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Sun Myung Moon dies at 92; Washington Times owner led the Unification Church
Washington Post ^ | 09/02/2012 | By Emma Brown

Posted on 09/02/2012 1:16:23 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Sun Myung Moon, a self-professed messiah who claimed millions of religious followers in his Unification Church and sought to become a powerful voice in the American conservative movement through business interests that included the Washington Times, has died. He was 92.

The Washington Times reported that Mr. Moon died in South Korea early Monday morning (Sunday afternoon in Washington). Unification Church spokesman Ahn Ho-yeul told the Associated Press that Mr. Moon died at a church-owned hospital near his home in Gapyeong, northeast of Seoul. He had been under treatment for pneumonia.

Mr. Moon, the son of Korean farmers, created a sprawling empire at the intersection of religion and business and became one of the world’s most enigmatic and polarizing public figures.

His stated ambition was to rule the world and replace Christianity with his own faith, which blended elements of Christianity, Confucianism and Korean folk religions. A leading symbol of the 1970s cult wars in America, he attracted a great deal of attention and ridicule for holding mass weddings for Unificationist couples whom he had paired, often without the prospective partners ever having met.

But his success in business and involvement in American politics “demanded that people who could care less about his peculiar doctrinal views pay attention to him,” said James Beverley, a professor at Tyndale University College and Seminary in Toronto who has studied Mr. Moon’s church since the late 1970s.

As a young man, Mr. Moon was twice jailed in the 1940s when his sermonizing attracted the attention of authorities in what is now North Korea. Emerging as a staunch anti-communist, he built the foundations of what became a global business network with labor provided by his devotees.

He made his most strident inroads into American culture in the 1970s.

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KEYWORDS: obituary; sungmyungmoon; sunmyungmoon; unificationchurch
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1 posted on 09/02/2012 1:16:29 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
"Reverend" Sun Myung Moon was crowned "Messiah" on March 13, 2004 in the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, DC.

Attending the Messiah Crowning ceremony were seventy-one people, including two senators, congressmen, dozens of ambassadors to the United States, and various other figures from the religious and political establishments of the nation and world.

2 posted on 09/02/2012 1:17:44 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind

And now he’ll meet God - and it won’t be him.


3 posted on 09/02/2012 1:17:58 PM PDT by vladimir998
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To: SeekAndFind
Well, that's one "self-professed Messiah" down.

One more to go.

4 posted on 09/02/2012 1:19:17 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: SeekAndFind; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows

It’s good to be a Moon!


5 posted on 09/02/2012 1:19:36 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: vladimir998
Sun Myung Moon

Hal David

Phyllis Diller...

They always go in threes.

6 posted on 09/02/2012 1:20:55 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: Revolting cat!

goofier’n Skittles turds


7 posted on 09/02/2012 1:21:50 PM PDT by advertising guy (" that lie has it's own sleep number " David Feherty PGA Championship 2012)
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To: billorites

And didn’t croak on the night of blue moon?


8 posted on 09/02/2012 1:24:06 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: SeekAndFind

If they weren’t obviously Koreans, I might have confused those photos from the crowning ceremony with the GOP convention.


9 posted on 09/02/2012 1:27:12 PM PDT by RaisingCain
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To: SeekAndFind
Can't stop "hearing" this classic by the Imperials

http://www.smartlyrics.com/Song700495-The-Imperials-Oh-Buddha-lyrics.aspx

Well, Old Buddha was a man and I'm sure that he meant well
But I pray for his disciples lest they wind up in hell
And I'm sure that old Mohammed thought he knew the way
But it won't be Hare Krishna we stand before on The Judgment Day.

No, it won't be old Buddha that's sitting on the throne
And it won't be old Mohammed that's calling us Home
And it won't be Hare Krishna that plays that trumpet tune
And we're going to see The Son not Reverend Moon!

10 posted on 09/02/2012 1:27:58 PM PDT by lightman (Settling for the "lesser of two..." is still choosing Evil)
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To: SeekAndFind
a powerful voice in the American conservative movement ...

What complete bullshit. Preying on peoples' ignorance, claiming to be a messiah, and using it to amass a vast fortune of investments are not "conservative values".
11 posted on 09/02/2012 1:30:01 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: SeekAndFind

I was just now googling on that ceremony. Who were these congressmen who attended that farce of a crowning ceremony? I saw photos of Jews and Muslims apparently calling the Messiah a “true parent of humanity,” but didn’t see any congressmen.


12 posted on 09/02/2012 1:32:14 PM PDT by RaisingCain
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To: SpaceBar

I thought the church was a partial owner of the Times.


13 posted on 09/02/2012 1:33:08 PM PDT by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: billorites

“They always go in threes.”

Now picture these three chatting in a celestial elevator that is zigzagging sideways before plunging to drop off one one on a Jupitor moon.


14 posted on 09/02/2012 1:36:05 PM PDT by Domestic Church (AMDG ... there is no such thing as coincidence)
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To: SeekAndFind

You doubters just wait three days after they roll away the stone!


15 posted on 09/02/2012 1:36:39 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: RaisingCain

No, just add Greek columns and that could have been Bøzø and Møøchelle.


16 posted on 09/02/2012 1:37:23 PM PDT by lightman (Settling for the "lesser of two..." is still choosing Evil)
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To: billorites

Rev Some Young Loon...no wait, Some Old Loon...Some Dead Loon.


17 posted on 09/02/2012 1:38:41 PM PDT by raccoonradio (")
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To: Revolting cat!
You doubters just wait three days after they roll away the stone!

The Lysol salesman shows up?
18 posted on 09/02/2012 1:41:52 PM PDT by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a United States Marine.)
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To: SeekAndFind

“demanded that people who could care less about his peculiar doctrinal views pay attention to him,” said James Beverley, a professor at Tyndale University College and Seminary in Toronto who has studied Mr. Moon’s church since the late 1970s.

Well, Jimmy, I don’t know if you were quoted correctly, but either way it’s supposed to be:

“couldn’t care less”

And, to the article, another false messiah gone.

That is all.


19 posted on 09/02/2012 1:42:44 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: SeekAndFind

20 posted on 09/02/2012 1:46:25 PM PDT by Larry Lucido (Romney/Ryan 2012)
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To: AppyPappy
They also owned the News World, its predecessor.


21 posted on 09/02/2012 1:51:48 PM PDT by Larry Lucido (Romney/Ryan 2012)
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To: SeekAndFind
He's been ill ever since Neil Armstrong stepped on him.
22 posted on 09/02/2012 1:52:24 PM PDT by BigCinBigD (...Was that okay?)
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To: F15Eagle
A false profit? or prophet? Kind of funny how the Bible choose those two words in English to describe these types of people so well.
23 posted on 09/02/2012 1:56:14 PM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again.")
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To: SeekAndFind

The thing I’ll remember most about him is his follower Moonies asking for donations and handing out flowers in airports back in the 70s.


24 posted on 09/02/2012 2:01:40 PM PDT by 2111USMC (aim small, miss small)
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To: fella

Yeah there’s one on TV nearly every day that claims God told him to tell you to send him $273 for magical results.

He’s also on TV hounding people to send in that money. I’ve seen other testimonials online where folks did sign up and now their answering machines get robo-called from this guy to send them their money.


25 posted on 09/02/2012 2:03:16 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: 2111USMC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qse_wf57tZM


26 posted on 09/02/2012 2:07:36 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: vladimir998; martin_fierro; Charles Henrickson

He’ll find himself in deep kimchi...

(w/o the apostrophe)


27 posted on 09/02/2012 2:09:11 PM PDT by mikrofon (Korea Piung))
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To: F15Eagle

LOL!

(Of course, back in the 70s I was traveling primarily in dress uniform. The Moonies seemed to shy away from Marines.)


28 posted on 09/02/2012 2:15:20 PM PDT by 2111USMC (aim small, miss small)
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To: 2111USMC

I ran into a few here and there. At the time I didn’t understand what it was they were selling, only that I didn’t want it.

Now I see them as victims of mass cult deception and delusion.

Nonetheless, I admit that I snicker at the gut punch he gives the Moonie. That was a funny scene.


29 posted on 09/02/2012 2:18:49 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: 2111USMC
I was in college at the student union and noticed a young Asian female sitting at a nearby table whose head was occasionally dropping to the table like when one is completely fatigued and haven't slept in days. I asked her if she was OK and she said she was and asked me "do you believe in God?". I answered in the affirmative and she then she said she really was very tired and asked me if I would mind seeing to her to her house near campus where she was living with some "friends". So I did and as soon as we walked in it was like was like stepping into a nest of (very sleepy and over tired) sad faced vampires. I left in rather a hurry after a couple minutes.

It was only later on that I read about sleep deprivation and slave conditions being one of the main ways the Moonies kept their people under total control. I can't really comprehend how anyone could become ensnared in a cult. The feeling in that house was palpably evil (I had the same sense and same reaction when I got dragged by a friend to a TM meeting) but it is frighteningly common and the methodology they all use very similar.

30 posted on 09/02/2012 2:39:12 PM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: katana

Should have mentioned ... that happened around 1973, when the “Moonies” were just entering their heyday.


31 posted on 09/02/2012 2:40:55 PM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: Larry Lucido

Just glad you didn’t post a pic of “some young moon”.... I still have that poster btw.....


32 posted on 09/02/2012 3:01:18 PM PDT by Squantos
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To: SeekAndFind

What’s going to happen to his 200 gold-plated Rolls-Royces?


33 posted on 09/02/2012 3:20:33 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Harry Reid [PERVERT-NV] has Vickie-the-goat in lingerie & stiletto heels, tied-up in his office.)
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To: carriage_hill
What’s going to happen to his 200 gold-plated Rolls-Royces?

If he ties to take it with him it will be melted for scrap where he's headed.

34 posted on 09/02/2012 3:28:56 PM PDT by lightman (Settling for the "lesser of two..." is still choosing Evil)
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To: katana
Very interesting. My brush with the Moonies was February 1977
in San Francisco. I was headed to Taiwan to study Mandarin,
and had an afternoon to kill in SF before my plane left. I was
walking and a nice-looking couple came up to me and struck up a conversation.
They invited me to a meal at a big Victorian house nearby with "some friends."
We first gathered in a prayer circle. Then when folks began getting food,
a person came up to me and said someone wanted to see me in another room.
They already knew I was on my way to Taiwan to study Chinese from my
previous conversation.
In this room, obviously with the leader of this household, he asked pointed questions about
why I was going to Taiwan, and how I was financing my trip. He and the others emphatically asked me to join them
up in Northern California on a farm they owned. It was about at this point I realized it to be a cult,
although I didn't know it was the Moonies. But for me the jig was up,
and much amused, I thanked them all for their hospitality and left. It gave me a clear insight
into their methods of recruitment.
35 posted on 09/02/2012 3:31:34 PM PDT by jobim (.)
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To: lightman

IIRC, the “golden calf idol” didn’t work out so well for those folks who were traveling with Moses, either. That con-man crook has a lot to answer for.


36 posted on 09/02/2012 3:44:21 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Harry Reid [PERVERT-NV] has Vickie-the-goat in lingerie & stiletto heels, tied-up in his office.)
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To: SeekAndFind

He’s treading lava in the Lake of Fire now.


37 posted on 09/02/2012 3:47:40 PM PDT by polkajello (Romney: The Lesser of Two Weasels)
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To: RaisingCain
If they weren’t obviously Koreans, I might have confused those photos from the crowning ceremony with the GOP convention.

Go screw yourself troll.
38 posted on 09/02/2012 3:51:16 PM PDT by mkjessup (Finley Peter Dunne - "Politics ain't beanbag")
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To: carriage_hill
He also did at least some good. He replaced the moribund Washington Star with the Washington Times, now the principal competitor with the Washington Toast Post. The Times is now one of the few major conservative newspapers in the United States.
39 posted on 09/02/2012 3:59:10 PM PDT by DanMiller (Dan Miller)
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To: DanMiller

Good catch, DM. I’d forgotten all about that. I guess one in the “Plus Column” is better than nothing at all.


40 posted on 09/02/2012 4:05:24 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Harry Reid [PERVERT-NV] has Vickie-the-goat in lingerie & stiletto heels, tied-up in his office.)
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To: RaisingCain

“I might have confused those photos from the crowning ceremony with the GOP convention”.

What does that mean?


41 posted on 09/02/2012 4:14:22 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: jobim

At UCLA back in the 1970’s a young man came up to me at a bus stop and invited me to a “spaghetti dinner” and “discussion” at an off-campus apartment. I knew something was wrong when he looked at me with a weird smile and eyes glazed over, like he was on drugs. But he wasn’t. He was a Moonie.

There was a group there at that time called CARP (Collegiate Assoc. for the Research of Principles). It was a front for the cult. I told him I was busy, he handed me a flyer and left.

The CARP table was often set up on Bruin Walk, the main thoroughfare on campus. I can’t imagine how many young, impressionable minds they ensnared.


42 posted on 09/02/2012 4:20:24 PM PDT by Deo volente (God willing, America will survive this Obamination.)
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To: momtothree

RE: “I might have confused those photos from the crowning ceremony with the GOP convention”.

What does that mean?

____________________

It means that RaisingCain is a Democrat Troll who very recently joined FR to raise trouble.


43 posted on 09/02/2012 4:56:34 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: momtothree

“What does that mean?”


What do you think? “Mitt Romney will RAISE this country!”


44 posted on 09/02/2012 5:36:53 PM PDT by RaisingCain
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To: SeekAndFind

In all fairness, I will defend Moon solely on the grounds that he was not only a strident anti-communist, but put his money where his mouth was for decades and became and major pain in their rear end.

He was a big supporter of the Taiwan based World League for Freedom and Democracy, and CAUSA International (”Confederation of the Associations for the Unification of the Societies of the Americas”), and did a lot to get both evangelical and fundamentalist Christians working in an organized manner against communism throughout the Americas as well. He quietly countered a lot of the radical Catholic “liberation theology” in South America as well.

Even the North Koreans respected his clout, knowing that he could even reach to Pyongyang if they ticked him off.

Yes, Christians were well advised to keep a suspicious eye on him, because he did have an awful lot of wacky going on, but he was a big supporter of conservative Republicans in the US, and did much to give all religions influence in the UN, steering it away from communist oriented atheism.

All told, the immense good he did behind the scenes makes up for a lot of the weirdness.


45 posted on 09/02/2012 5:37:02 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: Larry Lucido
thank you...
46 posted on 09/02/2012 6:51:29 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: lightman
That remains a great song and it was on my mind today. I'm a big fan of Southern Gospel music and that's among the most clever in terms of lyrics. More importantly, it's also accurate.

Thanks for posting this and I hope a lot of FReepers take this opportunity to give it a listen.

47 posted on 09/02/2012 7:10:56 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: re_nortex

Very politically incorrect and multiculturally insensitive—that’s why I love it!

Perfect FReep music.


48 posted on 09/02/2012 7:24:20 PM PDT by lightman (Settling for the "lesser of two..." is still choosing Evil)
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To: SpaceBar

The liberals have their own anti-war Asian cult leader who’s been giving speeches around the world since the 70’s. Google “Prem Rawat” he’s on YouTube also.


49 posted on 09/02/2012 8:10:34 PM PDT by Jmathes
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To: Deo volente

I encountered the CARP folks too. They appeared to have been taught that I Thessalonians 5:2 stated that the Lord would come as a thief in the night (as if the Messiah would be unrecognizable at first) rather than that the day of the Lord would come as a thief in the night.


50 posted on 09/02/2012 8:20:37 PM PDT by aposiopetic
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