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  走出“上帝之子”邪教阴影

  作者:Simon Gardner    令 叶(编译)

  关键词:上帝之子 邪教 受害者

  核心提示:据加拿大广播公司网站(cbc.ca)3月14日报道,“上帝之子” (Children of God)邪教两名加拿大渥太华受害者在隐瞒了数十年后,以自己亲身经历,讲述了他们被“上帝之子”邪教虐待、利用以及自己的放荡生活故事。以下是该报道全文翻译:

  渥太华居民丹妮尔·福廷(Danielle Fortin)在“上帝之子”呆了将近20年

  如果你在渥太华的大街上与丹妮尔·福廷(Danielle Fortin)或杰里·戈兰(Jerry Golland)擦肩而过,你不会想到他们有什么不寻常的故事。

  福廷,今年63岁,在蒙特利尔长大。她说话有个特点,即就事论事,还时不时自嘲地笑一笑。据她说,她年轻时候比较“野”,是个重癖吸毒者。

  目前,她与自己轻度残疾的儿子一起过着平静的生活。

  戈兰,69岁,也在蒙特利尔长大,生活在一个世俗犹太人家庭。一年多前,他从渥太华天主教学校董事会和教学岗位上退休。

  他常常出现在渥太华夜总会和音乐会上,在那里专职演奏偶像莱昂纳德·科恩(Leonard Cohen)的歌曲。他说话的时候有点漫不经心,这可能与他有多动症有关。

  是什么使丹妮尔·福廷或和杰里·戈兰与众不同?那就是他们生命中都有过一段离奇的经历:他们曾经都是世界上臭名昭著邪教“上帝之子”的信徒。

  杰里·戈兰(Jerry Golland)1971年加入“上帝之子”,1991年脱离该教

  “上帝之子”的斑斑劣迹在新闻报道、书籍和文件中历历在案。该教在高峰时信徒达数万名,其中包括一些著名人士,如瑞凡·菲尼克斯(River Phoenix)和杰昆·菲尼克斯(Joaquin Phoenix)兄弟,罗丝·麦高恩(Rose McGowan),以及杰里米·斯宾塞(Jeremy Spencer)等。

  1968年,该邪教于在加利福尼亚州成立,那时正是嬉皮士和性解放人士的时代。

  该邪教要求女信徒通过发生性关系引诱男子,儿童有时也年龄很小时便遭遇性虐待。数千名信徒像奴隶一样生存着,挣钱满足邪教头目大卫·伯格(David Berg)的虚幻的性驱动生活方式。

  经过25年的守口如瓶,戈兰和福廷同意披露他们的经历。

  一、被引入教

  上世纪70年代中期,福廷第一次接触到“上帝之子”邪教。她那时海洛因成瘾,生活并不幸福。她说,有次她在毒品的刺激下,一冲动便去了西班牙。“在那儿,人们在大街唱歌,其中三、四个人唱着说‘要去天堂你必须是个婴儿’。当时我的想法是,‘哇,我能变成婴儿去天堂吗?’他们告诉我,他们可以让我美梦成真,只要我心中接受耶稣。”

  戈兰第一次接触该邪教是1971年,在英格兰。

  一个不守规矩、心理上有点问题的朋友,把他的钱物包括他的护照,几乎都给拿走了。独自一人坐在公园里听音乐时,他看见一辆黄色的双层公交车,车侧面印着“上帝之子”,字体很吸引人。

  “上帝之子”成员1972年在阿姆斯特丹的照片,杰里·戈兰是右边穿白色上衣的吉他手

  二、‘我是勉强跟他们走的’

  “我骨子里根本就不信教,我以前还自嘲说,我一辈子都不会信教。当时我听到音乐从公园里传来,大概有四、五十个人围住我说,‘嗨,跟我们走吧,上我们的大巴,跟着我们你能找到家。’”

  戈兰多次说道,他要是拔腿就跑就好了,但当时他确实走投无路了。

  戈兰说,“他们没什么可以吸引我的;我是勉强跟他们走的”。

  他在邪教的二十年中,经常去寻找、招募那些脆弱的人们,就像他自己一样。

  “你知道,我们学着去看某些人的眼神——脆弱人的眼神。我们叫他们羔羊。与那些像狼一样有对抗性的人相比,他们是不折不扣的羔羊。”

  杰里·戈兰(左边的吉他手)和其他“上帝之子”成员

  三、色诱

  丹妮尔·福廷对“上帝之子”的最初印象是正面的。她觉得她在做“有意义的事情”。

  但她很快发现,“上帝之子”是个凌驾一切、对信徒特别是妇女和儿童进行剥削利用的组织。

  邪教中几乎所有的年轻妇女,都受命去以肉体引诱男人入教或捐赠,这就意味着每天都要有性生活,而且经常是跟一些陌生男子。

  “你必须把自己的一切交给你的领导,你的主管,不管他们要你干什么,你都得服从。作为单身女子,你得出去色诱,这就意味着,你得不停地去酒吧、饭店或宾馆,和你不认识的人相见,乞求他们的怜悯,换取他们的捐赠。”

  福廷经常与她的领导闹矛盾,因为她很挑剔,不想与所有对她感兴趣的人发生性关系。

  丹妮尔·福廷和孩子们在菲律宾(摄于上世纪70年代末或80年代初)

  教会的头目大卫·伯格也提倡他所谓的“一妻共享”观念,甚至一些已婚信徒也要同教会的其他男信徒睡觉。

  由于该邪教奉行基督教原教旨主义,不允许信徒采取任何形式的节育措施,“上帝之子”中生有大量儿童就不足为怪了。

  四、 虐待儿童

  文中提到的两位前教会成员均称,他们能保护自己的孩子不受性虐待,但不能保证他们不会受到体罚。

  福廷想起她的儿子,当时年仅11岁,由于逆反就遭到惩罚,被关进满是成人住的房间三个月,期间被迫自己动手吃饭,不准说话。

  “我心理很难受,因为我坐在桌子这头,他坐在桌子那头,他哭着喊着‘妈妈、妈妈’,我无能为力,我害怕被赶出去。”

  她还回忆起,也是这个儿子,当时还是个婴儿,屁股竟被打得瘀紫。

  戈兰有五个孩子。他说,孩子遭受体罚是再正常不过的事了。

  五、拉捐赠的小册子

  信徒的主要任务是分发印有赞美伯格语言的小册子来乞求捐赠。伯格又称摩西·大卫。

  伯格还写《摩西书信》,为每个成员详细解读指导手册。一些手册被命名为《色诱历险记》和《爱的睫毛》。

  

大卫·伯格“摩西书信”的封面

  戈兰说,善于分发小册子和筹措资金的成员被称为“闪光者”,业绩差的被称为“羞愧者”。如果没完成指定任务,你就别指望能回家吃饭。

  戈兰的业绩很差,为此甚至不能参加的自己的婚礼。

  六、逃离邪教

  福廷跟着“上帝之子”及其相关团体,走遍了全球,其中包括印度、斐济和菲律宾。

  直到1992年,她一直在波多黎向商店兜售“上帝之子”的录像带和录音带。她的一个儿子需要做心脏手术,这样的手术只能回加拿大去做。

  她在蒙特利尔时仍与“上帝之子”其他成员呆在一起,之后去了魁北克省的艾尔默,再后去了渥太华。在那里,她继续将自己收入的十分之一捐赠教会,直到她逐渐脱离该教会。

  她回忆说,有次“上帝之子”的一个“兄弟”到她渥太华的家中拜访她,当他看到她橱柜里有很多食物竟然责骂她。

  她争辩说,她需要食物来养活自己的孩子,而不能给教会的其他人。

  丹妮尔·福廷说:“花了很长时间,才让我意识到我被洗脑了。我一直没在正确的道上。让我花了许多年,来认识在邪教中的和正在遭受虐待的人们。

  福廷一直与其他三名原“上帝之子”信徒保持着联系,一名住在蒙特利尔,两名住在渥太华。她把这个团体称作她的“网络”,把他们的聚会和交流当作一种心理治疗方式。

  最终促使戈兰离开“上帝之子”的是,为了筹措资金,他仅12岁的儿子被迫在雨中唱歌,直到深夜。而监管他儿子的那个成年教徒则温暖舒适地呆在附近汽车里。

  七、脱离“上帝之子”后的生活

  1990年初,戈兰在回到渥太华,尝试寻找工作。他刚开始是在亚岗昆学院工作,后来在渥太华天主教学校董事会帮助下当上了一名英语教师。

  他感到非常幸运,他不仅脱离了“上帝之子”,还能拿到一笔丰厚的退休金。他说,其他成员就没他那么幸运。

  “很多原信徒自杀了,包括成年和未成年的;还有很多吸毒上瘾和坐牢的。很多人心理没法适应。”

  “上帝之子”今日仍在,只不过换了个名字,但没有以前那么有影响力和知名度了。据报道,由于艾滋病的扩散,伯格叫停了以性争取捐款和招募信徒的做法。

  戈兰正在写一本电子书,内容就是他在“上帝之子”时的生活经历,书名叫《只有一个男人》(Only One Man)。

  他警告说,发生在他和福廷身上的事很可能也会发生在其他人身上。

  “还有一些孤独的、无家可归的人,他们是羔羊,是孩子。那儿还有很多。”

  背景知识:

  “上帝之子” (Children of God),是流窜在美国和世界不少地方的一个美国邪教组织,由其创始人大卫·B·伯格(也称摩西·大卫·伯格)在1968年创立。这个邪教组织专门宣扬性乱和世界末日论,并认为唯有该组织是真正的基督教组织,其他组织都是假的。在1986年,该组织改名为“家庭”或“爱情之家”。此前,在香港和东南亚地区,它还称作“上帝的儿女”。

  瑞凡·菲尼克斯(River Phoenix)。美国演员,代表作品有《伴我同行》、《蚊子海岸》、《不设限通缉》、《圣战奇兵》、《我真的爱死你》、《春色一箩筐》等。1991年,主演《我私人的爱达荷》令他成为史上最年轻的威尼斯影帝。华金·菲尼克斯(Joaquin Phoenix)是他的弟弟,1976年生,同为演技派明星。

  罗丝·麦高恩(Rose McGowan),好莱坞明星,也曾深陷其中。一直到她九岁,全家才逃离了这个牢笼。据她回忆,“就像多数邪教一样,你和你‘外面’的家庭分割开了,那里没有报纸,没有电视。你生活在黑暗之中,这样你就必须服从他们。在那里,女人基本就是男人的性奴隶,男人一夫多妻很正常。”

  杰里米·斯宾塞(Jeremy Spencer),1948年7月4日出生,软摇滚代表乐队 FLEETWOOD MAC 始创成员之一。在舞台上赋有表现力,但离开舞台就变得非常沉默、内向,经常在旅馆里捧着一本圣经。1971年,由于加入了名为“上帝之子”的邪教组织。

  原文网址:http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/children-of-god-survivors-1.3481788

  原文内容:

  Children of God sex cult survivors come out of the shadows

  After decades of silence, 2 Ottawa residents recount tales of abuse, exploitation, debauchery

  By Simon Gardner, CBC News Posted: Mar 13, 2016 5:00 PM ET Last Updated: Mar 14, 2016 6:45 AM ET

  Danielle Fortin of Ottawa spent nearly two decades as a member of the Children of God. (Simon Gardner/CBC)

  Simon Gardner

  CBC Journalist

  If you passed Ottawa residents Danielle Fortin or Jerry Golland on the street, you wouldn't think there was anything unusual about them.

  Fortin, 63, grew up in Montreal. She has a matter-of-fact way of speaking punctuated by an occasional self-deprecating laugh. She describes being "wild" in her youth, and that included taking hard-core drugs.

  These days she lives quietly in Ottawa with a mildly disabled son.

  Golland, 69, also grew up in Montreal, raised in a secular Jewish family. A little over a year ago he retired from a teaching position with the Ottawa Catholic School Board.

  He's long been a familiar face at Ottawa nightclubs and music venues, where he specializes in performing the songs of his hero, Leonard Cohen. His manner of speaking can seem unfocused, but he chalks that up to his struggle with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

  What sets Danielle Fortin and Jerry Golland apart is a bizarre chapter in their lives: they were both members of the Children of God, one of the world's most notorious religious cults.

  Jerry Golland joined the Children of God in 1971 and left the cult in 1991. (Simon Gardner/CBC)

  The disturbing history of the Children of God is well documented in news reports, books and documentaries. At its height, the movement had tens of thousands of members, including such famous names as River and Joaquin Phoenix, Rose McGowan and Jeremy Spencer.

  The group was founded in 1968 in California during a time of hippies and sexual liberation.

  Female members of the COG were expected to lure in men by having sex with them. Children were sexualised and sometimes sexually abused at an early age. Thousands of members worked like slaves raising money to support the shadowy sex-driven lifestyle of the group's leader, David Berg.

  After more than 25 years of keeping the story to themselves, Golland and Fortin agreed to reveal their experiences.

  Lured into the cult

  Fortin's first exposure to the Children of God came in the mid 1970s. She was hooked on heroin, unhappy with her life and looking for meaning. She recounts going to Spain on impulse during a drug-fuelled binge.

  "And there was some people singing on the street, three or four guys singing, 'You got to be a baby to go to heaven.' And at that time my state of mind was, 'Wow! Can I be a baby and go to heaven?' And they told me yes — if I receive Jesus into my heart."

  Golland's contact with the cult came in 1971 in London, England.

  An abusive, psychologically-troubled friend had taken all his money and most of his possessions, including his passport. He was sitting by himself in a park when he heard music and saw a yellow double-decker bus with "Children of God" written in psychedelic letters on the side.

  Members of the Children of God pose for a photo in Amsterdam in 1972. Jerry Golland is the guitarist on the right wearing a white top. (Supplied)

  'They scraped me off the street'

  "I was so ingrained not to be religious, I had always mocked it all my life. And then 40 or 50 people, I heard this music coming from the park, and standing all around me [were people] saying, 'Hey, come with us, come on our bus, you can come home with us.'"

  He says in different times he would have run like hell, but he was at the end of his rope.

  "Nothing attracted me to them," Golland said. "They scraped me off the street."

  He would spend the next 20 years as a member of the cult, always on the lookout for vulnerable people — people just like himself — to recruit.

  "We'd learn to spot, you know ... those eyes, that person, there is a vulnerable person. We called them sheep. He's a real sheep as opposed to someone who was more antagonistic — he was a wolf."

  Jerry Golland (the guitarist on the left) and other members of Children of God in Paris in the early 1970s. (Supplied)

  'Flirty-fishing'

  Danielle Fortin's initial impression of the group was positive. She felt she was "doing something right" for a change.

  As Fortin would soon discover, the Children of God was also a top-down, rigid organization that exploited members, especially women and children.

  Almost all the young women in the cult were ordered to "flirty-fish." That meant having sex every day, often with new and different men.

  "You have to totally submit yourself to your leader, to the person in charge. No matter what they ask you, you have to obey ... and being single, you were asked to go out flirty-fishing. That means going into a bar or restaurant or hotel and meeting some people to ask for the mercy of Jesus in their heart in exchange for a donation."

  Fortin often got into trouble with the group's leaders because she was choosy. She didn't want to have sex with every guy who wanted her.

  Danielle Fortin and children in the Philippines in the late '70s or early '80s. (Supplied)

  David Berg, the cult leader, also promoted concepts he called "one wife" and "sharing." Even married female members were expected to sleep with other men in the group.

  Because of the cult's Christian fundamentalist underpinnings, members were forbidden from using any form of contraception. Not surprisingly, there were plenty of children born out of the Children of God.

  Child abuse

  Both of the former members say they were able to protect their own kids from sexual abuse but couldn't always keep them safe from physical abuse.

  Fortin remembers one of her boys, who was just 11 years old, being punished for being rebellious. For three months he was confined to a house full of adults, forced to eat by himself and forbidden from speaking.

  "It was hard for me because I was sitting at the table and he was at another table and he was crying, 'Mommy, mommy.' And I could not do anything because I was too afraid of being kicked out."

  She also recalls the same son, as an infant, being spanked until he was "all bruised and black."

  ​Golland, who has five children, says physical punishment of kids was all too common.

  "We're talking four, five, six, seven years old, kids, black and blue, beaten, spare the rod, spoil the child. Berg himself always said he found a coat hanger [useful for beating kids] ... Criminal."

  Danielle Fortin on abuse of children in the cult0:28

  Pamphlets used to solicit donations

  The main task of the cult members was to solicit donations by distributing pamphlets that espoused the gospel of Berg, also known as Moses David.

  Berg also penned "Mo Letters," explicit instructional pamphlets for members. Titles included "Adventures of a Flirty-Fish" and "Lashes of Love."

  The cover of one of David Berg's "Mo Letters," distributed to members of the Children of God. (Supplied)

  Golland says members who were good at raising money and distributing the pamphlets were called Shiners. Those with poor sales were called Shamers. If you missed your quota you could not come home for dinner, he said.

  Golland's sales performance was bad enough that he was even prevented from attending his own wedding ceremony.

  Leaving the cult

  Fortin travelled the world with the Children of God and its affiliated groups, including stops in India, Fiji and the Philippines.

  By 1992 she was flogging videos and audio cassette tapes of Children of God musical acts to store owners in Puerto Rico. One of her sons needed heart surgery, an operation that required travelling back home to Canada.

  She remained with the Children of God in Montreal, and eventually moved to Aylmer, Que., and then Ottawa, where she continued to contribute a tithe of 10 per cent of her income to the group before gradually breaking away.

  'It took me quite a while to realize I was brainwashed.' - Danielle Fortin

  She recalls receiving a visit at her home in Ottawa from a Children of God "brother" who scolded her for having so much food in her cupboard.

  She argued she needed it to feed her children and couldn't spare any for the group.

  "It took me quite a while to realize I was brainwashed and that I was not doing the right thing. Took me a few years of reading about people in cults and people who are abused."

  Fortin stays in contact with three other former Children of God members, one in Montreal and two in the Ottawa area. She calls the group her "network," and considers their meetings and conversations a form of therapy.

  The final straw for Golland came when one of his sons, just 12 at the time, was forced to sing in the rain until midnight in order to raise money. The adult member supervising the boy stayed warm and dry in a nearby car.

  Jerry Golland on leaving the cult0:36

  Life after Children of God

  Golland returned to Ottawa in the early 1990s and managed to get work, first with Algonquin College and then with the Ottawa Catholic School Board as an English language teacher.

  He feels fortunate he was able to not only survive the Children of God, but also retire on a modest pension. Other members, he says, were not so lucky.

  "[There were] a lot of suicides of former members, adults and teenagers. Drug addiction. Prison. A lot of people could not adjust."

  The Children of God still exists today under a different name, but it doesn't have the same reach, influence or notoriety. Berg reportedly called a halt to flirty-fishing because of the emergence of the AIDS epidemic.

  Golland is in the process of writing an e-book about his journey with the Children of God, called Only One Man.

  He warns that what happened to him and Fortin could easily happen to others.

  "There are still lonely, alienated people ... the sheep, kids. There are still a lot of them out there."

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