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Sun Myung Moon is dead. (Why do they get away with it?) 
22nd-Jan-2013 03:06 pm
Apparently, Sun Myung Moon died in August of last year. Finally. At the age of 92. In the US, Moon and "the Moonies" of the Unification Church (UC) were mostly seen as a running joke. But, actually, it isn't that funny. For most of his unfortunately long life, Moon led a church that probably abused millions of followers. Some of these UC abuses had unsurprising counterparts in UBF.

I want to highlight past posts on the UC and similarities to UBF.

I also want to not so much ask, but lament, "Why do they get away with it?" Why was Moon allowed to die filthy rich, in relative comfort, leaving these ill-gained filthy riches to his children?

I'll be adding more to this post.
13th-Feb-2013 06:12 pm (UTC)
The following is former Unification Church or former UBF? Take a guess.

My last leader, Mr. Tetsuo Yoshizumi, in Chicago once came to me after my not having followed one of his directions completely. He stuck a few hundred dollars into my shirt pocket, pushed me and yelled "I don't want you in my center any more! You are satan! Go back to Germany - with satan! NOW! Pack your stuff and GET OUT!"

I was shocked! If I obeyed his command I would commit "spiritual suicide" (since we were taught that upon leaving the church, satan would invade us completely, destroy our family, cause us to become insane or die through some horrible accident. At meetings we would continuousely hear testimonies of leaders about members who would not "unite" with their leaders... One story the regional director of Chicago, Rev. Hong, one of Mr. ____'s first disciples, told was that upon disuniting with his directions, a member's child had just been born without ears. Another disobedient member had developed cancer - satan's punishment.). What would you have done in my situation if you had been indoctrinated with all these very real fears? Well, some part of me was rebellious, saying "OK! If all my work is not enough, and you really want me to leave - I'll go!". Yet the other part which was dominated by fear, guilt and low self-esteem which my leader had beaten into me (verbally as well as physically), was stronger, so I lowered my head and said "I repent! I'm sorry! I'll never do it again!"

Edited at 2013-02-13 06:13 pm (UTC)
18th-Feb-2013 04:55 pm (UTC)
The following is current Unification Church or current UBF? Take a guess.

... members who were married on Sunday chose to have their partners selected for them by Mrs. ___, something her late husband also did.

"I was pretty nervous," Jin Davidson, a 21-year-old American, told the ... "Then all of a sudden she popped up in front of me, and I said OK."

Mr Davidson, whose parents were paired off by Mr ____, said he struggled to communicate with his ________ bride, Kotona _______, 21.

"I speak no ________ at all, and she only speaks a little English, but we see it as an exciting challenge and proof of our faith," he added.
22nd-Feb-2013 07:24 pm (UTC)
"Making a decision of faith" in the Unification Church or in UBF? Take a guess.

I soon found myself fascinated and entangled with the doctrine, feeling compelled to stay by the message that upon continuous repetition I had unconsciously come to accept. I was unable to overcome the fear I had been indoctrinated with, i.e. the fear of betraying God and of being invaded and destroyed by satan if I left this "heavenly fortress" (or "bootcamp") that, I had come to believe, protected me. The fear I had been "injected" with, and my desire to serve god, were from then on often used to manipulate my decisions, to eliminate choices which did not serve the group's purposes - thus undermining my own freedom of choice. My leaders in California, including Mr. Aokie (regional director), Myra Stanaecki, and a woman named Jossenta, upon learning that I was scheduled to begin my civil service (the mandatory substitute for military service) in Germany by Dec. 1st., 1986, had a meeting and, rather than advising me to return home, told me that ... "I should decide." Since I had accepted their teaching, choosing that option would have been equal to betraying God and committing spiritual suicide. As a freshly commited new member I would never opt for this choice - and they knew and relied on it.

Edited at 2013-02-22 07:26 pm (UTC)
15th-Mar-2013 07:23 pm (UTC)
The following is current Unification Church or current UBF? Take a guess.

This is particularly difficult in a business mission. In a spiritual mission, you always walk with the truth. The person who reads the _____ every day never can become weaker because there is no time when Satan can infiltrate that person. So I was happy when I was teaching _____ every day in Korea. _____ said that only mature members should go into business missions. In dealing with business missions like _____, you have to deal with the secular world, money, promotion, all kinds of procedures, regulations, legal affairs, and so forth. Every day you've been dealing with those matters and you seldom have a chance to meditate and renew yourself. This is why _____ said this mission is not easy. Sometimes this mission becomes a curse. Only mature members can tackle the business mission. Only mature members can tackle _____.
10th-Oct-2013 03:19 pm (UTC) - Why do they get away with it?
The continued existence of cults and cult-like groups, the continued suffering of people in such groups, the continued consequence-free employment of the leaders who aided and abetted the abuses in such groups, the acts of well-meaning outside apologists who are used by cults for "public relations", the non-existence of justice--these are all tests of our faith, whatever we might put our faith in. Our faith might not just be tested, but broken. And that's okay. Who can blame us? If the adherents of a faith tell us that we might have to share Paradise with the very monsters who abused us, can we be blamed if we walk away to seek better explanations for the reality we live in? No.

Seek justice. Keep seeking it. And keep in mind that the God of the Bible is very interested in justice.

Edited at 2013-10-10 03:47 pm (UTC)
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