Gordon Neufeld has written a book entitled Heartbreak and Rage in which he details his 10 years of experiences in the Moonies. Gordon has had success as a freelance writer on cult issues, and this is his first book. Gordon's well written account is profound and poignant and is highly recommended.
630 KHOW Denver Radio Interview
Aug 1, 2002 - I was a guest on the Peter Boyles Show, on 630AM KHOW Radio in Denver. Discussion revoled around the theology of "Heavenly Deception" and Moon's desire to create a One World Theocracy, or government ruled by religious authority, which Moon believes he and his descendants are destined to rule.
Moon's 50-state U.S. tour continues, but not without protest.
I was a guest on a large Christian Radio station in Milwaukee, which has taken the lead in exposing the heresies and lies of Moon's teachings and along with several local Pastors. They are encouraging clergy not to allow Moon to speak in their churches. They have successful encouraged one church against allowing Moon to speak there, and Moon's people had to change the location to a hotel ballroom. When the media asked the Unification Church about it, they claimed there had been a bomb threat. The media checked with all local authorities and NO BOMB THREAT had been reported. Possibly more "Heavenly Deception" which allows members of Moon's church to lie and deceive, as long as it is for a "good" purpose. Additionally, it has been reported that a Pastor in Mobile, Alabama was fired for allowing Moon to speak in his church. Moon's teachings and beliefs are contrary to scripture and his influence is like a cancer slowly spreading through the Christian churches. Moon has apparently been passing out Gift Certificates for hand-crafted Gold Watches made by Moon-connected "Christian Bernard Jewelers" to those ministers who are assisting him in getting into these churches. Is a Gold watch worth betraying Jesus for?
Moon on US tour with Christian leaders
In a shameful display, many Christian ministers are part of a 50 state, U.S. tour with self-proclaimed messiah Sun Myung Moon to speak on family values issues. Aside from the irony of Moon speaking on family values, when he has fathered children from 4 different women and been twice divorced and by many accounts, fathered several children from adultery, what is more disturbing to me, as a Christian, is that these "ministers" are travelling with a man who claims that Jesus Christ's life was a failure, that Jesus was the bastard son of an adulterous affair, that Jesus was a coward and unloved as a son, by God, and that Moon himself has accomplished 1000 times more than Jesus ever did. This is what Moon teaches, and I can refer anyone who asks to the quotes where he makes these statements and teaches these things. How a Christian minister could participate with an anti-christ is beyond me. But rest assured, there is a God in Heaven who sees all we do, and knows why. The tour can be found at this Website
Moonies Buy Entire Town in Paraguay
Moon has now bought huge tracts of land in Brazil, South Korea and now Paraguay. The land in Paraguay is over 300,000 hectares. It encompasses an entire town and the 6000 residents are not happy about it. Moon seeks to build his own small nation, and has 3 sites now from which to choose. This is alarming and smells of Jonestown. Article
Moon paid 3.5 Billion to North Korea
According to a Robert Parry article, government documents claim that Moon invested heavily in North Korea at a time they were seeking to build nuclear weapons capability. Read this disturbing article, and the implications for the George W. Bush candidacy Here
Moon and Wife plead Guilty
Moon and his wife are having legal troubles in Alaska. They were caught exceeding the legal limit for Salmon and were cited by Fish and Wildlife Protection troopers who were acting on a tip. The charges are only misdemeanors. Moon and his wife originally pleaded not guilty, but then changed their plea to guilty. However, they (or their lawyers) are facing having to appear a second time in court over the matter because the lawyer who represented the Moons the first time, was suspended from practicing law during this time, while under an ethics investigation. Hmm...birds of a feather? See the links to the stories, below right in "In The Headlines" section.
Moonie Programs in our Public Schools?
In what is becoming a major story, sources including xmoonies.com have uncovered that PLA or Pure Love Alliance is being used for religious purposes by the Moonies both in and related to many public schools in America. PLA, whose stated cause is the promotion of abstinence based education for minors, is an organization which claims to be independent of the Unification Church though it was founded and is managed by members of Moon's church. PLA curriculum is being taught in an estimated 61 public schools in Chicago. Additionally, the President of PLA Robert Kittel in a statement, declared that PLA was not being used to proselytize for Moon, or for religious activities of the Unification Church. Both these claims are false. In fact, not only is the PLA being used in connection with many other moonie activities and front-groups, but Sun Myung Moon himself in a recent speech to his members declared that the PLA would become a central tool in accomplishing his future plans of a mass-marriage or "Blessing" of 400 million couples. The Unification Church has even coined a new term to describe this religious effort: PLA Blessings. The term "blessing" in the Unification Church means marriages that are sanctioned by Sun Myung Moon. Everyone can recall the mass-marriage spectacles for which the moonies are so well known. Now here is Moon, declaring that this central rite of their church is what Moon seeks to accomplish through PLA and it's relationships within public schools. This should be a cause for alarm for ANY parent with a child in the public school system.
France Says: "No!"
The government of France is taking a bold stand against the ability of cults to abuse and harm lives under the guise of religious freedom. France is introducing laws which would make "mental manipulation" by cults a crime punishable with up to 2 years in prison. Interestingly, France has condemned President Clinton for what it calls his "shocking" White House support for Scientologists and Moonies, which were mentioned explicitly. France is pointing out what we have long realized at Xmoonies. Cults are infiltrating the highest levels of government and the media in order to further their agendas under the blind eye of most Americans. As France so rightly questioned, how can America speak of religious freedoms, when many so-called religions deny their members even the most basic of human rights?
Moonies Acquire UPI
May has become a dark month in the field of journalism. News World Communications, a Moonie held company has acquired UPI (United Press International) which is the chief competition of The Associated Press. UPI is the employer of the famed Helen Thomas, White House correspondent who has covered 8 Presidents. To her credit, Thomas quit her position, saying she would not work for UPI's new owners. While that news is encouraging, there is a much more ominous advantage for Sun Myung Moon's empire: Ownership in UPI comes with a guaranteed seat on Air Force One in the Press Section of the President's plane. That means the Moonies will be regularly in close proximity to the President, with the ability to have his ear on his own plane.
REUNIONS PAGE! Added 8-14-01 Find old friends or contact relatives. People have made contact after decades of separation using this service.
Natalija Velikorodina Testimonial Added 10-19-2000 Natalija joined the UC in Lithuania. She was a 6 year member who left 3 years ago, and shares some of her thoughts.
Chris Tobin Testimonial Added 10-19-2000 Chris tells his story of joining in the 70's and his feelings about MFT and Moon.
Todd Harvey Testimonial Added 10-19-2000 Todd has a great article on his experiences and lessons learned from his time in the Moonies. He has also lectured in college on this topic.
Rev. Moon's African Son? Added 8-13-2000 Churches are generally thought of as "sanctuaries", but in a shameful episode of the Unification Church, church doors were reportedly locked, while inside, members were handcuffed to church radiators to prevent them from escaping as they were brutally beaten for their "sins" by an "incarnated" son of Rev. Moon who used the body of an African to mete out violent punishment to Moon's followers.
Harlan Simantel Testimonial Added 8-06-2000 Harlan had several spiritual experiences which ultimately showed him Moon was not the true Christ. Read his story!
Isshi's Testimonial Added 8-06-2000 Isshi lives in Japan and is a recent (1999) X-Member. He shares his personal profile, and an insightful article he wrote: "Honesty In The U.C."
Bora Uzima Testimonial Added 6-22-2000 Bora is an X-member from the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa. She shares how many of the rites in the Moonies were similar to witchcraft practiced in her African homeland. She broke free, and came to accept Jesus Christ as her savior, and is now a Christian.
Moon & Houdini Added 5-31-2000 As part of a new section called: Strange but True, this is a 2-Part series that involves a little known connection between Moon and the great Houdini. Arthur Ford is a psychic that included Moon in one of his books, and was famous as the one who revealed Houdini's secret code!
Satan Joins The Moonies Added 5-31-2000 Moon has long said that even Satan would eventually be restored back to God. Well, "eventually" has come! Moon claims that the devil is working for the Moonies now!
George W. Bush Added 2-23-2000 Presidential candidate George W. Bush appears poised to claim the Republican nomination for President. But unanswered questions remain, namely: What role may Moonies play in a Bush Presidency? The Bush Family history with the Moonies detailed, in this 2-Part series.
Moon, The Millionaire Added 2-10-2000 This is a 3-part series which examines whether Moon is truly wealthy, and where the money comes from and how it all started.
Moon & Fiat? Added 2-11-2000 The first installment of a planned new section, called "Who's In Moon's Pocket?" this article details a new project Moon has accomplished with Fiat SpA to produce Fiat cars in North Korea with one of Moon's companies.
Mass-Marriages Added 12-16-99 What are these Mass Marriage spectacles all about anyway?
X-TELEVISION Added 12-10-99 See clips of interviews I have done with news stations, on-the-scene reports, and more, all in Real-Video. Only on X-TELEVISION!
Read My Letters! Added 12-1-99 People write me from all over the world, now you can see what they are saying! Most of it is thank-you or questions needing answering, but some of it is hate-filled, so reader beware.
Is Another Jonestown Possible? Added 11-30-99 (TWO-PART SERIES) Mato Grasso do Sul, Brazil is a remote and isolated region of South America known for it's natural beauty and varied wildlife. It is also now, the site of Sun Myung Moon's professed Garden of Eden. In an eerie and disturbing similarity, decades earlier another self-proclaimed religious leader, Jim Jones, also sought to move his followers to an isolated region of South America to establish a communal project his followers called The Garden Of Eden. Unfortunately, the similarities don't end there. Will the Moon cult meet the same suicidal and murderous end that the Jones cult did? It is not unthinkable. See also a recent New York Times article on Moon's communal/agricultural project.
John Guzman Testimonial Added 11-23-99 John joined the Creative Community Project in San Francisco, which was a moonie group, but left and enjoys true love and a God centered family of his own choosing!
Moon's Son's Suicide Added 11-17-99 Police say Young Jin Moon committed suicide by jumping off the 17th floor of Harrah's Reno Hotel & Casino.
"To bear children rooted in God and True Parents (Ed: Moon and his wife, are called the "True Parents") is more exalted than Mary's bearing the Messiah. The
blessed children born of you are better than Jesus, for whom God prepared 4,000 years."
JESUS DIDN'T ACCOMPLISH EVEN 1000 TIMES WHAT MOON DID
"Jesus never achieved a thousandth of what Father has done. In his (Ed: Jesus) two years and eight months of public ministry, he didn't even establish the national foundation. Now, Father has established a foundation of worldwide power that is unprecedented in history."
"Jesus and John were like brothers. They were to restore brotherhood. Mary and Elizabeth were sisters. Who was Jesus' father? (Zechariah.) How do you know? (You told us.) I didn't tell you that! (Laughter.) So John the Baptist and Jesus had the same father."
"This is a problem. Israel at that time had a law that children of the same father could not marry. This relationship is incest. Mary had sexual intercourse with the husband of her sister. Elizabeth invited Mary, then Mary made that love relationship. That was how Jesus was conceived."
JESUS NOT ALLOWED IN HEAVEN - JESUS NOT LOVED AS A SON BY GOD
SUN MYUNG MOON
THE LIBERATION OF HEAVEN AND EARTH
March 3, 1976 Choongang Training Center Kyungki-do, Korea
"Even Jesus is not in the Kingdom of Heaven. When I saw him, he was in Paradise. Did Jesus, who came in order to liberate the world, fulfill his mission? No, so his mission is not over yet. Since his mission was not completed, he could not be victorious for the liberation of the world and be loved as a son by God. This is the path of the Unification Church today."
"Christianity is teaching that through belief alone you will be saved. That is completely unreasonable.
That does not amount to anything. Such nonsensical people are calling Father a heretic. Do you understand? (Yes.)"
MOON'S CHURCH WILL REPLACE CHRISTIANITY IN AMERICA
"Since American Christian churches have come against Father so adamantly, Father created the Unification Church to replace the Christian world in America. Father invested considerable resources to save America. So now not only this world, but the communist world, the eastern European block, China and N. Korea will all come under Father's wings."
"The Unification Church has become so precious in the sight of God that He will say, "Satan, do you want a world? Okay, take the world, for it is crumbling anyway. Do you want a church? Take Christianity. But you cannot touch the Unification Church."
"Until our mission with the Christian church is over, we must quote the Bible and use it to explain the Divine Principle. After we receive the inheritance of the Christian church, we will be free to teach without the Bible".
When President Bush added North Korea to his list of "Axis of Evil" nations, the influence of the self-declared reincarnation of Jesus Christ, the "Reverend" Sun Myung Moon of the Unification Church, loomed largely over the White House decision-making process. The decision by Bush to throw into the trash heap of history eight years of a joint American-South Korean-Japanese dialogue with the reclusive Communist regime would ultimately result in Pyongyang returning to using the rhetoric of bygone years. Just as the Bush administration reintroduced to regular use the terms "segregation," "civil rights," and "ban on abortions," the terms "demilitarized zone," "Panmunjom," and "38th parallel" would also re-enter the American political lexicon.
Bush, a self-described "born again Christian" who has maintained close links to Moon, hired David Frum as one of his speechwriters. Frum apparently came up with the term "axis of evil" for Bush's 2002 State of the Union address but it seems likely that Bush, heavily influenced by the propagandists of the rabidly anti-Pyongyang Washington Times, decided North Korea's "Dear Leader" Kim Jong Il was Satan reincarnate. Years before North Korea announced it was restarting its nuclear enrichment facility at Yongbyon, The Washington Times splashed front page headlines about North Korea being a threat while other major newspapers and wire services treated the sensationalistic reports as a non-story or more probably, plain disinformation masked as "intelligence reports" and "leaked" by anti-Clinton Pentagon officials.
For twenty years, Moon's main policy laundering enterprise for his incessant influence-peddling has been The Washington Times, the money-losing newspaper he owns outright through New World Communications, Inc., the paper's parent publishing company. New World also owns Insight Magazine, The Middle East Times (based in Cairo), Zambezi Times (based in Lusaka, Zambia), newspapers in Uruguay and Canada, a textbook publishing company in Russia, and United Press International, the formerly well-respected wire service that fell on hard financial times and was bailed out by Moon's seemingly unlimited cash flows.
Next year, an Insight magazine reporter is poised to take over as President of the venerable National Press Club in Washington. Thus, in a presidential election year, a Moon employee will have influence on what politicians and candidates are selected for televised luncheon speeches carried by C-SPAN and other cable news networks. Democrats and Greens should be very wary. Some former Washington Times officials claim The Washington Times and its affiliates are so tied in with Moon's agenda, its reporters and staff should register with the Justice Department as foreign lobbyists under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
(...) The illness was considered a possible diagnosis for what was ailing the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, leader of the Unification Church who recently returned to his home in Irvington from Korea. Moon was suffering from complications of a cold and was checked for pneumonia and SARS, said the Rev. Phillip Schanker, a church spokesman. Moon spent several days in a hospital, mainly so he would rest, but had neither pneumonia nor SARS, Schanker said.
"He is at home, he is up and about," Schanker said.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush has nominated a former managing editor of the conservative daily newspaper The Washington Times to the post of deputy U.S. trade representative, the administration said Wednesday.
Josette Shiner, who currently holds the job of associate U.S. trade representative for policy and communications, will replace Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Jon Huntsman, who has overseen USTR activities in Africa and Asia since August 2001.
The Unification Church said yesterday that it will form a political
party Monday to prop up its social campaign on family values and world
The church, also known as the Family Federation for World Peace and
Unification, said it will hold a mass rally in which about 2,000
promoters will register with the nation's election commission, a legal
step essential to organizing a political party.
The Tokyo District Court on Wednesday ordered the Unification Church to pay about 9.2 million yen in damages to three former followers for illegally enticing and forcing them into marriage against their will.
Some NGOs are criticized for using most of their income on pay for senior staff, and for selecting missions according to their profitability.
Three organizations affiliated with the Unification Church, which is headed by the Reverend Sun Myung Moon, have been granted NGO status by the United Nations. Another Moon group, the World Association of Non-Government Organizations, falsely poses as the world voice of the voluntary associations.
Explaining the whole episode, Archbishop Antonini said Archbishop Milingo had gone back to the Vatican on his own and has never been held against his wishes. "In the Catholic Church it is normal for someone to take such a sabbatical leave after being in such a situation," he stated.
Explaining the events after the Moonies arranged wedding with Maria Sung, his former physician, Archbishop Antonini said even the Catholic Church experienced a lot of difficulties communicating with him because he was being kept away by the Unification Church.
WE will not be blackmailed to disclose where Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo is, Bishop of the Ndola Catholic Diocese Dennis De Jong has said.
Bishop De Jong yesterday said the Catholic bishops took strong exception to the Unification Church's orchestrations in the press against the Catholic Church. "We as bishops and all sincere friends welcome the privacy the Archbishop is enjoying," Bishop De Jong said.
"We will not be intimidated or blackmailed to disclose his address. The eleven thousand signatures Rev. Banda of the Unification Church has collected do not impress us."
A nonprofit foundation headed by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon is proposing to build a private high school in Kona.
Directors of the Pacific Rim Education Foundation announced plans last week to establish the "High School of the Pacific" on a 32 - acre site makai of Mamalahoa Highway, adjacent to the Kona Ocean View Properties subdivision in Pu'ukala.
The proposed boarding school would house up to 200 students from Pacific island nations and Hawaii in a "shared - living experience," said Joe A. Tully, president of the foundation.
Many of yesterday's volunteers were affiliated with Service For Peace, most of them between ages 14 and 23. The District-based volunteer group, active throughout the United States and in 20 other countries, was founded last year by Hyun Jin Moon, son of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, founder of the Unification Church.
Many of the Service For Peace volunteers are working in the District the entire summer, involved in projects such as tutoring school-age children and serving at soup kitchens.
As it happens, a definitive answer may be at hand. According to advertisements taken out in major papers around the country, the Rev. Sun Myung Moon has been tapped as this world's "King of Kings." That these particular advertisements were paid for by the reverend is perhaps worth noting, but only in passing.
In a letter sent to the Pope last week but released by the Vatican on Tuesday, Milingo, 71, said he had turned his back on Moon's Unification Church, satisfying three conditions set by the Vatican for the African prelate to avoid excommunication.
"I now rededicate my life to the Catholic Church with all my heart, I renounce my life together with (wife) Maria Sung and my dealings with Rev Moon and his Family Federation for World Peace," read the letter, dated August 11.
08-11-2001 Archbishop Who Wed Plans Return
The wife of an archbishop whose marriage scandalized
the Vatican pleaded tearfully Saturday to be allowed to see her husband
and threatened to go on a hunger strike if church officials denied
Maria Sung suggested that the church was holding her husband, Archbishop
Emmanuel Milingo, against his will after he met with the pope and Vatican
officials in an effort to open a dialogue and avert his excommunication.
"I am afraid that my husband is not free to speak with me," Sung told
a press conference at a Rome hotel. "I am asking the church that my
husband loves to tell me where he is."
Maria Sung suggested that the church was holding her husband, Archbishop
Emmanuel Milingo, against his will after he met with the pope and Vatican
officials in an effort to open a dialogue and avert his excommunication.
In a brief statement that capped a morning of suspense, the Vatican said
the Pope received Milingo at the papal summer residence at Castelgandolfo,
southeast of Rome.
05-28-2001 Vows Taken, Broken
Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, who has tangled with the Vatican over faith
healing and exorcism, has challenged the Roman Catholic Church again,
marrying a Korean doctor yesterday in a group wedding overseen by the
Rev. Sun Myung Moon.
Milingo, 71, who once led an archdiocese in Lusaka, Zambia, wed Maria
Sung, 43, a specialist in acupuncture, in a ceremony involving 60
couples at the New York Hilton in Manhattan. Moon, founder of the Family
Federation for World Peace and Unification, chose the bride for Milingo,
as is his custom. It was unknown where the couple planned to honeymoon,
and Milingo said where he and Sung will live is "God's providence."
In marrying, Milingo, who wore a black tuxedo rather than his priestly
vestments, broke the priest's vow of celibacy, which almost certainly
will result in his excommunication from the Church. That, he said, meant
"nothing to him."
An official Vatican source said Milingo, a controversial faith healer
who also practices exorcism, would be automatically excommunicated if
the marriage went ahead, but made it clear the issue was not a criticism
of Reverend Moon or of his followers.
"So far, we have not received any direct information from Archbishop
Emmanuel Milingo. However, we hope that the reports being circulated
are not true," Chief Vatican Spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls said in
The Vatican was responding to media reports from New York that Milingo,
a maverick faith healer who also practices exorcism, would join Moon's
Unification Church and marry a Korean woman chosen by Moon according to
his Church's practice.
05-25-2001 Archbishop to Be Married
A Roman Catholic archbishop will be married in a group
wedding performed by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, who arranged the marriage
for the clergyman, Moon's organization said Friday.
Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, 70, will be married in a ceremony Sunday
at the New York Hilton, according to the Family Federation for World
Peace and Unification, the central group in Moon's movement.
Archbishop George Stallings Jr. first made national news when he broke
away from the Catholic Church to lead his own Afrocentric church. Now,
Stallings is creating a stir among his church members over whom he has
decided to marry.
Stallings, who leads the Imani Temple, is preparing to wed a young
Japanese woman handpicked by Unification Church founder Sun Myung Moon.
05-16-2001 Bush Administration Commends Sun Myung Moon
More than 60 congressmen and senators came to the Capitol Hill event to greet award winners from their states.
The Times Foundation also presented a special Lifetime Service Award to the Rev. Sun Myung Moon for his more than 30 years of investment in America.
The Rev. Mark Scott, associate director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, offered congratulations on behalf of the Bush administration to the Moons and the 64 recipients of the service awards.
05-15-2001 Hell Hath No Fury . . .
Years ago, the flamboyant George A. Stallings Jr. was a Catholic priest sworn to celibacy. Then the Church excommunicated him in 1990 for doctrinal heresy amid reports that he'd been having sex with men since the 1970s, including a long-term live-in lover who had worked as his pastoral assistant. But now Archbishop Stallings of the African American Catholic Congregation -- the breakaway religious movement he founded in 1989 -- is apparently a ladies' man in a clerical collar.
Linda Greene, "longtime companion" to Archbishop George Stallings, left, issued a press release saying Stallings plans to marry another woman at the urging of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon. (File Photos)
"I have been plagued by women scorned," Stallings told us yesterday in a brief interview before he abruptly ended the conversation.
Last Thursday, we hear, the 53-year-old Stallings informed Washington PR executive Linda Greene, who calls herself his "longtime companion," that he is dumping her to wed a 24-year-old Japanese woman at the behest of Unification Church leader Sun Myung Moon. The 49-year-old Greene has issued a press release declaring that she will not attend the wedding -- apparently to be held in Washington with the Rev. Moon and Mrs. Moon officiating -- but that she "wishes the Archbishop and his new family well."
Known for declaring himself a messiah and performing mass wedding ceremonies, Moon has stirred up some controversy during his tour. In Oakland, Calif., Moon said that only when men and women procreate are they fully human, which some interpreted as a slam on homosexuals and women without children.
The Arizona Ecumenical Council, which represents 700 Protestant churches in Arizona, would not have been a sponsor for "America Come Together" if its leaders had known the Unification Church founder was a speaker and the main sponsor, said the Rev. Paul Eppinger, executive director of the council.
Eppinger said he is uncomfortable about the ties to Moon but will attend anyway.
03-13-2001 Rev. Moon delivers message in Oakland The Rev. Sun Myung Moon made his first Bay Area appearance in five years Monday night in Oakland, where the controversial minister made calls for racial and religious harmony as well as for a restoration of family values.
Speaking to a crowd of about 1,500 at the Oakland Convention Center, the 81-year-old Moon spoke often about the themes of love and family. With many audience members visibly moved by his presence, Moon called upon listeners to place family as a priority.
Moon, who spoke in Korean with a translator, proclaimed that couples who have children are a true family. ``You must produce children in God's eyes to produce a family,'' Moon said.
03-09-2001 Local pastors welcome Moon -
Pro-family theme of rally obscures theological divide The Rev. Sun Myung Moon shared the pulpit with Baptist clergy Thursday night at a Minneapolis church rally for restoring the family.
``If you go to the spirit world, you won't be able to find your denomination, only one family under God,'' said Moon, founder of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, commonly known as the Unification Church. ``This split is causing the divisiveness of the human family.''
Moon spoke for two hours -- mostly in Korean with an English-language translator -- to a predominantly African-American and Asian crowd of about 600.
The scene at New Salem Missionary Baptist Church is being repeated every night throughout the country: Largely African-American religious communities are welcoming Moon as he visits 49 cities in 51 days.
``Really? Whoa!'' said Bruce Forbes, chairman of the religious studies department at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, and a part-time Minneapolis resident.
``It doesn't surprise me that the Unification Church would do this. They want to mainstream themselves into respectability. It surprises me that you've got Baptist ministers sponsoring it.''
03-03-2001 Rev. Moon talks of U.S. decline Controversial Unification Church founder the Rev. Sun Myung Moon told an audience in a North Philadelphia church last night that Americans and their nation have been declining since the end of World War II "because they didn't recognize the truth that was brought to them by Rev. Moon."
"The truth I'm sharing with you tonight. This is the ultimate truth, directly from God," Mr. Moon, 81, told an audience of several hundred at the Christian Tabernacle Church of God in Christ.
03-02-2001 Moon to lead session on faith-based programs In a case of strange bedfellows, a lineup of mainstream religious leaders will gather today in a Pentecostal church for a faith-based initiatives conference led by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, controversial founder of the Unification Church.
Mr. Moon's forces organized the North Philadelphia event, and he will be its keynote speaker.
Among local figures on the program are the Rev. W. Wilson Goode, who is spearheading the Street administration's faith-based initiatives; William Devlin, president of the evangelical Urban Family Council; and Phyllis Bennett, the state welfare department's liaison to religious groups.
Mr. Moon, 81, created the Unification Church in Korea and brought it to this country in the 1970s. Growth was rapid for a time, but the church's hard-sell tactics - and its teaching that Mr. Moon is the messiah - caused critics to accuse it of brainwashing.
In recent years, the aging leader has taken steps to win mainstream acceptance. The church was replaced by an entity called the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, and its public agenda became marriage and family values.
Critics of President Bush's support of faith-based social programs have held out the Unification Church as a prime example of the sort of fringe religion that might now qualify for government contracts. Indeed, Mr. Moon's movement is preparing to apply for federal funds for its sexual-abstinence programs in schools, and today's event will begin with a panel talk on faith-based initiatives.
03-01-2001 Moon shines in Chicago The Rev. Sun Myung Moon came to the South Side of Chicago Wednesday night on his 50-state tour to promote the restoration of family values and got a family-style welcome from local clergy.
The animated, 81-year-old founder of the Unification Church walked into the filled-to-capacity Life Center Church of God in Christ amid cheers.
He spared neither time nor words, immediately launching into the message of the "We Will Stand" tour, and often pumped his arm in the air for emphasis.
10-14-2000 Uproar after Moonies buy town The residents of Puerto Casado, in Paraguay, have demanded that their town be handed over to the local council after it was purchased by the sect known as the Moonies.
The Unification Church of the Reverend Sung Myung Moon acquired more than 300,000 hectares of land in the northern department of Alto Paraguay.
The land was sold by an Argentine company and includes the town of Puerto Casado which has about 6,000 inhabitants.
We demand guarantees that we won't have to leave our homes. Paraguayans shouldn't be sold in this manner.
10-11-2000 Rev. Moon, North Korea & the Bushes The Rev. Sun Myung Moon's business empire, which includes the conservative Washington Times, paid millions of dollars to North Korea's communist leaders in the early 1990s when the hard-line government needed foreign currency to finance its weapons programs, according to U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency documents.
The payments included a $3 million “birthday present” to current communist leader Kim Jong Il and offshore payments amounting to “several tens of million dollars” to the previous communist dictator, Kim Il Sung, the partially declassified documents said.
Moon apparently was seeking a business foothold in North Korea. But the transactions also raise legal questions for Moon and could cast a shadow on George W. Bush’s presidential campaign, given the Bush family’s longstanding financial and political ties to Moon and his organization.
09-29-2000 Moons Face 2nd Hearing Over Fish The legal problems of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon and his wife may not be over. The couple may have to hire a new attorney to handle charges they exceeded the legal limit for silver salmon.
07-20-2000 Teens rally to promote abstinence More than 200 teenagers gathered in light blue T-shirts at Chicago's Thompson Center on Wednesday to rally for the Pure Love Alliance 2000, a project from the Unification Church.
07-13-2000 'Moonie' Affiliated Organization Teaching Sex Ed in Chicago Public Schools Pure Love Alliance, a group with close
connections to the Unification Church founded by the Reverend Sun Myung Moon,
has been teaching health and sexuality classes at more than 20 Chicago Public
Schools. The Illinois Caucus For Adolescent Health (ICAH) cites PLA's
presence in the schools as an example of CPS's failure to provide a sound
method of providing sexuality education, and calls on Mayor Richard M. Daley
to bring Comprehensive Health and Sexuality Education (CHSE) to all Chicago
ICAH has the support of a broad network, including the Reverend Jesse
Jackson, the Illinois PTA, the Health and Medicine Policy Research Group, Dr.
Lisa Henry-Reid of Cook County Hospital, Planned Parenthood of Chicago, the
Illinois Women's Health Coalition, and the AIDS Foundation of Chicago.
"Our children should not be taught a medically inaccurate curriculum in
Chicago Public Schools," said the Reverend Jesse Jackson, CEO, Rainbow
Coalition. "I am troubled that the Pure Love Alliance may be targeting
African-American, low-income communities with a message of fear and shame."
07-13-2000 Schools hit `cult' sex-ed class
An abstinence-only curriculum taught for free by 25 Unification Church members in up to 61 Chicago public schools last school year is "dangerous," a host of groups charged Wednesday.
Chicago public school officials were expected to sound the alarm today about the CLUE 2000 curriculum offered by the Pure Love Alliance (PLA), which one cult expert described as a "front" for the controversial Unification Church headed by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon.
School officials said Wednesday the curriculum was unauthorized and should be "confiscated and destroyed." The Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health called CLUE 2000 "dangerous" because it promoted abstinence-only, an approach they said the American Medical Association and other major health groups have "discredited."
06-14-2000 France to crack down on sects PARIS - France will defy President Clinton's appeal to be more tolerant of
religious sects and introduce draconian laws, including an offense of
"mental manipulation" - brainwashing - which will carry a two-year prison
President Jacques Chirac has told Clinton that religious freedom will no
longer be a subject for bilateral presidential talks in the light of what
has been officially described as "shocking" White House support for
Scientologists and Moonies.
For the past two years, O'Sullivan, 58, has been editorial consultant to Hollinger International Inc. ., which publishes the National Post in Canada, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Daily Telegraph in Britain and the Jerusalem Post in Israel.
"John is a brilliant editor and ideas man I have known for 20 years," de Borchgrave said.
UPI, a 93-year-old international news service based in Washington, is owned by News World Communications Inc., which also publishes the Washington Times newspaper and is linked to the Unification Church.
05-17-2000 Editor vows independence United Press International's president and chief executive officer,
Arnaud de Borchgrave, vowed Tuesday that the news agency will move forward
under new ownership and the unexpected departure of veteran White House
correspondent Helen Thomas.
In an interview with the Tribune-Review yesterday afternoon from UPI's
headquarters in Washington, D.C., de Borchgrave said he agreed to continue
at the helm of the 93-year-old wire service after getting assurances it
would remain an independent news-gathering operation.
"They offered me the same contract as I had as editor in chief at
The Washington Times from 1985-1991, which stipulated total editorial
freedom without any interference from ownership," de Borchgrave said.
During sale negotiations, de Borchgrave said he kept in regular contact
last week and over the weekend with Thomas, 79, who had indicated to
him that she would stay on if he did. However, she apparently had second
thoughts after the sale was announced Monday.
On Tuesday, 40 years and many presidents later, the 79-year-old Thomas announced she is resigning from United Press International, the news agency for which she worked for 57 years, after it was bought by a company affiliated with the Rev. Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church.
"Presidents come and go," said President Clinton on learning of Thomas' departure, "but Helen has been here for 40 years now, covering eight presidents and doubtless showing the ropes to countless young reporters--and, I might add, more than a few press secretaries."
05-16-2000 Company linked to Unification Church acquires UPI WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The owner of the Washington Times newspaper, a
company linked to the Unification Church, has acquired the United Press
International wire service, which broke the news of President Kennedy's
assassination but has since fallen on hard times, the agency said Monday.
UPI said in an article Monday that News World Communications, established
by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, head of the Unification Church, "plans to
maintain UPI as an independent news-gathering operation while upgrading
its capacity with new technologies and distribution practices."
Since it was established by Moon in 1982, The Washington Times has
provided a consistently conservative editorial voice in the nation's
capital. Moon also lists on his Internet site newspapers in Seoul, Tokyo,
Montevideo, Athens, Los Angeles and New York.
For boxing aficionados, it is where grown men beat each other senseless
once a month.
For some Fortune 500 companies, it is a glorified boardroom where
investors and executives can ogle the latest products, from swimsuit
magazines to Internet software.
And for its managers, the Hammerstein Ballroom is not only all of the
above but also a reincarnation of its former self -- a turn-of-the-century
opera house that once rivaled the Metropolitan Opera.
After Mr. Hammerstein's death in 1919, ownership of the Manhattan Opera
House eventually passed to the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, which renamed
it the Manhattan Center. In midcentury, it served as a meeting hall for
unions and for political groups.
The Unification Church bought it in 1976 and renamed the old opera space
the Hammerstein Ballroom. By then, major structural changes had taken
place: a new ceiling had been built beneath the third balcony; the box
seats had been torn out; and a meeting hall called the Grand Ballroom
had been added above the original theater.
04-25-2000 Moonies pay out in carrot-juice fiasco The controversial Unification Church religious group was ordered Monday to pay hefty damages by the courts for luring a wealthy elderly woman to buy expensive items, including bottles of carrot juice, saying that a miserable fate awaited her if she did not.
2-8-2000 Economic reality propels Pyongyang along path to commerce In the past weeks two inter-Korean projects have gained momentum, suggesting Pyongyang is ready to endorse more trade.
Pyunhhwa Motors, owned by Reverend Moon Sun-myong's Unification Church, started building a car plant in Nampo. The plant, where North and South Koreans will work, is expected to open in the next two months and produce 10,00 cars a year.
2-4-2000 The Washington Times Foundation's American Century Awards Faith, family, freedom and community service were the shared values that brought more than 300 persons together at The Washington Times Foundation's American Century Awards on Wednesday night.
It was a night for greeting old friends as well.
"You look younger," a congratulatory Alexander Haig exclaimed as he greeted Rev. Sun Myung Moon and his wife, Hak Ja Han Moon, in the receiving line at the Cannon House Office Building Caucus Room.
"We're soul mates you know," Mr. Haig said, recalling their experiences during the Korean War as Rev. Moon stepped forward to embrace the former secretary of state and NATO commander in a bear hug.
Among the other VIPs in the crowd were former British Prime Minister Edward Heath.
Unbeknownst to most Boulder residents, the Unification Church, headed by the self-proclaimed prophet Rev. Sun Myung Moon, has a stronghold in CU's own backyard. Notorious for its cult-like characteristics, the CARP Academy works for the church, recruiting CU students as prospective recruits.
The CARP Academy sits at 777 Broadway, directly across from the CU campus and is home to such Unification Church programs as the Family Federation and the World Family. These groups, along with other spin-offs of the Unification movement, send their international members in pairs to the CU-Boulder campus in hopes of recruiting more "Moonies," with their so-called "Cultural Nights."
1-20-2000 Rev. Moon to Celebrate 80th Birthday on Jan. 22
On Saturday, Jan. 22, prominent international figures such as
Sir Edward Heath and Dr. Kenneth Kaunda will join religious
leaders, diplomats and friends from 150 nations at the Washington
Hilton and Towers to mark the 80th birthday of one of the most
respectable and controversial figures of the 20th century, the
Rev. Sun Myung Moon. The theme of the evening's program, which
will include performances by the Kirov Academy, Universal Ballet,
and New York City Symphony, is "Live for the Sake of Others."
"It's going to be a tight race," said Keith Kennon, Last Resort's vice president. "The opposition has inflamed people with this Rev. Moon thing."
The "Rev. Moon thing" refers to the Rev. Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church, which owns the 672-acre Aetna Hot Springs property and has leased it to Last Resort for 75 years. Kennon on Monday said "it's a hollow issue," even though opponents complain they have never been able to see the lease.
11-28-99 Suspicion Follows Rev. Moon to South America JARDIM, Brazil -- As far as the eye can see, there is almost nothing here but pasture, with the distant line of the horizon broken only by tall anthills and an occasional tree. But the Rev. Sun Myung Moon envisions this remote and sparsely populated corner of Brazil as what he calls "a kingdom of heaven on earth, a new Garden of Eden." MY COPY OF THE ARTICLE
10-5-99 Moon business charged with tax evasion In addition to Korean Air, the tax office charged Tongil Group, run by the Reverend Moon Sun-myong of Unification Church in the United States, with evading taxes and imposed a penalty of 35.9 billion won. A former head of the group's construction arm was charged with violating tax law.
Heartbreak and Rage: Ten Years Under Sun Myung Moon, a Cult Survivor's Memoir is a new book written by former Unification Church member K. Gordon Neufeld. As an intelligent and educated Canadian youth, a 2 week vacation to San Francisco turned into a 10 year enslavement to Sun Myung Moon, through the deceptive mind control techniques employed against him. Gordon details his experiences as a flower and candy peddler, filling Moon's coffers, being "matched" by Sun Myung Moon, who selected his wife, his participation in Moon's famous mass marriage ceremony, his rise to church leadership training in Moon's Unification Theological Seminary, and his eventual freedom and recovery from his abusive cult experiences, which left him with a desire to use his love of writing to help educated others to the horrors of destructive cult groups like the Moonies.
Gordon's book is filled with gripping, painful and sometimes humorous accounts, that will leave the reader, shocked, saddened and ultimately enlightened to the truth that Moon and his minions would rather keep hidden, as they seek to advance Moon's agenda of world dominion under his personal direction. Buy it today!ORDER HIS NEW BOOK HERE!
Sun Myung Moon taught his followers a strategy for winning the world back to God. He called it "Heavenly Deception" and instructed his members how God's champions in the Bible had been permitted to deceive for heavenly purposes.