of the presence of the Godsons in Benevent l’Abbaye resulting from the advertising campaign and the helpful presence of several retired journalists in the area.

The Godsons had disappeared so rapidly from Ireland we were very fearful they might never be caught for their abuse and other alleged crimes. We note that an Irish neighbour died in very mysterious circumstances after raising the alarm about Godson activities.

Policy:

Policy: get this straight from now on! All “rough justice” comments about Chris & Clare Godson and the membership of the Godson Cult will be binned immediately! They will not appear on these WHISTLEBLOWER Blogs about Chris and Clare Godson……………..the comments will be deleted unless they discuss the offending and “activities” of this couple intelligently. We have no room for violent “yobs” on our WHISTLEBLOWER Blogs. Comments from victims will be added to the Blogs if they discuss their experiences in a civil manner and seek judicial/legal punishment for the many crimes of the Godson Cult. Barely a day goes by without some illiterate “yob” screaming for totally illegal vengeance against the cult……………you are not going to have a public forum here! The WHISTLEBLOWER Blogs are intended to WARN the public to keep their distance from Chris & Clare Godson and to avoid contact with their bogus/suspect enterprises in la Creuse.

Today, a good many people are dead, dying, ill, malfunctioning, crippled or developing improperly as a result of their involvement with cults in Europe, the USA, Asia.

Some of them are being exploited, end up their lives and energies are being used for the benefit of a cult leader or his organization rather than themselves. Evidence is available to show that, in the name of religion: cult leaders have, and there is extensive documentation for all of this, harassed and intimidated members who try to leave the group.Created ill-feelings by members towards their families; Murdered a media informants; harassed ex-members and investigators who attempted to investigate cult abuses; attempted extortion from relatives; amassed stores of weapons; misrepresented the true purpose of their group; received illegal employment insurance payments; plotted to corrupt/infiltrate government agencies; forced child prostitution on members; sentenced vulnerable children to isolation for several months; bea ten, hosed down, sexually assaulted, murdered, starved to death, and tortured members, even children; denied medical help for members under various conditions including childbirth; induced illness and even death in members through improper dietary restrictions and stress; required members to obtain abortions, to engage in unhealthy behaviors, to marry strangers and even……………….to commit suicide.

The families of those lost to the Godson Cult in the USA, Ireland and now France have not yet developed a very effective system of mutual help.

That is why this Blog is leading the fight against abusive cults of the Godson type and focussing media attention on their cruelty and depravity!

Just enter Benevent l’Abbaye today and prominently positioned adverts for the Godson bogus enterprise of pilgrim gites and “Christian” B&B greet you……………. “Accueil Pelerin” is plastered all over their main house!
The so-called “pilgrim dormitory” is highlighted by every innocent/gullible tourist website in the Limousin.

Cults of the Godson type systematically deceive the public, conceal information, harass critics, and intimidate or dominate their own members to prevent a free flow of information.
Even so, existing data now suffices to convince any reasonable person that this is an important social issue, one that should be investigated and one that has issue mental health implications.
Please know that it is safe to contact us if you need to talk in confidence about your experiences with Chris and Clare Godson. Do you need help to escape their clutch now? WE CAN HELP!

Godson and his even more depraved wife, like most other messianic cult leaders, are basically abandoned, damaged, deeply hurt, angry, resentful, fearful inadequates……….. who feel unloved and unlovable. By becoming dominant cult leaders, they receive the unconditional love, attention and acceptance from their followers they always craved. And they can act out their infantile fantasies of omnipotence and control.

It is very noticeable how rapidly Chris and Clare Godson are deleting references to their “missionary” and “Christian” past since the Godson Cult came under intense media scrutiny in the Spring of 2010……….
amazing how quickly they decided to become ordinary people living ordinary lives!
They shreik denials that they were ever a cult or predatory paedophiles.

Ariela Cohen. October 2013.

Even 2013, in Europe and the United States of America, despite some horrendous insights into paedophile gangs/cults operating in sleepy towns of Wales or northern England, many officers in law enforcement, child welfare, the media, and the judicial process simply refuse to accept that there are elements of society who are committed to the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual destruction of children.

If you have further information about the “activities” of Chris Godson and Clare Godson please contact:
arielacohen99@gmail.com or kelleher.newsdesk@hotmail.co.uk

Please be mindful that the use of entrapment links include: pilgrim23.com; Godson TP; fossepro@orange.fr and a host of gullible/innocent ex-pat sites in France.

TAGS concerning Chris & Clare Godson:

CRIME BENEVENT L’ABBAYE, CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN BY CLARE GODSON, CHRIS GODSON IN THE NEWS, GODSON CULT SEX AND SEXUAL PERVERSIONS,RACISM & PERSECUTION BY GODSON COUPLE and tagged ,,, PAEDOPHILE COUPLE, CHRIS GODSON,,,,,, CHRIS AND CLARE GODSON, .

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We live in Benevent and came across this news while researching the area.
Do you have any newspaper reports from Ireland or any of the other countries?  Seems to be 4 jounalists reporting this at the moment.
This is a disgusting situation and something needs to be done.

We have some plans on this subject. arielacohen99@gmail.com

HOWEVER, looking back (so easy to read things in retrospectively), what the Godsons told me of their story (moving constantly from country to country) fitted in with the internet stories, and I have to say Chris Godson was not a man I’d wish to meet on a dark night alone.

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it is now time to update and simplify our guidelines for coming into contact with this cult:

The Godson Cult:

avoid introducing anyone under the age of 18yo to Chris or Clare Godson;

avoid introducing anyone who is vulnerable to the cult leadership;

do not book anyone under the age of 18yo into the gites or B&B operated by the cult in Benevent l’Abbaye;

do not leave any family members alone with the cult leadership;

avoid talking about your family to Chris & Clare Godson;

do not give information about younger members of family or their places of education;

do not leave any sensitive material about your family in your rooms if you are forced to stay in cult accommodation;

do not leave passports or valuables in your rooms;

secure all your room doors overnight;

make sure that you inform friends and family if you are forced to stay in cult operated gites or B&B in Benevent l’Abbaye (this applies to all ages);

make sure that family and friends are aware of your whereabouts after any stay with the Godsons;

establish a routine time for a phone call to friends and family;

be prepared to report any alarming behaviour by the cult leadership to the Gendarmerie or Police;

resist threats or aggressive persuasion used by the cult leadership;

avoid contact with any of the “helpers” they are usually teen and underage girls recruited to compromise guests and make them vulnerable to blackmail;

if you are blackmailed by the cult leadership contact the Gendarmerie or Police in Gueret (also arielacohen99@gmail.com);

do not accept lifts or offers of assistance from the cult leadership;

do not accept invitations to lunch or supper with the cult leadership;

do not offer any views on religion or start a discussion on religion with the Godson couple;

do not accept for one minute that the Godsons were missionaries in the accepted sense, they operated child brothels in Thailand and Cambodia;

email   arielacohen99@gmail.com    if you need urgent advice concerning the “activities” of Chris and Clare Godson;

if you withdraw from a contract/commission with Chris Godson do not be bullied with threats of legal action but report the matter to the authorities responsible for commerce in France:

if Godson piles on “extras” resist all threats and report the matter;

the Godson couple market their gites, B&B, fosse septique, building enterprise with  (understandably)  no mention of their predatory paedophile cult, be very careful in your contact with them.

This WHISTLEBLOWER Blog performs an essential service:

Can paedophiles be rehabilitated? Can their condition be managed so they don’t pose a threat to the community? Or should no chances be taken when it comes to the safety of children?

The Godsons have created a modern day network of slavery and child prostitution. They were making good progress with their enterprise but failed to spot this Blog coming and the media scrutiny initiated by Kelleher Newsdesk. Now they find it a liability to proclaim their missionary status when everyone now knows that this was a fraudulent boast.

Paul Kelleher continued his talk with an outline of the activities of the cult in Ireland:
“This couple not only abused these two girls themselves but also demonstrated how they were prepared to cynically exploit the vulnerable for profit by trafficking them into prostitution.
It is all the more shocking given the age of one of the victims.
They have shown no remorse for their actions and have forced the victims to stand up and recount these painful memories.”

As missionaries: they stood about smiling in USA shopping malls trying to fleece elderly and wealthy folk, and get their sweaty palms on bank account details.

The Godsons were sanctimonious parasites!
These were missionaries that had no interest in the poor and starving, their interest centred on emptying the accounts of vulnerable people.  This is still their primary aim in France!

Anyone answering the Godson adverts is like someone invited into a snake-pit or given a free pass to a “test our quick sand” event.
The danger is obvious with a snake-pit but slightly less obvious when you realise that the Godson couple  originally blazoned their adverts with words like “Christian,” and “former missionaries.” I must admit that as soon as I hear “wholesome” I know something may well be wrong.
I certainly do not gear my B&B or gite requirements by knowing that I will be invited to join a prayer group and partake of a “hearty breakfast” with “good Christian folk.” The USA origin of this pseudo-Christian cult should set alarm bells ringing for anyone who cares to do just a little bit of research into Chris and Clare Godson.

Ariela Cohen.

A confused and fragile lady (retired to La Creuse) was taken to the Bank by these “Christians” and obliged to withdraw substantial cash sums as a “deposit” on forthcoming work. Her son has given us copies of the withdrawl slips/statements and has asked us for help to retrieve the truly huge sums claimed for quite inadequate work.

We have been put in touch with a nunber of people who, we believe, have further insights into the Godsons.

Chris Godson uses a number of lines to scam his vulnerable clients:   “the authorities insist on extra work and this requires a raised price well above what was originally quoted in the devis.”

There is confirmed evidence that the elderly and vulnerable are a choice target for the “fund raising” activities of this evil couple, the Godsons frighten the elderly with tales of draconian “inspections” of fosse septiques and massive fines for contravening French regulations. Thousands of €uros are put on to the price of basic installations and Godson falsely claims to be the only supplier of particular makes of diffuser/fosse septique.

A  typical Godson ploy:   “new drainage problems have arisen requiring substantial sums in advance………………………….. I will take you to the ATM/cash machine to withdraw the cash.

This “additional” work scam is common with him………………..”

The Godsons are notorious for pushing the devis/estimate and then using the pressure of we have already drawn up plans and gone to considerable expenditure on your behalf.

They are very adept at moral pressure. If you have already commissioned Godson to carry out a project at your house, without being aware of his previous history, keep him outside in the grounds and carefully supervise any access to the interior he may demand. Also, do be mindful that he makes a great show of being generous with materials and time, and know that the building materials he is using have, in all probability, been  “leeched” from a previous project at the expense of the earlier client. Past employees have given us insights into the methods used by Godson to cut corners and secure commissions ie:    “I have already drawn up plans and sought permissions, and I have lost money on visiting your house……………I do expect you to sign and return the devis;”

The Godsons rely on the politeness of their target customer and pile on EXTRAS.

A typical Godson ploy:  if you withdraw from the commission you are breaking French Law……………..even although I am overcharging you and proposing to pile on extra costs……….

Sometimes a simple repair or investigation of a blockage is deliberately ignored by Godson and a quote for a complete system hammered into the prospective client.

Ariela Cohen & Robert Cahill.

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The Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris highlights the risks we journalists face when exposing crime & corruption.

This Whistleblower Blog warning the vulnerable to avoid contact with the Godson Cult.

Delving into the sordid past of the Godsons, on three continents, puts all at Kelleher Newsdesk in the firing line. They hate anyone who exposes their criminal depravity and do not hesitate to silence whistleblowers. A whistleblower/neighbour in Ireland died in very suspicious circumstances.

So many journalists have died this past year during investigations into corporate greed or governments that exploit their populations. In this case we are noting the activities of traffikers and abusers of young girls under the fraudulent umbrella of pseudo-Christian missionaries.

Whistleblower Journalists across the world face terrible risks exposing crime, cruelty and corruption. The Godson Cult has been exposed by our Whistleblower Journalists and we have to take exceptional precautions to protect ourselves. Reporting on criminals of this type is essential to protect the public and the vulnerable. The past two years have been the most deadly for journalists with threats and killings.

Ariela Cohen.

Please read Sam Ajemian’s book on this cult. http://www.samajemian.com/

An organisation associating itself with the Godson Cult and clearly in danger:

Evangelical Church 9b Place Bonnyaud Gueret
For further info contact
Jim Pat Scott tel 0555675478 scottjames@neuf.fr

A brief outline of the arrival of Chris and Clare Godson in Benevent l’Abbaye:

They arrived in the Spring of 2004 and immediately purchased ten properties in Benevent l’Abbaye. The bulk of these properties are occupied by cult members. Two properties are reserved for the purpose of “Christian” gites. One large building contains the “pilgrim dormitory” and a “Christian” B&B.  (This scruffy building is being given a facelift at the moment with new but cheap looking double glazing of the plastic type).
In addition some adherents of the cult purchased other dwellings in the centre of Benevent l’Abbaye. Most of the buildings contain deep cellars (cave in France) and given the previous history of the Godsons in the USA and Republic of Ireland the future/present use of these dungeon-like spaces causes anxiety to Kelleher Newsdesk.
Shortly after establishing themselves they mounted a huge advertising campaign for their gites, B&B, fosse septiques etc. All the advertising blatantly stated that they had been “missionaries” and a great many Christian websites were targetted by Chris and Clare Godson……to attract vulnerable pilgrims and the elderly retired ex-pat community.
Following their previous agenda in the USA and Ireland they set about ingratiating themselves with families that had impressionable daughters/girls in the puberty stage. Their preferred target is the 12yo to 15yo range.
During this time because she is very mentally disturbed Clare Godson also repeated (very successful in the USA and Ireland) her vicious campaign of anonymous poison pen letters against anyone who might threaten the existence of her abusive paedophile cult.

These poison pen letters were invariably sent in envelopes bearing Clare Godson’s handwriting. Almost immediately Kelleher Newsdesk became aware of the presence of the Godsons in Benevent l’Abbaye resulting from the advertising campaign and the helpful presence of several retired journalists in the area.
The Godsons had disappeared so rapidly from Ireland we were very fearful they might never be caught for their abuse and other alleged crimes. We note that an Irish neighbour died in very mysterious circumstances after raising the alarm about Godson “activities.”
Police raids in May on other members of the cult have drawn increased media scrutiny.
The Godsons have been touring their “circle” of friends in France to find the “leak.” They have been quite menacing to those who they perceive as weak links. The cult itself has changed its name with every new scandal having originally been rooted in the USA cult (The Family).
It is worth looking up this cult (The Family) on the internet to understand our legitimate concerns about what Chris and Clare Godson are up to, again, in France. France has some laws that cover abusive/paedophile cults like that operated by the Godsons.
The Godson name was, we understand, originally Soden.
At the moment I am making contact with journalists in Thailand where the Godsons also made their presence felt!

Paul Kelleher.

 

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     This Christian missionary group is notorious for their practices of free sex, prostitution, homosexuality, adult-child sex and incest.

     Its founder David Berg believed the Bible provides scriptural justification for incest. He said he regretted not having sex with his own mother. His granddaughter was one of his regular sex partners.
     The present leader, Karen Zerby, is an enthusiastic follower of Berg’s teachings, going as far as having sexual intercourse with her own son Davidito when he was 12.
    
After leaving the group, Davidito sought to locate his mother with the purpose of killing her. Unable to find her, he settled for plan B – killing Zerby’s secretary, one of the women who had sexually abused him as a child.

Controversy has surrounded the group since its beginning in California in 1968. They caused church disturbances, which at times led to violent, physical confrontations. The police had to be called and the intruders jailed.
     During the early to mid-seventies the group started using sex to make converts. Close to a quarter of a million men were sexually serviced by the group’s prostitutes. They even operated their own escort services. Fixed prices were set for various sexual acts. There was cult-directed child prostitution.
     In 1978 they staged a fake disbanding of the group in response to the negative media attention following the Jonestown tragedy. Shortly thereafter, members were sent to infiltrate churches and fundraise. They were to keep their association with the Children of God (COG) secret. By the use of such deception they were able to raise a lot of financial support.
     Most of the adult-child sex took place during the early to mid-eighties. This practice was normative and institutionalized. Mothers were giving their children to adults for sex. Parents were sexually involved with their own children. There was sexual contact between parent and child of the same sex. According to Zerby, half or more of the adult men in the group had sexual involvement with minors.
     Several raids of the group’s communities took place in the early nineties and a number of court cases started. There was a great amount of publicity world-wide. Huge TV audiences watched in shocked disbelief footage from videos smuggled out of the group showing ten-year-old girls dancing naked for Berg.
     Members of the group conducted a massive cover-up at this time deceiving and misleading many investigators and judges. Some of them have since left the group and have admitted to such lying. The group pretended that they never promoted adult-child sex, that they didn’t even know such things were happening, and that as soon as they “found out” in 1986 they stopped all such practices. They have repeated this lie for many years. The truth is that adult-child sex continued at least into the early nineties.
     They claim that Berg never believed in, or promoted adult-child sex. The problem was that it had not been communicated more clearly to the group that the sexual freedoms he preached did not apply to children. They should have explained better that adult-child sex was not allowed. A greater lie could not have been told! It is as plain as day in their literature that Berg pushed adult-child sex. There were sex schedules posted on the walls with names of adults paired to have sex with minors! Adult-child sex was a practice that was officially sanctioned from the top. It most certainly was not just random pedophilia on the part of some. They were not just a few isolated cases, as the Family claims.
     Many first hand accounts of child sexual abuse can be found at the various former member websites as well as other places. Even members of the group have admitted to such crimes. In reading these accounts, it becomes very clear that these abuses were going on in many of the group’s homes all around the world and for a long period of time.
    The greatest milestone as far as bringing the truth out to the public was a nearly 300-page court document, the “Judgment” of Lord Justice Ward of the High Court in London, England (1995). He found that there had been widespread cult-directed adult-child sex. He spent many pages in the “Judgment” proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that the organization had indeed pushed these practices.
     What really happened in the mid-eighties is that partly because of fear of the law and partly because some of the minor girls were being traumatized by these sexual encounters with adults, this previously-widespread practice was restricted.
     What will erase once and for all any and all doubt concerning the group’s beliefs and practices is reading their own literature. That they promoted adult-child sex is very clearly stated in their writings. They explain in great detail that the changes that have taken place were not because there was anything wrong with such practices.
     It appears that by the end of the eighties adult-child sex was completely stopped among the rank and file. However, it continued in Berg’s household and among the top leadership around the world. There is really no way to determine if at present (2006) adult-child sex still continues.
     Just when it seemed that this slippery cult had gotten cornered and caught, the group succeeded in deceiving Judge Ward in London that they had reformed. He concluded that though bad things had happened in the past, things were now OK. His false reassurances led many to believe that the problems of the past no longer existed.
     I have no problem admitting that changes have taken place and that things did improve during the second half of the eighties. The truth remains, however, that there has not been a fundamental or true change. Most of what has taken place is nothing more than necessary adjustments to external pressures. Berg flatly stated that he would rather die than deny his doctrines. Zerby had a meeting with her top leaders from around the world in 1992 where she stated that there was nothing wrong with sexually fondling children.
     Judge Ward got it wrong. There is no question about that! He was led to this false conclusion by various uninformed academics among whom Gordon Melton and Susan Palmer. It is truly remarkable how ignorant these pro-COG apologists really were on these matters and the degree of bias they showed in favor of the cult. The “research” of these supposed top authorities on cults is inexcusably poor. It is downright laughable.
     Though they promised they were becoming more mainstream, the group is getting crazier and crazier. In 1995 they came up with a new doctrine that promotes sex with Jesus! Zerby turned out to be just as delusional as Berg. She believes she pre-existed and was Jesus’ lover. When she returns to heaven she will sail in her favorite yacht having sex with Jesus day and night!
     “Jesus” encourages 14-year-old boys to masturbate and ejaculate to Him! These teenagers are instructed to imagine they are female and to visualize that Jesus is penetrating their vaginas! Elsewhere Jesus tells the teens to have oral sex and masturbate each other.
     You need to read some of this literature to appreciate the degree of this insanity. They talk dirty to Jesus, they ask Him to “f..k” them. They tell Jesus they want to perform oral sex on Him. They tell Him things like, “I’m desperate for Your big, hard penis!” Picture thousands of members, both male and female, in their well-hidden communities all around the world, spreading their legs at night and moaning and groaning and masturbating to Jesus!
     Contrary to cult propaganda, The Family International (TFI) as the group is now calling itself, is not a fit place for a child to be raised in. What parent in his or her right mind would allow their child to spend even a short time in this kind of an environment? Yet, there is no public outcry, no strong outrage, no real concern—the kind that moves one to do something. Have we reached the point where these things don’t shock us any longer? God help us all!
      Back in the late eighties many members of the group were expelled by various governments. In the late nineties, The Family established a multitude of humanitarian front groups. Hiding under the cover of these organizations, members of the cult have been able to return back to the countries from which they were expelled. Child abusers, who should have been locked up long ago for the many crimes they have committed, not only are free to walk the streets, but are providing direct services to children.
     These NGOs (Non Government Organizations) operate under the umbrella of Family Care Foundation (FCF), a fundraising arm of the Family. Though FCF denies any connection with the Family there is no question that FCF is a Family front. I know the FCF president, Grant Montgomery, well. I lived with him when I was in the cult. He was Berg’s right hand man and later become the group’s Prime Minister, the third person in the hierarchy of the Family. FCF has raised millions of dollars from unsuspecting donors. Some of them were shocked when they later found out where their money was going! 
     I was a member of this group for ten years (1969-1979). Since 1990 I have been heavily involved in former-member activism. Over the years I have published more than a dozen newsletters and have authored two booklets about the Family. In 2005 I self-published a 300-page book entitled The Children of God Cult, aka The Family. (ISBN: 0-9774519-0-9)
     The content of The Children of God Cult, aka The Family is sexually explicit. It is not an easy book to read. But it will show you very clearly what is going on under our noses, in these TFI communities all around the world.
     This book is a call to action! What can be of higher priority than reaching these children? One day they are going to point an accusing finger at us and demand to know why we didn’t do more to rescue them. There is no excuse for such apathy! It is an outrage that a group like the Family can continue as long as it has.
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Can paedophiles be rehabilitated? Can their condition be managed so they don’t pose a threat to the community? Or should no chances be taken when it comes to the safety of children?

Can paedophiles be rehabilitated? Can their condition be managed so they don’t pose a threat to the community? Or should no chances be taken when it comes to the safety of children?

Chloe
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We live in Benevent and came across this news while researching the area.
Do you have any newspaper reports from Ireland or any of the other countries?  Seems to be 4 jounalists reporting this at the moment.
This is a disgusting situation and something needs to be done.

We have some plans on this subject. arielacohen99@gmail.com

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it is now time to update and simplify our guidelines for coming into contact with this cult:

The Godson Cult:

avoid introducing anyone under the age of 18yo to Chris or Clare Godson;

avoid introducing anyone who is vulnerable to the cult leadership;

do not book anyone under the age of 18yo into the gites or B&B operated by the cult in Benevent l’Abbaye;

do not leave any family members alone with the cult leadership;

avoid talking about your family to Chris & Clare Godson;

do not give information about younger members of family or their places of education;

do not leave any sensitive material about your family in your rooms if you are forced to stay in cult accommodation;

do not leave passports or valuables in your rooms;

secure all your room doors overnight;

make sure that you inform friends and family if you are forced to stay in cult operated gites or B&B in Benevent l’Abbaye (this applies to all ages);

make sure that family and friends are aware of your whereabouts after any stay with the Godsons;

establish a routine time for a phone call to friends and family;

be prepared to report any alarming behaviour by the cult leadership to the Gendarmerie or Police;

resist threats or aggressive persuasion used by the cult leadership;

avoid contact with any of the “helpers” they are usually teen and underage girls recruited to compromise guests and make them vulnerable to blackmail;

if you are blackmailed by the cult leadership contact the Gendarmerie or Police in Gueret (also arielacohen99@gmail.com);

do not accept lifts or offers of assistance from the cult leadership;

do not accept invitations to lunch or supper with the cult leadership;

do not offer any views on religion or start a discussion on religion with the Godson couple;

do not accept for one minute that the Godsons were missionaries in the accepted sense, they operated child brothels in Thailand and Cambodia;

email   arielacohen99@gmail.com    if you need urgent advice concerning the “activities” of Chris and Clare Godson;

if you withdraw from a contract/commission with Chris Godson do not be bullied with threats of legal action but report the matter to the authorities responsible for commerce in France:

if Godson piles on “extras” resist all threats and report the matter;

the Godson couple market their gites, B&B, fosse septique, building enterprise with  (understandably)  no mention of their predatory paedophile cult, be very careful in your contact with them.

This WHISTLEBLOWER Blog performs an essential service:

Can paedophiles be rehabilitated? Can their condition be managed so they don’t pose a threat to the community? Or should no chances be taken when it comes to the safety of children?

The Godsons have created a modern day network of slavery and child prostitution. They were making good progress with their enterprise but failed to spot this Blog coming and the media scrutiny initiated by Kelleher Newsdesk. Now they find it a liability to proclaim their missionary status when everyone now knows that this was a fraudulent boast.

Paul Kelleher continued his talk with an outline of the activities of the cult in Ireland:
“This couple not only abused these two girls themselves but also demonstrated how they were prepared to cynically exploit the vulnerable for profit by trafficking them into prostitution.
It is all the more shocking given the age of one of the victims.
They have shown no remorse for their actions and have forced the victims to stand up and recount these painful memories.”

As missionaries: they stood about smiling in USA shopping malls trying to fleece elderly and wealthy folk, and get their sweaty palms on bank account details.

The Godsons were sanctimonious parasites!
These were missionaries that had no interest in the poor and starving, their interest centred on emptying the accounts of vulnerable people.  This is still their primary aim in France!

Anyone answering the Godson adverts is like someone invited into a snake-pit or given a free pass to a “test our quick sand” event.
The danger is obvious with a snake-pit but slightly less obvious when you realise that the Godson couple  originally blazoned their adverts with words like “Christian,” and “former missionaries.” I must admit that as soon as I hear “wholesome” I know something may well be wrong.
I certainly do not gear my B&B or gite requirements by knowing that I will be invited to join a prayer group and partake of a “hearty breakfast” with “good Christian folk.” The USA origin of this pseudo-Christian cult should set alarm bells ringing for anyone who cares to do just a little bit of research into Chris and Clare Godson.

Ariela Cohen.

A confused and fragile lady (retired to La Creuse) was taken to the Bank by these “Christians” and obliged to withdraw substantial cash sums as a “deposit” on forthcoming work. Her son has given us copies of the withdrawl slips/statements and has asked us for help to retrieve the truly huge sums claimed for quite inadequate work.

We have been put in touch with a nunber of people who, we believe, have further insights into the Godsons.

Chris Godson uses a number of lines to scam his vulnerable clients:   “the authorities insist on extra work and this requires a raised price well above what was originally quoted in the devis.”

There is confirmed evidence that the elderly and vulnerable are a choice target for the “fund raising” activities of this evil couple, the Godsons frighten the elderly with tales of draconian “inspections” of fosse septiques and massive fines for contravening French regulations. Thousands of €uros are put on to the price of basic installations and Godson falsely claims to be the only supplier of particular makes of diffuser/fosse septique.

A  typical Godson ploy:   “new drainage problems have arisen requiring substantial sums in advance………………………….. I will take you to the ATM/cash machine to withdraw the cash.

This “additional” work scam is common with him………………..”

The Godsons are notorious for pushing the devis/estimate and then using the pressure of we have already drawn up plans and gone to considerable expenditure on your behalf.

They are very adept at moral pressure. If you have already commissioned Godson to carry out a project at your house, without being aware of his previous history, keep him outside in the grounds and carefully supervise any access to the interior he may demand. Also, do be mindful that he makes a great show of being generous with materials and time, and know that the building materials he is using have, in all probability, been  “leeched” from a previous project at the expense of the earlier client. Past employees have given us insights into the methods used by Godson to cut corners and secure commissions ie:    “I have already drawn up plans and sought permissions, and I have lost money on visiting your house……………I do expect you to sign and return the devis;”

The Godsons rely on the politeness of their target customer and pile on EXTRAS.

A typical Godson ploy:  if you withdraw from the commission you are breaking French Law……………..even although I am overcharging you and proposing to pile on extra costs……….

Sometimes a simple repair or investigation of a blockage is deliberately ignored by Godson and a quote for a complete system hammered into the prospective client.

Ariela Cohen & Robert Cahill.

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    GODSON TP à Bénévent-l’Abbaye. Équipement de la maison, Équipement extérieur.

imagesimagesimagesimagesimagesimagesimagesimagesimagesimagessundaypost090111.JPG.w300h411Sun180211pages4and5dailystarsunday270211images2e862-images28229brixton-prisoncccfa-occult-child_abuse6eae8-images23bbb-img2219644a-images28129a8d64-pedohile-8-yers29c84-img2207ec12-10oct1319d4b8-002HOWEVER, looking back (so easy to read things in retrospectively), what the Godsons told me of their story (moving constantly from country to country) fitted in with the internet stories, and I have to say Chris Godson was not a man I’d wish to meet on a dark night alone.   Scuffy…………….on pilgim website.

 

fossepro.com

Even 2014, in Europe and the United States of America, despite some horrendous insights into paedophile gangs/cults operating in sleepy towns of Wales or northern England, many officers in law enforcement, child welfare, the media, and the judicial process simply refuse to accept that there are elements of society who are committed to the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual destruction of children and young people.

If you have further information about the “activities” of Chris Godson and Clare Godson please contact: arielacohen99@gmail.com or kelleher.newsdesk@hotmail.co.uk

Please be mindful that the use of entrapment links include: Godson TP; fossepro.com;  fossepro@orange.fr and a host of gullible/innocent ex-pat sites in France.

Email received on 13/10/2013.

“When you have met as many sex offenders as I have, you know that they do tend to be of a certain type. Usually a combination of very dirty, greasy, foul, smelly, creepy, inadequate, waster…………………………… I met Godson recently in Bourganeuf and he fits the image perfectly. I told him I would think about his devis.”

To the Godsons:  The children you have hurt and abused are putting together an enormous file of testimony about your crimes.

Shock: imagine the shock at news of a predatory paedophile cult operating behind the doors of seemingly normal houses (imagine the shock in Benevent l’Abbaye about Chris and Clare Godson)………..
Most people with their history of abuse and cruelty would hide under a dung heap rather than advertise their services in every ex-pat journal!
The Godson continue their shameless and defiant search for cash cows in the Limousin. They continue their endless quest for vulnerable pilgrims wandering into Benevent l’Abbaye.

I think it is fair to say that this Blog must send a shiver of fear down the spines of Chris and Clare Godson.
We are now going to list (some) of the properties of this cult in Benevent l’Abbaye as an illustration of their expanding cult and scheming:

A) 2 large properties in Rue de Montlery comprising “pilgrim dormitory/self-catering annexe” and “Christian” B&B, also large semi-derelict building for cult converts/recruits/converts being used for labouring purposes;
B)large windowless property in Rue Sarrazine used by cult for unknown purposes;
C) 2 large properties in Rue des Remparts used to house converts/recruits and pilgrim gites;
D) 1 large property in Rue de la Liberte used to house senior visiting members of cult;
E) 3 large properties in Rue de la Chabanne used for housing established members and recruits;
F) several buildings in Rue Fontanier used for unknown purposes.

Despite having operated in Benevent l’Abbaye for years since 2004, the cult had seemingly gone unnoticed by the rest of this sleepy French town until our WHISTLEBLOWER Blogs exposed them.

We at Kelleher Newsdesk are rapidly becoming convinced that Chris and Clare Godson are the centre of a child prostitution/abuse ring with global reach and connections.
At first, we thought it was all a local Irish (Wicklow) problem and then we discovered the USA links (the Children of God and so called Christian outreach activities) and interviewed victims. Now we are aware that this evil cult set-up has migrated to a sleepy part of Central France.
The “activities” are cloaked by a somewhat suspect “pilgrim dormitory” and “Christian” B&B.
A bit more digging and we find links to Thailand and Cambodia!
More digging and we find links to Belgian child abduction networks and notorious paedophile networks stretching as far as Norway and Sweden.

Email received on 13/10/2013.

“I believe this cult/prayer group was just a cover up for them to act out their sadistic pedophile fantasies. They seemed very organized. I suddenly feel very ill when I think of that time in my life!”

 

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Removal of False Accusation on Web?

It is now time to update and simplify our guidelines for coming into contact with the Godson Cult:

avoid introducing anyone under the age of 18yo to Chris or Clare Godson;
avoid introducing anyone who is vulnerable to the cult leadership;
do not book anyone under the age of 18yo into the gites or B&B operated by the cult in Benevent l’Abbaye;
do not leave any family members alone with the Godson Cult leadership;
avoid talking about your family to Chris & Clare Godson;
do not give information about younger members of family or their places of education;
do not leave any sensitive material about your family in your rooms if you are forced to stay in cult accommodation;
do not leave passports or valuables in your rooms;
secure all your room doors overnight;
make sure that you inform friends and family if you are forced to stay in Godson Cult operated gites or B&B in Benevent l’Abbaye (this applies to all ages);
make sure that family and friends are aware of your whereabouts after any stay with the Godsons; establish a routine time for a phone call to friends and family;
be prepared to report any alarming behaviour by the cult leadership to the Gendarmerie or Police;
resist threats or aggressive persuasion used by the cult leadership;
avoid contact with any of the “helpers” they are usually teen and underage girls recruited to compromise guests and make them vulnerable to blackmail;
if you are blackmailed by the cult leadership contact the Gendarmerie or Police in Gueret (also arielacohen99@gmail.com);
do not accept lifts or offers of assistance from the cult leadership; do not accept invitations to lunch or supper with the cult leadership;
do not offer any views on religion, bible study, do not start a discussion on religion with the Godson couple; do not accept for one minute that the Godsons were missionaries in the accepted sense, they operated child brothels in Thailand and Cambodia;
email   arielacohen99@gmail.com    if you need urgent advice concerning the “activities” of Chris and Clare Godson;
if you withdraw from a contract/commission with Chris Godson do not be bullied with threats of legal action but report the matter to the authorities responsible for commerce in France;
if Godson attempts to charge unsolicited “extras” resist all threats and report the matter;
the Godson couple advertise/market their gites, B&B, fosse septique, building enterprise with  (understandably)  no mention of their predatory paedophile cult, be very careful in your contact with them.

Het is nu tijd om te werken en te vereenvoudigen onze richtlijnen voor het in contact komen met de Godson Cult :

voorkomen dat er iemand onder de leeftijd van 18yo aan Chris of Clare Godson ;
voorkomen dat er iedereen die kwetsbaar is voor de cultus leiderschap ;
niet iedereen onder de leeftijd van 18yo boeken in de gîtes of B & B wordt beheerd door de cultus in Benevent l’ Abbaye ;
geen enkele familieleden niet alleen laten met de Godson Cult leiderschap ;
voorkomen dat praten over je familie naar Chris & Clare Godson ;
geen informatie over de jongere leden van de familie of hun plaats van onderwijs niet geven ;
geen enkel gevoelig materiaal niet te laten over uw gezin in uw kamer als je gedwongen om te verblijven in cult accommodatie ;
geen paspoort of waardevolle spullen in uw kamer ;
beveiligen van al uw deuren ‘s nachts ;
zorg ervoor dat je vrienden en familie op de hoogte als je gedwongen om te verblijven in Godson Cult bediend gîtes of B & B in Benevent l’ Abbaye ( dit geldt voor alle leeftijden) ;
Zorg ervoor dat familie en vrienden op de hoogte zijn van uw verblijfplaats na een verblijf met de Peetzonen , opzetten van een routine tijd voor een telefoontje naar vrienden en familie ;
bereid zijn om eventuele alarmerende gedrag van de cultus leiding van de gendarmerie of politie melden;
weerstaan ​​bedreigingen of agressieve overtuiging gebruikt door de cultus leiderschap ;
contact met een van de ” helpers ” zijn ze meestal tiener en minderjarige meisjes geworven om compromissen te sluiten gasten en maakt ze kwetsbaar voor chantage te voorkomen;
als je gechanteerd door de cultus leiderschap contact de Rijkswacht of Politie in Gueret ( ook arielacohen99@gmail.com ) ;
geen liften of aanbiedingen van de bijstand van de cultus leiderschap te accepteren , niet uitnodigingen voor lunch of avondmaal met de cultus leiderschap te accepteren ;
niet te spreken over religie bieden , bijbelstudie , niet een discussie over religie met de Godson paar te beginnen; niet accepteren gedurende een minuut dat de Peetzonen waren missionarissen in de aanvaarde betekenis , bediende ze kind bordelen in Thailand en Cambodja ;
e-mail arielacohen99@gmail.com als u dringend advies over de “activiteiten” van Chris en Clare Godson nodig ;
als je terug te trekken uit een overeenkomst / opdracht met Chris Godson niet worden gepest met dreiging van juridische stappen , maar de zaak aan de autoriteiten die verantwoordelijk zijn voor de handel in Frankrijk ;
indien Godson probeert ongevraagde “extra’s” te laden weerstaan ​​alle bedreigingen en rapporteren de zaak ;
de Godson paar adverteren / markt hun gites, B & B , septic tank , bouwen onderneming met ( begrijpelijkerwijs ) geen melding van hun roofzuchtige pedofiele sekte , heel voorzichtig zijn in je contact met hen .

Removal of False Accusation on Web?

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Removal of False Accusation on Web?

  • 20 février 2014 12:19:50 PST

    Legal Issue:

    Someone has created a blog entitled lacreusehostsevilcult.blogspot.com which states that my husband and I are paedophiles. Our names, business names, address and phone nos. are published on this site – as a result we have to turn off all phones at night or we are disturbed by nuisance phone calls. Also, locally people have read this site and have warned others not to have anything to do with us as they have read that we are paedophiles. Can we get this site(s) removed? We have tried complaining to WordPress, Google and the local police and either we have had no reply or have been told nothing can be done.
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    First Name: Clare Lavinia
    Last Name: Godson
    Phone:
    Email: lachouettebenevent@orange.fr
    Phone: 33555626112
    Address: 17 rue du Montlhery
    City: Benevent L’Abbaye
    Country: France

    The Godsons constantly seek to silence legitimate investigations into their activities in the USA, Thailand, Ireland and now France.
    They have hacked into our email account and this has taken some considerable effort to secure and rectify!
    They have damaged our original WHISTLEBLOWER Blog and this will be repaired shortly:   lacreusehostsevilcult.blogspot.com

    The Godson Cult in Benevent l’Abbaye is altogether a very sophisticated operation! The Godsons have learnt from their time in Thailand, Cambodia, the USA and Ireland exactly how to present themselves as decent hardworking “Christian” folk. Chris and Clare Godson have made an excellent job of covering their tracks from continent to continent drawing a veil over their lucrative child brothels and shameless exploitation of the vulnerable. They possess, we understand from correspondents, over 20 properties in Benevent l’Abbaye which accommodate recruits and converts to their pseudo-Christian cult. The proceeds for this property portfolio came from brothels and scamming donations out of the vulnerable. The results of their ceaseless campaign to draw-in young girls always ends up with traumatised and damaged kids.

    The Godsons deny that they are a cult and deny their evil past in the USA, Ireland, Cambodia, Thailand and now France. They maintain the myth that anyone taking an interest in their sick “activities” is malicious.

    The Godson Cult an overview of their activities in Benevent l’Abbaye:

    Posted originally in 2010 by Robert Cahill.

    What the Godsons had not counted on was the endurance of victims and their hunger for justice………….

    Updated from an article first published in September 20, 2012

    Paul Kelleher         

    Kelleher Newsdesk.

    What the Godsons had not counted on was the endurance of victims and their hunger for justice………….

    Year after year we have all campaigned for a terrible wrong to be recognised!

    From the depraved Godson couple all we have received are insults, indifference, stone-walling, lies, denials, threats and not a shred of remorse.

    Historical child abuse accusations are very difficult to prove, there is rarely any physical evidence and a case is often one person’s word against another, and presumed innocence will more often than not result in a perpetrator not being prosecuted.

    Email from a victim:    ”that it has taken this long to get closer to justice is absolutely outrageous in a modern society.”

    The cover up by the authorities:  who have allowed the Godsons to continuously flit from one jurisdiction to another is almost at an end!

    Strength and determination on the part of victims, survivors, families drawn into this cult, and Kelleher Newsdesk is starting to show results………………………………

    The victims:  are writing to all the Prefectures in France expressing dismay about this cult and its “activities.” In addition, the victims are contacting suppliers and manufacturers of septo-diffusers etc.

    Our WHISTLEBLOWER Blogs have topped the magic 36,345  visits today! Yes, 36,345  people know about you Mrs.Godson and know about your sordid meat-rack  and shameful abuse!

    A remorseful former member of the cult has emailed us with some absolutely appalling insights into the activities of the leadership in Thailand and Cambodia.

    The leadership of the cult ran child brothels in Thailand & Cambodia:

    the televisions in the brothel
    only ever showed hardcore pornography and all the magazines and books in
    the building featured the same content. Self-esteem was controlled by
    keeping the children naked as much as possible and forcing them to perform
    menial tasks and sex acts. Hours were spent drumming it into the children
    that they were stupid, and lucky to have beds where they could have sex and
    sell their bodies, and at all times, they were reminded that their
    principal asset was their ability to sexually gratify adults by using every
    h***  in their bodies.

    Please email: arielacohen99@gmail.com

    fossepro.wordpress.com: a recently created entrapment site for the Godson Cult.

    My friend and colleague, journalist Robert Cahill, remarked in 2009 that we “hover between pity and loathing” for this woman. She was born into a hopelessly dysfunctional family setting where she was bruised and warped by the abuse and cruelty of her, East End racketeer, father Harry Soden. It was decided, at some stage in her childhood, to wash away the lowly East End roots and put the girl into a Surrey boarding school where she could have a thin veneer of “poshness” and respectability applied. It was at this school that Clare Soden thrived as the merciless leader of a “pack” of bullies. In recent months there has been an outpouring of memories of misery by the bullied, indeed many of the victims demanding justice and something close to revenge. It is quite a difficult path for us to keep our WHISTLEBLOWER Blog dispassionate when we hear of the suffering inflicted by this very disturbed woman when a child.

    Our correspondents, from this period, speak of the fear engendered by coming into contact with Clare. We understand that Clare spared no one. Young pupils begged their parents to take them away. The bullying was institutionalised when Clare wangled the position of “Head Girl.” This gave the young Clare, exhibiting obvious personality disorders, a chance to create protection rackets worthy of her East End roots. In this sad time for the school, Clare hunted and tormented anyone she perceived as an intellectually gifted pupil or alternatively vulnerable to extreme bullying. Our correspondents all assert that savage beatings were the norm under the umbrella of the “Head Girl” title. Many of our correspondents speak of extreme sexual perversion already evident in Clare’s “capricious punishments” for the target pupil. It did seem to pupils at the time that nothing could touch Clare Soden. A parent might complain to the Head or teachers about the bullying and find that it gave Clare a further opportunity to single out the child of the complainer and make their life a world of misery. This must have been an incredibly dark period in the history of B****** School. Boarding schools of this type were closed communities where horrific bullying and perversion could go unchallenged. Our correspondents all assert that the staff were deeply frightened of Clare Soden and seemed unable to control the “gang” activities she introduced. They all suggest that Clare was blackmailing staff members. Clare tortured new pupils with impunity and exacted heavy payments for small favours. Failing to pay Clare Soden produced far worse than a “slapping” for the target pupil. Clare was at this time developing forms of psychological torture that she has brought to the service of the foundation USA cult and to her offshoot cult in Benevent l’Abbaye. She was also perfecting ways of draining funds from the vulnerable that she has brought to the service of the present cult. It can be no surprise that someone brought up in a climate of shameful parental abuse, deprived of even the basic norms of behaviour, should go on to create one of the most evil cults we have investigated. It comes as no surprise that, under the umbrella of a “Christian outreach programme” in the far East, she should form a relationship with an old-fashioned “perv” who would eventually become her husband and joint leader of the cult. This gave them an opportunity to brand themselves as former “missionaries” in their early advertising in 2004. This tawdry claim has been deleted from much of their present adverts as more evidence of criminality has come to light. Her husband has the far from affectionate nick of “Creeeeepy Chris” in the Benevent l’Abbaye area.

    Ariela Cohen      arielacohen99@gmail.com   March 2014.

    Neighbours objected to the suspicious “comings and goings.”

    Originally Posted on October 26, 2012

    Chris and Clare Godson, we are told, regularly provoked the ire of neighbours in Wicklow who objected to the suspicious “comings and goings.”
    Amongst the most alarmed was the lady next door, an outraged woman whose house was positioned in-between Godson’s and one of his paedophile converts to the cult.
    She and her husband kept a close watch on what went on in the Godson house………………………and tried desperately to alert the somnolent authorities to the unfolding horror!

    The husband died in a “mysterious” vehicle accident after raising the alarm about the presence of “underage” girls and “pervy” looking men visiting the Godson home. Several WHISTLEBLOWERS about the Godson Cult have died in “unexplained” accidents!

    The concerned neighbours don’t seem to have too impressed by the explanations of “spiritual” improvement given by the Godson couple to cloak what was in fact a child brothel administered by Clare Godson.
    The neighbour was interviewed in the local press and described regular conflict between her and the Godson couple involving a procession of complaints to the police and the local authority. “It was a brothel in every possible way and the clients were clearly attracted to the twelve year old girls that stayed over at the Godsons,” she said.

    Update 2012:  the Godsons have bought over 20 properties in Benevent l’Abbaye (France) and have stationed an “odd set” of converts/recruits in all the buildings. Many of these recruits seem to work on the plumbing/renovation enterprises for negligable pay and look “spaced out” with vacant un-focussed expressions. Most of the Godson work team appear to be stunted lowlife characters on the run from UK legal issues and the police.

    Edited from a Robert Cahill article in: http://lacreusehostsevilcult.blogspot.com

    • In the next few days I will highlight some of the unsavoury idiosyncrasies of the parent USA cult using articles drawn from well informed sources on the internet.
    • Also of interest is a detailed article (Limerick Post) on the activities of the cult in Ireland: Castleconnell area was base for child sex cult, claims victim. It is worth noting that the Godsons fled Ireland in 2004 with no more than two cars, some suitcases and their two children.
    Limerick Post – Ireland

    Writings on pedophilia from Family (Children of God) publications

    DISCLAIMER: Publications by The Family are archived here for educational purposes. The content is occasionally sexually explicit, offensive or promotive of criminal acts and we collect them to document their existence and wording but do not condone the points of view or activities. Original spelling, grammar, and style have been preserved where possible.

    [edit]Child Brides

    From Child Brides!, DO 902, 1977-04-04

    Child Brides!” – cover

    5. … I hope all of our young kids have plenty of sex. I hope they won’t have all those frustrations, inhibitions, phobias, neuroses & whatnot from sex deprivation demanded by the System!

    6. IT’S A PERFECTLY NORMAL APPETITE like any other appetite. It needs satisfaction just like any other, & you really really really get frustrated if you can’t have it. You can get such guilt complexes, too, for having any. But why did the Lord make you able to have children at the age of 11, 12 & 13 if you weren’t supposed to have sex then?

    19. IN INDIA THEY OFTEN HAD CHILD BRIDES AT SEVEN YEARS OF AGE! They can get married at that age! Then they could do all the fucking they want without having to worry about any kids until they are 12 years old! (Maria: And by that time they’ll for sure be ready for some!)

    62. (MARIA: DO YOU THINK OUR KIDS MIGHT FEEL A LITTLE FUNNY about what people would think?) Yes, but Honey, we’re revolutionary! Why worry about what people will think? We live in a different style of life in defiance of the System, so why shouldn’t we do it on that score too? If the System won’t permit us to let them actually legally get married at that age, why not just let them live together & have children anyhow?–So what? –They’d probably accuse us of contributing to the delinquency of minors or corrupting minors!-That’s the God-defying System! GHU!

    [edit]The Devil Hates Sex!—But God Loves It!

    From The Devil Hates Sex!—But God Loves It!, DFO 999, 1980-05-20

    The Devil Hates Sex” – cover

    22. IT’S BEEN SO INGRAINED & INDOCTRINATED IN THEM NOW FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS beginning with the Jews & right on with the Catholic Church. The whole idea that sex is so wicked & sinful, so vile & horrible, so awful & the worst of all sins, & so the worst of all sexual sins is with children. “How could you besmirch & defile & violate your own child?—An under-age minor!”

    23. I DON’T KNOW WHAT THE HELL AGE HAS GOT TO DO WITH IT when God made’m able to enjoy it practically from the time they’re born! But though God didn’t count them as under age to have sexual feelings & sexual responses & sexual nerves & sexual orgasms from the time they’re born, the System prohibits them from having them until they’re 18 to 21 years of age!

    25. AND MY GOD, YOU DON’T DARE TALK ABOUT INCEST, it’s almost a word you don’t dare even hardly pronounce in private, much less engage in it! You can’t even teach your own children about sex! You can be accused of incest or corrupting a minor or promoting juvenile delinquency or contributing to the delinquency of a minor. I mean there are oodles of all kinds of crazy laws about sex.

    35. AS FAR AS GOD’S CONCERNED THERE ARE NO MORE SEXUAL PROHIBITIONS HARDLY OF ANY KIND, EXCEPT HE SURE SEEMED TO HATE SODOMY & I don’t see where He withdrew that.—But whatever it is, there might be exceptions as long as it’s in love. God’s only law is Love!—And I’ll tell you, it’s dangerous because the System sure hates it, & the System’s laws & everything are geared against sexual activities of all kinds & types, particularly having anything to do with children!

    69. THE ONLY WAY TO GET FREE OF [Satan] AND HIS LIES AND HIS PROHIBITIONS AND GUILT COMPLEXES ABOUT SEX is to get rid of his lies and his lying propaganda, his anti-sex propaganda, and believe the Lord and His Word and His Creation and God’s Love and His freedom! That there’s nothing in the world at all wrong with sex as long as it’s practiced in love, whatever it is or whoever it’s with, no matter who or what age or what relative or what manner! And you don’t hardly dare even say these words in private! If the law ever got a hold of this, they’d try to string me up! They’d probably lynch me before I got to the jail!

    110. I’M TALKING ABOUT NATURAL NORMAL GODLY LOVE AS MANIFESTED IN SEX, as far as I’m concerned for whomever! There are no relationship restrictions or age limitations in His law of love. But system laws make it all against the law, and if I’d tell you what I think, I’d probably break the law publishing it! Whew! Wow! The system really stinks! It is a pit of lies and deceit and fiendish propaganda against the laws of God and the love of God and the sex of God! It’s almost totally against nature!

    [edit]Heaven’s Children, Ch.21, “Grandpa Goes to Earth”

    From Heaven’s Children, Ch.21, “Grandpa Goes to Earth”1987

    Editor’s Note: Christina “Techi” Zerby is Berg’s stepdaughter and below is his published fantasy of having sex with her and her mother. Techi was eight years old at the time of publication.

    Heaven’s Children – pg.392

    65. AT FIRST I AM A LITTLE CONCERNED ABOUT WHO MARIA MIGHT BE SLEEPING WITH, & that I might be somewhat affected by someone else’s presence in the bed, even as we make love in her dreams. But lo & behold, I am to discover that it is Techi who is sleeping with Maria! Instead of competition, here are both of my two lovely lovers in bed together!

    67. THEN I TURN TO TECHI, & SHE TOO IS DREAMING OF ME—her dear old Grandpa-lover! She had always said that when she grew up she only wanted to marry me & have my children! Of course, as there are no longer any such thing as Man’s legalistic laws against incest in the loving Kingdom of God, everyone loves everyone & is completely free in His all-encompassing Love! So I make wonderful, sweet, precious love to my now beautiful teenaged Techi! She seems thrilled & delighted with having this wonderful love-dream with Grandpa, excited & satisfied that she has some time, even in her dreams, with her long-beloved Grandpa! (Psa.84:11)

    David Berg

    David Brandt Berg (February 18, 1919 – October 1994) was the founder and leader of the Children of God, now called The Family International. The group believes he continues to lead them today from beyond the grave (see: prophecy). Pseudonyms Berg is commonly known by (in or outside the group) include Moses DavidMoKing David,[1] Father DavidChairman MoDavid FontaineDad, and Grandpa.

    David Berg

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    [edit]History

    [edit]Early years (1919 – 1968)

    David Berg was born in Oakland, CaliforniaUSA to Hjalmer Emmanuel Berg and Rev. Virginia Lee Brandt, a Christian evangelist. David was the youngest of three children, with a brother, Hjalmer, born in 1911, and a sister, Virginia, born in September, 1915. Virginia Brandt was the daughter of Dr. Rev. John Lincoln Brandt (1860 – 1946), a preacher, author, and lecturer from Muskogee, Oklahoma. Berg graduated from Monterey High School in California in 1935 and later attended Elliott School of Business Administration.

    Between 1948 and 1954, Berg, like his father, became a minister in the Christian and Missionary Alliance and was placed at Valley Farms, Arizona. He was eventually expelled from the organization for differences in teachings and alleged sexual misconduct with a 17-year-old female church employee.

    Later, Fred Jordan, Berg’s friend and boss, allowed Berg and his personal family to open a branch of his Soul Clinic in Miami, Florida as a missionary training school. After running into trouble with local authorities for his aggressive proselytization methods, Berg moved his family to Fred Jordan’s Texas Soul Clinic.

    Typical illustration of David Berg. From Love is News-1

    Berg with lion drawing over his face

    Berg with “Lily Filipina” in the Philippines, mid-1980s

    [edit]The Children of God/The Family (1968 – 1994)

    David Berg founded the new religious movement/cult/missionary organization known as the Children of God in 1968. The group was later known as The Family of Love, The Family, and now The Family International. This group is the primary focus of this website.

    As founder and prophetic leader, Berg communicated with his followers via Mo Letters—letters of instruction and counsel on a myriad of subjects. Berg believed he was the End Time (or “Later Days”) “King David” prophecised about in the Bible.[1]

    Apart from writings, however, Berg mostly lived in total seclusion and secrecy from his followers. Along with Karen Zerby (whom he took as a common-law second wife in August 1969), Berg is thought to have used a fake Australian passport when traveling. In Family publications, printed photographs of World Services members were typically censored by means of a rudimentary drawing pasted over the persons face, and in Berg’s case it was common for his head to be replaced with that of a lion.

    Countries where Berg and his entourage have lived over the years include the following:

    From Until Location Events
    1919-02-18 USA Berg is born
    1970-09 1971-06 Europe Visiting Europe, Israel, and Cyprus
    1971-06 1972-04 USA Return to the USA; Dallas and Texoma Lake Park
    1972-04 1974-05 London,United Kingdom
    1974-05 1977-03 Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain FFing, Davidito born, KQC Meetings, Church of Love
    1977-03 1978-04 Cascais / Madeira, Portugal and Madrid, Spain The RNR
    1978-04 1978-12 Switzerland With Timothy Concerned
    1978-12 1981-07 Puyricard(village in Aix-en-Provence),France Techi is born; Berg, et al. live on a farm just outside of Puyricard
    1981-07 1981-12 Cape Town, South Africa
    1981-12 1982-05 Estoril, Portugal; Sri Lanka; and Singapore
    1982-05 1987-11 Antipolo (North of Manila), thePhilippines
    1987-11 1988-02 Tokyo, Japan area
    1988-02 1988-10 Tateyama,Japan
    1988-11 1993 (mid-year) Canada (near Vancouver, B.C.) Berg, et al. remain there until mid 1993, when they are forced to flee due to a revived police investigation about their illegal attempts to obtain Canadian passports. During this time Ricky Rodriguez visits Family communities in the U.S. and Australia with Steven Kelly.
    1994 1994-10 Costa de Caparica,Portugal Berg dies

    Berg died of undisclosed causes in 1994 and was buried in Costa de Caparica, Portugal (his remains have since been cremated). His organization is currently led by Karen Zerby (known in the group as Mama Maria or Queen Maria) and Steven Douglas Kelly (an American commonly known as Peter Amsterdam or King Peter).

    [edit]Alleged sexual abuse

    At least seven women, including both his daughters, his daughter-in-law and two of his granddaughters, have publicly alleged that Berg sexually abused them when they were children.

    • In 1974, Berg’s daughter-in-law Sarah Berg (who married Berg’s son Paul when she was 15) alleged, in testimony to the New York Attorney General’s Charity Frauds Bureau, statements on national television and in a deposition taken by New York attorney Aaron F. Klein, that Berg made sexual advances towards her, exposed himself to her and attempted to have intercourse with her “three or four years before my teens.”
    • Berg’s eldest daughter Deborah Davis has written a book in which she accuses her father of sexually molesting both her and her sister when they were children, and attempting to have sex with her as an adult.
    • Her sister Faith Berg corroborated these claims, but described them in a positive way. Sarah Berg also partially corroborated these claims, noting that: “David, at times, would try to get away with things with his own daughters and he tried it with me when I was a little girl, but I was too young to really know what was going on.”
    • In a child-custody case in the United Kingdom, Berg’s granddaughter Merry Berg testified that Berg sexually molested her when she was a young teenager.
    • Another of Berg’s granddaughters, Joyanne Treadwell Berg, spoke on American television about being sexually abused by her grandfather.
    • Davida Kelley, the daughter of Sara Kelley (nanny for Berg’s informally adopted son Ricky Rodriguez), accused Berg of molesting her in a June 2005 Rolling Stone article.
    • In the same article, a woman identified as Armendria alleged that Berg sexually abused her when she was 13 years old.

    Ricky Rodriguez wrote an article on the website MovingOn.org in which he describes Berg’s deviant sexual activity involving a number of women and children.

    [edit]Personal family

    The Berg Family (1961)

    David Berg married his first wife, Jane Miller (known as “Mother Eve” in the Children of God), on 22 July 1944 in Glendale, California. They had four children together:

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    12 Aug 2007

    Castleconnell area was base for child sex cult, claims victim

    Limerick Post – IrelandAugust 8, 2007by Mary EarlsTHE shocking story of a religious cult which, it is claimed, set up base in the Castleconnell area in the 1990s, is detailed in a new book published by Harper Collins.Limerick Post reporter Mary Earls interviews Julianna Buhring.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 in the late 1990’s, it has been claimed in a new book.And Julianna Buhring, who lived in one of the religious cult’s rented homes somewhere near Castleconnell for over a year, said she is “positive” the organisation is still active in this region.”The people who rented the house to the cult would not have known what was going on,” she insisted. She also emphasised that local people would have had no reason to be suspicious of anything as cult members were hidden away from public view.”Not Without My Sister” is a newly released book, penned by Julianna and her sisters Celeste and Kristina, about their struggle to escape the perverse community that robbed them of their childhood and saw them live in dozens of countries world-wide to maintain secrecy. The Children of God cult, which was founded by warped leader David Berg, is now known as ‘The Family’. And today the three sisters work for a new organisation called RISE International set up to protect children from abuse in cults.Speaking to the Limerick Post, 26-year-old Julianna alleged that “from as early as three years old, we were treated by our ‘guardians’ as sexual beings”.”Sexual activity was actively encouraged. We received love letters and sexual advances from men old enough to be our grandfathers, and were forced into openly abusive relationships. We were also denied access to formal schooling, forced to beg on the streets for money, and were mercilessly beaten for ‘crimes’ such as reading an encyclopedia.”The children of God, now known as The Family International, started off as a Christian fundamentalist group. But then it diverted into paedophelia, incest and being brainwashed – all led by our leader David Berg, who twisted Bible excerpts, saying that everything done in love is good and sex was the highest expression of love.”He believed in the sexualisation of children and there was widespread sexual abuse. We were constantly being groomed as sexual beings and shown how to have sex in demonstrations and made to watch massive orgies.”As girl’s got older – eight and nine, they started “sharing God’s love” or having sex. We were also put on a “Sharing” roster where we would have to “share” with others or “date naps” were arranged. You would also be encouraged to ‘Love Jesus’ – where you would basically be having sex with Jesus – through another partner. There were massive world-wide raids in the 1990’s and I believe the sexual abuse has largely stopped because of public scrutiny. But how does this rectify the crimes that were committed against us and so many other innocent children? These communes are breeding grounds for sexual abuse and there are still no firm child protection policies in place to this day,” she said.Born into the cult in Greece, Julianna has a German passport even though she has never lived there and speaks with an American accent.Her parents were both British hippies who joined the cult in the early 1970’s. And her father, Christopher Jones, who has 15 children by eight women, is currently living in the cult’s commune in Uganda, Africa, where Julianna finally broke free, along with her mother.”I lived in dozens of countries when I was younger, mostly in Asia and Africa. I went to Limerick in late 1998 and 1999 because my dad sent me away as he had visa problems in Japan because members of the commune had been living there illegally. The cult was based in house in the countryside around Castleconnell in Co Limerick. The cult always rented houses because they wanted to be able to leave straight away if people started asking questions. I’m not sure if they are still based there, but I know that there is still a base in county Limerick,” said Julianna, who has now set up a new life for herself in Bristol, England.

    During her time in Limerick, Julianna battled anorexia and extreme depression as the cult forced her to travel around the country seeking out recruits.

    “We used to dress up as clowns in Limerick and make a living doing face paintings and going to shopping malls etc. And we raked in loads of money but this all went to the family leadership. I always dreamed about breaking free, but the group constantly instilled fear into us from a young age as regards the outside world. When I finally left at aged 23, I had no money and no idea of how to function in the outside world. People wondered where the hell I’d come from, because I’d no bank account etc. And after I left, I was shunned by family and friends It takes a lot to get out of the clutches of the cult because you were born into this and don’t know anything else,” she said.

    Being forced to dress up as a gypsy and crawl into a makeshift tent for some “gypsy loving,” is one particularly vivid childhood memory for Julianna. Recalling memories as a five-year-old child, she claimed that another young boy “often tried to jump on me for sex during nap times.

    “I did not like him, and usually pushed him away. One day, however, we were paired up together and I did not have a choice. I turned my head and saw mum and my teacher peeking through the sheets, giggling at our antics,” she recalls.

    Children in the camp were also forced to “dance naked and wiggle for the camera” while photos were taken. “Cuddle Time” was a euphemism for group sex and kids were encouraged to fill out an “Open Heart Report” every day detailing all their thoughts and actions.

    Julianna now works full time with RISE International, http://www.riseinternationalcic.org, along with her two sisters, who were only reunited over the past number of years. She is currently working on a second book and also studying for a BA in Philosophy with Psychological studies.

    Cult founder and leader, David Berg or “Moses” as he called himself, died in 1994, but his organisation is currently led by his widow, Karen Zerby.

    According to Julianna, Berg preached the cult’s beliefs “which changed all the time,” and he constantly told his “flock” that Jesus was coming back and they had to pray to save as many souls as possible.

    “We were not allowed to be kids and were trained in military style camps with marching, serious disciplining and indoctrination. He also promised us that the world was going to end in 1993”.

    Julianna was never raised by her parents as she was constantly forced to travel around the world, being raised by members of the cult.

    “I couldn’t respect my father for leaving me there, knowing what went on. Although my father never abused my sisters or I, he did lay in bed with young girls, and my sister found him in bed with her young friend once. He didn’t see it as abuse – he saw it as love – so it was all just doublespeak’.

    She said that she has tried to keep in contact with her father for the sake of her five step brothers and sisters, who are half Japanese and are currently living with her father in Uganda.

    Since the publication of the book however, her father has cut off all contact with his daughter.

    The Family International has its own website, http://www.thefamily.org, describing itself as “an international Christian fellowship dedicated to sharing God’s Word and love with others”.

    The website states that Ireland is one of 100 countries where they have “homes” stating that when possible “our members are joined in their ministries by their children”.

    Not Without My Sister, released through Harper Collins, is currently on sale.

    http://www.limerickpost.ie/dailynews.elive?id=8133&category=Daily-Thu

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    • The Family International SEX CULT EXPOSED!

      By David J. Stewart

           The Family International [hereafter referred to as TFI] is a New Age religious sex cult that is infamous for incest, organized child porn, and other horrible sexual sins…

      “Another infamous cult of the last forty years is the Family International, formerly known as the Children of God. The man in the middle of this cartoon, David Brandt Berg, founded the cult in the 1960s. Since its inception, the Family has been plagued by accusations of sexual and physical abuse, organized pedophilia, child pornography, incest, and prostitution. The cult denies this, but media distributed to Family members clearly preach a very sexual relationship with God, and an especially perverted relationship with children… the Family still thrives today. Its official website claims over twelve thousand members in over a hundred countries.”

      SOURCE: http://www.stanford.edu/~njbuff/conference_fall05/papers/Natalie_Chang.htm

      The group emphasizes being united by error rather than being divided by truth as the Bible commands in 2nd Corinthians 6:14-17. TFI promotes unbiblical ecumenical unity between ALL religions1, be they Christian or non-Christian. This is apostasy of the worst form!

      Here’s some brief background information on this villainous cult…

      The Children of God (COG), later known as the Family of Love, the Family, and now the Family International (TFI), is a Christian religious group, widely referred to as a cult by the media, many in academia, and some former members, that started in 1968 in Huntington Beach, California, United States. It was an off shoot of the Jesus movement of the late 1960s, with many of its early converts drawn from the hippie movement. It was among the movements prompting the cult controversy of the 1970s and 1980s in the United States and Europe and triggered the first organized anticult group (FREECOG)

      SOURCE: Children of God

      Evidently to escape the barrage of negative newsmedia plaguing the cult because of continuous reports of sexual rape and child molesting, they’ve changed their organization’s name umpteen times. It is sickening that they would dare even name the name of Jesus Christ; but this is not spurring because 2nd Corinthians 11:13,14 warns us that Satan’s sinister ministers would come to as masquerading as ministers of righteousness. Cult founder, David Berg, perished in 1994 into perdition and is burning this moment in hellfire.

      The Family International is a Sicko SEX CULT

      TFI is a front organization for a demonic sex-cult…

      Female bisexuality is sanctioned, though female homosexuality at the complete exclusion of men is not permitted. They believe that God created human sexuality, that it is a natural, emotional, and physical need, and that heterosexual relations between consenting adults is a pure and natural wonder of God’s creation, and permissible according to Scripture. Teenagers from the age of 16 are allowed to have sex with other members under age 21. Since 1986, sex between minors and adults is forbidden. Adult members may have sex with any other adult member of the opposite sex, and are encouraged to do so, regardless of marital status, as a way to foster unity and combat loneliness of those “in need”. This is commonly called “sharing” or “sacrificial sex”. While TFI policy states that members should not be pressured to have sex against their will, numerous former members have alleged being coerced to “share” and subsequently cast as selfish or unloving when they did not.

      SOURCE: Children of God

      Truth is stranger than fiction. The Family International is a sicko organization which exploits Christianity as a means of committing fornication, exploiting children, and attempting to justify other sexual sins. TFI is of the Devil.

      The cults founder, David Berg, was just another pedophile like Warren Jeffs

      Group founder David Berg is regarded within the group as the most important prophet of the end times. He is regarded as a prophet in that he passed on the message of God, not because he could predict the future. Though he frequently attempted to predict future events, he was for the most part inaccurate. The group believes Berg’s spiritual “mantle” passed to his wife, Karen Zerby, at his death. The officially published writings of both David Berg and Karen Zerby are regarded as part of the “Word of God” which carries the same weight as the Holy Bible since they are considered divine revelations.

      SOURCE: Children of God

      Herpes Outbreak at The Family in the 1980s

      The overwhelming amount of negative testimony from former members of The Family cult, in addition to the preponderance of mainstream news archives exposing their sexually-degenerated history cannot be denied. Here is what the Encyclopedia Britannica has to say about the group…

      Berg led his followers to free themselves from sexual inhibitions and taboos. For example, in a practice called “flirty fishing,” he encouraged female members to use their feminine charms while witnessing God’s love to lonely men, a tactic that often led to sexual activity. He also encouraged sexual “sharing” among the adults in The Family.

      This sexual activity led to problems in the early 1980s. Most significantly, herpes spread among Family members, and pedophiles within the group preyed upon the children. In 1983 and over the next several years, the group began to curtail this sexual activity. Child protection rules were instituted, and in 1987 flirty fishing was discontinued. The sharing of adult partners within the group continues and remains The Family’s most distinctive and controversial practice.

      SOURCE: The Family International — Britannica Online Encyclopedia

      It is a shame that such Satanic organizations exist. There is nothing more rotten and evil in this world than to molest an innocent little child. Hell will be hot enough!

      The Family is of the Devil

      The cult still encourages fornication amongst adult members and God only knows what else. The Word of God warns…

      “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.” —1st Corinthians 6:9,10

      There is NO repentance within The Family International organizational; thus, there is NO salvation. They not only continue to commit sin, but attempt to justify their sins by perverting the Scriptures, which is clear evidence that they are unsaved heathens who are exploiting Christianity. Although one does not have to forsake sins to be saved, the Bible requires that we BECOME GUILTY BEFORE GOD for our sins (Romans 3:19), which should bring about a change of nature (2nd Corinthians 5:17) and a desire to live for God. Genuine born-again Christians DON’T parade their sins, attempting to justify them, excuse them and defend them. Genuine repentance is the acknowledgment that one has sinned against God by violating the Law of God, and turning to Jesus Christ to be forgiven. The Family International is a sin-loving organization that doesn’t know anything about repentance. Their professed faith in Christ is fraudulent.

      Unlike the deceitful spin on the official homepage of The Family InternationalxFamily.org brings you honest, truthful, accurate, complete and contextual information aboutThe Family cult—also known as The Children of GodThe Family InternationalThe Family of LoveThe Family and various pseudonyms; which now operates internationally as a collection of charitable organizations under the umbrella of the FCF (Family Care Foundation).

      Cult name: The Children of God (C.O.G.)/ The Family International

      Founder: Moses David Berg, organized 1968

      Overview: Don’t be fooled by this one. They’ve adopted a more clean-cut appearance. They even performed in the white house in 1992. I was in a salon one day when a bunch of nice looking, college-aged kids came in and said, “We’re the Family and we’d like to sing a song for you.” They played the guitar, sang and passed out some coloring sheets and solicited funds. It took all of about 1.5 minutes and they were out the door. I didn’t give them anything and thought that they might be C.O.G. I recently got confirmation when I viewed a documentary on cults.

      C.O.G. appealed to the hippie generation with its message of “free” love and singing all in the name of Jesus. They are called the original Jesus “freaks”

      Cult Tenets/Characteristics:

      1. Flirty fishing: Practice of religious prostitution. Founder Berg bases it on Jesus’ statement, “I will make you fishers of men.” He says that any means is acceptable to bring people into “the kingdom of God”—including having sex with them.
      2. Child sex. Publish child pornography in their cult publications.
      3. As with many cults, much missionary zeal in America and abroad.
      4. Their children don’t always go to main stream schools.
      5. 5. Charges dismissed in Argentina of child abuse and slavery.
      6. 6. Mind control over members.

        1 Nov 2010

        Family International a.k.a. Children of God: Once dismissed as ‘sex cult,’ tiny church launches image makeover

        The Salt Lake Tribune – June 25, 2009by Peggy Fletcher StackIt’s a time of intense self-scrutiny for the Family International (formerly known as the Children of God), a tiny Christian fellowship that advocates communal living, extramarital sex and an apocalyptic worldview.Some 40 years after David Berg, a charismatic evangelical preacher, garnered thousands of hippie followers in Southern California with his messages about sharing bodies, food, children and homes, the movement is struggling to reinvent itself. The 1960s church has battled allegations of past child sexual abuse, complaints from disaffected and aging members and dissatisfaction with an outdated theology.All new religious groups face essentially the same question if they hope to endure: How do you revise some teachings and practices for wider appeal without forsaking the faith’s unique identity and unconventional doctrines?”Many desire to see innovation, professionalization and modernization,” Karen “Maria” Zerby, one of the Family’s spiritual and administrative leaders, said last week in her first-ever public address. “We must determine what elements of our theology, culture and context are rooted in the past and no longer hold relevance.”Zerby, who was Berg’s wife and his successor after his death in 1994, shared her plans for reshaping the Family at the annual meeting of the Center for the Study of New Religions in Salt Lake City.This is no small task for Zerby and her co-leader, Steve Kelly (who goes by “Peter Amsterdam”). The Family now has about 15,000 members gathered in small communal centers in 90 nations — none in Utah.There is a core group of followers, including some second- and third-generation members, but fewer than 20 percent of the original participants remain, and many of the those are in poor health with no medical insurance or retirement plans.The church made headlines in 2005 when Zerby’s son, Ricky Rodriguez, murdered Angela Smith, his former nanny and confidante of his mother, and then shot himself. Rodriguez blamed the Family for ruining his life.That’s all behind us, said two public-affairs representatives for the church who were in Salt Lake City for the conference.”We acknowledge that mistakes were made and that there were excesses,” said Claire Borowik, who has been with the Family International for 30 years. “We’ve taken stringent measures to right those wrongs and apologized to former members.”Thus, she said, “we find it disheartening for people to focus so much on the past.”The Christian counterculture » David Brandt Berg, his first wife, Jane, and four teenage children arrived in Huntington Beach, Calif., in 1968 and felt immediately called to preach among the so-called “Jesus freaks” who had congregated in the seaside town.Berg sought young converts willing to “commit themselves to a radically focused missionary life in which they abandoned worldly occupations to preach salvation, live communally and share all things in common,” sociologist brothers Gordon and Gary Shepherd wrote in an essay about the Family in The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions .The point, the Shepherds wrote, was to be “witnesses for Jesus in the end time of human history.”When Berg’s followers had grown to about 100 members, he became known as “Father David” and the group “the Children of God.” One of them was a young Karen Zerby, who later became his wife.Berg communicated his counsel on spiritual and practical aspects of Christianity via letters of instruction, called “Mo letters,” to his followers. But Berg’s Children of God was controversial from the beginning.It practiced the “law of love,” or nonmonogamous sex, as well as using sex to attract new members in a system known as “flirty-fishing.””The demand for total commitment to an unconventional missionary lifestyle that sharply condemned the corruption of the existing social institutions and established churches, while simultaneously flouting traditional sexual norms, quickly stigmatized the Children of God as a religious ‘sex cult,’ ” the Shepherds wrote. “All of this converged with the brainwashing controversy concerning new religious movements in the 1970s.”In the aftermath of sensational media attention and hounding by critics, church leaders restructured the group, changing its name in 1978 to the Family International Inc.Responding to child-abuse allegations, Berg and Zerby later barred sexual contact between adults and children and discontinued “flirty-fishing,” conceding some members had misapplied Berg’s liberal teachings about sex.Since then, the Family has issued seven official apologies to former and current members for any grievances they had with their experiences in the group. It also has worked hard to repair its image and reach out to potential converts.Family spokesman Lonnie Davis — who notes that the group keeps careful records of each pamphlet distributed, DVD sold and Web page viewed — said, “We’ve led 33 million souls to Jesus.”

        What now? » Zerby’s speech in Utah was part of the Family’s coming-out party, said Utah attorney Michael Homer, one of the conference sponsors.

        “The Family has made a decision to begin constructing a more public profile,” he said. “It plans to enhance its Internet presence and adapt its message to the cultures in which it lives. It also plans to open the membership to persons who are not full-time missionaries and do not want to necessarily commit their entire day to Family activities. This may include allowing members to live outside homes and not participate in communal living.”

        The group is honing its missionary appeals, focusing on humanitarian efforts and social-gospel ministries. It is working to make each community self-sufficient as well as more open, tolerant and egalitarian.

        And its leaders are looking 30 to 50 years into the future, rather than expecting the return of Jesus at any moment.

        That is “a monumental shift” for these believers to contemplate,” but an essential one, Zerby said in her speech.

        The hope, she said, is that the Family can “prosper well into the future as a thriving religious community that is relevant to today’s world.”

        pstack@sltrib.com

        What the Family International believes

        » There is one true, eternal God, who is the all-powerful, all-knowing, ever-present, invisible spirit of love who created and rules the universe and everything in it. In the Godhead, there are three distinguishable but inseparable persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

        » Everyone can have a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. He can speak to our hearts and give us direction, guidance and practical solutions to the challenges we face in society today.

        » The Holy Bible is the inspired word of God.

        » The biblical account of creation as depicted in the book of Genesis is to be accepted literally and not allegorically.

        » Although God has power to heal illnesses, the decision of whether to rely on prayer alone or to seek medical assistance in addition to prayer is a personal one, and members are free to avail themselves of medical assistance.

        » The New Testament’s account of the lifestyle of the early church offers not only a historical narrative, but also an exemplary pattern and model, which God intended succeeding generations of believers to follow.

        » Heterosexual relations, when practiced as God ordained, designed and intended between consenting adults of legal age, are a pure and natural wonder of God’s creation, and permissible according to Scripture.

        Source: www.thefamily.org

        This article was found at:

        http://www.sltrib.com/faith/ci_12681558

        ADDENDUM BY PERRY BULWER 

        News articles on this blog related to the Children of God and The Family International can be found on this page:

        http://religiouschildabuse.blogspot.ca/p/family-international.html

        Some doctrines the Family International won’t tell you they believe:

        Demonology: The Family claims knowledge of many individual demons, angels and other spirits. They believe that referring to spirits by name gives their prayers extra effect.

        http://www.xfamily.org/index.php/Category:Spirit_World

        David Berg espoused extreme sexual doctrines that approve of adultery, incest, child-adult sex, child-brides, polygamy, religious prostitution — almost everything except bestiality and male homosexuality.

        http://www.xfamily.org/index.php/Category:Sexuality

        The current leaders of the cult, Karen Zerby and Steve Kelly, initiated after Berg’s death a new sexual doctrine that requires all members, including to children, to imagine themselves having sex with Jesus when they pray to him, and to use sexually explicit language in their prayers.

        http://www.xfamily.org/index.php/Loving_Jesus

        The author of the Biblical Book of Revelation describes a city called New Jerusalem. David Berg believed and taught that this “Space City” (or Heaven) existed within a pyramid that measured 1500 miles long, wide and tall and was either travelling through space towards earth or was located inside the moon.

        http://www.xfamily.org/index.php/Heaven

        David Berg was a racist who condemned Jews, damned them to hell, praised Hitler, and claimed the Holocaust a fake manufactured by Jewish conspirators.

        http://www.xfamily.org/index.php/Berg_and_Anti-Semitism

        Update on Saturday, June 27, 2009 by  Perry Bulwer

        I wrote a comment on this article and posted it on the Tribune website. I have copied that comment below, as well as comments by Peter Frouman which were also posted to that article.

        UPDATE July 8, 2009 by Perry Bulwer: The following comments from myself and Peter Frouman were removed from the Salt Lake Tribune website soon after they were posted there. I had no idea the Tribune would take that action when I copied those comments here.

        Perry Bulwer:

        No one should believe a word those cult leaders say. Think about this: why would they have issued 7 official apologies to the people they have harmed? Because their apologies are not genuine, but merely public relations propaganda. Even in this article they continue to say passively that “mistakes were made”, and place the blame for those mistakes on cult members, by saying “some members had misapplied Berg’s liberal teachings about sex”.It was David Berg and Karen Zerby who initiated and practised lust, adultery, incest, polygamy, child molestation, pedophilia, rape, torture, thought-control, and numerous other physical, psychological and spiritual abuses. To this day, leaders of that cult refuse to place the blame where it belongs, on their pedophile founder David Berg, his enablers and current top leaders Karen Zerby (Maria) and Steve Kelly, and on their perverted and abusive theology.This cult has tried many times before to remake its public image. They tried changing their name, which didn’t work, because a skunk by any other name is still a skunk. No matter what this cult tries to do to remake its image, it is still the same corrupt tree, rotten to the core, producing rotten fruit.Do not be deceived by this cult, or by its “new religions” apologists in academia who white-wash the facts about this abusive “church”. Everything about this cult is deceptive and designed to hide the facts from outsiders. They believe it is entirely ethical for them to deceive outsiders, including the use of fraud and misrepresentation, in order to protect their “work”.The Children of God/Family International is now trying to white-wash their past, but their own words condemn them. How can anyone trust a group and its leaders who continue to teach their children, both girls and boys, to imagine themselves having sex with Jesus when they pray? Would you take seriously anyone who claimed that the heavenly city of Revelations is inside the moon? Do not believe KarePeter Frouman: The child molesters who run The Family International and speak publicly on its behalf should know that the world and the survivors of their horrific crimes against children are never going to forget what they have done and that people like me are never going to stop trying to make them face justice for their crimes and ensure that children are protected from them. They have gone out of their way to make The Family International one of the safest places in the world for child molesters but done virtually nothing to protect children in the organization from abuse. If they truly cared about protecting children from potential harm, they would immediately expel those in their organization who have raped children instead of allowing child rapists to act as leaders and spokespersons. As a survivor of physical and sexual abuse in The Family, I am horrified, disgusted and appalled that the Center for the Study of New Religions would invite child molesters to speak at their conference without extending a similar invitation to those who believe that raping children is wrong and that children have the right to be protected from such people.It is not enough to merely say you have an “absolute zero-tolerance policy towards abuse of children,” you have to actually have one. Even a cursory examination of its written policies and publications on child sexual abuse makes it clear that The Family International does not have a “zero-tolerance policy” on child sexual abuse but is in fact very tolerant of child sexual abuse and that its top leaders (who themselves raped children) have gone out of their way to create an environment where child rapists can feel safe in knowing they will never have to face the consequences of their actions.If The Family International actually had an “absolute zero-tolerance policy towards abuse of children,” one would naturally expect such a policy to require the permanent expulsion of every single child rapist from their organization, the immediate reporting of every single credible allegation of child sexual abuse to law enforcement and child welfare authorities and public warnings to the affected communities about child rapists expelled by the organization. Instead, The Family International’s high-tolerance policy towards child sexual abuse has absolutely none of the basic components that would be necessary for anyone to honestly label their policy as “zero-tolerance.”The following factors combined make The Family International a very safe place for child molesters and a dangerous place for children.

        1. The Family International was founded by a child molester.
        David Berg raped and sexually abused numerous children, including several of his immediate relatives, during his lifetime. At his direction, Family members made child pornography videos for his sexual gratification and he published numerous texts promoting pedophilia and encouraging Family members to sexually abuse their own children and the children of other members. Even though he’s dead, he is still revered in The Family.Family publications routinely contain what are purported to be messages or “prophecies” from both Jesus Christ and David Berg. Outside The Family International, child molesters like David Berg are universally despised and generally regarded as beneath contempt yet in The Family International they are revered and honored.
        2. The Family International is run by child molesters. 
        The two top leaders of The Family International, Karen Zerby (aka Maria) and Steven Douglas Kelly (aka Peter Amsterdam), have raped and otherwise sexually abused a number of children. Under their leadership and direction, an entire generation of children were openly and routinely sexually abused.3. There are numerous child molesters in The Family International with direct access to children and, in some cases, in positions of leadership. In October/December 2007, The Family International published GNs 1234-1236 in which it was made clear The Family International would not “excommunicate” those who raped children before July 1989 (the date it now claims to have enacted a policy specifying that raping children would be an “excommunicable offense”). In cases where it is known with certainty that someone raped a child before July 1989, they believe it would be “unfair” to “excommunicate” the rapist. In the same publication series, it was also made clear that “excommunication” for raping children and/or other types of abuse is not always (or hasn’t always been) permanent which explains why people who they supposedly “excommunicated” for raping children and/or other forms of abuse were allowed to rejoin a few days (in some cases after only one day), weeks or months later. While no one knows the exact number there are certainly many (perhaps thousands) of child molesters and abusers in The Family International.It should be obvious that children are at increased risk in an environment in which those who raped children have access (in many cases, these child rapists live in the the same communal home as the child) to them and authority (children in The Family are taught and required to obey and respect adult members and refer to them as Aunt or Uncle) over them.
        4. There are no serious consequences for raping a child in The Family International. 
        The Family claims that its policy of permanently or temporarily “excommunicating” those found to have raped children after July 1989 is a “stringent” policy that adequately protects children. In fact, this policy does virtually nothing to protect children and likely increases the risk they will be sexually abused because it makes it clear to child molesters in The Family International that they have absolutely nothing at all to fear if caught raping a child. They will simply be asked to leave the organization and the rape will never be reported to law enforcement and child protection agencies. Indeed, as far as I know in the entire 40-year history of The Family, no Family member has ever reported the rape of a child by another Family member to a law enforcement or child protection agency. Numerous cases have demonstrated that the first instinct of Family parents whose children have been raped by other Family members is not protect their child or make sure that the rapist is held accountable and punished but rather to protect the rapist and The Family. For example, in a case in Illinois the father of a child who was sexually abused by another Family member over a period of 9 years (starting at age 5) appeared in court not, as would be expected from any normal parent outside The Family, to support his daughter or to demand the maximum sentence but rather to support the rapist and ask for the lightest possible sentence.In other cases, the parents, siblings and other relatives of child rape survivors raised in The Family have appeared in court to denounce the survivors as mentally unstable liars. Besides counting on the support of the relatives of their victims, child molesters in The Family International can also count on the support of other Family members to do whatever is necessary, including committing perjury or just remaining silent, to protect both The Family and the rapist.Update on Monday, June 29, 2009 by  Perry Bulwer The Family International cult issued a press release announcing their presentation of a paper at the annual conference of the cult apologist organization CENSUR. The conference was held from June 11 to 13, 2009. The Family’s press release is dated June 13, 2009, the last day and probably after Zerby had already presented. It mentions the title of the paper, but does not provide access to the paper itself, neither on their own website or on the CENSUR website. In fact, the page on the CENSUR website that sets out the conference programme — the speakers and titles of their papers — does not mention the Family International at all as being one of the presenters. Here’s that page:http://www.cesnur.org/2009/slc_prg.htmIt seems to me that the cult leaders, along with their academic apologists, desired to keep the Family presentation at the conference a secret. Gee, I wonder why, and why would CENSUR be complicit in that secrecy? Here’s the cult’s press release, followed by another comment by me:

        SALT LAKE CITY, UT, June 13, 2009 /24-7PressRelease/ — Karen Zerby and Steve Kelly, spiritual and administrative leaders of the Family International, presented a paper at the 2009 Conference of the Center for Studies on New Religious Movements, hosted in Salt Lake City, Utah from June 11th to June 13th, 2009. The paper, entitled: “The Future of the Family International: Establishing a Culture of Innovation and Progress,” outlined organizational changes and evangelistic goals.

        The Family International (formerly known as the Children of God) is a non-traditional Christian movement founded by David Brandt Berg (1919-1994) in Southern California during the late 1960s. Active in over 90 countries, the movement engages in evangelistic and humanitarian endeavors.

        The Family International has undergone much change and progress throughout its 40-year history. In their paper, Zerby and Kelly (known to Family members as Maria and Peter) comment, “Our primary objective in redirecting the vision and impetus of the Family is to enable it to prosper well into the future as a thriving religious community that is relevant to today’s world, while preserving its uniqueness and unconventional doctrines. . . We trust that the Family’s missionary zeal, coupled with its commitment to our unique brand of Christianity, will empower the Family to successfully transition into the future.”

        Contact:
        Claire Borowik
        Publicaffairs@thefamily.org
        202-298-0838
        www.thefamily.org

        http://www.24-7pressrelease.com/press-release/the-family-internationals-executive-overseers-address-the-international-cesnur-conference-104165.php

        First, if anyone has or finds a copy of that apparently secret paper presented by criminal cult leaders please pass it on to me so I can analyze this latest public relations propaganda. If they are truly sincere about making real changes in the Family, they should not fear their biggest critics, but seek their input on how to make the group safer for its members and the general public. But they are not sincere, and are not planning real changes, which is why they seek approval from non-critical accomodationists and apologists.

        Second, note the phrases “while preserving its uniqueness and unconventional doctrines” and “commitment to our unique brand of Christianity”. What makes the Family cult unique and their doctrines unconvential are the evil rantings of an alchoholic pedophile, the false prophet and con man extraordinaire, David Berg, who claimed he was God’s final endtime mouthpiece before the return of Jesus in 1993. What makes them unique is their revered founder, David Berg, who was a sexually deviant shepherd who raped lambs and manipulated, beat, and fleeced his followers.

        Third, their statement that they engage in “humanitarian endeavors” is a big lie and an insult to all humanists everywhere. Sure they can show pretty PR pictures that purport to show them engaged in various activities, but it is all for show and PR. All of their prosyletizing, recruiting, fund-raising, is done deceptively with misrepresentations as to who they really are and what they do.

        This attempt at an image make-over is just the latest in a long line of similar misrepresentations. There is nothing new here. For many years now this cult has courted mainstream acceptance, while continuing to abuse its members and deceive and defraud outsiders. And where do these criminals court that mainstream acceptance? Why, at a conference that includes some of their best academic enablers, such as G. Gordon Melton, who Family leaders paid $10,000 so he would change his previously highly critical writings on the Family to writings that glossed over their crimes and painted a favourable picture of that cult.

        COMMENTS ON THIS BLOG ENTRY
         Erinn:

        I believe TF has taken steps to clean up their present act and become a more bonafide and accepted group for now and going into the future, though they seem to still sorely lack on the educational care of their children as well as financial care for their own futures. But I completely disagree that they have taken stringent steps to apologise and redeem themselves for their past. All I have seen are genuine justifications, excuses, and blame placing on either the children who were mistreated by them, or members who are no longer in the group anyway, and have not seen one genuine repentance by anyone in any position within the group. I have never received an apology from anyone in the group who had power in the decisions made in my life, but rather have read several lies and false claims in their publications to the press and media. I have never had anyone reach out to me and try to recompense me for the years of life I gave to the group in sacrifice of my own future. I don’t care now for their help, but I absolutely hate to see them continue lying in this way. I haven’t talked to one single second generation member who has left and said “Yes, I received an official apology from so and so for the abuses they carried out against me, and I received adequate financial help to get me started in my new life and to make up for past educational lack.’ Most all of us have had to start our lives over by ourselves, with no support or help from the group that swore they loved us forever…paper agape is all it is. My only concern now is that they clean up their act for the future generations that will be raised in that group, but I wish they would stop lying about their so-called good efforts to make up for the past…I haven’t seen it yet.

        Charles Edward Borjas: 
        As a former member of the Family of 35 years all I can say is that The Family has had to keep changing in order to survive as a movement. Something I never really understood. Why do they need to survive as a “movement” If the purpose of the group is to be missionaries , why can’t we just be that? I asked myself the question many times.
        Since I was 13 my life dream was to be a missionary and spread the Gospel.
        I intended to do that in Japan, but all these other things kept popping up that hindered the spreading of the Gospel. David Berg’s writings always took preeminence over what the Bible said to do.
        It was a long struggle, an up and down -in and out relationship with God while I was in The Family. Since leaving I have been able to find peace of mind after going through the initial nervous breakdown of breaking away from the group, hostile reactions from some of its members, and all but total ostracizing. We want to keep some contact with The Family as we have children that are still in.
        We cannot give up our children but hope and pray someday they will also come out and start working on their future.
        There isn’t any future inside The Family except to be a supporter of the leadership and spread their doctrines listed above by several people.
        There are Family members who are sincerely helping others and have the right motive, but it is the leadership that has never had the proper motive from the beginning since David Berg abandoned his wife and took his secretary, Keren Zerby , to “wed” with his wife Jane standing right there , and then having hte audacity to say that it is God’s ordained will.
        Then setting himself up as the David of Ezekiel 34 and if you don’t believe that you can’t be in the Family, and so I’m not because I don’t believe that.
        We have one daughter who is successful who has been out of The Family for over ten years, and yet they continued using her picture and name on one of their Family Care Foundation sites until I complained.
        The young people CAN find success in the “world” and they can do anything they want, if they will believe that God loves them no matter what they decided to do , and His love is constant and steadfast, and unchangeable.
        Perry Bulwer:
        The Tribune reporter asks: “How do you revise some teachings and practices for wider appeal without forsaking the faith’s unique identity and unconventional doctrines?”My answer: You can’t! The Family cult cannot revise its teaching and practices without denouncing their revered founder, David Berg. But they will never do that. One of the primary conditions of membership is to believe that Berg was the final endtime prophet, and that all of his words and teachings were divinely inspired. So are Zerby and Kelly now going to claim that Berg was wrong about some things? I highly doubt it.Karen “Maria” Zerby is quoted as saying: “We must determine what elements of our theology, culture and context are rooted in the past and no longer hold relevance.”My response: All elements of their theology and culture are rooted in the past and no longer hold relevance. But what the hell does “elements of our … context” mean? It’s just pseudo-intellectual mumbo jumbo designed to deceive gullible cult apologists at that conference who think that religious freedom means accommodating religious criminals.As for theology rooted in the past, I find it disgusting, for example, that Zerby would choose to “come out” publicly in the U.S.A. Whatever happened to Berg’s teaching about America The Whore and its imminent destruction by God for its wickedness? Are those some of the theological teachings rooted in the past that she now wants to abandon? Berg’s message of America’s soon coming doom and destruction was a foundational doctrine of his cult, a message that actually began with his mother’s Warning Tract prophecy before Berg had any followers. His writings are filled with hate mongering and false prophecies related to America’s wickedness and pending judgement. Berg lied to his followers that he was fleeing America’s destruction, when he was actually fleeing from the law. But he continued the deception through letter after letter foretelling America’s destruction prior to Jesus’ supposed return in 1993, warning all his followers to leave the U.S. It was a powerful message for immature, innocent, naive young minds such as mine, who grew up with tv images of the vietnam war, assassinations, mass protests, Watergate, etc.Less than a year after I joined the COG I was manipulated by leaders to leave the U.S. (I had wanted to stay in the U.S. or Canada to fight the Anti-Christ forces — yes, I really believed that!). I was part of a group that left Seattle for Hawaii, from where “missionaries” were sent to various countries. There had been both a tv ad campaign and a billboard campaign in Seattle that contained warnings from Berg about the coming destruction of the U.S., which he claimed was heralded by the comet Kohoutek. On the day of our departure, leaders informed the local media that the COG were abandoning the U.S. Camera crews came to the cult compound and then filmed us on the road to the airport and in the airport itself, where the group of about 20 of us sang the Message of Jeramiah as we walked through the airport. That was pretty heady stuff for a just-turned 17 year-old high school drop-out with no critical thinking skills, indoctrinated by Berg’s messengers. But it didn’t stop there. In Japan I was arrested and threatened with deportation while distributing anti-Semitic and anti-American literature and collecting donations while on a tourist visa.The point I’m making is that the Family cult was founded on anti-Americanism, with David Berg claiming divine insight into imminent endtime events, including the destruction of the U.S. So what has changed that Zerby feels free to appear publicly in the U.S., where her son murdered and committed suicide in a failed attempt to find and kill her, and where law enforcement officials might have an interest in questioning her? Are Bergs teachings about the U.S. rooted in the past, and are those some of the teachings Zerby is referring to that no longer hold relevance? If so, they would have to refute hundreds of Berg’s letters. Furthermore, if they are changing their views on America, why? I can easily argue that the U.S. has become more “wicked” not less, and is therefore still deserving of God’s punishment. But, of course, I don’t believe that God nonsense anymore, and certainly not in Berg’s or his successors’ ability to predict the future. As an endtime prophet (more like profit) David Berg was a complete failure. There is not one thing he prophesied or predicted that came true, that could not have been foretold by any informed person. For example, his followers like to claim that Berg predicted the collapse of the U.S. dollar, but anyone following financial news from around the world could have made the same predictions.Don’t get the wrong impression with my little rant above. The anti-American issue is just one of dozens I could expound on, questioning the sincerity of Zerby’s claims that they going to examine which of their doctrines or practices are no longer relevant.To give just one more brief example, the Tribune article states: “The group is honing its missionary appeals, focusing on humanitarian efforts and social-gospel ministries.”First, don’t believe a word of it. This cult, from the very beginning, has always misrepresented itself when raising funds. Whether it was the formalized begging of food and goods, called “provisioning”, using frontmen wearing suits to falsely claim they did “youth work” or “community work”, etc. or using photographs of a onetime event (eg. singing at an old folks home) to fraudulently claim they were helping people, or selling buttons, stickers, posters, pamphlets, tapes, and videos on the streets or door-to-door, always with the claim of “helping young people”, all of their so called “missionary” and “humanitarian” work is fraudulent and has only one purpose, to proselytize, recruit and “fleece the sheep”.Finally, if this is a genuine new direction this cult is taking, which I won’t believe until they denounce David Berg, then why are they even a necessary group within the blanket of Christianity. Either Berg was right and he was the final endtime prophet with a special connection to God, or he was wrong. I don’t think Zerby has the guts to admit that Berg was wrong about anything. Look at her continued belief in the Heaven in the Moon doctrine. She says her followers don’t have to believe, but she believes, inspite of common sense, reason, and evidence, because Berg said it.But David Berg was full of bull-shit. No, wait. At least bull-shit has a useful purpose as a fertilizer to grow things. No, Berg was full of lies and deceit, his words and doctrines a deadly virus, that poisoned and destroyed lives.

        Charles Edward Borjas:  

        Karen “Maria” Zerby is quoted as saying: “We must determine what elements of our theology, culture and context are rooted in the past and no longer hold relevance.”

        In my opinion, she doesn’t want to confess that The Family International leadership, let alone their members, don’t really know what to believe anymore. And so their whole “theology” “culture” and “context” is under scrutiny right now.
        I talk to my kids still in the group, and they are surprised that I know so much about the inner workings of the group and latest moves.

        Rather than over react here, with a multitude of unpleasant adjectives and expressions, I would like to approach the subject in a more practical manner.

        Although I am pushing 60 years old now, and spent more than half of my life “in” The Family , I hold no bitterness , but am weary and tired of the endless changes of doctrine or “updates” where we had to change our beliefs hundreds of times again and again.

        That’s not Christian. The Bible ‘s theology is constant and steadfast. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday today and forever. One might get a little more enlightenment and revelation knowledge on a subject, and learn and grow more mature. But maturity is not changing things so much that they no longer resemble the original product.
        Spiritual maturity is becoming a more responsible Christian, something David Berg knew nothing of, and in my opinion, remained childish and immature until the day he died, still not taking responsibility for all the mistakes and wrong teaching that he forced on us that hurt so many.
        That is not being a responsible mature Christian or person.
        Now under the leadership of Keren Zerby and and Kelly, they just want to put all the past behind them, “that’s all in the past now” .
        Too bad it wans’t that easy. Maybe its easy for them to say that and to convince their followers that it all they need to do.
        But it is very difficult for former members, especially the younger generation, to do that when they have been abandoned by their parents, have had close friends commit suicide , and have been abused on such a wide scale.
        Yes it is the past, and forgiveness should be preeminent, but sad to say most of the victims are having a very hard time forgiving knowing that their abusers are still at large.
        And yet the same leadership continues to make changes in their theology saying
        “thus saith the Lord” presenting to the members so called “prophecies” to force them to change or else we don’t want anything to do with you type of threats.
        When you run into a young member or a first generation adult, just ask them to name all of those spirit helpers and demons that they are supposed to know by heart. I wrote something about that on my site. “Peace in the Valley”
        Ask the MEN if they spend their devotional times with Jesus fantasizing that they are a woman in the “spirit” so that Jesus can insert His “seeds” into them, or while they are “sharing” with their mate or someone else.
        Ask them about the bi-sexual childcare spirit helpers that change themselves to either male or female “according to the need” What need? Why do you need so called angels that are bi-sexual to take care of children? Why even mention their sex?
        Listen please, Leadership and members of The Family International. If you are ever going to mature as a Christian group and make progress and grow into mature Christians and servant of God there is only one way.

        The only way you will ever change is to completely change your leadership in another “Bloodless Coup” , just relieve them of their leadership responsibility, and choose new leadership that will renounce the erroneous teachings of David Berg, renounce his claim on ever being any kind of an “end time prophet prophesied in Ezekiel 34” Renounce his prophecy about Maria (Keren Zerby) being any kind of an endtime prophetess and his prophecy likening her to Mary in his paraphrase of the Magnificat directly applying it to her, and also renounce his claiming that the Beatle’s song “Let It Be” was a prophetic song that God intended to apply to Keren Zerby as “Mother Mary”
        And then do damage control to bring condolences, comfort, closure , and compensation to those and their families who have suffered under the dictum of Family rules used and bent to abuse others by errant leadership.
        In other words, you need to come clean and do some serious heart searching while you are determining ” what elements of our theology, culture and context are rooted in the past and no longer hold relevance.”

        This ia a time you should be doing just that, serious heart searching when you a re once again on the verge of changing what you believe and about to get it from “Jesus” to dictate it to the rest of The Family.
        You know very well that these policies are created by leadership’s inner circle and not voted upon by the members themselves.
        The only voting the homes do is about their own internal affairs or to confirm higher leadership that has already been selected.
        The common everyday homes and members have no say whatsoever in who is leading The Family and are not even allowed to suggest that there be a change in The Family’s top leadership.
        In other words, as it stands right now, Maria (Keren Zerby) and Kelly (King Peter) are dictators for life. Whatever they say goes, and no one is allowed to question the policies they establish or “there’s the door”
        This is the first thing that needs to change. The Family International, in order to ever be accepted by mainstream Christianity, has to become mature enough to be able to choose their own top leadership like in any democratic society.
        Then you renounce David Berg’s interpretation of the Bible, and learn what the Bible really says and means…..
        Then and only then can you hope to start to change into the missionary organization that you need to be in order to affect the right kind of change this society needs.
        But the Family Members wouldn’t dare rebel and push for that. They would be immediately expelled and excommunicated and ostracized if they did.
        This is the FEAR that keeps them IN The Family. A fear of leadership retaliation if they get “out of line” and start campaigning for new top leadership.
        But you have to start somewhere. Or you can wait until Keren Zerby and Kelly die, but then they will only be replaced by their successors who they named well in advance, who will only continue to carry the same old policies and “radical” doctrines with very little or no change.
        As it stands right now, Keren Zerby and King Peter are not looking for real change. Only a few modifications. A remodeling and repainting of the same old building. A rehashing of the same old doctrines they have been feeding you for decades.
        Aren’t there any brave Family members out there who want change? Or are you stuck in the ruts of your nice secure little home with your income and a little witnessing here and there with some PR volunteer work living in a neighborhood who doesn’t even know who you really are because you are hiding the truth from them?
        Or maybe you LIKE it like that and don’t want to have to confess that your sharing doctrines are anti-Bible because you don’t want to forsake those ungodly practices of sharing your wife or husband with another man or woman?
        I know, it takes a lot to realize these things, and time too, but someone has to tell you that Berg’s Law of Love is NOT the same Law of Love the Bible speaks about.
        The REAL law of love Jesus taught had nothing to do with sex. It was a genuine and sincere laying down of your life for your brother or sister, wife or husband or children. Not laying them down for your own selfish pleasure!
        It was a denying of your own desires and pleasures to ensure the safety and health and happiness of and welfare of others.
        I do not say these things to criticize or condemn, but to open your eyes to what Jesus really meant and what Jesus really said.
        After I left The Family I had the opportunity and freedom for the first time in many many years to read and study the Bible without The Family’s slant or David Berg’s slant on scripture.
        I was open to the Holy Spirit and felt such freedom. The Holy Spirit began to show me the truth about the things I had wondered about for so long. And the Word set me free!
        All I can say is I hope whoever is reading this is able to experience the true Love of God unconditionally and learn to have a stable and consistent relationship with God instead of the ever changing, unsure and unstable day to day spiritual roller coaster ride you are experiencing in The Family thinking that in order to get God’s blessings, you have to do everything Keren Zerby tells you to do, or you will suffer the consequences.
        That is not teaching God’s steadfast and unconditional love and grace. Change your paradigm, get freed from those old mind sets and receive the freedom of New Life God has for you if you will only see what the Bible really has to say and not just believe in your cut and paste theology you have been spoon fed all these years.
        Don’t be deceived by letting false leaders always tell you what is in the Spirit and what is not. You should be spiritually mature enough to discern the difference between what is good and what is evil, so use some of that God given wisdom and discernment and get set free today! Tomorrow may be too late!
        Are you really experiencing the exuberant joy and freedom of the Spirit? Or are you living in fear and worry hoping your neighbors or landlord wont discover who you really are? May God help you to get set free now!
        All the Best

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        1. Did the Moonies really brainwash millions? Time to dispel a myth

          Eileen Barker, The Guardian UK September 4, 2012

          The death of Sun Myung Moon has brought back to mind the panic that swept through the west in the 1970s and 80s. Moon was just about the last surviving charismatic leader of the “cults” that, it was widely declared, threatened to undermine our civilisation by brainwashing our youth and turning them into zombies prepared to do anything – including mass suicide and murder.

          Apart from Moon and his Unification Church, there was David Berg and his Children of God, who became renowned for their practice of “flirty fishing”; Prabhupada and his International Society for Krishna Consciousness devotees, who could be seen dancing and chanting on the streets; Bhagwan Rajneesh, later called Osho, and his sannyasins; and L Ron Hubbard’s Church of Scientology – and literally hundreds of other men and women selling their spiritual wares in San Francisco, New York, Montreal, Paris, Tokyo and London.

          Exactly what it was that was on offer varied enormously. But the general public was largely unaware of the differences, informed as it was by sensationalist media themselves fanned by a burgeoning number of so-called “anti-cult groups”, which had started as gatherings of concerned relatives but developed into powerful lobbying groups that accumulated all the worrying stories about any one movement (and there were undoubtedly several to gather), and then generalised these into a conventional wisdom about “what all cults do” – forgetting that all these activities could just as easily be found in the traditional religions. Not, of course, that this would make deceptive practices, sexual exploitation or child abuse any less culpable.

          But why were intelligent, well-educated young people joining the movements in droves? One answer was heard more than any other. Our youth had not chosen to convert to a new religion; they had been brainwashed into leaving their universities, abandoning promising careers, and severing ties with their families in order to live in secluded communities, working long hours for their “puppet masters” and, in the case of those who came to be called “Moonies”, getting married by a Korean messiah in a mass wedding along with thousands of other couples to someone they had never met before and might not even speak English. Clearly, it was claimed, these were the victims of well nigh irresistible and irreversible mind-control techniques.

          With hindsight, some of our views of these cults need correcting. Although the colourful devotees and sannyasins and the persistent Unificationists were highly visible in public places, people were not joining in anything like the numbers that were being alleged. While estimates of the number of Unificationists in Britain topped a million, there were in fact fewer than 150 in 1976.

          It is true that thousands attended one or other of the residential weekends where the “brainwashing” was said to occur, but 90% did not join as a result. Of those who did, the majority left within a couple of years. Much as the movements tried to persuade people to join their ranks, and much as they would have like to have had greater persuasive powers, they demonstrably did not have access to the irresistible or irreversible techniques they were reputedly wielding.

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        2. continued from previous comment…

          But things have changed. It is not that there are not still thousands of new religious movements to be found around the world – there are. Inform, the government-funded organisation that provides information on minority religions, has on its files over a thousand new religions that are currently active in the UK. But most people would be hard pushed to name more than a handful of these. Why?

          First, since 9/11, the public is now more concerned about Islamic terrorism than about cults. Second, although young (and older) people are still wanting answers to all sorts of questions about God, spirituality, the state of the world and their relations with others, they are less likely to turn to a new religion for their answers.

          Next, the movements themselves have changed quite radically. Those that caught the public’s attention during the latter half of the past century (and are now well into a second- or even third-generation membership that is no longer so concerned with recruitment but, more frequently, with getting on in the outside world).

          Then the new ones that have since emerged tend to be more spiritual and far less institutionalised than the earlier movements. The Children of God no longer “flirty fish” [but see my comments at the end of the blog article above]; the vast majority of Krishna devotees are people of Asian origin who have found a place to carry out their traditional worship.

          Most Unificationists now live with their families and work independently of the movement. Those second-generation members that have stayed in the movement (although the majority have left) are likely to be married to someone their parents suggested, often with quite a bit of input from their children.

          Scientology is, perhaps, one of the few “bogey cults” that remains in the public eye, due partly to the number of high-level members who have recently left, and, no doubt, to the high-profile antics of Tom Cruise. Perhaps The Master, Paul Thomas Anderson’s acclaimed new film on the origins of Scientology, will provide us with some further understanding of “the cult experience”.

          http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/sep/04/moonies-brainwash-dispel-myth

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        3. Cowabunga! Religion and Comics Connect at Comic-Con

          UC Riverside graduate students to examine religious presence in comics and webcomics at renowned international conference

          By Bettye Miller, University of California Riverside Today JULY 15, 2013

          RIVERSIDE, Calif. — American popular culture is filled with religious references, and comics are no exception, three graduate students from the University of California, Riverside will demonstrate at Comic-Con International: San Diego.

          Toby Johnson, Sean Sagan and Cori Knight — all Ph.D. students in the Department of Religious Studies — will present a panel discussion, “What Are We Seeing Here? Negotiating Religious Presence and Purpose in Comics, Comix, and Webcomics,” on Sunday, July 21. The panel is scheduled at 11:30 a.m. and is part of the Comic Arts Conference, which brings the academic study of comics into conversation with comic creators, publishers, and fans. Comic-Con is a four-day conference that celebrates the contributions of comics to American art and culture.

          The trio will present papers exploring: a storyline in which the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles rescue a sacred object of Islam; the role of sexualized comic books in proselytizing efforts of the Children of God/Family International church; and creation stories in the steampunk-themed webcomic “Girl Genius.”

          “Religion pervades American popular culture,” says Knight, who will discuss the way stories about the Heterodyne-created Jägermonsters are written and rewritten in the webcomic ”Girl Genius.” Jägermonsters are a group of characters created by the webcomic’s Heterodyne family and considered to be unthinking, brutal agents of destruction, generations before the time in which the comic is set.

          “Elements of religion are present in television, music, film, and literature,” Knight adds. “Why? And what does the way it is presented tell us about the back and forth between religion and pop culture? … I think it tells us what conversation is taking place.”

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        4. Comic books are another media form that can be used to present, discuss or critique religious ideas, says Toby Johnson.

          “I think it’s especially interesting to see how their presentations are directed to young audiences and serve as introductions to new ideas through these stories,” he explains. “In some cases, comics may even act as instructional texts for young readers, presenting religious material in a form more easily understood.”

          Johnson’s paper, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in Mecca?!? Superheroes in a Religious World: Reflection on a Controversy that Never Was,” explores issues arising from the use of Islam as a backdrop for the Turtles’ adventures, the theological implications of their intrusion into the Islamic worldview, and the use of religion as more than a plot device. The story he analyzes involves the theft of one of Islam’s most holy relics, and contains a depiction of the Prophet Muhammad.

          Sagan’s presentation, “And I will Make you Fishers of Men: How the Children of God/Family International church fused Gospel imperatives with sex and comic books,” focuses on the history, beliefs and theologies of the controversial Children of God — now the Family International church — during its peak in the 1970s and its use of comic tracts in both evangelism and intra-group teaching.

          The movement published comic tracts under the label True Komix. Many of those tracts, Sagan explains, featured “highly sexualized language and gendered art which was meant to detail the group’s liberated self-view of sexuality, and justify it through a scriptural interpretation of Matthew 4:19 — ‘And he said unto them, follow me and I will make you fishers of men.’”

          Comics appeal to some religious groups as an exceptionally effective way of imparting information to various audiences, Sagan adds.

          “The balance of text and art captivates the reader and grounds the emotionally evocative elements of the image with the meaning of the written text. Because of their engaging nature, some religious groups and traditions find the comic medium aids them significantly in purposes of outreach, education and the maintenance of religious identity.”

          http://ucrtoday.ucr.edu/16322

          20 Nov 2010

          Irish TV exposes cults in Ireland, interviews survivor of abuse in Children of God, now The Family International

          TV3 Ireland – January 20, 2010MIDWEEK EXPOSES THE TRUTH BEHIND CULTS IN IRELANDCults: How Safe Are Your Children?Hosted by Colette Fitzpatrick, tonight’s shocking Midweek uncovers the terrible truth behind some of the cults operating here in Ireland. Colette will be talking to a cult escapee, Juliana Burhing, who reveals that she was born into an infamous global cult ‘The Children of God’ and spent a year at an Irish base in Limerick, which still exists to this day, operating under a different name ‘Family International’.Juliana reveals how she suffered mental, physical and sexual abuse from the age of three at the hands of ‘The Children of God’ and tells of how she travelled extensively around Ireland with the cult, using face painting as a way of fundraising and presenting an acceptable public image for an undercover organisation.The show also exposes recruitment techniques including ‘Flirty Fishing’ and discusses what to do if your children are targeted by a cult. [see videos below]This article was found at:http://www.tv3.ie/pr_sub.php?type=2&view_pr=106

          4 Mar 2008

          Children of God: Haunted By a Dark Past

          New Vision, Uganda – Mar. 1, 2008Esther NamugojiFollowing 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 …The Family International is a worldwide religious group that is marked by a checkered history and a present spent defending that past. They say anything negative happened more than 20 years ago, although some former members insist not much has changed.Amidst much controversy, David Brandt Berg turned a generation of love-seeking hippies into a family that has survived 40 years of being different.The hippies were mostly young people who were disillusioned with the American government of the late 1960s and sought the ideals of peace and love. Berg’s mother, a charismatic evangelist, tapped into their restlessness and started a ministry in Huntington Beach, California.Berg was a Methodist pastor for over 20 years. His mother invited him to California to reach out to the hippies more effectively, especially through the music of Teens for Christ, a group formed by his children.After the death of his mother in 1968, Berg concentrated on his own ministry. It was at this time that he denounced mainstream religions and government and declared himself God’s prophet, calling himself ‘Moses David’. Group members knew him as Mo, Father David, King David, Dad and the children called him Grandpa.Followers left their families and jobs on conversion, and took to witnessing with members of the group’s communes.Members dropped their birth names and took on new names. They were dubbed The Children of God (COG). Berg later separated from his wife and took on his young secretary Karen Zerby with whom he had been having an affair. In 1978, Berg dismantled the middle leadership in a reorganisation that saw a name change to the Family of Love.As the COG grew, Berg directed its affairs from secluded locations using ‘Mo Letters’. In a period of 24 years, more than 3,000 letters were sent out to members. These were crafted in a Bible-like format, with verses that can easily be quoted. To this date, sections of Mo’s words and prophecies are quoted by members.A peculiarity of these letters was the graphic language and drawings set easily among Bible verses. Berg claimed he communicated with people from the spiritual realm. Members can also prophesy messages from the departed soul of Berg and other ‘good people’. He taught extensively about the end times and that his wife, Maria and her son Davidito would be the two witnesses spoken of in the book of Revelation.Letters also featured drawings of naked women and pictures of Berg in bed with women. It was with copies of these letters that former members insist that the leadership promoted the abuse of children.Since Christians are ‘dead to the Law’ through faith in Jesus, Berg concluded that they were free to do almost anything as long as it was done in love. In order to sell his doctrine, it became necessary for Berg to use or misuse scripture, in the process distorting Christian beliefs.He also had numerous revelations and prophecies to cement these beliefs. The ‘Law of Love’ opened the door for all sorts of sexual liberties. In 1974, he introduced Flirty Fishing (FFing) where members were encouraged to flirt and even have sexual relations with potential converts as a way of winning their souls. FFing was abandoned for fear of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and officially dropped in 1987.Following raids on homes in different countries, the group’s current leader Mama Maria, ordered a ‘pubs purge’ from 1990. Controversial publications were either burned or sanitised. For instance, former members say clothes were drawn onto pictures of semi-nude women and pages of sexual content torn out of books.The Family states that Berg wrote widely on many topics, of which sex was only 5% of the content.A judicial inquiry in Britain in the early 1990s exposed the group to a lot of scrutiny. The outcome of Lord Justice Ward’s inquiry is interpreted differently by the Family and its detractors, each using quotes from the judgment to validate their view.Things quieted down, until 2005 when Davidito (Ricky Rodriguez) stabbed one of his childhood minders and later shot himself dead. The murder-suicide of Davidito brought the media hounds back to haunt the Family. This was not helped by the number of second generation former members who identified with Davidito.

          The Family accuses the media of seizing on the Davidito incidents, because he was the leader’s son, to persecute the group. The Family says Davidito maintained a good relationship with members until he got in touch with bitter former members.

          “Many people who backslide become actively anti-religious. If they no longer believe, they become bitter, especially if they were in high commitment groups like ours,” explains Simon Peterson. “What happened with Davidito (Berg’s son) is that he fell into the hands of apostates after he left. Who knows what videos or literature he was watching?” However, the group did publish a 762-page childcare manual in January 1982 centred on the way Davidito was being raised.

          According to former members, the book featured photographs depicting the child in sexual play with his older nannies. The book, like many sexually explicit publications, was ordered destroyed and is no longer part of the group’s material. A cleaner version was reprinted in the late 1990s.

          Berg regarded sex as a God-given gift that anyone, including children, could participate in. Some female members, including Berg’s daughter and daughter-in-law, have said they were sexually abused by him. Sometimes even videos of sexual activity were shot in full view of children for this purpose. Berg’s bedroom wall was said to be covered with photographs of women and children in semi-nude poses. He believed that he would have many women and lots of sex in heaven.

          Many of Berg’s controversial publications were burnt and removed from Family material, although the family continues to use and sell some of his inspirational works.

          Rachel Scott, who was involved in the three-year long court case told Sunday Vision that Justice Ward cleared the group of all the charges. However, the judge took issue with publications on Davidito, saying, “Exposure of a young child to a sexual activity of that kind is in my judgment utterly deplorable. Those guilty of abusing Davidito by wholly inappropriate exposure to sex included the leader and his likely successor.”

          Gideon and Rachel Scott head a Family home of 26 people in South Africa, but flew to Uganda to lend support to the home here following last Sunday’s story about the Family. They have been members for 38 years and they claim that in their experience they have never seen any kind of abuse. Second generation ex-members have claimed that they were instructed and coached to lie to investigators, in line with a strategy called ‘deceivers yet true’.

          The Scotts argue that the investigations were done by experts, including sociologists, psychologists and physicians, people skilled in examining and assessing children. “These visits were at random in different continents and in all cases they found no evidence of abuse,” Gideon Scott argues.

          They state that authorities in different continents carried out raids on family homes to rescue abused children, and more than 700 children have been found happy and healthy. Gideon Scott explains any abuse that occurred between 1978 and 1987 after Berg dismantled the leadership structure and the management structure was not well formed.

          “We do know that it (Sexual abuse) was not widespread and that it was not representative of what the Family was like then. We do admit and it is on record that we apologised for it. We made sure such mistakes have not and will not be repeated,” Scott said. “We’ve got the greatest proof these things are not happening now. Our concern is that people will read this and think that this is how it is in the Family today.”

          By the time the British High Court judgment was made, Berg had died and it was a good time to bury a thorny past. Justice Ward noted that the new leadership was adjusting to standards that were safe for children.

          On the inside, Maria, (who became the Family leader after Berg died) said the changes were being made in order not to ‘stumble’ the weaker brothers in the ‘system’. Nonetheless, changes have been taking place ever since.

          Mama or Queen Maria who took over after Mo’s death in 1994 spearheaded many changes in the Family. Together with her lover Steven Douglas Kelly (Peter Amsterdam or King Peter), they introduced The Love Charter, which allowed members more freedom to choose and follow their own pursuits.

          From 16 years of age, the children are free to choose whether to stay or leave. From being secluded, they become actively involved in the communities and do creative charity activities. The total number of people that have passed through the group is estimated at 35,000.

          Numbers today waver between 10,000 and 12,000 in over 100 countries on all continents.

          Current and former members continue to put out contrasting interpretations of Family life at websites like MovingOn.org, MyConclusion.com and thecreed.com. Most of these were set up after the Davidito incident.

          “The Family have been black, very black and they are still not white, but the shade of grey grows lighter by the month. I have decided to trust them to continue to bring lightness to their darkness,” Justice Ward wrote in his 1995 verdict.

          The Family continues to contend with that challenge even today; to convince the world to trust that they are bringing light. The work of anti-cult movements is not making this easy at all.

          The Family’s activities in Uganda

          The Family work in Uganda according to the Gideon Scott who heads a Family home in South Africa, is among the best in Africa and they do not want to jeopardise that.

          Some of their activities are RadioActive headed by Simon Peterson, which spreads the word of God through radio, email and the Activated magazine. They also had a dance group, The RadioActive Dancers although it is now defunct.

          In addition to a weekly Bible study course for anyone interested, there is a service on Sunday afternoons at their home in Old Kampala. All members living in the home are non-Ugandans. Kathleen explains that they are cautious about Christians who would just want to live with whites when they are not serious about Jesus.

          The Family is more liberal today. For example, Robin of Family Care Uganda revealed that her daughter fell in love with a Muslim and she is still supportive of her. “Because it is sincere, we back her. A lot of our donations are from Muslims and Hindus. We have changed our perception of non-members.” She said they no longer used the term ‘systemites’ to refer to non-Family members.

          “We adapt to every community we are in. We want to hook them onto Jesus and not ourselves. We are not like those churches where everything revolves around a charismatic leader,” she says. The group does not need churches because they believe Jesus is in their hearts.

          “Billions are being wasted on buildings that can be used in the gospel; this body is our building,” Kathleen explains, but adds, “We are not against church and we recognise other denominations. We do not set ourselves up as being better than anyone.”

          There are four levels of membership in the group. Before taking the ‘12 Foundation stones’ course, those who attend services are called General Members. Active members have taken the ‘12 Foundation Stones’ and participate in outreach. If they complete the ‘12 Bridges’ course, active members can become Missionary Members.

          Missionary members need to express a desire, according to a calling from God, in order to become Family Disciples. Family Disciples are those who live the communal life where everything is shared. Jakisa Mungu is a Ugandan Missionary Member who believes his destiny is tied to the Family. He says God told him he would have a son and after that meet two white people with whom his destiny was linked.

          This prophecy came true and by chance he met two members of The Family which he later joined. He also dropped one of his names, Ajarova, which means ‘I am unfortunate’. He says he has worked with many missionaries and many white people before, but none of them was ‘very sweet’ like the Family.

          “They are like my brothers. My problems are their problems. When my late wife was hospitalised and I was not around, they took care of her in hospital, something others would not do.” Jakisa says.

          According to Family statistics, by 2005 there were 1,238 Family homes and 10,202 members worldwide.

          Was David Brandt Berg , mentally ill?

          Stephen A. Kent of the Department of Sociology, University of Alberta, Canada studied Berg’s history and concluded that Berg had repressed sexual emotions that burst forth after the death of a mother who had punished him for sexual experimentation as a child.

          When he found himself at the helm of this big group of free love hippies, he opened up and encouraged them to experiment with their sexuality as he was now doing.

          In Lustful Prophet: A Psychosexual Historical Study of the Children of God’s Leader published in 2002, Kent writes: “Berg, alas, is not a great religious figure, and his solution to his own childhood-based guilt brought havoc unto those who relied upon him for guidance.

          He alienated the older generation of his mother’s friends, destroyed his own marriage along with the marriages of others, probably lost a son to suicide, eroticised the relationships with his daughters and granddaughters, and denounced his eldest daughter, all in the process of the pursuit of his own passions.”

          The group’s current policy (as of 1995) forbids sexual contact with minors. The Family also denounce Berg’s writings which were responsible for past sexual abuse.

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          6 May 2011

          Judge who convicted man for child sex blames his childhood in The Family International for skewed view on sexuality



          Herald Sun   –  Australia    May 6, 2011Man’s child sex addiction blamed on religious cult upbringingTony Keim  |  From:The Courier-MailA FORMER member of religious sect that condoned pubescent child sex counted eight schoolgirls among his more than 100 sexual conquests who he met via an adult internet chat room, a court has been told.The Brisbane District Court was told Nathaniel Francis Enright, 30, tried to procure a child as young has 12 for sex and actually molested or had sex with seven other girls – aged 14 and 15 – that he met “on-line” between November 2008 and February 2009.The court was told Enright was raised as a member of the “strict religious group” The Family International – known also as the “Children of God” – and as a result had a “skewed view” on who he could have sexual contact with.Barrister Angus Edwards, for Enright, said his client, who left the sect at the age of 16, was raised in an environment which condoned sexual contact between children once they had reached puberty.Enright, a former airline employee, was today jailed for five years and placed on two year’s probation after pleading guilty to 51 criminal charges – including five of taking away a child for immoral purposes and three of having sex with them.However, the sentence imposed will see Enright, who has already spent 15-months in pre-sentence custody, released on February 6 next year.Enright, who was at the time aged between 28 and 29, also pleaded guilty to more than 30 counts of indecent treatment or exposing a child under 16 to indecent material or act, and eight of using the web to procure or groom underage children for sex.Prosecutor David Meredith said Enright, who was at the time based in New Zealand, met all of his victims via internet chat rooms.He said Enright would engage in explicit sexual dialogue with the children and encourage them to meet for physical encounters.”The combination of (Enright’s) offences is quite extraordinary,” Mr Meredith said.”(Enright was) quite persistent and there is an extraordinary number of contacts … (with underage) girls willing to meet up with him.”

          Mr Edwards said Enright met the girls via a chat room designed for people aged 18 and over – suggesting the children would have to have logged in as being adults themselves.

          “(Enright claims) there were more than 100 women he met up with and had sexual (encounters),” he said.

          Mr Edwards tendered a psychological report which asserted Enright was not a pedophile, but that he simply had a compulsive addiction to sex as the result of his religious up-bringing.

          The court was told even during his time in prison Enright’s sexual proclivities compelled him to pleasure himself on a daily basis.

          Judge Nick Samios, in sentencing Enright, said: “You procured some of these young girls to engage in (actual) sexual contact.”

          “You appear to have a skewed view of who you could have sexual contact with because of your (religious) up-bringing … (and you are) addicted to sex.”

          Judge Samios said that addiction to sex resulted in Enright taking “opportunistic and indiscriminate” steps to secure sexual partners.

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          17 Feb 2011

          UK survivor confirms mother’s fears about abusive cult The Family International that tried to recruit her teen daughter

          The Telegraph  –  UK    February 17, 2011


          Losing my New Religion


          To believers they are liberating ‘New Religions’. To others they are just dangerous cults. But who is right? 
           
          By Clover Stroud

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          Celeste Jones   Photo: LAURA PANNACK

          ‘Just a normal teenage girl, but in the wrong place at the wrong time,’ is how Charlotte Wells describes the circumstances in which her daughter, Rachel, then 17, met Wayne, 24, a ‘religious missionary’ , in a shopping centre in Somerset two years ago.Within moments of meeting, Wayne was dazzling Rachel with tales of foreign work, and qualifications, ranging from youth counselling and disaster relief to business management and interior design. For the following weeks Rachel and Wayne conducted a sexual relationship, which Rachel hid from her mother; by the time he left for America, citing visa reasons, Rachel had fallen passionately in love.’I asked Rachel what was wrong, as she seemed down, and she told me she’d met someone, but he’d left. She said there was something I should know about him that I mightn’t like.’ Wayne, along with his parents and nine siblings, was part of the Family International, a ‘Christian’ fellowship preaching the Gospel internationally.Its members live communally, following rules about whom they can marry and with whom they can have children. The Family has had various titles, but was formed in California in 1968 as the Children of God. Its leader, David Berg, encouraged sex between adults and children as the highest expression of God’s love. Mired in controversy, it rebranded itself as the Family International, but stuck to its roots: its webpage still includes a tribute to David Berg, and the Family has never renounced his writings.’I emailed Wayne asking him about this leader and his associations. Wayne replied there was “absolutely nothing wrong with David Berg” . Then I did everything you’re not supposed to do when your child becomes interested in a cult, and went completely bananas,’ says Wells.Obtaining exact figures on the number of cults operating in Britain is hard, but Ian Haworth of the Cult Information Centre estimates that there are well over 500 extreme organisations that can be described as cults.’Lots of organisations, from extreme therapy groups to so-called religious organisations, come under the definition of cult, but they all share similar characteristics,’ says Howarth. ‘Broadly, a cult is as an elitist, totalitarian society which uses psychological coercion to recruit and retain members, isolating them from their family and society. Cults are led by self-appointed, messianic leaders who are non-accountable but often charismatic, and who also exploit their members.’The danger of cults is that most of us don’t realise how powerful they are, and the effects they can have. ‘Part of the problem I faced was convincing other people I wasn’t mad, and that Rachel really was in danger,’ says Wells.But Wells’ anxiety was well founded, as Celeste Jones, 35, can testify. Jones was born into the Children of God. Her parents separated when she was four, and while her younger sister returned to England with her mother, Jones remained with her father in the cult throughout her childhood and into early adult life.During this time she had five different names, and lived in 15 different countries – the Family prefers its members not to put down roots and is also keen to avoid the attention of suspicious locals and police.Sex was a regular part of life, with adults openly having sex in front of children. A weekly dance would include every adult pairing off for sex, including children over the age of 12, and daily prayer sessions incorporated ‘Cuddle Time’ , or group sex. Jones was regularly assaulted by adult men in the name of God’s love and, aged 11, was instructed to have sex with another child as part of the commune’s ‘date schedules’ .Now working as a family support worker for a children’s charity in Bristol, where she lives with her 12-year-old daughter, Jones is composed and articulate. She explains that a cult survives by destabilising the natural order of parent/child relationships.’In a cult your parents are not your parents, as everyone under the leader is a child who can be punished.’ I ask her why she didn’t complain to her father. ‘I adored my dad, but rarely saw him for more than a few moments at a time past the age of five, as he was working for the group, and was often away. I was looked after by carers,’ she says.

          ‘Time with him was precious, so we were prevented from real communication. If I told my peers they might have ratted on me, which we were encouraged to do. I had a deep desire to please God and had been convinced that criticising the group was the devil speaking. If I was negative I’d get in trouble with the leader.’

          To an outsider, it is difficult to understand why someone would join, or remain inside, an abusive cult, but Jones likens it to a woman being in a violent relationship she cannot leave.

          ‘As anyone who has experienced domestic abuse will know, leaving that relationship isn’t straightforward,’ she says. ‘I was brainwashed to believe what we were doing was right, and the world was wrong. And, as in an abusive relationship, I sometimes felt that, if I could only alter things from the inside, I could make the group better.’

          Dr Alexandra Stein, a lecturer at Birkbeck College in London and a social psychologist specialising in extremist groups, experienced at first hand the emotional complexity of life in a cult. An engaging woman in her late fifties, Stein spent a decade under the control of a radical Marxist group, O, in Minneapolis from the age of 26.

          It’s hard to imagine Stein being the kind of weak, lost individual one imagines might get sucked into a cult. But Ian Haworth suggests the easiest people to recruit are, in fact, intelligent, educated, idealistic and economically advantaged.

          When she joined O, Stein had witnessed the Vietnam War and the rise of feminism, and had a hunger for political activism. ‘The group didn’t present itself as an organisation that would remove my ability to make personal choices, or control my entire life. Instead, it seemed like a bunch of like-minded, friendly people who impressed me with details of their healthcare clinic and campaigning they’d done for women’s rights.’

          Gradually, Stein became more involved with the group, and moved into a flat with several members. The group removed all her personal freedoms; she had an arranged marriage and was instructed not to use her diaphragm.

          ‘Right away I was ordered to have kids as a way of controlling me,’ says Stein. ‘By this time I was isolated from friends and family. I was given a memo about my contraceptive choices on a beige sheet of paper, and obeyed it.

          ‘I was a committed feminist, but I was brainwashed, so my thought process was confused, allowing the organisation to make highly personal choices for me. This “disorganised attachment” also happens in an abusive relationship, when a woman is confused and intimidated, then isolated to the point that the only person she can turn to is her abuser.’

          For Jones and Stein, having children proved the turning-point, and they both escaped from their cults. ‘Seeing the organisation with the eyes of a mother protecting her child helped me to distance myself from it,’ Stein says. ‘I reached breaking-point when I was instructed about the type of toys my kids could play with, as cartoon characters were forbidden. It seemed so absurd.’

          Determined to break the conspiracy of silence that surrounds cult membership, both women have since published accounts of their experiences – Jones in Not without My Sister, Stein in Inside Out – and have been instrumental in setting up the Safe Passage Foundation, which provides resources and support for people raised in cults. The Cult Information Centre and the Families Survival Trust are another two organisations offering support to people affected by cults.

          These organisations all agree that it’s an escalating problem. In addition to the Family, Ian Haworth cites the Moonies as ‘a force to be reckoned with’ , and is critical of the growing number of therapy cults, ‘which can be equally abusive by using psychological coercion to control members’ .

          Also active in Britain is the Church of Scientology, founded by L Ron Hubbard in New Jersey in 1952, which boasts many high-profile members in Hollywood, including Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes and John Travolta.

          The Church of Scientology denies it is a cult – and Scientology is recognised as a religion in a number of countries, including America, but not Britain. (‘Is Scientology a cult?’ asks the organisation’s website. ‘No. It is a religion in the fullest sense of the word.’)

          There are many controversial aspects to Scientology, not least its belief that humans are descended from a race exiled from another planet in the distant past. There is also the issue of ‘disconnection’, a term used by Scientologists to describe the withdrawal of contact with friends and family who, in the words of the website, ‘[are] suppressive or who [are] antagonistic to Scientology or its tenets’.

          The website continues: ‘In order to resolve this situation, one either “handles” the other person’s antagonism with true data about Scientology and the Church or, as a last resort, when all attempts to handle have failed, one “disconnects” from or stops communicating with the person.’ Opponents of Scientology argue that disconnection is a sinister instrument employed to drive a wedge between members of the organisation and their families. The Church of Scientology rejects these claims.

          Silene looks like any other well-heeled middle-aged lady in the leafy English suburb where we meet for coffee. Speaking with a lyrical Brazilian accent, she tells me about her intelligent daughter Natalie, and their once loving relationship.

          ‘Natalie was so close to both me and my husband, and we often got together as a family,’ she says. Natalie spent much of her twenties teaching English abroad, before moving back home aged 27 and taking a job in the City. Silene was alarmed to find books on Scientology in Natalie’s room. ‘I asked her if she was involved and she said she would never be involved with Scientology as she didn’t believe in it.’

          Yet during 2009 Natalie became distant. ‘It was as though she was carrying a terrible burden about with her,’ says Silene. ‘She became serious and tense.’ By the end of last year Natalie moved out to live with other Scientologists, and started seeing Anton, whose stepfather John, sister and mother are all involved with Scientology.

          Relations with Natalie became strained, and at Christmas that year she tipped a table of food over her parents when Scientology came up in conversation. ‘It was so unlike our daughter, like she’d been taken over.’

          Last April Silene and her husband met Anton’s family for lunch, unaware of the extent of their involvement with Scientology. Soon afterwards John arrived, uninvited, at Silene’s house. ‘He shouted that if I didn’t accept Scientology, Natalie would disconnect.’ Shortly afterwards Natalie stopped communicating with Silene.

          The organisation is generally extremely uncommunicative with families who contact them for information about relatives who have joined. Many parents whose children are members report a ‘wall of silence’ , with letters, emails and phone calls all going unanswered.

          But when I contacted it to ask about Natalie someone responded immediately, telling me that Natalie ‘has had issues with her mother that go back well before she became a Scientologist. She decided earlier this year to let matters cool off for a period, but she did not disconnect from her. She has been in good communication lately with her mother and is hopeful that they will have good family relations going forward.’

          Shortly afterwards Natalie called Silene, and has seen her, although they cannot talk about Scientology. ‘I have only seen Natalie a couple of times, and we don’t mention it, as it causes huge fights. And I will go on fighting, for as long as it takes, to get her out.’

          Charlotte Wells’ fight to prevent Rachel joining the Family International came at significant personal cost. She took six months off work, using the time to educate herself about the way a cult works. ‘Fighting a group like this is intimidating, and I had to learn fast,’ she says.

          Her persistence paid off. Rachel started questioning the fact that marriage to Wayne would involve living within an enclosed group. ‘When she could look at it calmly Rachel started examining what Wayne had told her. She didn’t like the idea that she would have to live communally with other members of his group,’ explains Wells.

          ‘She was a teenage girl with romantic notions about living with and marrying Wayne, as she really believed she had fallen in love. When we talked about this and it was clear that it might not just be the two of them, she started to get cold feet. She was upset about the idea that she would have to join the Family in order for them to have a sexual relationship together, and I think that this realisation made it all seem a lot less romantic and exciting.’

          Eventually, Rachel dropped her plans to move to America, and today mother and daughter rarely talk about the episode.

          ‘I’m positive that, had she joined Wayne, she would have been coerced into joining the group as soon as her feet hit the runway,’ says Wells. ‘Then she would’ve been lost to me, perhaps forever. It frightens me to think what her future might have been like. It’s left a scar too, as I know it’s something I have to be vigilant about as it could happen again, at any time.’

          This article was found at:

          October 25, 2010

          This Is What Wolves In Sheep’s Clothing Look Like

          Chain The Dogma    December 8, 2009by Perry BulwerJesus supposedly* warned his followers in Matthew 7:15 to beware of false prophets disguised as sheep, but who are really savage wolves. You know, kind of like theLittle Red Riding Hood fairy tale. But did you ever wonder what a modern day false prophet dressed in sheep’s clothing to disguise the vicious wolf within looks like? Well, wonder no more.The leaders of the Christian evangelical cult, The Family International, formerly theChildren of God, have posted on their website a Christmas greeting video that made me want to puke when I watched it, kind of like the way Jesus supposedly* pukes out luke warm believers. But hey, I’m no Jesus. I’m much more moral. I don’t condemn people to eternal, fiery torment for not believing in me, for example. So I wanted to puke after watching that video because 1) my dog likes vomit, just like foolish believers, and; 2) those criminal cult leaders think they can hide their vile beliefs and behaviour beneath cloaks of righteousness. Oh, I just remembered another reason – that sappy music playing in the background that sounds like a death dirge, which I hope is a sign of the cult’s imminent demise.Now, some may wonder what an atheist like me is doing citing Bible verses. Believers who stumble on this post may very well exclaim that I am satanic, since even Satan supposedly* quoted scripture too, but then proclaim, “nevertheless the gospel is preached“. But there is no good news in this post, except the possibility of the cult’s imminent demise. However, one such stumbling believer described this website as “dangerous”, so I doubt many spend much time here. The real reason why I continue to quote the Bible though no longer a believer myself is because, as Isaac Asimov famously said: “Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived.”But back to those criminal cult leaders, Karen Zerby and Steve Kelly, known to cult members as Maria and Peter, but who have used numerous aliases over the years, including forged passports, to hide from legal authorities. A primary prerequisite of membership in their cult is not only to believe that David Berg was God’s final end-time prophet, but that Maria inherited his spiritual authority as God’s mouthpiece on Earth after Berg’s death in 1994. God’s will is reputedly revealed, through either Jesus or Berg, to Maria and Peter, who then instruct cult members on the latest revelations from Heaven. Members are required to accept those revelations as God’s will for themselves, and they must not question, doubt, or criticize any aspect of the cult’s dogma.David Berg may not have been as immortal as Jesus (did I just say immortal? I meant immoral), but he was pretty damn close. Here’s what Maria’s son, Ricky Rodriguez, had to say about Berg and his mom in a video he made shortly before killing one of Maria’s long time assistants and then himself in January 2005. In the video he partly blames his secluded childhood, in which he was abused and saw other children routinely abused, for pushing him to take the extreme revenge that he did. At the end of the video he states, “…they sure fucked with our brains … used us as slaves … just there for those sick fucker’s pleasure. That’s the way it was at Grandfather’s [Berg] and Mamma’s house.”In a 1995 British Family Court child custody trial involving members of the cult, the presiding judge Rt. Hon. Lord Justice Ward delved deeply into the writings of Berg and Maria. His extremely detailed decision, based on mountains of evidence, exposed systemic abuses and cover ups perpetrated by the top leaders. There are many disturbing stories revealed in Ward’s decision, including the spiritual, psychological and physical torture of Berg’s own grand-daughter, Merry Berg, referred to in Ward’s decision as MB.Merry’s abuse began when she was just 7 years old and forced to masturbate her stepfather; from that time on, she experienced frequent sexual activity with adults. She was brought to Berg’s home when she was 11 years old, and for the next three years, Berg, often in the presence of Maria or other female adults, routinely sexually abused her. In 1987, now 14 years old and still living with Berg, Merry began to openly criticize her grandfather for, among other things, his hypocritical standards, heavy drinking, and failed prophecies.Years of abuse at the hands of the very people who should have nurtured and protected her caused Merry much confusion and psychological trauma, but she had no one to turn to other than her abusers. In that emotionally fragile state, she made the mistake not only of criticizing Berg and expressing doubts about him, but also of confessing to seeing images of demons. Berg seized on what he viewed as her rebelliousness as an opportunity to warn all Family members, especially the teens, of the dangers of doubting or rejecting Berg’s theology. Two of Berg’s letters, The Last State? The Dangers of Demonism, and It’s Up to You—Mene’s Farewell from the King’s House!, detail the extreme physical and psychological punishments Berg and other Family leaders, including Maria and Peter, subjected her to, ostensibly to exorcise the demons out of her.In fact, they held numerous violent exorcisms wherein Merry was threatened, slapped, spanked with paddles on her bare buttocks, beaten with rods, and had her head banged against the wall. In Ricky’s suicide video referenced above, Ricky said the following about Merry’s beatings, many of which he witnessed: “Nobody, nobody deserved that. Especially not a kid that age. So I watched every day new bruises on her, big fuckin’ fat fuckin’ bruises on her.” In her court testimony, Merry described her physical abuse in detail, saying, “It all felt like torture and once I fainted, throwing up. They said I was throwing up demons. The exorcising terrified me.”Justice Ward accepted as fact that Merry had been tortured, finding her testimony truthful and unembellished, much to the dismay of the cult leaders, whose own witnesses had repeatedly been less than honest with the court. Ward “…became more and more convinced by her evidence the longer she gave it. She did not seem to paint the picture blacker than it was.” In addition, later in the case, after reading the cult’s own account of events related to Merry, Ward found that she “…had been moderate in her complaint of the indignities heaped upon her.” Justice Ward found as matters of fact that Merry

          …was physically ill-treated; and she was emotionally ill-treated; she was put in fear; she was humiliated; her self-esteem was denigrated. Maria and Peter stood by and watched it happen and approved of what was happening. They showed little more sensitivity and insight than their at times demented leader [David Berg].… In my judgment what MB went through was a form of torture.

          So there you have it! False prophets, dressed in sheep’s clothing to disguise their true wolfish natures. My what big teeth they have, the better to eat you with. They sit there in their suits of self-righteousness smugness, made from the finest fleece of their flock, without whom they would have absolutely no power, instead of absolute power they continue to hold over their dumb sheep. Beware.

          (*There is no reliable, rational evidence he said these things or that he even existed, let alone that he was a god)

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          Update on Monday, December 21, 2009

          Although the music video reported on below is directed at the clergy abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, the lyrics provided in this article aptly describe Karen Zerby and Steve Kelly, the leaders of The Family International cult. The lyrics capture the essence of what I am trying to say in my blog post above, and apply directly to how they treated Merry Berg and their other victims, blaming them for causing or contributing to their own abuse when they dared to speak out against those leaders. Zerby and Kelly have never admitted personal responsibility for any of the abuse they committed or enabled. They are evil, vile people living behind a façade. Wolves in sheep’s clothing.

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          Scoop – New Zealand December 21, 2009

          Catholic Church Reviled In Hard Core Music Video 

          Press Release: Legacy of Disorder

          Hardcore Kiwi metal band, Legacy of Disorder’s hard hitting new music video ‘Façade’, aims to kick the Catholic Church repeatedly in the head over recent revelations of child abuse by priests in Ireland and the subsequent cover up.

          The video features sinister priests, vulnerable children and religious symbols such as rosary beads, along with a driving Metal crunch and lyrics that send the shivers of anger rippling up and down your spine:

          ‘Clutching your bible with guilt and sin
          Behind the mask, evil lives within
          Using a façade to torment souls
          Behind closed doors you lose control
          In time a victim screamed your name
          Then many more, they shared the pain
          You knew the truth while hiding the shame
          Without remorse you passed the blame

          Outspoken lead guitarist and songwriter Rana Freilich says the song expresses Legacy of Disorder’s disgust, revulsion and heartfelt cry against this evil.

          “There are a lot of people in positions of power over children out there who are simply evil. Nine times out of ten it’s not the guys who look like the baddies – the long-haired hippies, the skinheads or the guys with tattoos… its people like priests, cops or politicians – and all those who hide behind a façade of respectability,” he says.

          The music video for Façade was filmed in the US, after the band’s New Zealand record company deemed the subject matter too controversial. However even in the US the band faced some challenges.

          “Do you know how hard it was to find anyone in Oklahoma willing to play the part of the priests? It would have been easier to find people to star in a porn movie! It took two months to find people to do it!” Rana says.

          Rana says the band is not anti-religion. They are certainly anti hypocrisy. And they are sickened by scandals such as the Catholic sex abuse cases that have rocked the church around the world.”

          “It’s time the paedophiles and those that try and cover it up are brought down”. I’m revolted at them using their positions of authority to destroy young lives. It’s time for the Church to pull the splinter out of its own eye and repent,” he says.

          Legacy of Disorder is no stranger to controversy. In 2008 they were banned at the last minute from playing at the Rugby World Sevens in New Zealand, with their music being deemed “too heavy” and “likely to start a riot”

          Legacy of Disorder come, for the most part, from New Zealand, where lead guitarist Rana Freilich recruited bass man Jason Keill in 2001 and later vocalist James Robinson in 2005 to shape their own brand of Metal. Last year the band headed for Dallas, Texas, where, under the guidance of producer Sterling Winfield (Pantera; Damageplan; Hellyeah) they recorded their debut self titled album, with US based drummer Matt Thompson.

          This article was found at:

          http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0912/S00266.htm

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