Religion: Children of Doom

The freakish fringe of religion is changing so fast these days that fiction cannot keep up with reality. Last week ABC Television presented Can Ellen Be Saved?, a TV movie that depicted an aggressive, doctrinaire Jesus sect called the Children of Jesus. The fictitious sect was obviously a thinly disguised counterpart of the real-life Children of God, complete with a West Coast farming commune, buses that sweep into cities to pick up new converts, biblical aliases for the members and a frank affection for the money and property gleaned from converts.

In fact, the dramatization was more like the Children of God...

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