Wednesday, April 9, 2008

The World's Most Powerful Cult

6 comments:

Kenneth Gordon Neufeld said...

Excellent! Moon's movement, like Scientology, has amassed great wealth and has influential connections, but it depends on one's point of view which is the more dangerous. Currently Moon's movement does not have large numbers of members in the United States or most Western countries, but it has great influence anyway because of Moon's seemingly bottomless spending on The Washington Times and various front organizations which regularly stage conferences, etc., to which influential people are invited. The question is whether this influence will survive Moon's own passing, which (since he is now 88) is imminent. His son Preston (Hyun Jin) Moon is expected to take over the movement after his death, but he is unlikely to have his father's charisma and is less likely to spend as much money as Moon does on elaborate conferences, coronations and ceremonies whose purpose is to attest to his own greatness.

I have one minor quibble with the short film. It appears to indicate that Moon started the Unification Church in 1954 immediately after his alleged revelation from Jesus Christ, but in fact, this purported event took place in 1936, though Moon did indeed end up waiting until after the Second World War and the Korean War before starting his cult.

Anonymous said...

It should be noted that though the moonies slimed Fraser as a commie and an agent of Satan and campaigned against him when he ran for the Senate, that he is one great American. His is a veteran who after leaving congress served as the longest running mayor in Minneapolis's history, 13 years.

Fraser certainly did his best to warn our nation about this disgusting band of swindlers and con artists who have been working to subvert our political system.

The Fraser Report is still and outstanding template to use to understand what Moon is doing.

here's some Moon family values.

Anonymous said...

This has to be one of the most ridiculous pieces of tripe I have ever watched.

Anonymous said...

This is a very interesting movie, but not necesarrily everything can be taken at face value.

It is true that most of the moon sect do Fund raising by giving lies but that doesn´t mean that every one of them does.

All in all I would say though that it (the video) is twisting words and reality to suit a certain person.

John R. Kenny said...

The Bible says that "man discerneth the outward appearance, but God is a discerner of the heart". I've been in the UC for 30 years, and I'm telling you, I don't feel "exploited, scammed", etc. What a boatload of CRAP. I was in UC Performing Arts in NYC and auditioned personally for Rev. Moon for a position in the church's rock group, Sunburst in 1979. I've been on security details with Rev. Moon many times, and drove him and once had the privilege of discussing with him my own personal spiritual situation. I'm 55 years old, and NOT a stupid, gullible, easily-led person. I'm sharp as a TACK, brother. I came to accept Rev. Moon's Divine Principle the HARD WAY; through indescribable spiritual hardship, study and rigorous soul-searching for many years. I had thoroughly researched all of the world's major religions BEFORE even hearing anything about the Unification Church. And, by the way, the "World's Most Powerful Cult" is fundamentalist ISLAM. Get your facts straight. And, if you've learned anything at all about history, you know the axiom: "Today's cult is tomorrow's orthodoxy". The early Christians were called the "sect of the Nazarenes" (Acts 24:5), and very similar slurs and innuendo and outright persecution and death followed them for nearly 400 years in the Roman Empire. As Santayana said: "Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it". And, this is NOT anonymous. This is John Kenny, from San Diego.

Peter said...

Dear Scoobie,

I pulled out my copy of Carlton Sherwood's book, "Inquisition", and wondered what he is up to these days, and searching the internet came to your blog and brief low budget youtube piece on "The World's Most Powerful Cult". It gave me cause for a few chuckles...especilly the sinister music.

To get you on a better track for analysis, that perhaps you have considered before, I suggest you deal with the central idea that Rev. Moon offers the world,namely,the idea of the God-centered four-position-foundation, which is the core his teachings.

It is very hard to promote this idea as "anti-democratic" and "un-American" when we take note of the fact of how closely "In God We Trust" and "E Pluribus Unum" as American mottos flow naturally from it. To remind you (if you don't have your copy of the Divine Principle book handy) God is the origin; "pluribus" is the division or plurality that flows from the origin as subject and object, which then unite in "unum". The One becomes Many for a Divine Purpose, and the Many ideally work together and "Unite as One" to achieve God's Purpose or Divine Will.

All major religions can agree and unite around God's ultimate purpose of creation. The cosmos wants to be "digested by" this purpose. (What was the original Korean was from which you only have an English translation to "quote" Rev. Moon from? We can easilly imagine misunderstanding arising from bad translations.)

As an example of groundbreaking inter-religious use of the four-position-foundation to inspire people of different religions and science to study each other's holy books, check out my slide show at flickr.com

http://www.flickr.com/photos/nordavinci/sets/72157612794700849/show/

Regards,
Peter Nordquist
(Secret Identity: Nordo The Magnificent)