The big Moonie is dead

September 3rd, 2012 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

The Reverend , the self-proclaimed messiah who turned his Unification Church into a worldwide religious movement and befriended North Korean leaders as well as US presidents, has died, church officials say. He was 92.

Moon died today at a church-owned hospital near his home in Gapyeong, northeast of Seoul, two weeks after being hospitalised with pneumonia, Unification Church spokesman Ahn Ho-yeul told The Associated Press. Moon’s wife and children were at his side, Ahn said.

Moon, born in a town that is now in North Korea, founded his religious movement in Seoul in 1954 after surviving the Korean War. He preached new interpretations of lessons from the Bible.

The church gained fame – and notoriety – in the 1970s and 1980s for holding mass weddings of thousands of followers, often from different countries, whom Moon matched up in a bid to build a multicultural religious world.

The church was accused of using devious recruitment tactics and duping followers out of money; parents of followers in the United States and elsewhere expressed worries that their children were brainwashed into joining. The church responded by saying that many other new religious movements faced similar accusations in their early stages.

Yeah, there is a reason for that.

The church was not all bad. They did some good with North Korea (where Moon had been a prisoner).But he did also serve 13 months for tax fraud in he 1980s.

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16 Responses to “The big Moonie is dead”

  1. iMP (2,150 comments) says:

    So, a second blue moon in the same week.

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  2. Redbaiter (6,478 comments) says:

    “The church was accused of using devious recruitment tactics and duping followers out of money; parents of followers in the United States and elsewhere expressed worries that their children were brainwashed into joining.”

    Wow, sounds just like the Secular Progressive left and the NZ education system.

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  3. Griff (6,263 comments) says:

    iMP brilliant

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  4. RRM (8,988 comments) says:

    Wedbaiter:
    Wow, sounds just like the Secular Progressive left and the NZ education system.

    Why don’t you take your meaningless, off-topic dribbles of crap to general debate where they belong?

    Or even better, to your own hate site that you are constantly and shamelessly link-whoring on here?

    After all, as you say yourself David Farrar, Cactus Kate and Cameron Slater are all leftist progressive pinkoes and you have no time for any of them… so why are you even here?

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  5. eszett (2,264 comments) says:

    @ iMP, lol very good. :-)

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  6. MH (558 comments) says:

    Judge Neave to attend funeral to seek solice in Korea.

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  7. Redbaiter (6,478 comments) says:

    “Why don’t you take your meaningless, off-topic dribbles of crap to general debate where they belong?”

    Pity you didn’t have anything to say on the actual subject or I may have been able to write something that argues with it.

    Now all I can do is defend against your ridiculous allegations.

    The point is I find it curious that Progressives slag off religions for doing exactly what their own organisations are guilty of.

    Are secular Progressives above criticism. Are they to be kept immune from accusations of hypocrisy?

    The fact is that the left engage in exactly what they accuse religions of doing but do it in a much more furtive way and with money usually stolen from taxpayers. At least religions more often use their own money.

    The Moonies may have been a sect by some definition, but that same definition by simple logic includes university based socialist recruitment and training organisations who dupe young people into following left wing ideology by fooling them to believe it will bring secular progressive Nirvana.

    The NZ Labour party, who does exactly these things, and mostly by means of compulsory financing channeled through quasi government agencies, is just as sick as any Moonie organisation.

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  8. Shunda barunda (2,964 comments) says:

    But he did also serve 13 months for tax fraud in he 1980s

    Gee, that’s like 30 years ago, let it go.

    This guy probably helped stop a major conflict and we are busting his balls for a little bit of tax fraud? We celebrate local business men/women that have done far worse and far less for the nation.

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  9. IHStewart (388 comments) says:

    Yawn, Destiny Church is a wanna be. More yawns.

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  10. MH (558 comments) says:

    amen-saab,Shunda. There’s nothing like koreaning down Mt Eden Road as a merchant banker.

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  11. scrubone (2,971 comments) says:

    Jeepers, talk about soft-pedaling.

    These guys are a serious, mind-control cult. I read a book by someone who’d got sucked in, and it’s a serious business getting someone out – often involving breaking the law. Sadly there were people who didn’t have anyone on the “outside” who could/would take those steps.

    The members were essentially slaves, in the real sense of the word.

    Very insidious.

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  12. Don the Kiwi (1,318 comments) says:

    Just the Korean version of Scientology.

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  13. joana (1,983 comments) says:

    It wasn’t a church and it was all bad..just ask the families who lost loved ones..

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  14. thedavincimode (6,113 comments) says:

    Where did he stand on same sex marriage?

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  15. Manolo (12,622 comments) says:

    Where did he stand on same sex marriage?

    Moon was closet Labour lite supporter. That’s your answer. :D

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  16. joana (1,983 comments) says:

    Good comment scrubone..
    They indulged in serious brain washing , sleep deprivation , and mad lectures in the middle of the night. They removed peoples watches in an effort to aid the complete disorientation. And made their followers go out on the street selling peanuts.
    Of course they did the classic cult thing in separating members from their families..
    What ever happened to the girl Ryan?
    What happened to the two brothers who were running the show in NZ?

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