We’re glad to hear that Jen Kiaba was chosen as a winner in the 6th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards. Her series about her exit from the Unification Church is going to be exhibited in Spain later this year. The whole set so far can be found here: http://jenkiaba-fineart.com/tagged/Burdens-of-a-White-Dress
C-span Interview with Nan Sook Hong
A WBZ-TV Boston as well as a 60-minutes report from the 90’s on the abusive, drug-addicted Hyo Jin Moon and the Unification Church.
Q:Don't you just love how the UC puts out these stories of successful matchings, when they first happen so there's no history of unhappiness or struggle or divorce. For every story of some BC just getting married to their matched partner there are thousands of stories of struggle, unhappiness, hell and divorce. Many of thsoe stories of failed blessings are in Moons own family. The recent story of the blessing pales in comparrison to all the failed blessings.
Case and point. It’s overwhelming how many of those interviewed in this article have had their ‘blessings’ broken in the past four years.
"The Cleanest Race" & The Unification Church
This link will bring you to a C-Span video of a book discussion on “The Cleanest Race” by B.R. Myers.
B.R. Myers takes an in-depth look at North Korean society and the domestic propaganda to which its citizens are exposed. Myers argues that North Korea is a paranoid, military-dominated nationalist state with a government that is influenced heavily by Japanese fascism. He spoke at the World Affairs Council of Northern California.
The similarities to the Unification Church are shocking.
Sun Myung Moon Inspired His Son’s Sexual Liaisons
Moon was born on Jan. 6, 1920, in a rural, northwestern corner of Korea, a rugged Asian peninsula then occupied by Japan, a brutal occupation that would continue through the first 25 years of Moon’s life. Allied forces liberated the peninsula from the Japanese in 1945 and then divided Korea into two sections, the south controlled by the United States and the north occupied by Soviet troops.
In this post-war period, Moon, who had been raised within a Christian sect, moved to southern Korea and joined a mystical religious group called Israel Suo-won. The group preached the imminent arrival of a Korean Messiah and practiced a strange sexual ritual called “pikarume” in which ministers purified women through sexual intercourse, the so-called “blessing of the womb.”
As he developed his own theology, Moon returned to the North, to communist-ruled North Korea, where he soon ran into legal troubles. North Korean authorities arrested him twice, apparently on morals charges connected to his sexual rites with young women. Moon’s supporters, however, have tried to portray Moon as the victim of communist repression, claiming that he was arrested not for sex charges but for espionage.
Whatever the real story about his detention in North Korea, Moon’s luck soon changed. On Oct. 14, 1950, with war raging on the Korean peninsula, United Nations troops overran the prison where Moon was held, freeing Moon and the other inmates. According to Unification Church histories, Moon then trekked south, carrying on his back an injured prisoner named Pak Chung Hwa.
For years, church officials even published a photograph purportedly showing Pak piggy-backing on Moon across a river. But much of that story appears to be propaganda. Several church sources have since admitted that the photo was a hoax, that Moon is not the man in the picture and the location is not where Moon was.
Moon’s southward journey ended in the South Korean port of Pusan, where he resumed his missionary work. He later moved to Seoul, South Korea’s capital, where he founded his own church in May 1954. He called it T’ong-il Kyo, or Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity. It became known as the Unification Church.
At the center of Moon’s theology was a new twist to the Old Testament story about the Fall of Man. Instead of biting into a forbidden apple, Eve copulated with Satan and then passed on the sin by having sex with Adam.
Thousands of years later, God sent Jesus to restore man to his original purity, Moon taught. But Jesus failed because he was betrayed by the Jews and died before he could father any sinless children.
Sex, therefore, remained at the center of Moon’s theology, the need for a Messiah to purify the human race through the reversal of the contamination caused by Satan’s seduction of Eve.
Moon taught that the failure of Jesus to begin this purification process by fathering children forced God to send a second Messiah, who turned out to be Moon himself. Moon saw his task as starting this sexual purification process and thus establishing God’s Kingdom on Earth.
The ultimate goal would be a worldwide theocracy ruled by Moon and his followers cleansed of Satan’s influence. Political power and religious authority went together, Moon lectured. “We cannot separate the political field from the religious,” Moon said.
But in South Korea, Moon found that government continued to be an obstacle to his religious plans. When he began to concentrate his religious recruitment on young idealistic college students, especially from an all-girls Christian school, Moon landed in legal hot water again.
The South Korean government arrested Moon in 1955 for allegedly conducting more sexual “purification” rites, according to several U.S. intelligence reports which are now public. Moon was freed three months later because none of the young women would testify for fear of public humiliation, according to an undated FBI summary, released under a Freedom of Information Act request.
“During the next two years in the national news media of South Korea, Rev. Moon was the butt of scandalist humor,” the FBI report said.Church officials repeatedly have denied the reports of Moon’s sexual rituals. But the charges received new attention in 1993 with the Japanese publication of The Tragedy of the Six Marys — a book by the early Moon disciple, Pak Chung Hwa, whom Moon supposedly carried to South Korea. According to Pak’s book, Moon taught that Jesus was intended to save mankind by having sex with six already-married women who would then have sex with other men who would pass on the purification to other women until, eventually, all mankind would have pure blood.Pak contended that Moon took on this personal duty as the second Messiah and began having sex with the “six Marys.” But Pak alleged that Moon began to abuse the practice by turning the “six Marys” into a kind of rotating sex club. Pak wrote that Moon’s first wife divorced him after catching him in a sex ritual. In all, Pak estimated that there were at least 60 “Marys,” many of whom ended up destitute after Moon discarded them.
According to the testimony of one “Mary,” named Yu Shin Hee, she met Moon in the early 1950s and became a follower along with her husband. Devoted to the church, her husband abandoned her and her five children, whom she then put into an orphanage. She, in turn, agreed to become one of Moon’s “six Marys.” But Yu Shin Hee claimed that Moon tired of her after just one “blood exchange,” a phrase referring to sexual intercourse. Still, she was required to have sex with other men. Seven years later, a broken woman with no money, she tried to return to her children, but they also rejected her.
When Moon impregnated another one of the women, Moon sent her to Japan where she gave birth to a baby boy, according to Pak’s account. Moon later admitted fathering the child, who died in a train crash at the age of 13. But Pak wrote that Moon refused to admit responsibility for other illegitimate children born to the women.
“By forwarding this teaching, he violated mothers, their daughters, their sisters,” Pak wrote. (After The Tragedy of the Six Marys was published, the Unification Church denounced the allegations as spurious. Under intense pressure, the aging Pak Chung Hwa agreed to recant. However, his book’s accounts tracked closely with U.S. intelligence reports of the same period and interviews with former church leaders.)Moon’s history of sexual liaisons out of wedlock also was corroborated by daughter-in-law Nansook Hong, who broke with Moon’s so-called True Family in 1995 over abuse she suffered at the hands of Moon’s eldest son, Hyo Jin Moon, during their 14-year marriage.
Nansook Hong reported in her 1998 book, In the Shadow of the Moons, that family members, including Moon himself, acknowledged that he had “providential” sex with women in his role as the Messiah. Nansook Hong said she learned about Moon’s sexual affairs when her husband, Hyo Jin, began justifying his affairs as mandated by God, as his father claimed his affairs were.
“I went directly to Mrs. Moon with Hyo Jin’s claims,” Nansook Hong wrote. “She was both furious and tearful. She had hoped that such pain would end with her, that it would not be passed on to the next generation, she told me. “No one knows the pain of a straying husband like True Mother, she assured me. I was stunned. We had all heard rumors for years about Sun Myung Moon’s affairs and the children he sired out of wedlock, but here was True Mother, confirming the truth of these stories.
“I told her that Hyo Jin said his sleeping around was ‘providential’ and inspired by God, just as Father’s affairs were.
‘No, Father is the Messiah, not Hyo Jin. What Father did was in God’s plan.’”Later, in a discussion about the extramarital sex, Moon himself told Nansook Hong that “what happened in his past was ‘providential,’” she wrote.As for the sexual purification rituals, Nansook Hong said the rumors had followed the church for decades, despite the official denials.“In the early days of the Unification Church, members met in a small house with two rooms,” Nansook Hong wrote. “It was known as the House of the Three Doors. It was rumored that at the first door one was made to take off one’s jacket, at the second door one’s outer clothing, and at the third one’s undergarments in preparation for sex.”As for Chung Hwa Pak’s Tragedy of the Six Marys, Nansook Hong said Moon succeeded in persuading his old associate to rejoin the church and then got him to disavow the memoir. “I’ve always wondered what the price was of that retraction,” Nansook Hong wrote.Madeleine Pretorious, a Unification Church member from South Africa, also had worked closely with Moon’s temperamental son, Hyo Jin, and had learned from him that the long-denied accounts of Moon’s sexual rites with female initiates were true.“When Hyo Jin found out about his father’s ‘purification’ rituals, that took a lot out of wind out of his sails,” Pretorious told me in an interview after she left the church in the mid-1990s. In late 1994, during conversations in Hyo Jin’s suite at the New Yorker Hotel, “he confided a lot of things to me,” Pretorious said.
Hyo Jin also had discovered that the Reverend Moon fathered a child out of wedlock in the early 1970s. Moon arranged for the child to be raised by his longtime lieutenant Bo Hi Pak, Pretorious said. The boy – now a young man – had confronted Hyo Jin, seeking recognition as Hyo Jin’s half-brother. Pretorious said she later corroborated the story with other church members.
Seven-Year Formula Course For 2nd Generation?
From Jen Kiaba’s piece “Purity Knife”:
When I was in my mid-teens, our church strongly encouraged all second generation members to follow a new edict called the “Seven Year Course” after highschool. The first two years consisted of a program called “Special Task Force” or “STF”. Living in vans, we travelled across the country selling trinkets as a part of our “fundamental spiritual education…and [solidifying our] relationship with God.” It was said that “Such training helps [us] to deepen [our] conviction, faith, and commitment as well as…mature [our] character and gain an understanding of God’s heart.”
When I read this it stirred up a lot of questions for me, a first-generation UC member.
If, as we were taught, that the matching and blessing by Rev Moon was for us, the change of blood lineage and if our children were to be born free from original sin as a result of said matching and blessing by Moon, then why would sinless human beings have to go a 7-year formula course in order to “mature our character and gain an understanding of God’s heart” through acts such as fundraising?
What, if anything, does it really mean to be born as Second Gen’s? If Second Gen’s need help maturing their characters and understanding God’s heart through a formula course then how are they any different from their parents before the matching and blessing or none blessed children, or outsiders?
The seven year course was also part of the First Generations’ formula course that was part of a greater 21-year formula course in order to accomplish the exact same thing the Sec Gen’s are told their formula course is meant to accomplish.
So, how are the Sec Gen’s better off because their parents married strangers and drank Moon’s blood (or body fluids) in what was dubbed “Holy Wine”? If the Second Gen’s are being made to also go a formula course, despite being born free of original sin through their parents blessing, perhaps it was all nothing but a scam. Perhaps that change of blood lineage was nothing more than smoke and mirrors to bind the First Gen of Moon and through the First Gen’s being bound to Moon they would then bind their children to Moon and his family.
I can tell you this. As a first generation member, matched and blessed by Moon, I was told, along with all the others like me, that we were going the formula course so you Second Gen’s would not have to. I was told, along with everyone who was getting blessed and drinking Holy Wine, that you kids would be born without sin. So, why are you being told you must do a 7 -ear formula course? And if you have to do a 7-year formula course, what about the Moon Nim’s? They too are born free from original sin and yet we can clearly see that they are actually quite full of sins of many kinds. The most blatant sin of all is sibling rivalry or a total lack of love for each other to the point of a total family breakdown. The second sin is the sin of breaking their blessings to brides and grooms their father SMM matched them to and marrying non-members.
Do you see the great divide between myth and reality? Do you see the great divide between what we First Gen’s were told and what really happened? Faith and reality, right? Well, faith tells us one thing but reality has a way of exposing our faith as pretty much a load of meaningless hype. Or perhaps a better name for all this would be to call it what it is, “Moon’s Great Bait and Switch”
What The Church is Doing With Your Money
UCI Lawsuit News: Church’s Appeal Dismissed
The plaintiffs in the UCI case (church side) attempted to appeal the judge’s decision to dismiss the UCI case. They appealed the decision, but this was also dismissed by the judge. This latest development can be considered as the complete defeat of the plaintiffs in the UCI case. On top of that, Peter Kim, who has been the main person leading the lawsuits till now, suddenly stepped down voluntarily. In this situation, members are watching what decision the church leadership will make with regards to the lawsuits.
On December 19, 2013, the judge in charge of the UCI case issued an order dismissing with prejudice the case presented by the church. Although the first hearing ended with the judge’s order of dismissal, this order didn’t immediately go into effect. The order included clauses stating that the decision of dismissal would come into effect after two other issues related to the case were resolved. Basically, this was an indirect way for the judge to give the initiators of the lawsuit a last chance to solve this issue outside the courts.
However, instead of taking a hint from the judge’s attempt to find a positive way to solve this issue, certain individuals of the church leadership who pursued the lawsuit distributed a document titled, “Regarding the unfair decision in the UCI lawsuit,” to members and pastors. They portrayed the situation as if the judge had issued an unjust decision. At the church leaders’ summit in Korea, one of the top representatives of the church came out stating that this lawsuit must continue. Using questionable practices they persuaded True Mother of their view on the lawsuit, and on January 6 of this year they submitted an appeal to the judge’s order of dismissal. Yet, on February 20, a month and a half after they appealed the decision, the judge in charge of the case dismissed the appeal as well. This latest decision shows clearly the position of the US court in terms of the UCI case.
The UCI lawsuit started on May, 2011, and is now about to reach its third year. More than 100 billion won (approx. 93 million dollars) of public funds have been wasted in legal expenses related to this lawsuit. If lawsuits in our movement continue, the scale of the damage will increase. Considering that the financial loss alone is so tremendous, the providential damage must be unimaginable.
Currently, Peter Kim, who was the main force behind this lawsuit, is not around True Mother any more. Instead of taking full responsibility for the lawsuit he initiated, Peter Kim spinelessly passed the entire burden of this lawsuit onto True Mother. Peter then disappeared after giving some excuse about his health. Then, what is the wisest decision that can be made regarding this lawsuit? It is beyond obvious that they will lose even if they appeal again; the more they increase such attacks the more the damage will end up returning to True Mother. Should they still insist on continuing this lawsuit?
The church leadership continuously lied to members that they were sure to win the Yoido Parc1 lawsuit, but they ended up losing in the first and second hearings. Now another defeat awaits them in the Supreme Court. When they faced defeat in the Yoido lawsuit the church leadership turned their attention to the UCI lawsuit. They boasted absolute victory in the UCI lawsuit, but a year and a half later that promise also turned out to be another lie. How long will the church leadership deceive the members with such lies? How long must True Mother be deceived by them?
From now on whether it is the UCI lawsuit, or the Yoido Parc1 lawsuit, whoever continues pushing for lawsuits or working behind the scenes to further exacerbate lawsuits, their wrongdoing will be revealed in front of history for all to see. And, depending on their level of participation in such lawsuits, they will be held absolutely responsible and their future generations will not be able to hide their shame.