By Don Lattin
In the culture of Jon Krakauer's Under the Banner of Heaven, Don Lattin's Jesus Freaks is the tale of a surprising pilgrimage of revenge that left humans lifeless and shed new mild at the relations foreign, some of the most debatable non secular hobbies to emerge from the non secular turmoil of the sixties and seventies.
Some say The relatives International—previously referred to as the youngsters of God—began with the simplest intentions. yet their sexual and religious excesses quickly pressured them to head underground and stick to a depressing and unsafe course. Their charismatic chief, David "Moses" Berg, preached an intensive critique of the piety and hypocrisy of mainstream Christianity. yet Berg's message speedy devolved into its personal net of lies. He lusted for energy and limitless entry to woman contributors of his flock—including younger ladies and teenagers—and turned a drunken tyrant, developing re-indoctrination camps around the globe for rebellious little ones below his keep an eye on.
Thousands of kids raised within the relations may disorder and check out to reside basic lives, however the prophet's inheritor obvious, Ricky "Davidito" Rodriguez, was once not able to both undergo the excesses of the cult or healthy into basic society. Sexually and emotionally abused as a toddler, Ricky left the fold and commenced a campaign to spoil the single family members he ever knew, together with a plot to kill his personal mother.
Veteran journalist Don Lattin has written a robust, engrossing publication approximately this uniquely American tragedy. Jesus Freaks is a cautionary story when you fail to query the prophesies and proclamations of an individual who claims to talk for God.
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DAVID BERG WAS a preacher’s kid. His mother, Virginia Brandt Berg, was a radio evangelist and itinerant preacher. Mama Berg made her name in the Pentecostal revival that began in a little church in Los Angeles and swept across the United States in the first decades of the twentieth century. Virginia rode the great revival from northern California to southern Florida, where she billed herself as the “Miracle Woman” and packed thousands into her most successful church operation—the Gospel Tabernacle of Miami.
That’s what they said! ” Well, you know, my question is, you know, what about these fuckin’ perverts? You know—aren’t they the real terrorists? Terrorizing little kids. Driving them to suicide. Isn’t that like murdering them, basically? You fuck with their minds so much that they can’t go on. They really can’t go on. Ricky’s plan was to hunt down and kill as many of those terrorists as possible. He’d heard rumors that his mother and Peter Amsterdam had returned to the United States. He wasn’t sure where they’d landed, but one place he could find at least some Family leaders was at a compound hidden in the woods outside Dulzura, California—just east of San Diego.
Hmm, I might not, well I’ll get one person, that’s for sure—my source for information. Uh, the goal is to bring down those sick fuckers—Mama and Peter. My own mother! That evil little cunt. Goddamn! How can you do that to kids? How can you do that to kids and sleep at night? I don’t fuckin’ know. Anyway, that’s my goal. But, I’m one person. I’m working under, eh, situations that aren’t that great right now because I’ll only have a small window of opportunity to, ah, get the information that I need out of this person.