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Random Wikipedia Facts #21 and #22

Random Wikipedia Facts #21 and #22

This, well, random, selection comes in light of a Saturday night discussion in which one of my friends told us that Rose McGowan was born into the “Children of God” religion and no one else had heard this. I didn’t know much about the religion to begin with, and what I have posted here is just the tip of a seriously fucked up iceberg.

Rose McGowan
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

McGowan, the second-eldest of six children (plus two half-siblings), was born in Florence, Italy, the daughter of Terri, a French-American writer, and Daniel McGowan, an Irish-born American artist.[1] Daniel McGowan ran an Italian chapter of the Children of God to which both he and his wife held membership until 1978. McGowan spent her early childhood amid the group’s communes, often traveling Europe with her parents. Through her father’s art contacts in Italy, McGowan became a child model and appeared in Vogue Bambini and various other Italian magazines. Her parents returned to the United States when she was 10,[2] when they divorced. She subsequently relocated to Oregon and then Gig Harbor, Washington, where she also met childhood friend actor Rey-Phillip Santos. McGowan did not speak English until she moved to the U.S.

Children of God
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Children of God (COG), later known as the Family of Love, the Family, and now the Family International (TFI), is a new religious movement, widely referred to as a cult, 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).

A central tenet to their theology is the “Law of Love,” which stated simply claims that if a person’s actions are motivated by unselfish, sacrificial love and are not intentionally hurtful to others, such actions are in accordance with Scripture and are, thus, lawful in the eyes of God. They believe that this tenet supersedes all other Biblical laws, except those forbidding male homosexuality, which they believe is sin. 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,[3] and permissible according to Scripture. Teenagers from the age of 16 are allowed to have sex with other members under age 21. Since 1986,[4] 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.

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