Thursday, June 26, 2008

Moonies Censor Bush/Holy Wine YouTube Video

In March, I posted a video on YouTube of Unification Church president Michael Jenkins explaining to church members how he got former president Bush to participate in the church's creepy "Holy Wine" ceremony. As I explained in the post for the video:
The meaning of the Holy Wine Ceremony: According to Moon's theology, those who participate in this ceremony become part of Moon's "blessed family," giving the recipient what Moonies believe is a pure, untainted "lineage." In Unification theology, "lineage" is a central concept. Moon believes that Adam and Eve were perfected beings whose lineage was corrupted by Eve's sexual seduction by Lucifer. Since the Fall, humanity's blood line has been corrupted. Moon believes that Jesus emerged to save humanity but failed because he was crucified before he could fulfill his mission to marry and produce perfect children. Moon believes that he is the second Messiah who will restore humanity to its uncorrupted state and create the kingdom of heaven on earth. Drinking the church-sanctioned wine is part of the process of becoming, in Jenkin's words, "engrafted into the lineage of Heaven" by separating from Satan's lineage and becoming one of Moon's "blessed families"--the "chosen people" that Jenkins mentions near the end of the video. As Moon himself claims, as a consequence of participating in the Holy Wine Ceremony, "[y]ou are going to be in ultimate infinite faith to God, to True Parents [Rev. Moon and his wife], grateful to them and obedient to their will."

When I checked my e-mail this morning, I received an e-mail from YouTube with the subject heading, "Video Removed: Copyright Infringement." When I opened the email, I received the following message:
Dear Member:

This is to notify you that we have removed or disabled access to the following material as a result of a third-party notification by Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity claiming that this material is infringing:

George Bush and the Moonie Cult's "Holy Wine" Ceremony:

Please Note: Repeat incidents of copyright infringement will result in the deletion of your account and all videos uploaded to that account. In order to prevent this from happening, please delete any videos to which you do not own the rights, and refrain from uploading additional videos that infringe on the copyrights of others. For more information about YouTube's copyright policy, please read the Copyright Tips guide.

If you elect to send us a counter notice, please go to our Help Center to access the instructions.

Please note that under Section 512(f) of the Copyright Act, any person who knowingly materially misrepresents that material or activity was removed or disabled by mistake or misidentification may be subject to liability.

YouTube, Inc.

The location where the video used to be
informs people that "[t]he video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity."

When I posted the video, I did not edit it for the following reasons:
1) At that time, I didn't have easy access to editing equipment.
2) I wanted to include the entirety of the video I had so that viewers could draw their own conclusions.

In the near future, I will take portions of the videos and edit them with an explanation of the holy wine ceremony. If the Unification Church attempts to take the video down due to an alleged copyright infringement, I believe I have a strong case for fair use of video excerpts.

The video in question was not intended to be viewed by non-Moonies. Because I and others posted it, the video has been an embarrassment to Moon, the Unification movement, and especially to former president Bush. One way to counter the Unifications movement's actions is to publicize the deleting of the video and create the "Streisand Effect."

Addendum: It is revealing that since I quoted Moon's words regarding how participating in the holy wine ceremony makes a person "obedient to [the] will" of the True Parents, the Unification Church removed the sermon from their web site containing the quote. When I clicked the original link to the sermon on the church's web site, I discovered that it is now a dead link.


Dan said...

I hate this kind of response from the authorities. Expected, yes, but it's just not cricket.

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Kenneth Gordon Neufeld said...

Even if the link is now removed, I can assure people who have not been in contact with Moon or his disciples that they really do think this way. I was a member of Moon's Unification Church from 1976 to 1986. When I was a member, it was considered improper to serve the Holy Wine to a non-believer, as it was supposed to be reserved for the moment when a member became a so-called "Blessed member". Once he or she had drunk the wine, his or her Original Sin was removed. At the same time, he or she was engaged to a partner by Moon in an arranged or assigned marriage. However, because of the failure of the Unification Church to gather a large following, Moon began allowing the Holy Wine to be served to non-members on the justification that these people, too, would (albeit unknowingly) be freed from Original Sin. That is what Moon's followers believe happened to George H.W. Bush when he partook of the Holy Wine (without realizing its spiritual significance), and that is what Unification Church leader Michael Jenkins was gloating about in the suppressed video. They believe that because the elder President Bush drank the Holy Wine, he had his Original Sin removed and he is now more likely to do the Messiah's bidding.

Kenneth Gordon Neufeld said...

I notice that a number of entries on Wikipedia about the Moonies have been modified lately and some entries have been dropped, e.g. the entry about John Gorenfeld and about myself have been removed. I would guess that the Moonies are making a concerted effort to rid the Internet of as many negative references as they can find to their cult, though of course they can't suppress everything.

Anonymous said...

you guys are fucking idiots