Berg preached sexual promiscuity and free love. Some believe
he was obsessed with incest and pedophilia. In the 1970's Berg promoted
a practice known as "flirty fishing", where the devout were sent on pick-up
missions to bars, using sex to recruit followers. In a "Mo letter" to his
common-law wife, Berg explained, "Sex was a need and good members were
supposed to supply people's needs, which in turn would strengthen the COG
family." In another "Mo letter" written to his flock in 1978, Berg approved
the use of fellatio to put toddlers and young boys to sleep, "if it feels
good at that age, the Lord intended for kids to get used to feeling good
with sex." In a "Mo letter" sent to a concerned mother whose daughter had
joined the COG, the guru described heaven as a place to enjoy "a wild orgy"
with a "sexy naked God," and he continued, "you'll certainly never be able
to take what is coming, and we're very sorry for you. kids need and want
to know about sex and that God created sexual parts of their bodies and
their God-given uses, which the System tries to hide and deny them! . We
have a sexy God and a sexy religion with a very sexy leader with an extremely
sexy young following. So if you don't like sex, you'd better get out while
you still can. Be liberated tonight--Hallelujah! Love, Mo."
Allegations of Controversial Issues
In 1978, after the Jim Jones massacre in Guyana sparked
much anti-cult sentiment around the world, Berg changed the name of the
movement from COG to Family of Love in order to avoid harassment. In 1987,
Berg banned flirty-fishing and child-adult sex by way of an internal order.
In September of 1993, police in Argentina seized 268 children aged 4 months
to 17 years and arrested 30 adult residents of seven Family houses in Buenos
Aires due to wire taps and sexually provocative video tapes involving children
found by authorities. The charges included prostitution, holding members
against their will and sexually abusing children. Similar raids were also
made in Australia, Peru, and Paraguay throughout the next few years. The
Family claims no convictions arose from these or any other police raids.
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