Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on May 30, 1976 · Page 108
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 108

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, May 30, 1976
Page 108
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Bicentennial God Bless America Festival Sun Myung MDOn Principal Speaker New York has been plastered with thousands of these posters heralding Moon's rally on June 1. Si Mm Mm: frM byLH.Whittemore NEW YORK, N.vl N ext Tuesday night in Yankee Stadium a pudgy, round-faced, 56- year-old evangelist from South Korea will launch his greatest effort to date to convince Americans that he has been chosen to lead us all to salvation. The preacher is the self-ordained Rev. Sun Myung Moon who, since coming to this country, has added thousands of young Americans to his"global army of followers, amassed a fortune that includes at least $50 million in property, publicly embraced a President of the United States--and been accused of brainwashing, misleading and virtually enslaving his converts. Moon's Yankee Stadium rally kicks off a national tour he calls the "Bicentennial God Bless America Festival." To his. followers, who are often called "Moon Children" or "Moonies," the persuasive Moon is "the third Adam, the next Jesus Christ, and the true parent of mankind"--a new Messiah who will, in the not too distant future, rule the world. To-many concerned American parents, however,' he is a false prophet who has lured their children into his "Unification Church" by appealing to their idealistic instincts and then cut them off from their "famines and set them to wort peddling, recruiting and raising money for him and his worldwide organization. . One Moonie who managed to escape from the movement is Ford Greene, 23-year-old godson of Sen. James Buckley (R.-Cons., N.Y.). Ljke thousands of others, Greene was hooked by attending a weekend workshop that was never'outwardly identified-as being part of the Moon organization, which has set up several front groups bearing names like the Collegiate Association for the Research of Principles and the Creative Community Project. Most are run by Moon followers brought from other countries to do recruiting here. 'Love-bombed' Says Greene: "Anyone who. goes for the weekend introductory program gets 'love-bombed.'. That means all the Moonies are super-friendly. They say how glad they are to see you. Everyone laughs and sings and has a good time. I tell you, it's quite a trip. "They tell you the Messiah is-now Here h the self-ordained Reverend Moon as he spoke behind a bullet-proof screen in New York's Madison Square Carc/errat a previous rally. He preached love while thousands of his followers were in the streets collecting money here on Earth, and they hint very strongly that it's Moon. After listening ,to hours of lectures and. never having a chance to think things over for yourself, you're ready to believe." " According to Jean Merritt, a psychiatric social worker in Lincoln, Mass., . those who join up with Moon "are usually idealistic young men and women who are having difficulty deciding what to do with their lives." The cult offers an attractive alternative to the outside world, she says. But at the same time their "ego functioning is manipulated" by the group until they are "mentally imprisoned." ' What is it that Moon followers are supposed to believe? Although Moon calls himself a Christian, he holds that Christ failed in his mission on Earth. In Korea, Moon was dismissed as a Presbyterian in 1948. Since then he" has evolved his own religious concepts, including the assertion that "America has been chosen as the nation to receive the Messiah for ultimate world salvation in our century." Moon, who delivers his public exhortations in Korean with an interpreter translating his words into English, asserts that God works through nations, as does Satan. America, being "God's nation," must be prepared to. do battle for the Lord against the Soviet Union, Communist China and North Korea. The only way to win such a global confrontation, he indicates, is to join the Unification Church before it's too-late --both God and Moon are losing their patience. "Kings and queens and heads .of state will someday bow at my feet," Moon has told his followers. "I will conquer and subjugate the world." The Korean link There is a link between Moon and the South Korean government. President Chung Hee Park not only gives Moon his open support but sends thousands of civil servants to an anti-Communist school run by the Unification sect. Moon's chief associate is Col. Bo Hi Pak, who was a military attache for trie-South Korean government in Washington, D.C., from 1961 to 1964. Pak has also been associated with the Korean CIA. Whatever Moon's beliefs and principles may be, there's no doubt that he has been able to turn them into hard cash. Although he .claims to have be-

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