Proposed Sale of The Washington Times Merits Greater Scrutiny
Steven Hassan printable version print page     Bookmark and Share
Thu Sep 16, 2010 at 11:25:38 AM EST
We are very pleased to welcome prominent author, mental health counselor, and cult expert Steven Hassan as a guest front pager. This essay was first published at The Huffington Post. -- FC

The Washington Post has recently reported that Moon is personally trying to buy The Washington Times back from Unification Church International (UCI), after having turned it over to his son, Hyun-jin Moon in 2006. Sun Myung Moon, through his loyal agent Doug Joo, has made an agreement to purchase the paper in a deal expected to be finalized within a month.

The self ordained "reverend" Moon is now ninety years old, and has in recent years been turning direct control over his organization to his children. However, schismatic infighting appears to be taking place between the elder Moon's sons over who were given control of pieces of their father's vast empire. Hyun-jin has reportedly distanced himself and the Virginia-based Unification Church International (UCI), along with its finances, from the Moon's South Korean headquarters. Moon's Unification Movement is reportedly one of the largest private property owner in the world.

Moon's youngest son, Hyung-jin, was appointed temporal leader and International President of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (which has many entities, including the Unification Church, and dubbed in the seventies "the Moonies"). Eldest son Hyun-jin manages international operations for UCI. UCI is the parent company under which many of the Moon organization's projects and business ventures operate. A third son, Kook-jin, oversees the organization's South Korean and Japanese activities, through their Tongil Foundation.

The Moon organization owns United Press International, as well as the conservative Washington Times. Its founding editorial page editor, William Cheshire, resigned his position in 1987, charging that Unification Church executives controlled the Times' editorial policy. Moon himself said in a 1991 speech, "Literally nine hundred million to one billion dollars has been spent to activate and run the Washington Times." It has been estimated that at least another billion has been spent on the Times since then. One has to ask, why spend this kind of money on an unprofitable newspaper, if not for political influence?

Korean billionaire Sun Myung Moon has stated, "When it comes to our age, we must have an automatic theocracy to rule the world. So, we cannot separate the political field from the religious." (MASTER SPEAKS 5/17/73- from The Truth about Sun Myung Moon.

As crazy as this sounds, he has indeed amassed a huge fortune and powerful political influence. I should know, because I was involved as an American leader in this cult in the mid-seventies. I was deprogrammed after falling asleep at the wheel of Moonie fundraising van and was deprogrammed by my family's team of former members. I have been following the Moon organization and counseling victims of this and other groups for over thirty years.

Moon was convicted in 1982 of income tax fraud and conspiracy, and served thirteen months of an eighteen-month sentence. Over the years, he has built an enormous multinational business conglomerate, announced he was the Messiah, and crowned himself the "King of Peace" on Capitol Hill. All largely unnoticed by the American public.

During the time of the "Koreagate" scandal in 1976-1977, the Fraser Committee found that the National Intelligence Service of South Korea (KCIA), had, among other things, been using the Unification Church as a political tool in its various anti-communist activities. The KCIA's general goal was to influence the domestic and foreign politics and policies of the United States. Eighty-one pages of the 447-page Fraser Report (pages 311-392) deals specifically with the Moon organization. The term "KCIA" occurs sixty-eight times within those eighty-one pages.

Congressional investigators examined the operations of the Unification Movement while looking into the activities of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency (KCIA) during the time George Bush Sr. was director of the CIA. Moon's friendship with the Bush family goes back at least two decades. The Unification Church has also been the subject of extensive (and largely negative) media exposure over the years. It is therefore amazing to me that this group has not only survived, but has thrived, and seems to actually be growing in wealth and power.

The first time Sun Myung Moon publicly and openly referred to himself as "...the Savior, the Lord of the Second Advent, the Messiah" was in 1992. On July 4, 2002, the Family Federation released a statement entitled "A Cloud of Witnesses: The Saints' Testimonies to the True Parents." In it, Jesus Christ (supposedly from the spirit world and on behalf of representatives of the five major world religions) announced that "We resolve and proclaim that Reverend Sun Myung Moon is the Savior, Messiah, Second Coming and True Parent of all Humanity." Later, on September 3, 2003, the Washington Times ran a two-page ad claiming thirty-six deceased former United States presidents had accepted Sun Myung Moon as the Messiah, and each made a brief statement from the spirit world endorsing him as such. Then, on March 23, 2004, Sun Myung Moon was crowned "The King of Peace" in a ceremony that was held in the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C. It was reported that there were a total of eighty-one Congresspersons who attended the Moon coronation, which was organized by a Moon front group called "Ambassadors for Peace."

It is strange indeed that this man, Sun Myung Moon, convicted felon and billionaire, has boldly declared himself to be the Messiah, the Second Coming of Christ, and super-ordinate to God. I am concerned that most Americans do not realize just how wealthy and politically influential the Moon organization has grown to be over the last three decades, and the incredible lengths to which it has gone in order for its goals to be realized.

What will become of the Moon organization once its founder dies? Only time will tell but I unfortunately predict that it will continue and possibly thrive if people ignore this potential threat to democracy. November 18th, 1978, congressman Leo Ryan was assassinated and over nine hundred Americans were killed by Jim Jones, who claimed to be Jesus and had his followers trained to mindlessly follow in strict obedience. I believe we must always remember the tragedy at Jonestown and the sign on the main pavilion that read "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
 




Display:

WWW Talk To Action


Will the Air Force Do Anything To Rein In Its Dynamic Duo of Gay-Bashing, Misogynistic Bloggers?
"I always get nervous when I see female pastors/chaplains. Here is why everyone should as well: "First, women are not called to be pastors,......
By Chris Rodda (0 comments)
The Legacy of Big Oil
The media is ablaze with the upcoming publication of David Grann's book, Killers of the Flower Moon. The shocking non fiction account of the......
By wilkyjr (0 comments)
Gimme That Old Time Dominionism Denial
Over the years, I have written a great deal here  and in other venues about the explicitly theocratic movement called dominionism -- which has......
By Frederick Clarkson (4 comments)
History Advisor to Members of Congress Completely Twists Jefferson's Words to Support Muslim Ban
Pseudo-historian David Barton, best known for his misquoting of our country's founders to promote the notion that America was founded as a Christian nation,......
By Chris Rodda (5 comments)
"Christian Fighter Pilot" Calls First Lesbian Air Force Academy Commandant a Liar
In a new post on his "Christian Fighter Pilot" blog titled "BGen Kristin Goodwin and the USAFA Honor Code," Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan......
By Chris Rodda (0 comments)
Catholic Right Leader Unapologetic about Call for 'Death to Liberal Professors' -- UPDATED
Today, Donald Trump appointed C-FAM Executive Vice President Lisa Correnti to the US Delegation To UN Commission On Status Of Women. (C-FAM is a......
By Frederick Clarkson (2 comments)
Controlling Information
     Yesterday I listened to Russ Limbaugh.  Rush advised listeners it would be best that they not listen to CNN,MSNBC, ABC, CBS and......
By wilkyjr (4 comments)
Is Bannon Fifth-Columning the Pope?
In December 2016 I wrote about how White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who likes to flash his Catholic credentials when it comes to......
By Frank Cocozzelli (3 comments)
Ross Douthat's Hackery on the Seemingly Incongruous Alliance of Bannon & Burke
Conservative Catholic writer Ross Douthat has dissembled again. This time, in a February 15, 2017 New York Times op-ed titled The Trump Era's Catholic......
By Frank Cocozzelli (2 comments)
`So-Called Patriots' Attack The Rule Of Law
Every so often, right-wing commentator Pat Buchanan lurches out of the far-right fever swamp where he has resided for the past 50 years to......
By Rob Boston (1 comment)
Bad Faith from Focus on the Family
Here is one from the archives, Feb 12, 2011, that serves as a reminder of how deeply disingenuous people can be. Appeals to seek......
By Frederick Clarkson (7 comments)
The Legacy of George Wallace
"One need not accept any of those views to agree that they had appealed to real concerns of real people, not to mindless, unreasoning......
By wilkyjr (6 comments)
Betsy DeVos's Mudsill View of Public Education
My Talk to Action colleague Rachel Tabachnick has been doing yeoman's work in explaining Betsy DeVos's long-term strategy for decimating universal public education. If......
By Frank Cocozzelli (6 comments)
Prince and DeVos Families at Intersection of Radical Free Market Privatizers and Religious Right
This post from 2011 surfaces important information about President-Elect Trump's nominee for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos. -- FC Erik Prince, Brother of Betsy......
By Rachel Tabachnick (21 comments)
Religious Freedom is Not Just for Christian Conservatives
Religious freedom is one of the central issues of our time. Arguably, it a central issue in any time, and every time, at least......
By Frederick Clarkson (2 comments)

Respect for Others? or Political Correctness?
The term "political correctness" as used by Conservatives and Republicans has often puzzled me: what exactly do they mean by it? After reading Chip Berlin's piece here-- http://www.talk2action.org/story/2016/7/21/04356/9417 I thought about what he explained......
MTOLincoln (5 comments)
Fear
What I'm feeling now is fear.  I swear that it seems my nightmares are coming true with this new "president".  I'm also frustrated because so many people are not connecting all the dots! I've......
ArchaeoBob (5 comments)
"America - love it or LEAVE!"
I've been hearing that and similar sentiments fairly frequently in the last few days - far FAR more often than ever before.  Hearing about "consequences for burning the flag (actions) from Trump is chilling!......
ArchaeoBob (3 comments)
"Faked!" Meme
Keep your eyes and ears open for a possible move to try to discredit the people openly opposing Trump and the bigots, especially people who have experienced terrorism from the "Right"  (Christian Terrorism is......
ArchaeoBob (6 comments)
More aggressive proselytizing
My wife told me today of an experience she had this last week, where she was proselytized by a McDonald's employee while in the store. ......
ArchaeoBob (4 comments)
See if you recognize names on this list
This comes from the local newspaper, which was conservative before and took a hard right turn after it was sold. Hint: Sarah Palin's name is on it!  (It's also connected to Trump.) ......
ArchaeoBob (3 comments)
Unions: A Labor Day Discussion
This is a revision of an article which I posted on my personal board and also on Dailykos. I had an interesting discussion on a discussion board concerning Unions. I tried to piece it......
Xulon (4 comments)
Extremely obnoxious protesters at WitchsFest NYC: connected to NAR?
In July of this year, some extremely loud, obnoxious Christian-identified protesters showed up at WitchsFest, an annual Pagan street fair here in NYC.  Here's an account of the protest by Pagan writer Heather Greene......
Diane Vera (3 comments)
Capitalism and the Attack on the Imago Dei
I joined this site today, having been linked here by Crooksandliars' Blog Roundup. I thought I'd put up something I put up previously on my Wordpress blog and also at the DailyKos. As will......
Xulon (2 comments)
History of attitudes towards poverty and the churches.
Jesus is said to have stated that "The Poor will always be with you" and some Christians have used that to refuse to try to help the poor, because "they will always be with......
ArchaeoBob (13 comments)
Alternate economy medical treatment
Dogemperor wrote several times about the alternate economy structure that dominionists have built.  Well, it's actually made the news.  Pretty good article, although it doesn't get into how bad people could be (have been)......
ArchaeoBob (5 comments)
Evidence violence is more common than believed
Think I've been making things up about experiencing Christian Terrorism or exaggerating, or that it was an isolated incident?  I suggest you read this article (linked below in body), which is about our great......
ArchaeoBob (8 comments)
Central Florida Sheriff Preached Sermon in Uniform
If anyone has been following the craziness in Polk County Florida, they know that some really strange and troubling things have happened here.  We've had multiple separation of church and state lawsuits going at......
ArchaeoBob (2 comments)
Demon Mammon?
An anthropologist from outer space might be forgiven for concluding that the god of this world is Mammon. (Or, rather, The Market, as depicted by John McMurtry in his book The Cancer Stage of......
daerie (2 comments)
Anti-Sharia Fever in Texas: This is How It Starts
The mayor of a mid-size Texan city has emerged in recent months as the newest face of Islamophobia. Aligning herself with extremists hostile to Islam, Mayor Beth Van Duyne of Irving, Texas has helped......
JSanford (2 comments)

More Diaries...




All trademarks and copyrights on this page are owned by their respective companies. Comments, posts, stories, and all other content are owned by the authors. Everything else 2005 Talk to Action, LLC.