Updated November 22, 2022
Table of Contents
1. “Rev Sun Myung Moon: Emperor of the Universe” documentary
. A BBC / A&E Network co-production, 2000
2. World Domination – Sun Myung Moon died before he could take over a single country.
Reverend Sun Myung Moon: Emperor of the Universe
Click on the video above to watch a cut-down 47 minute version
of the original 60 minute documentary.
Sun Myung Moon died in 2012. These words were written on his coffin:
天一國眞聖德皇帝億兆蒼生 (천일국 진성덕황제 억조창생)
萬勝君皇太平聖代萬事亨通 (만승군황 태평성대 만사형통)
“True Emperor of Cheon Il Guk with Holiness and Virtue
Emperor of Absolute Victory over the whole”
A transcript of the full 60 minute production follows. Note that about a dozen images have been added to the transcript. These are indicated by ❖. Some are just better or alternative versions of images that are in the documentary. A few comments have been added.
Narrator: “Yesterday the body of a 21-year-old Korean male was found on a casino skywalk after apparently falling 17 floors. A hotel guest spotted the body shortly after dawn. He had checked in the previous day around 8am. It sure looks like suicide.”
Bo Hi Pak (special assistant to Moon): “He is a great teacher. He is a great prophet, and the messiah.”
Seoul, South Korea
Antonio Betancourt (Unification Church): “We see him as the lord of the universe, the first person coming as God’s representative.”
Narrator: “A convicted felon, he controls wealth beyond imagination.”
Allen Tate Wood (ex senior member): “At the heart of Moon’s psyche is the drive, the need for power.”
1:00 Narrator: “He thinks he can literally buy countries?”
Herb Rosedale (lawyer and founder member of ICSA): “Absolutely”
Narrator: “He leads a church or a cult?”
Allen Tate Wood: “He [Moon] is quoted as saying this, ‘We want absolute control of the mind,’ and to me that means brainwashing”
Narrator: “He marries off total strangers.”
Bo Hi Pak: “Rev Moon is, sort of, [the] world’s finest matchmaker.”
Rev Moon: “Mansei!”
Allen Tate Wood: “They are given a kendo stick, and the woman has to bend over and the man hits her three times as hard as he can with the kendo stick.”
Narrator: “He crusaded against communism.”
Bo Hi Pak: “Who did liberate communism? To me, [it is] very clear. It’s the Rev Moon.”
Narrator: “His stated aim is world domination.”
Donna Collins (ex follower): “You have to be prepared to die for him, and he says that.”
Cheering crowd: “Mansei!”
2:00 Narrator: “He is Sun Myung Moon, leader of the Moonies”
Allen Tate Wood: “He’d clap his hands and he’d say: ‘Where I am going is to the Kingdom of Heaven, and I want you to come with me, all of those of you who want to come with me, come ahead. The rest of you, out of my way.’”
Allen Tate Wood: “One of the things they say in their prayers is ‘Crush Satan, Out Satan, Crush Satan, Out Satan.’ Oh, it was tremendously exciting. These were the end times. These were the ‘Last Days’ and we had the great blessing to be on the side of the son of God. I loved him, I adored him.”
Antonio Betancourt: “It is an awesome feeling when you are near him. You feel in the presence of an enormous power.”
Allen Tate Wood: “This is a man who is going towards his destiny regardless of what anybody else thinks, says or does.”
3:02 Narrator: “Moon says that from soon after his birth in 1920, in a village in North Korea, he was clairvoyant and could see the future. His legend is strange and fascinating. At age 15, his followers believe, he walked up into the mountains one Easter morning to pray. There were clouds tipped with gold. Jesus stepped out of the clouds.”
Bo Hi Pak: “Put his hands on his head, and the voice was very clear: ‘Now, you are to take over my undone mission. I will be walking every step of the day with you.”
Narrator: “Moon protested he was unworthy, but Jesus insisted.”
4:00 Bo Hi Pak: “To me, Rev Moon coming to this world is the second coming of Christ.”
Antonio Betancourt: “Well his power is greater than Jesus’ because Jesus is working with him, so two is better than one. And many people have seen this spiritually, when Rev Moon is speaking they see Jesus next to him.”
Narrator: “Then, his followers believe, other prophets appeared.”
Bo Hi Pak: “He met with Buddha, met with Mohammed, met with Confucius. He had many, many incredible spiritual encounters.”
Antonio Betancourt: “Absolutely, absolutely. But not only. Jesus is working with Rev Moon in America. In the Islam, it is Mohammed. In Asia it is Buddha.”
4:55 Narrator: “He came down from the mountain transformed. In his village Moon was supposed to have wisdom beyond his years. He was seen to wrestle trees on the hillside in a state of trance. Before World War II, Korea was under Japanese occupation. Koreans were ordered to follow the Japanese Shinto faith. Now nearly 20, Moon says his struggle was ‘not with the Japanese, it was with the devil.’”
Bo Hi Pak: “I have never seen any man so dedicated to God.”
Narrator: “Legend has it that at his home in Seoul, overwhelmed by the suffering of God, he would cry for days on end. Once his tears leaked into the room below. As Japan made ready for World War II, Moon went to Tokyo to study engineering.” [In that way he could avoid being drafted into the Japanese military.]
6:05 Chung-hwan Kwak (senior leader, Unification Church): “I asked him, why you don’t go to missionary school, seminary school, why you go to engineering course. He’s laughing, smiling and he explained, he’s not necessary [to go] to theological seminary…”
Narrator: “Because God had told him that he was the messiah?”
Chung-hwan Kwak: “Absolutely, of course.”
Narrator: “As Moon saw it, evil began in the Garden of Eden. Eve tasted the forbidden fruit. She had sex with Lucifer, the archangel. Then she had sex with Adam.”
6:55 Cesar Zaduski (Unification Church): “But for Rev Moon, it is quite clear there was a sex relationship. Why so? That is very simple because what is the part of Adam and Eve they hide after that. If they had eaten some apple they would hide the mouth, but they hide the sexual parts.”
Narrator: “Her original sin was transmitted to future generations. Hence the ‘Fall of Man.’ There was famine and pestilence. As Moon told his followers, he was the third Adam, here to restore the perfect world that God had designed.”
7:55 Bo Hi Pak: “You have no way to know if Rev Moon is the messiah just [by] looking at him. He was praying more than 17 hours every day. He is a man of prayer. Through him I feel elevated and closer to God.”
Narrator: “Ironically, Moon’s church was born out of suffering. After Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Japanese surrendered and pulled their troops out of Korea.”
Douglas MacArthur: “I now invite the representatives of the Emperor of Japan to sign the instrument of surrender.”
Narrator: “Now there was religious freedom in Korea. Back in Seoul, Moon got married. According to legend he told his wife he was going out to buy rice for their new baby. He never came back. God told him to go to North Korea – to preach.”
9:20 Bo Hi Pak: “His way of teaching, it was just simply fascinating. All the conventional questions [were] resolved automatically, like the snow melting.”
Narrator: “His belief that Korea had spawned a new messiah outraged many Christians.”
Bo Hi Pak: “Rev. Moon was accused as heretic.”
Narrator: “Worse still, Soviet troops were swarming into North Korea, stifling freedom of worship almost as soon as it began. Today Moon’s followers are told that he was framed by the new communist regime of Kim Il-sung – punished for speaking the word of God.”
Bo Hi Pak: “He was absolutely incredibly tortured by the communist police. Incredible. He was just virtually beaten to death.”
Narrator: “He was sent to North Korea’s Heungnam Death Camp.”
Narrator: “According to a later FBI report, the charge was bigamy.”
Bo Hi Pak: “None of the prisoners survived in that prison more that 18 months.”
10:15 Narrator: “In his book, Divine Principle, which lays out his theology, Moon says he endured suffering unimagined by anyone in history. He suffered so much he atoned for the sins of mankind and became perfect.”
Bo Hi Pak: “Rev Moon was sentenced to that death camp for five years imprisonment.”
Narrator: “In 1950 North Korea invaded the South. The cold war had begun, a long confrontation between the Soviets and the West. Perversely, the Korean War saved Moon’s life. UN bombers pounded the city where he was held. In the chaos Moon was freed.”
11:14 Bo Hi Pak: “The day before they were systematically killing all the prisoners, knowing that the UN forces were coming up. Before [it was] Rev Moon’s turn, luckily the UN forces rushed the gate.” [Only the political prisoners were being executed. Moon was in jail for bigamy and was not due to be executed. The guards fled the camp, and that is how Moon became free.]
Narrator: “He joined thousands of refugees fleeing south to escape the communists. His followers speak with awe of how he carried an injured man across Korea.”
Bo Hi Pak: “Roughly 200 miles walking and walking in the mountains he carry him on [his] back. [An] 80kg man on [his] back, all the way to the south. To me, that alone shows him [to be] the messiah to me.” [Pak Chung-hwa, the man concerned, explained that he was only carried twice by Moon. Each time was for about 200-300 yards, and it was never through water – once it was up a mountain pass. Pak was pushed on a bicycle for the first part of the journey, and was able to walk the last third. ref Michael Breen’s book, Sun Myung Moon, the early years for details.]
Narrator: “For years the Moon organization used this photo [see above] as evidence, before quietly conceding it was of someone else. In a tiny shack made of US army ration boxes Moon founded his Unification Church. He and his followers often went hungry.”
Chung-hwan Kwak (Church elder): “Our tiny group, very poor, under that circumstances, he trained us [to] overcome temptations of food.”
Singing: “Hallelujah, Hallelujah.”
Narrator: “In the decades that followed Moon would become rich and powerful. His anthem, inevitably, Handel’s ‘Messiah.’ He would be accused of breaking laws and seeking influence. He’d make friends in high places.”
Allen Tate Wood: “To me that is the heart of Moon’s psyche, it is the drive, the need for power. He is not interested in people developing and finding themselves. He is interested in people finding him and kneeling to him, and bowing to him and then giving him all their strength, all their energy, all their power.”
Narrator: “His church would be accused of brainwashing teenagers and taking their assets.”
Allen Tate Wood: “All of your money, somebody else’s money, their land, their property, any kind of real or material goods they have. Your job is to get a hold of that and bring it into the organization, because outside of the organization it has no meaning. It has no value. It is property owned by satan.”
14:05 Herb Rosedale: “Just as he claims to be a man of love, and yet if you look at any of his speeches, his speeches will exude hatred towards those who disagree with him.”
Narrator: “From the beginning Moon believed that rival churches, the media, even the Korean government, were out to get him.”
Bo Hi Pak: “Just like Jesus Christ came 2000 years ago, he encountered incredible opposition [in] those days [from] the existing religions.”
Narrator: “In Seoul in the 1950s there were stories that Moon was having sex with female converts, to purify them.”
Antonio Betancourt (Unification Church): “There were women coming to lectures, who – they’d rather be at lecture than being with their husbands or with their families – so the husbands could not understand what was going on. So for them they must be having some kind of sexual relationship. There must be something wrong that is going on in that place.”
15:00 Narrator: “However, a later FBI report claimed ‘that women students had been expelled from university in Seoul because of sexual initiation rites with Moon and some others.’”
Nansook Hong (Moon’s ex daughter-in-law): “Moon claimed, since he was the perfect man, a perfect Adam, by sleeping with women he would purify [the] women. And he did tell me that he did those things – it was God’s work.”
15:55 Narrator: “Divorcing his first wife, he married a woman 20 years younger than himself, Hak Ja Han. He and his new wife would be the ‘True Parents of all mankind.’ He told his followers: ‘Love True Parents more than your own self, spouse or children’.”
▲ Sun Myung Moon married the teenage Hak Ja Han in 1960.
Donna Collins (ex follower): “He said, you know, ‘You must know that I am your only parent, and your father is bad for you. You must forget about him. We are the True Parents. I am the True Parent.’”
Narrator: “In the early days, Moon lived above his church. His speeches would go on for half the night.”
Chung-hwan Kwak (Unification Church): “He never slept. Never. He continued usually until 1:00am, 2:00am. Never slept. His sleep time is always less than three hours. Only two or three hours.”
Narrator: “The Korean War had ended in a bizarre face-off between North and South – surreal, yet deadly. It was a microcosm of what was happening all over the world. Moon was made by the new Cold War.”
Bo Hi Pak: “Rev Moon frequently said ‘The communist goal is to kick off God from the planet.’ The communistic ideology, if it takes over the entire world, then there is no room for God. We cannot allow God going out of this planet. We need God. Rev Moon from day one is truly an anti-communist.”
Narrator: “To Moon, communist North Korea was satanic, and its Stalinist leader, Kim Il-sung, the devil.”
Bo Hi Pak: “If communists win in the Cold War, and if the entire world is communized, then [there is] no room for free men to stand.”
18:00 Narrator: “In Seoul, nobody laughed at Moon anymore. The word now was that he had powerful new friends, including Kim Jong-pil founder of Korea’s ferocious new intelligence agency, the KCIA. It crushed dissent. In Washington, the Americans heard that Kim Jong-pil was using Moon’s church as a political tool. America was where Moon would make his future.”
Narrator: “Rather fortunately for Moon, he arrived in America at a time of great anguish. The Vietnam war had divided the generations. American cities were full of teenagers looking for answers. Few knew why Americans were dying in Vietnam, or raining death on a country they had barely heard of. Moon built his church on their self doubt.”
Allen Tate Wood: “Here was a guy that just seemed to be just totally sure. There was just this tremendous energy, tremendous force which he communicated. It was as though his whole body was going to one place, to one point.
Rev Moon speaking in Korean
Bo Hi Pak translated: “We are not just ordinary Christians.”
Narrator: “Teenagers would be intercepted on the street by Moonies. Often they would be invited to some innocuous seminar.”
Cathryn Mazer (ex follower): “These individuals were just unusually open and honest and friendly and caring and playful and sweet.”
Narrator: “Cathryn Mazer was taken to a house on Long Island.”
Cathryn Mazer: “The name ‘Rev Moon’ never came up. I actually asked when I was first going with them to the site, if they were the Unification Church, and I was told ‘no’.”
20:25 Narrator: “An FBI analyst wrote: ‘Moon’s success depends on very subtle … deceptive tactics.’ Finally Cathryn Mazer was told about Moon. He was her ‘True Parent.’ It would be dangerous to contact her real parents…”
Cathryn Mazer: “… because they could be used by Satan to take away the amazing gift of having met the messiah. That Satan uses the ones you love to influence you away from the remarkable and unsurpassable gift you have been given.”
Cathryn Mazer: “But it was just important, whatever I told her, that I did not tell her that I was involved with the Unification Church.
Narrator: “And they were perfectly happy for you to lie?”
Cathryn Mazer: “Oh, I was encouraged to lie. I was asked to lie.”
Narrator: “Cathryn’s worried family traced her to the house on Long Island.”
Cathryn Mazer’s mother: “I want to see my daughter. I need to see somebody.”
Moonie: “I am sorry, she is not here.”
Lawyer: “But you are not prepared to let Cathryn’s mother go in and see for herself.”
Narrator: “They were too late.”
Mazer family: “Well if you can’t prove to us that she is not here, then why should we leave under the assumption that she is not here?”
Narrator: “She had been moved, but the Moonies wouldn’t say where.”
Cathryn’s mother: “Oh my…”
Lawyer: “Just calm down.”
Cathryn’s mother: “Right, you talk with them.”
Narrator: “So you actually thought that your mother projected Satan.”
Cathryn Mazer: “Yeah, I thought she was being, you know for all intents and purposes, possessed.”
Narrator: “In trying to find you.”
Cathryn Mazer nods in agreement.
Narrator: “From the early seventies, Moon would be accused of brainwashing, mind control. Neil Salonen, once president of the church in America, says the messiah never brainwashed his followers, or cut them off from their parents.”
Neil Salonen (Unification Church leader): “Because we are family based, in many cases members, for the first time, begin experiencing a deeper and closer relationship with their parents.”
Group at mansion guardhouse: “They’re worried about their daughter.” “OK, sir…”
Narrator: “But when Cathryn Mazer’s parents arrived at Moon’s mansion outside New York, guards called the police.”
Group at mansion guardhouse: “We thought we…”
22:44 Allen Tate Wood: “He is quoted as saying this, that we want absolute control of the mind, and to me that means brainwashing.”
Narrator: “And this brainwashing comes directly from Moon?”
Allen Tate Wood: “Absolutely, Yeah.”
Group at mansion guardhouse: “So we should show up there…”
Narrator: “Ex-Moonie Ron Paquette says he spoke to Moon’s son about brainwashing.”
23:00 Ron Paquette (former executive Moon organization): “And I said in many ways it reminds me sometimes of the communist camps, and at that point he said: ‘Yeah I know,’ he said, ‘Father learned that when he was in prison camp,’ and I kept trying to make the point that no, no, the way we bring in people, and the way we control people is kind of like the way this goes on in North Korean prison camps, and he kept saying ‘I know’.”
Narrator: “Belvedere was the first of Moon’s magnificent estates in America. Once it was owned by America’s wealthiest families. In some cases recruits would make over everything they owned to Moon, then they would go out selling trinkets at inflated prices.”
Cathryn Mazer: “I was sent out on the streets, sometimes for 14 or 16 hours at a time. Sometimes in very dangerous neighborhoods.”
Narrator: “Wandering big cities, Cathryn Mazer lives on hamburgers and donuts.”
Cathryn Mazer: “There were many, many times we were just on the side of basically a highway, alone with hundreds of dollars of cash on our persons.”
24:10 Narrator: “In the end she decided to leave the Moonies.”
Cathryn Mazer: “I was told stories about other people who had betrayed the messiah, or who had walked away. Something really, really bad could happen to me, whether it be illness or a random act of violence. I mean I was scared. I was terrified.”
Narrator: “Cathryn went back to her mother. Others stayed, giving Moon their all.”
Ron Paquette: “They like to talk in the church about the blood, sweat and tears of Moon. Well I think, you know, by and large he’s living off the blood sweat and tears of a lot of members.”
Antonio Betancourt: “He receives the treatment of a messiah, and therefore we have the rituals of the court. And in this court it is as pompous, it is as beautiful as being in the presence of an earthly king, or queen, for example the Queen Elizabeth. It is not Hollywood. It is real. That is the court of the messiah, but after this is finished, he becomes a very, very ordinary man. He goes and digs his hands in the dirt. He examines pebbles. He goes into the mud. He goes and eats in McDonalds.”
Rev Moon praying: “With this Blessing Ceremony, I thank you that we build the superhighway to you.”
25:40 Narrator: “The greatest honor for a Moonie, is to be married by Moon.”
Allen Tate Wood: “It is like a pyramid marketing scheme, and it is embedded in the theology. You, in fact, cannot be married by Moon, which is the ultimate blessing according to their theology, until you have brought three people into the church who are ready to die in your place. Once you have brought three people in, then you have the right to be married, you have the right to be blessed by Moon.”
Narrator: “He would even find you a partner, a total stranger.”
Moon praying: “Today I am blessing this … and declare the true … of God…”
26:10 Bo Hi Pak: “Rev Moon see the family background and the future. So Rev Moon is, sort of, [the] world’s finest matchmaker.”
Rev Moon: “Amen”
Narrator: “Sometimes Moon would choose marriage partners from their photos.”
Rev Moon: “Amen”
Nansook Hong: “Sometimes there is a picture matching, and sometimes the people [are in] rows of men and women sit together and he just picks you, you, you, you – and you are supposed to be husband and wife. And a lot of times it doesn’t work.”
Rev Moon: “Mansei!”
Bo Hi Pak: “That marriage is far more durable, and lasting longer. Of course there are some breakages, but not like the 50 percent in the western world.”
M.C.: “Welcome to Blessing ’97. World Peace through ideal families.”
Narrator: “The church claims that millions of couples have been blessed by Moon in ceremonies from Seoul to Washington, even at the 2000 room New Yorker Hotel, bought by Moon for a few million dollars.”
Robin Marsh (Unification Church): “He looked down into my eyes, and I felt that he knew everything about me. And then he guided me to where my wife was already standing. And he looked at us, and he just beckoned to us to go. We went to another room and discussed whether we would like to continue with this match. And I really felt that this was God’s choice. And I felt a lot of God’s happiness and joy at that time.”
Narrator: “Sometimes the matchings took a bizarre turn.”
Allen Tate Wood: “If they accept it and they come back in the room, the first thing that they do in their relationship is they are given a kendo stick. And the woman has to bend over and the man hits her three times as hard as he can with the kendo stick. And the audience then judges that. If they didn’t hit hard enough, the man has to hit her again, until the audience accepts the strength of the beating. Then the woman turns around and she beats the man. It is the same thing. So this is how these marriages made in heaven begin.” [laughs]
Narrator: “Moon seems convinced of his own divinity.”
Donna Collins: “But he was kind of innocent in some way. I mean he was very like a child amid all these big important people.”
Narrator: “Donna Collins’ parents led the church in Britain.”
Donna Collins: “You know he seemed sweet at times.”
Voice: “Dream technology, yes”
Narrator: “Moon seemed anything but sweet to church leader Allen Tate Wood, summoned to his home is South Korea. A man lay prostrate on the floor in front of the messiah.”
29:00 Allen Tate Wood: “And from that position he made some kind of greeting to Mr. Moon. And Mr. Moon then barked something back, and they had a conversation. This man never raised his head off the ground. He was looking into the rug. And when this was going on, I began to understand that this is how I am to relate to Mr. Moon, and through me they are teaching all Americans how we are to relate to Mr. Moon.”
Narrator: “By the 1970s Moon was beginning to enjoy fame, and fabulous wealth. In Asia he was building an industrial empire, processing titanium and ginseng, making machinery and guns. Over the years church income would grow phenomenally.”
Neil Salonen: “I do think that we are talking hundreds of millions of dollars. I don’t know how specific beyond that I could be.”
Narrator: “In the United States the Moons would spend a fortune buying hotels, newspapers, fishing fleets and property. In a bleak Massachusetts town they even made machine guns.
Richard Nixon: “Tonight let me explain to you what I did about Watergate after the break-in occurred, so that you can better understand the fact that I also had no knowledge of…” [August 15, 1973]
Bo Hi Pak: “Rev Moon made a crusade for the rescue of President Nixon.
Narrator: “As Washington bayed for his resignation, Moonies demonstrated for the President. [January 31, 1974]
Allen Tate Wood: “Meanwhile you have ABC, NBC and CBS covering this as though this were some sort of spontaneous demonstration of Americans supporting Nixon, when in fact every single person in the park was a Moonie who had been ordered to be there.”
Narrator: “by Moon?”
Allen Tate Wood: “by Moon.”
31:00 Narrator: “Meeting Nixon at the White House, Moon advised him to burn the Watergate tapes.”
Bo Hi Pak: “And there Rev Moon saying, Mr. President what you have to do [is] ask for the forgiveness of the people.”
Narrator: “At congressional hearings, Moon was accused of conspiring with Korean intelligence to buy influence in Washington.”
Michael Hershman (Congressional Investigator): “Never before or since had we seen such a blatant attempt to influence our political, social, cultural institutions.”
Bo Hi Pak: “Could you kindly give me five more minutes. I said 15 minutes.”
Narrator: “So there was no doubt to you that the KCIA and Moon were hand in hand?”
Narrator: “The South Koreans were terrified the Americans would abandon them, just as they had abandoned South Vietnam.”
Bo Hi Pak: “Korea would be a second Vietnam. If Korea becomes a second Vietnam, Korea collapses, then there is no way, no way the free world can survive.”
Narrator: “The South Koreans believed that Moon had the power to influence events in Washington. And according to a CIA source, were willing to pay for his help. The source claimed the money had been channeled through a company in South Korea. Congressional investigators found that the head of Korean intelligence once held a meeting with Moon’s American leaders at a hotel in San Francisco.”
Bo Hi Pak: “The public and the media misunderstood him, and they thought Rev Moon is act upon Korean government front or Korean CIA front. He must be funded.”
Narrator: “By the mid seventies, Moon was at the pinnacle of his power, holding enormous rallies in American cities. The church claimed 300,000 people attended this rally in Washington.”
Bo Hi Pak translated: “Today America is plagued with problems: racism, juvenile delinquency and immorality. Christianity is declining. Communism is rising. The menace of communism is everywhere. Of all these problems….”
Narrator: “Privately, investigators believed, Moon was part of a KCIA plan to win over the Washington establishment. He told Allen Tate Wood to find friends in the military and intelligence community.”
Allen Tate Wood: “His key strategy was, we will find some powerful man or some powerful organization, and we will find out what their agenda is, and we will attend them and serve them, and eventually they will come to recognize in us their greatest ally, and at that point we then begin to be able to dictate to them.”
Rev Moon speaking in Korean
Bo Hi Pak translated: “We shall never let him down. Never, never, never. Thank you.”
Bo Hi Pak: “The Lord is my shepherd, even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil for thou art with me. Thank you Mr. Chairman.”
Narrator: “Bo Hi Pak denied allegations that his master was controlled by the KCIA.”
Bo Hi Pak: “They were trying to crush our movement through the Congressional Hearing.”
Narrator: “Incredibly, Pak accused the committee chairman of being a Soviet spy. The committee in turn accused Moon of violating US tax, immigration and banking law.”
Michael Hershman (Congressional Investigator): “If you were against him, if you were threatening his objectives, you were the devil.”
Narrator: “As the committee saw it, no-one realized how dangerous Moon was, because they didn’t bother to listen to his speeches.”
Narrator: “On the Korean border Moon seemed to expect a bloody apocalypse, out of which he would emerge leader of a united Korea, and then of the world.”
Allen Tate Wood: “And he said in this final battle, the only way for the forces of good to win maybe to force the world to wake up. He said the way we will do that is we will send thousands and thousands of Unification Church members and place them on the border, on the Demilitarized Zone inbetween North and South Korea. And he said if the North Koreans attack then the Unification Church members will be the first people to be killed. If we can have a lot of young people killed who are from England, France, Germany, the United States that will force those nations to come in on the side of South Korea. He would talk to us for hours and hours and hours about how God is searching for a nation. He wants to get Korea, but if he can’t get Korea, then he will try to get the United States. If he can get the United States then he will get Japan. If he can get the United States and Japan and then England, if he can get those three nations that he will quickly grab seven. And once he has got seven, then he will swallow the whole world.”
Rev Moon speaking in Korean
36:15 Donna Collins: “Loyalty at the end of the day is to him. You have to be prepared to die for him, and he says that.”
Narrator: “In 1982 a young Korean girl arrived at Moon’s estate outside New York.”
Nansook Hong: “It was absolutely beautiful – big mansions, big rooms. The room that I stayed [in] it was like a princess’s room.”
Narrator: “Moon had chosen her to marry one of his sons. She was barely 15.”
Nansook Hong: “Every time we saw him we had to [do] full bows. He was God, he was really God for everybody.”
Narrator: “Inside the estate a fortress mentality prevailed.”
Nansook Hong: “There is [the] inside world and [the] outside world. There were outside people and there was us. We were the chosen people and the outside people are satanic people.”
Narrator: “She saw church leaders arriving from Asia with bags of cash for the Moons.”
Nansook Hong: “I saw sometimes a million dollars, sometimes two million dollars, sometimes $200,000 but for them it is really not a lot of money. It is for their own personal use.”
Narrator: “Publicly Moon railed against gambling, but Nansook says he took her and the rest of his entourage to Las Vegas. An assistant would place bets for him. Did you say to him, ‘Father, I thought we were supposed not to gamble.’”
Nansook Hong: “No, of course not. Haha. If I wanted to die, maybe. No. No, we never raised any questions or doubts. We just had to be there, accepting.”
Narrator: “If Moon thought he was safe from earthly law, he was to be disillusioned. He was accused of tax evasion [and forgery of accounting documents].”
Ron Paquette (former executive Moon organization): “Not paying your taxes, withholding payroll taxes, paying people under the table cash so that we didn’t have to pay the government money, that saved Father money, so therefore it was OK. It was doing God’s will because anything that supported Moon, or supported the agenda, was doing God’s will.”
Narrator: “He asked God for deliverance.”
Nansook Hong: “We prayed on the holy rock every morning and so did a lot of us. We were there all night praying for Moon, but it seems like nothing worked.”
Narrator: “In 1984 Moon was sent to jail.”
Lawyer: “The trial judge himself said quite openly that of course were his religion less controversial the government would have had less interest in pursuing the matter.”
Singing: “Justice will be done. Justice will be done.”
Narrator: “To the Moonies their master was a victim of his beliefs. Martyred by a bigoted and racist Justice Department.”
Nansook Hong: “But we all knew that yes, it was tax evasion.”
Narrator: “Released 13 months later, Moon celebrated in his own particular way.”
39:05 Nansook Hong: “Moon crowned himself as the Emperor of the Universe. It was quite odd. Pictures were forbidden. Nobody could take pictures, because it had to be an absolute secret. At that point he became God, in his eyes.”
Narrator: “The chastened Moon realized that he needed more than hotels and fishing fleets to achieve power in America. He needed his own voice in Washington. He founded The Washington Times.”
Nansook Hong: “And now he has one way to control this country, that was through the newspaper. That’s how he saw it.”
Narrator: “It would counter the liberal Washington Post. The Times would become the voice of the Republican right.”
Ronald Reagan: “The American people know the truth, and you, my friends at The Washington Times, have told it to them.”
Bo Hi Pak: “Rev Moon never side with the political party, only side with God.”
William Cheshire (former Editor, Washington Times): “It was like the messiah had ridden into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, and Moon would say ‘Rah, rah, rah,’ and Pak would say, ‘Reverend Moon say, all men are brothers.’”
Narrator: “… except for Bill Clinton. The Times worried that he might have had KGB connections, then that he was an asset of the CIA. It raised $100,000 for the Contras fighting the left in Nicaragua.”
CAUSA presentation: “One man has seen the true…”
41:00 Narrator: “Moon spent millions more funding right wing foundations and pressure groups.”
CAUSA presentation: “He has tasted the bitter evils of communism in North Korea…”
Narrator: “What you’re saying is that nobody else has ever spent as much money lobbying in Washington as Moon.”
William Cheshire: “No one I am aware of.”
Narrator: “The paper declined to let us film its operations.”
Narrator: “Has The Washington Times always been independent?”
Neil Salonen (Unification Church): “I do think so. In fact every editor, that I have known, and I have known them all, has made the point at different times, that they receive much less pressure from the owner, than the owners of any other newspaper might.”
Narrator: “But in 1987, editor Bill Cheshire resigned, accusing the paper of augmenting news agency copy, in Moon’s favor.”
William Cheshire: “I said this has never been an acceptable or ethical performance anywhere I have ever worked. It is totally irregular, totally improper and totally dishonest, and reprehensible. Well didn’t do any good…”
President George Bush: “And the editors of The Washington Times have told me that never once has the man with the vision interfered in the editorial policies of the Washington Times. Rev Moon never tried to tell them what to say, who to endorse.”
Narrator: “Moon invited George Bush to celebrate the birth of another new paper in Latin America.” [The Tiempos del Mundo was launched in Buenos Aires.]
William Cheshire: “I doubt very seriously if George Bush has any real understanding of the Rev Moon and the Unification Church, and what they represent in terms of crazy theology and all the other things that are part of the Moon story.”
42:50 Narrator: “Some of Moon’s contacts were far to the right of The Washington Times. In Japan, after the war, he had met Ryoichi Sasakawa, a rich and powerful fascist. He had been imprisoned by the Americans as a war criminal.”
▲ Left to right: Won-bok Choi (a ‘second wife’ of Moon), Hak Ja Han, Sun Myung Moon, Ryoichi Sasakawa, unknown, Hyo-won Eu (who wrote the 1957 Divine Principle and was the main lecturer and organizer of the UC in Korea in the late 1950s and 1960s) and Osami Kuboki (leader of the UC of Japan) at Gimpo airport, Seoul.
Allen Tate Wood: “I heard him say to us, referring to himself, he said ‘I am Mr. Moon’s dog.’ This is the most powerful man in Japan who is essentially saying he is under Mr. Moon. He is serving Mr. Moon’s purposes.”
Rev Moon speaking in Korean
Narrator: “Another of Moon’s Japanese contacts was Yoshio Kodama, an extreme right-winger with ties to the Japanese underworld.”
Allen Tate Wood: “Kodama is reported as saying that ‘the people say Mr. Moon is the messiah, well that’s fine but Mr. Moon can’t be the messiah without me, because I am the man who supplies him with money.’”
Narrator: “Moon and the Japanese poured cash into the World Anti-Communist League (WACL), which included neo-Nazis, facists and even death squad members form South America.”
44:00 General John Singlaub (former Chairman of World Anti-Communist League): “His organization, from my point of view, was more of a political effort, that is to save the world from the ‘evil empire’ than it was to save individuals from the devil.”
Rev Moon speaking in Korean
Narrator: “Moon preached love, but aligned himself with murderous Latin regimes that tortured or killed their left wing opponents. Latin America, he believed, would be the graveyard of communism. He was deeply disillusioned with the United States. ‘Satan created this hell on earth,’ he said.”
Inauguration: “I, Ronald Reagan, do solemnly swear that I will…”
Narrator: “Moon had spent many millions supporting Republican causes.”
President Ronald Reagan: “that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, so help me God.”
Narrator: “But the Reagan administration declined to pardon him for his tax offense.
Michael Hershman (Congressional Investigator): “He was extremely bitter, and decided that he could better grow his organization, better grow his influence, outside our shores.”
Narrator: “In poor Uruguay the army had won a wasting war with Tupamaros guerrillas. The capital, Montevideo, was an off-shore banking center were rich foreigners could hide their cash. For Moon it held other attractions too.”
45:30 Michael Hershman: “A friendly legal environment. That is laws and regulations that were not as well developed as here in the United States. A fairly uneducated and poor population, who was ready to accept a message of anyone who made promises for a better life.”
Narrator: “Moon called Uruguay his oasis. Today he owns newspapers and sponsors radio programmes that preach family values. As Moon sees it, if only the world would listen, all its problems from AIDS to racial hatred would simply vanish.”
Chung-hwan Kwak (senior leader, Unification Church): “If all peoples follow our vision, why not be solved?”
Chung-hwan Kwak: “War also. This is messiah’s law.”
Narrator: “Moon built Uruguay’s first luxury hotel. He also bought a bank. On one occasion bank employees claimed that 4,000 Japanese Moonies had suddenly showed up, depositing millions of dollars in cash.”
Juan Ramos (Bank Worker’s Association): “The money still had the U.S. Federal Reserve band around it. More than $80 million was deposited over the course of a week.”
Narrator: “More than once the authorities accused the bank of breaching banking rules. A local journalist asked embarrassing questions. Some time later, as he told the judge, he was grabbed by two men in a car who stuck a gun in his mouth. They said they had no connection with Moon, but warned him off. Even in his new haven, Moon was under fire.”
Jorge Guldenzoph: “I remember Rev. Moon’s wife saying ‘How long are they going to think we’re bad?’ I felt humbled because there was no trace of resentment or bitterness in him. No part of him was asking why he had to suffer. It was like Jesus on the cross.”
Narrator: “One of Moon’s key men in Uruguay is Jorge Guldenzoph, a veteran of the dirty war with the left. A former communist, he joined the secret police.”
Jorge Guldenzoph: “The Rev Moon is my savior. My life was literally saved by him. It’s as simple as that, Rev. Moon is my savior.”
48:08 Narrator: “By the late 1980s Moon owned so much property in Montevideo that locals wryly renamed it ‘Moontevideo.’ Moonies say that this palatial building was going to be his home, his Latin American sanctuary.
Narrator: Instead he chose a lush resort on the ocean, and a ranch by a river where he could fish. Here he hoped to find peace.”
Antonio Betancourt (Unification Church): “He fishes for the physical fish, but this is symbolic of many things. He fishes, one fish could be a great leader who listens to him.”
Narrator: “He said he would like his own fleet of submarines to free him from national boundaries. In 1989 one of Moon’s greatest dreams came true, the fall of the Berlin Wall. To him it seemed as though he had won his lifelong struggle against communism.”
Bo Hi Pak (Unification Church): “Who did liberate communism? To me, [it is] very clear. It’s Rev. Moon, as the messiah.”
Narrator: “In Latin America Moon would spend millions. He said he ‘gave the bait to Uruguay, then the bigger fish of Argentina and Brazil kept their mouths open’.”
Herb Rosedale (anti-cult lawyer): “Absolutely”
Narrator: “Several countries did take the bait, including Brazil. In 1994 Moon bought a swath of its Pantanal region, a vast area known for its extraordinary beauty. Here would be the new Garden of Eden, where Moon would have absolute dominion.”
Cesar Zaduski (Unification Church farm manager in Brazil): “Rev Moon named it because he wants this place to be as pristine and as natural as it was in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve were created by Heavenly Father. And Rev Moon said that this area could be in the same shape like in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve were created.”
Narrator: “According to the church it would have an airport big enough for wide body jets and millions of acres of fertile land.”
Bo Hi Pak: “This is why he is engaged in millions and millions of acres in Brazil to cultivate those wasted lands into beautiful fertile farmland, producing millions of tons of tons of food.”
Narrator: “It would teach the Brazilians new farming methods, educate the area’s mainly Catholic population and unite religions. People on the farm hope that Moon, now in his 80s, will spend his last years in Brazil. From here he can communicate with his other 200 projects around the world.”
Antonio Betancourt: “I have been with him there, in the Pantanal, which he considers one of the gates, one of the earthly gates of the Kingdom of Heaven. Going at three o’clock in the morning, with no reason except a compelling spiritual reason to go into places that nobody will go because they are not tame yet. He could get lost and nobody would find him in ten years.”
Narrator: “To be near their messiah, Korean and Japanese Moonies are bused in after a gruelling flight from Asia.”
Cesar Zaduski: “And these families living with the nature, they can learn the original aspects of God, that was lost after the Fall of Man.”
Narrator: “His followers fish like Father Moon, work on the land, pray and procreate in small air-conditioned rooms.”
Cesar Zaduski: “And for Rev Moon especially, this place is the place where the families should do what they were supposed to do in the Garden of Eden, and was done wrong – so we should do it right.”
Narrator: “Moon has other great dreams, like a road from London to Tokyo, but it is just a dream. At New Hope there is no airport for wide body jets. Its manager says it rains erratically so it is hard to grow crops. Despite Moon’s talk of uniting religions, local Catholics dismiss his creed as junk theology.”
Cesar Zaduski: “But it is quite clear that in the history of mankind, always someone who came with a big idea, or a new understanding was stoned, and after his death they made a big statue and proclaimed him as a saint. That always happens.”
Narrator: “Sealed inside his many fine houses, gazing out over tropical gardens or great oceans, Moon has had many sorrows. In 1989 a teenage son, Heung-jin, was killed in a car crash.”
Nansook Hong: “This Moon’s child went to heaven and became the ruler of heaven. Even Jesus came and bowed down to this child.”
Narrator: “Moon’s followers said they had seen visions of his son taking the place of Jesus.”
Nansook Hong: “Because he was Moon’s child, he can have this kind of position in the spiritual world, in the heaven.”
Narrator: “A higher position than Jesus?”
53:40 Nansook Hong: “A higher position than Jesus, and he was going to hold that position until his Dad comes.”
Narrator: “As Moon saw it, to achieve his proper place in Heaven his dead son needed a wife.”
William Cheshire (former Editor, Washington Times): “And so they took his body, I suppose in a coffin and went ahead with the marriage ceremony. The corpse was married to Bo Hi Pak’s daughter.”
Narrator: “Julia Moon, the daughter of Moon’s right hand man, leads his international ballet company.”
Nansook Hong: “And so she married with his picture in her arms. And it was strange, but we simply accepted the fact that was the case.”
Narrator: “A baby was found and given to Julia Moon to bring up with her dead husband.”
Nansook Hong: “We had the wedding ceremony. We had entertainment.”
Narrator: “So it was an ordinary wedding except the bridegroom wasn’t there.”
Nansook Hong: “Yes, exactly”
Narrator: “Much of Moon’s wealth flowed to his children. Nansook says her husband, Hyo-jin, spent it on cocaine in Harlem. High on drugs, he would threaten her.”
55:00 Nansook Hong: “There were a lot of times he kept saying he was going to kill me, he was going to kill me. There was a point that I knew he was going to kill me. I knew when he was drunk enough, he was high enough, he was capable of doing anything.”
Narrator: “Physically abused, she fled the Moon compound with her children.”
Singing: “Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you.”
Narrator: “At the beginning of the year 2000, Moon celebrated his 80th birthday, and some saw him as a prophet out of step with time.”
Donna Collins (ex follower): “In one speech he said that it would be better for men to cut off, their privates, penises, and he said penis, than to engage in a homosexual act. Over time he became more embittered, more angry with the western world for not accepting him, for not realizing and bowing down to his messianic role.”
Dan Quayle: “May God bless you.”
Narrator: “The world’s statesmen who speak at his conferences are a dwindling band. They include Dan Quayle, Kenneth Kaunda and Sir Edward Heath. They applaud his work for peace, but Sir Edward can’t say what he’s actually achieved.”
Sir Edward Heath: “I can’t name anything, no. But what I have done is to address their conference. I think this is the third occasion. No, I have no connection with Dr. Moon.”
Narrator: “But Moon can lay claim to one crowning achievement, a reconciliation with his old enemy, Kim Il-sung, the leader of North Korea. Moon agreed to invest millions in a country he once thought satanic.”
Bo Hi Pak (special assistant to Moon): “Rev Moon, in his own lifetime, has done more than any individual I have ever known in history.”
57:00 Narrator: “Why Moon’s son, Young-jin, fell to his death from the seventeenth floor of a hotel in Reno remains unexplained. So finally is the drive and true nature of his father. Some say their assets and lives were stolen by a megalomaniac.”
Ron Paquette: “You know sometimes when I think about the loss of time and the violation is so great that… sigh.”
Narrator: “Others say Moon has enthused their lives with meaning, and for that, by some, he is revered.”
Bo Hi Pak: “Rev Moon will be known, far more, far greater in next hundred years, next thousand years. And he will be known as the man who truly brought the truth and changed the world. Not by the bullet and fire, but by the spirit of God and the truth of God. He brought more change here on earth than anybody else.”
Subtitle: Moon says that after his death, he will lead his Church from the spirit world.
In The Shadow Of The Moons: My Life In The Reverend Sun Myung Moon’s Family
Little, Brown & Co. Boston, New York, Toronto & London, 1998
“Reverend Moon was freed [from jail] on August 20, 1985. …
At East Garden it was as though Father had returned from a world speaking tour and not from a prison term. The old rhythms returned. The meetings around his breakfast table resumed. But something was different. There was a perceptible shift in the Reverend Moon’s Sunday-morning sermons at Belvedere after his release from the penitentiary. He talked less and less about God and more and more about himself. He seemed obsessed with his vision of himself as some kind of historical figure, not merely as an emissary of God. Where once I had listened intently to his sermons in search of spiritual insight, I now found myself more uneasy and less engaged.
The Reverend Moon’s hubris culminated later that year in a secret ceremony in which he actually crowned himself and Hak Ja Han Moon as Emperor and Empress of the Universe. Preparations for the lavish, clandestine event at Belvedere took months and hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Church women were assigned to research the regal robes of the five-hundred-year Yi dynasty that ended in the nineteenth century. Others were ordered to design solid-gold-and-jade crowns modeled on the ones worn by tribal kings. My mother was in charge of buying yards and yards of silk and satin and brocade material and finding seamstresses in Korea to turn these expensive raw materials into the costumes of a royal court. All twelve of Sun Myung Moon’s children, all of his in-laws, all of his grandchildren, were to be outfitted as princes and princesses.
In the end Sun Myung Moon’s crowning ceremony looked less like a historical reconstruction than like a popular Korean television soap opera set during the Yi dynasty. I felt silly, as though I were dressed for a period comedy rather than a sacred religious service. The Reverend Moon was aware enough of how an act of such monumental egotism would be received by the world that he banned photographs from being taken at the actual ceremony. Invited guests, all high-level church officials, who arrived with cameras had them confiscated by security guards, who blocked the entrances to gate-crashers.
In his gold crown and elaborate robes, Sun Myung Moon looked to me for all the world like a modern-day Charlemagne. The difference was that this emperor bowed to no pope. Since there was no authority higher than the Reverend Moon, the Messiah had to crown himself Emperor of the Universe.
The coronation was a turning point for me and my parents. For the first time we voiced our doubts to one another about Sun Myung Moon. It was not an easy thing to do. Much has been written about the coercion and brainwashing that takes place in the Uniﬁcation Church. What I experienced was conditioning. You are isolated among like-minded people. You are bombarded with messages elevating obedience above critical thinking. Your belief system is reinforced at every turn. You become invested in those beliefs the longer you are associated with the church. After ten years, after twenty years, who would want to admit, even to herself, that her beliefs were built on sand?
I didn’t, surely. I was part of the inner circle. I had seen enough kindness in the Reverend Moon to excuse his blatant lapses — his toleration of his son’s behavior, his hitting his children, his verbal abuse of me. Not to excuse him was to open my whole life up to question. Not just my life. My parents had spent thirty years pushing aside their own doubts. My father tolerated the arbitrary way in which Sun Myung Moon ran his businesses, inserting unqualified friends and relatives into positions of authority, promoting those who curried favor and firing those who displayed any independence. My father survived at the top of Il Hwa pharmaceuticals by accepting the Reverend Moon’s frequent public humiliations. For his part, the Reverend Moon left my father in place because Il Hwa continued to make money for him.
If the deification of Heung Jin and the crowning ceremony tested my faith, the emergence of the Black Heung Jin nearly destroyed it. …”
Part of the Emperor of the Universe video is available with Spanish subtitles:
World Domination – Sun Myung Moon failed
▲ Sun Myung Moon in his $1billion Cheongpyeong palace.
He died in September 2012, before taking control of even one country.
“Park Chung-hee [President of South Korea 1963-1979], gave orders to create a new Christian influence that would weaken progressive Christians who fought against his dictatorship.*” Moon’s Unification Church was one of the groups – from that time politics was key to the existence of the UC and the survival of Moon himself, in both Korea and the US.
*Korea Herald, November 2, 2016 by Ku Yae-rin, student of international relations, Kyung Hee University, Seoul LINK
At a later meeting in June 1983 on Korea’s Cheju Island, Moon told a church group that four things were necessary for world consolidation: ideology, economy, science and technology, and journalism.
“With journalism, we have now reached success by establishing The Washington Times,” Moon said, according to Yoshikazu Soejima. “We now have a direct influence on Reagan through The Washington Times.”
Moon’s Japanese Profits Bolster Efforts in U.S.
By John Burgess and Michael Isikoff – Washington Post Staff Writers
September 16, 1984 LINK
These are Defense Intelligence Agency documents originally obtained by investigative reporter Robert Parry through the Freedom of Information Act.
These documents probably date from 1994.
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Spiritual Church for World Christians [should be Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity, HSA-UWC] (Unification Church) after its founder [Moon] Mun Sun Myung (STC. 2429/7639/0730) made donations to North Korea of 450 billion yen in 1991 and 3 million dollars in 1993.
Text: 1. (X/XX/XX) Since Mun formed the Unification Church in South Korea in 1954, he has been strongly criticized in KN [North Korea] as the leader of an anti-Communist movement, while Mun has criticized the state of religion in North Korea, claiming former president Kim Il-Sung was a false messiah. In November 1991, a South Korean citizen residing in the United States Pak Kyong-Yun (STC. 2613/2417/0336), acted as an intermediary to obtain a North Korean entry visa for Mun and to arrange for a meeting between Mun and Kim Il-Sung. Pak is the Chairman of the Kim Kimkangsan International Group known to be a pro-North Korea Company.
2. (X/XX/XX) Between November 30, 1991 and December 7, 1991, Mun visited North Korea and was granted a meeting with President Kim. Their discussion included the reunification of South Korea and North Korea, North Korean nuclear facilities inspections and Mun’s assurances to encourage South Korean and North Korean citizens residing overseas to begin investing in North Korea. In addition, there was an agreement regarding economic cooperation for the reconstruction of North Korea’s economy which included establishment of a joint-venture to develop tourism at Kimkangsan, North Korea; investment in the Tumangang River Development; and, investment to construct the light industry base at Wonsan, North Korea. It is believed that during their meeting Mun donated 450 billion yen to North Korea.
3. (X/XX/XX) In consideration of Mun’s economic cooperation, Kim granted Mun a 99 year lease on a 9 square kilometer parcel of land located in Chongchu, Pyonganpukto, North Korea. Chongchu is Mun’s birthplace and the property will be used as a center for the Unification Church. It is being referred to as the Holy Land by Unification Church believers and Mun as been granted extraterritoriality during the life of the lease. Since 1992, the Unification Church affiliated tourist company “The Seil Tourist” and “The Kimkangsan International Tourist, inc.”, the Japan branch of the Kimkangsan International Group, have co-sponsored four tours to the Holy Land. So far, 534 believers have made the trek to visit Mun’s birthplace. Construction of church facilities on the site are scheduled to begin in September 1994 with estimated completion in September 1999. Mun has agreed to give half of all capital and property brought into the leased land to North Korea.
4. (X/XX/XX) In 1993, the Unification Church sold a piece of property located in Pennsylvania. The profit on the sale, approximately $3,000,000, was sent through a bank in China to the Hong Kong branch of the South Korean company “Samsung group”. The money was later presented to Kim Jung-il (STC. 6855/2973/2480) as a birthday present.
5. (X/XX/XX) In January 1994, a Japanese trading company “Touen Shoji”, in Suginami-ku, Tokyo, purchased 12 F and G class submarines from the Russian Pacific Fleet headquarters. These submarines were then sold to a North Korean trading company. Although this transaction garnered a great deal of coverage in the Japanese
press, it was not disclosed at the time that Touen Shoji is an affiliate of the Unification Church.
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A. Inasmuch as North Korea is becoming more isolated from the international community due to its suspected nuclear weapon development program, it is speculated North Korea will try to use the Unification Church’s significant world wide network to reshape its image. Using the Unification Church’s perceived influence in such newspapers as the Seil Daily News and the Washington Times, along with church affiliated lobbyists and other personnel linkage, North Korea will try to deliver its opinions to the governments of the West. The intention is to create a favorable public opinion of North Korea with the hope of influencing western governments’ policy decisions. In addition, North Korea will take advantage of the Unification Church’s investment in the free trade zone, development of the Kimkang-san tourism and the Unification Church believers’ pilgrimage to the holy land, with the hope of reconstructing its domestic economy and obtaining what has become a chronic shortage of foreign currency.
B. For years Mun Sun Myung has wanted to establish a religious state similar to the Vatican City. His decision to build it in Chongchu, North Korea, was predicated on a number issues. It is his place of birth and in Unification Church doctrine, the messiah will be born on the Korean peninsula. His activities in the United States and South Korea have become subject to restriction after his conviction for tax evasion in both countries. His entry in into Japan, where Unification Church activities have become the most active, has also been restricted. With the church’s proposed investment in North Korea, the establishment of a holy land in Chongchu, North Korea, could be easily realized.
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2. (X/XX) XXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXX Unification Church official Pak Bo-Hi’s primary purpose in going to North Korea capital Pyongyang immediately following North Korea president Kim Il-Sung’s death was not to express condolences but rather to insure continuity of the business and real estate arrangements between the Unification Church and the North Korean government. Prior to his death Kim had agreed to a deal with Unification Church leader Moon Sun Myung that gave North Korean government approval for the Unification Church to construct four North Korea hotels in Pyongyang over time and to undertake a major resort development in Kumgangsan. The total value of the deal is estimated at over 500 million USD. In the original deal with Kim, Moon paid several tens of million dollars as a downpayment into an overseas account.
3. (X/XX) Moon ordered Pak to make the visit to Pyongyang with the principal mission of confirming that the prior deal was still in place with Kim’s son Kim Jong-il and his coterie. If necessary, Moon authorized Pak to deposit a second payment for Kim Jong-il. However, since Pak has not returned to South Korea, it has not been possible to confirm whether any further payment has been made at this time.
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Statement of Linda Anthenin to the Fraser Committee
EXHIBIT 11 dated February 11, 1976
I was a member of the Unification Church for two and one-half years. I met a church member in the summer of 1968 when I was eighteen years old, and left the church in late December of 1970.
At that time Moon’s organization in this country was called the Unified Family. The teachings of Sun Myung Moon were often referred to by other members as an “ideology” that would change the political systems of the world. It was made clear to me that so long as the church-related aspects of the group were emphasized, Moon’s followers would be in a protected position as far as first amendment religious freedom was concerned and be able to take advantage of tax laws as well. I was told that America had a special mission in “Master’s” (Moon’s) plan: this nation offered the most favorable climate for the establishment of his worldwide organization. In order to better present itself as a religion and more effectively influence the institutions of this country as was its goal, the Unified Family eventually changed its name to the Unification Church. (See Edwin Ang’s letter of November, 1968: “Since there is religious freedom here in the U.S., there is no danger of outright opposition, at least for some time to come.”)
In 1969, when the FLF was being organized, W. Farley Jones explained to me and the rest of the Berkeley Unified Family members that is was “Master’s” wish that we now begin the “political assault.” According to Moon’s dualistic thought, the Unified Family would continue to be the inner hidden policy-making force, while the FLF would be the outer, active political arm of the movement. In soliciting for FLF and working in the “political sphere,” we were told not to discuss our religious affiliation, even though they were essentially the same organization. On any one day, I could act as a representative of the Unified Family and pass out literature for it, and then turn around at a moment’s notice and disseminate political brochures for the FLF.
The FLF was conceived of as one organization in “Master’s plan” to help him gain political influence and ultimately control American politics in his bid to “restore” every level of society.
Linda Anthenien March 10, 1976
The Times, April 4, 1978 by Diana Patt, Washington, DC:
“The Unification Church tried to keep Mr Nixon in power during the Watergate crisis. Mr Fefferman claimed he did not know why Mr Salonen, head of the Freedom Leadership Foundation as well as of the Unification Church in America, had said the Watergate Project could help improve the standing of the Unification Church with the South Korean Government.
But a speech by Mr. Salonen, which appeared in New Hope News, a Unification Church publication, read as follows: ‘When Father came to the United States his primary purpose was to do things to make him influential in Korea. The Day of Hope tour and specially the rallies in support of President Nixon were far more significant due to the impact they had in Korea than their impact here… If it was important in Korea and if it helped to bring the government and our church close together then it was more important than anything else.’”
FBI and other reports on Sun Myung Moon
1. FBI Report (San Francisco office) on the UC / FFWPU, September 1975
2. “The Moonies: Government Files Trace Church from Sex Cult to Korean CIA”
by James Coates, Chicago Tribune, Monday, March 27, 1978
3. “The pull of Sun Moon” by Berkeley Rice, New York Magazine, May 30, 1976
4. Sun Myung Moon and Takeru Kamiyama jailed in 1984 for US tax crimes
featuring an investigation by Frederick Clarkson
5. The Moon Organization Academic Network by Daniel Junas Fall 1991
6. “The Moonies – What Rev. Moon teaches the young” . by Harry V. Martin and David Caul, Napa Sentinel, March-April 3, 1992
Politics and religion interwoven
1. Shadows on Rev. Moon’s beams. Politics and religion interwoven.
Chicago Tribune – Sunday, November 10, 1974
2. Howling at the Moon – Chicago Reader Weekly Friday, November 22, 1974
3. Messiah Moon on the Run
4. The Unification Church: Christian Church or Political Movement? by Wi Jo Kang (1976)
5. American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune, and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush – by Kevin Phillips (2004)
6. Missing Pieces of the Story of Sun Myung Moon by Frederick Clarkson (2012)
Moon Shadow –
Journal of Church & State 2001
note: 1. Sun Myung Moon and Mr Kamiyama were jailed for document fraud AND tax evasion. 2. Moon’s youngest son is not Hyun Jin. He is Hyung Jin Moon.
Central and South America
A couple of years ago, Moon shifted his personal base of operation to a luxurious estate in Uruguay. The church has been investing tens of millions of dollars in that nation since the early 1980s when Moon was close to the military government. In a sermon on Jan. 2, 1996, Moon was unusually blunt about how he expected the church’s wealth to buy influence among the powerful in South America, just as it did in Washington.
“Father has been practicing the philosophy of fishing here,” Moon said, through an interpreter who spoke of Moon in the third person. “He [Moon] gave the bait to Uruguay and then the bigger fish of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay kept their mouths open, waiting for a bigger bait silently. The bigger the fish, the bigger the mouth. Therefore, Father is able to hook them more easily.”
As part of his business strategy, Moon explained that he would dot the continent with small airstrips and construct bases for submarines which could evade Coast Guard patrols. His airfield project would allow tourists to visit “hidden, untouched, small places” throughout South America, he said.
“Therefore, they need small airplanes and small landing strips in the remote countryside. … In the near future, we will have many small airports throughout the world.” Moon wanted the submarines because “there are so many restrictions due to national boundaries worldwide. If you have a submarine, you don’t have to be bound in that way.”
(As strange as Moon’s submarine project might sound, a cable from the U.S. Embassy in Japan, dated Feb. 18, 1994, cited press reports that a Moon-connected Japanese company, Toen Shoji, had bought 40 Russian submarines. The subs were supposedly bound for North Korea where they were to be dismantled and melted down as scrap.)
Moon also recognized the importance of media in protecting his curious operations, which sound like an invitation to drug traffickers. He boasted to his followers that with his vast array of political and media assets, he will dominate the new Information Age. “That is why Father has been combining and organizing scholars from all over the world, and also newspaper organizations – in order to make propaganda,” Moon said. Central to that success in South America is Tiempos del Mundo. LINK
Sun Myung Moon organization activities in Central & South America
How Sun Myung Moon’s organization helped to establish Bolivia as South America’s first narco-state.
Consortium News, 1998 by Samuel Blixen
– compiled from two of his articles
“In 1996, for instance, the Uruguayan bank employees union blew the whistle on one scheme in which some 4,200 female Japanese followers of Moon allegedly walked into the Moon-controlled Banco de Credito in Montevideo and deposited as much as $25,000 each.
The money from the women went into the account of an anonymous association called Cami II, which was controlled by Moon’s Unification Church. In one day, Cami II received $19 million and, by the time the parade of women ended [after a week], the total had swelled to about $80 million. It was not clear, however, where the money originated and whether it came from illicit sources. Nor was it known how many other times Moon’s organization has used this tactic – sometimes known as “smurfing” – to transfer untraceable cash into Uruguay.
Rev. Moon’s Uruguayan Money-Laundry – by Samuel Blixen August 19, 1998
Rev. Moon’s 1998 Uruguay Bank Scam
– by Samuel Blixen November 6, 1998
The right-wing theocrat ‘craters’ a bank.
Unification Church Invests Heavily In Uruguay
– The Chicago Tribune December 8, 1994
Japan, China and Mongolia
September 1970, report from Japan by Allen Tate Wood
“Mr. Kuboki [President of the UC in Japan] and I got along nicely, speaking as well as we could through an interpreter, usually Miss [Young-Oon] Kim, who had arrived for the [WACL] conference [in Tokyo]… Kuboki told me that President Park [Chung Hee of South Korea] was one of the sponsors of the conference. He also told me that Moon was in some fear of the Park regime and that there was even talk that he was marked for assassination, for religious oppression was the order of the day in the new South Korea. One of the aims of the conference, said Kuboki, was to reassure Park that his aims and Moon’s coincided.
I could hardly doubt that Moon’s strategy had succeeded perfectly. His political aims were perfectly enmeshed in his religious goals…”
Moonstruck by Allen Tate Wood, page 112
ABC Religion & Ethics Luke Bretherton October 4, 2011
In the early 1990s I met the then Russian minister for education. He alleged that a representative of Rev. Sun Myung Moon offered him $1 million as a personal gift if he would distribute textbooks extolling the virtues of the Unification Church in all Russian schools.
The response he related to this offer was unforgettable: “I will not sell the souls of Russia’s children.” However, the minister had the wisdom to know that while he could reject the Moonies offer, he was still left with the problem of how to teach virtue to Russia’s children.
As the conversation developed, it was clear that the minister was seeking some kind of textbook in order to accomplish the task of inculcating virtue. But he was perplexed by the need to find an alternative to the godless ideology of the Communism Russia was rejecting, but without thereby embracing a sectarian dogma. …
Luke Bretherton is Reader in Theology and Politics, and convenor of the Faith and Public Policy Forum at King’s College, London. His most recent book is Christianity and Contemporary Politics: The Conditions and Possibilities of Faithful Witness (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), and he is currently writing a book on community organizing and democratic citizenship. LINK