THOSE WHO CANNOT REMEMBER
SUN MYUNG MOON'S UNIFICATION MOVEMENT IS A BONA FIDE AND PEACEFUL RELIGION, NOT A DANGEROUS CULT AS ANTI-CULTISTS SAY IN THEIR HYSTERICAL WITCH HUNT THAT IS A THREAT TO RELIGIOUS LIBERTY
by John Godwin
I believe that Sun Myung Moon is the Messiah -- the second coming of Christ that Christians have been anticipating for two thousands years. I believe his theology, the Divine Principle, is the truth that will unite mankind into one loving family. These teachings are exciting. They answer the fundamental questions of life and offer a blueprint for an ideal world. In the future everyone will speak one language, Korean, and there will be one ideology that will be based on the many volumes of speeches of Rev. Moon. Moon hates to be called reverend. His title is really "Father." I will use that term from now on.
Father uses strong words like "absolute," "true love," and "ideal world." He confidently says he is the savior of the world just as Jesus confidently said he was "the way and the life." Like Jesus, he has been jailed as an enemy of the state. Like Jesus he has been beaten. Jesus received capitol punishment. Father was given a death sentence but survived his torture in a concentration camp.
The image of Jesus 2000 years ago parallels Father's image today. Jesus was considered a dangerous cult leader in his day and Father is seen by the majority of people believe what the media says of him -- that he is a fraud, charlatan, corrupt, hypocrite, heretical, cruel megalomaniac who hurts people and families. The negative adjectives for him and his followers include such horrible things as "greedy," "evil," "egomaniacal," "dangerous," "destructive," "zombie," "brainwashed," "mind control," "psychopath," "dictator,"and "sinister."
Some incompetent journalists who can't resist yellow journalism, some former members who can't think clearly, some parents who can't respect an adult child exercising freedom of religion, and some jealous religious leaders have used the media to paint Father and his followers as witches and the atmosphere around small religions has become like that during the Salem Witch Trials in 1692. They denounce Father as a pied piper cult leader who hypnotizes the young and abuses them for his own sick need for glory like Hitler did. They whip up hysterical charges that Father and his glassy-eyed robotic followers have the goal of world domination and may trick America and the world if they don't listen to the wisdom of anti-cultists. They have written books on what they call the sophisticated, diabolical mind control techniques of Father and the sad, pathetic lives of his followers who they derisively call "Moonies" who have been duped through deceit and "coercive persuasion" by a satanic Stalin who has no regard for life or freedom. God forbid Americans do not wake up to the dire threat of Moon because if this anti-Christ gains power he will use the guns he makes at his gun factories to force people into concentration camps where they will be forced to bow to Moon and his family and work long hours like the ancient Israelites did for the Pharaohs in building pyramid like monuments to Moon.
All of this is about as accurate as the fear and phobias those around Jesus and many other religious leaders and their newly formed churches throughout history. The famous phrase, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it," is lost on the current inquisitors who cloak their persecution with psychobabble. There is always a division in every area of life.
The New Testament is the greatest book ever written. It gives Jesus' words of truth about God and Satan. Jesus taught that Satan is the "God of this world." There are forces of Good and Forces of Evil. Evil usually wins and anti-cultists have won the cultural war between those on the side of God those on the side of Satan.
BATTLE OF IDEOLOGY
We are in the midst of the greatest battle of ideology in human history. One of the greatest Cain and Abel divisions in the 20th century has been between Communism and Capitalism. That century was the bloodiest in human history. Anti-cultists say they are for freedom of mind. Steve Hassan, the main witch hunter of Father's Unification Church, has a website titled-- freedom of mind. The side of evil twists words and even believes they are the good guys. Hassan believes he is righteous in his crusade against what he sees as "destructive" leaders and groups. Communists, Socialists, Democrats, and Feminists deeply believe they are fighting the good fight for freedom and love and human dignity. The truth is that their motivation has led countless people down a path to hell.
PSYCHOLOGY VS. SOCIOLOGY
Their ideology is intellectually bankrupt. Books such as Hassan's Combating Mind Control and Singers' Cults in our Midst are as true as Marx's Communist Manifesto and Hitler's Mein Kamph. Fortunately there have been a number of non-Unificationists who have denounced Hassan, Singer and others like them as being junk science. The division between good and evil on the issue of mind control in small religions is basically between psychologists and sociologists. Sociologists and professors of religion's books such as Bromely and Shupe's The New Vigilantes: Deprogrammers, Anti-Cultists, and the New Religions and James T. Richardson's The Brainwashing/Deprogramming Controversy: Sociological, Psychological, Legal and Historical Perspectives are excellent books and articles debunking the ridiculous claims of Hassan's crowd. There are also plenty of books denouncing psychology in general as being a phony science and unable to really help people.
What is Hassan's goal? Is it simply to use peaceful persuasion to save people from the Nazi Moonies? Does Father and members like this author have the right to be "dangerous" as he says we are in his website? Do "dangerous" people have the right to stand behind freedom of religion and speech to hurt people? Unificationists are slave drivers and even hurt children, according to Hassan. Can such monsters be allowed to roam around preying on unsuspecting young people in college? Words are important. It is very important that we choose our words carefully. When you call a person or group "dangerous" then this means that force must be used to prevent them from hurting others. The Mafia is dangerous. Dangerous means criminal and criminals do not have the freedom of a law abiding citizen. If Rev. Moon and this author and all the thousands of members are dangerous then we should all be put into jail and receive counseling from Hassan and his psychiatiric buddies. A dangerous dog should be shot. Jesus was called dangerous and given capitol punishment. Heretics and other non-conformists have jailed, tortured and murdered for millenia. As soon as a small group gets big enough they turn around and start beating up on the latest kid on the block.
FEAR OF ORIENTALS
One person wrote, "After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt in Executive Order 9066 ordered all persons of Japanese ancestry living on the west coast to be held in internment camps, without trial or hearing. One hundred and twenty thousand people were forced from their homes, taken to relocation centers and held there for a number of years. The ten hastily constructed internment camps were located in wastelands, swamps or deserts in isolated areas of the country." Rev. Moon is slanty-eyed and eats kimchi. He is different. Part of the reason for the intense persecution of him is racism. Hassan will deny it, but it is there in America. Moon has a new religion with new rituals and a new theology. This is frightening to most people. It is on the fringe -- kooky. The famous economist Milton Friedman said he and his libertarian friends were outcasts and derided for many years until he won the Nobel Prize. There is always the pattern of ridicule and fear and then through persevance small groups grow and become mainstream. Japanese Americans were different. One of the most moving pictures I have ever seen is a poster on a business that said "I am an American." The Japanese in America were taken by force so fast they lost their homes and businesses. It is now considered a tragedy but in the hyped atmosphere of Pearl Harbor people were afraid. The majority saw the japanese as a virus -- a germ that had to be eradicated. Maybe Hassan would like all "Moonies" as he calls us rounded up and put in camps with guards and isolate and quarantine us away from normal people until we come to our senses and give up our bizarre lifestyle and stop turning innocent college students into zombies who give Moon all their money and sell their soul and work gruelling long hours in vain for a jetsetter businessman. If we are such a menace to law and order and safety for being able to suck a person's brains out then perhaps we should be sent to an Auschitwz and gassed like some rabid dog. The truth is that Hassan's words are no different than the vicious anti-Jew propaganda the Nazis had in Europe in the 1930s.
The atmosphere of Hassan and his friends is like that of Hitler's Germany in the 1930s when Jews were forced to wear bright yellow stars sewed to their clothing so everyone could stay away from these horrible people. Recently I heard Paul Harvey say on his radio news program that a judge told a woman who was an habitual shoplifter that she could go to jail or wear a sign around her neck whenever she enters a store like some scarlet letter that said she was a convicted kleptomaniac. Is that what Steve wants me to wear? Am I to be forced to tell everyone I meet about the scandals in the Moon family and that they should be on guard against my "sophisticated" powers of "mind control techniques" -- of mind rape -- that are far superior to those used the Communists in the Korean War on prisoners of war as written about in Robert Jay Lifton's book, Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism.
Dear Reader, you have two choices to choose from. Either books against Moon are right or books defending him by apologists are accurate. Carlton Sherwood is a Pulitzer Prize winner journalist who specializes in religious corruption. He decided to write an expose of Father but ended writing the opposite -- a great book titled Inquisition: the Persecution and Prosecution of the Reverend Sun Myung Moon. He found Father and his followers to be innocent of the charges that sent Father to jail for a year in Danbury, Connecticut. Either I have "critical faculties" or I do not.
GOD'S LEADERS ALWAYS PERSECUTED
Either Jesus was a cult leader or he wasn't. Either St. Paul, St. Francis, Augustine, William Penn, William Bradford, John Wesley and Joseph Smith deserved being incarcerated or they didn't. Hassan says he is a Jew. Doesn't Moses fit his criteria of a charismatic cult leader? Didn't he tell his followers God spoke to him and they are better than everyone else because they are the chosen people. And how about Abraham? He is going to plunge a knife into his son who lays on the altar with total obedience. Is this blind faith totalism? If you take Steve's logic then we have to down the road of those liberals and Marxists who say the traditional biblical family as taught by the Southern Baptists is a cult because the man is the head of the house who determines which church the children attend. They received a tremendous amount of negative publicity when they announced their "extremist" views as Jimmy Carter said they had. He announced he was leaving the church because it was cruel to women. Leaders have to be equalitarian, not authoritarian. The truth is that patriarchy is not a cult as feminists and the majority of America thinks it is. Hassan's argument goes down the road of those like Frederick Clarkson who quote Hassan and then proceed to say Pat Robertson is dangerous because the Christian Right works with Father and they are all evil.
Leaders on God's side in general are attacked by their opponents as being heartless martinets who live in the lap of luxury while their slaves suffer some pathetic, sad, sycophant, demeaning life where their talents are not used and they are led like cattle in some nightmare 1984.
If we take the criteria of Hassan types then even the three greatest men in American history would be cult leaders. There are monuments to these men in Washington, D.C. -- the Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln monuments. In the book, First Mothers, we read how Washington and Jefferson had contempt for their mothers who did not see their greatness. Lincoln had a jerk for a Father and did not go to his deathbed because he said it would be worse if they they saw each other. Hassan and company whine constantly like immature children about how charismatic leaders break up families. What does Valley Forge look like? Washington had his wife, Martha, with him in a cabin where he had heat and food. His sheep-like followers, were so stupid and duped that they willingly suffered and thousands died being barefoot in the snow. Their wives were alone and suffering and these zombies did not get paid. The war went on for seven long years. All this time, is Washington and his rag-tag army in the majority? No. Most people were Tories and sided with the British against these traitors. Washington and Jefferson were leaders in a crusade against the greatest power on earth -- the British Empire. Lincoln led America in a bloodbath civil war. Half of America hated his guts. There has been a civil war in families over religion and politics since time began. Catholics and Protestants don't need any help from cults to kill each other decade after decade in Ireland. There is no sense of perspective in Hassan and company.
GOOD RELIGION -- BAD RELIGION
Hassan lists the religions and groups he finds too bizarre and high intensity and guild ridden. I didn't see the mainline churches such as the Catholics and Lutherans on the list. It seems that it is safe for anyone to go to a Mosque or Synagogue or the Baptist Church. They are good religions, I guess. Bad religions that believe in Jesus are Mormons, Christian Scientists, Jehovah Witnesses and the UC. Other groups like the Hare Krishna's and Scientologists are portrayed as being cruel to children as well as adults just as Christian Scientists and Jehovah Witnesses kill children by keeping them from proper medical care. Hassan presents himself as a Santa Claus -- an "expert" who knows who is naughty and nice. He is the psychologist savior who can define what normal is. Fringe groups are the biggest threat to mankind. Arabs and Jews killing each other are not the focus of his crusade. Catholics and Protestants killing themselves are not mentioned in his website. He has no cure for these religious problems. Sexual abuse by priests and psychologists are not mentioned. Jesus in not explained. Past history is not explained. Anything good about his hated groups is not mentioned, even though he says they deceive people. Can you imagine Hassan sitting down with some lost soul who has joined Moon and showing him all the good literature about the UM? All he can do is paint a picture of an Invasion of the Body Snatchers -- a picture of America gone mad with millions of zealots wandering around with no conscience like some Night of the Living Dead.
ANTI-CULTISTS ARE DANGEROUS
Anti-cultists cannot see that it is they who are dangerous and destructive to freedom. It is they who trash the First Amendment. Tom Brokaw of NBC news, Katie Couric of the Today Show, Barbara Walters of 20/20 and Oprah haven't got a clue to what religion means and finds Hassan type hysterical rantings as interesting news and are unaware they are doing sloppy reporting and just doing yellow journalism like Pulitzer and Hearst did at the turn of the century with their hyped and inaccurate headlines that whipped Americans into an emotional frenzy. Hassan is the true cult leader -- the real snake oil salesman -- the real Elmer Gantry. He is the deceiver and liar.
We live in what the Bible calls the Last Days. Hassan says nothing about Billy Graham and Jerry Falwell because they seem so normal, but it is they who have a more frightening message than Father. They say Steve and his psychologist friends are going to burn in a fiery hell forever. Father teaches that Steve will live in the same perfect heaven as everyone else will. Father is not for using the force of government to regulate religion. Hassan and his friends are the true quacks constantly pushing for police with guns enforcing laws that would ban Father from even living in America. Some countries, like England, Germany and Japan, have already made Hassan and company happy by banning him from entering their country. Hassan would be a more scary neighbor than a stereotyped Moonie. If you don't fit into Hassan's neat world of religion where no one aggressively witnesses then prepare for court and jail.
The title of this book says that the UC is bona-fide religion. There are plenty of distinguished non-members who have testified to this. Hassan will never mention that to his prey. Father has shown by the test of time that his movement is peaceful, even though his eldest son was a cruel monster as his wife vividly wrote in her book. The UC has had its rapes and perversions and insensitivity's and stupidities, but so has any group, but the UM has shown over time to be peaceful and moral group, not some Nazi SS troopers like anti-cultists portray them in their propaganda.
Hassan uses the idiotic phrase "coercive persuasion" to define Unificationist tactics, but no member has ever been charged with forcefully kidnapping anyone and putting them in a situation like the prisoners of war in Korea went through that Lifton writes of. Hassan has done deprogrammings and has never repented for this. No group is perfect. Life is messy and all new movements exist to shake things up. Eventually they settle down and God has to send someone to wake them up again. Politics and religion are controversial and emotional. Over thousands of years mankind has slowly been growing up. Still we have intellectual children like Hassan and company who just don't get it. They twist Jefferson's precious words to be their words. Someday they will be seen as being like those ignorant and scared bigots who threw stones and killed Stephen. History keeps repeating itself, but one day we will all get off the merry go round of Satan and live by divine law as taught by men like Jefferson and Sun Myung Moon.
HASSAN ARGUES THEOLOGY
Hassan tries to break the Divine Principle with his logic in his website. Does Mr. Hassan have a theology that is better than the DP? Is Judaism higher than Christianity? I don't think so. Jesus is the Messiah. The DP says Jesus is the Messiah. Steve doesn't believe this and he wants to argue theology! What has more logic -- orthodox Christian theology that Jesus is God or the DP that says Jesus was not. Is it so strange to say that Zachariah was Jesus' father? Is the DP so weird when it says that Christians are wrong in thinking they are going to heaven in a rapture while Steve and I burn together in some fiery hell forever as Jonathan Edwards in colonial America and Billy Graham of today preach. Talk about fear and how a person cannot leave a church. This is the ultimate con job. Leave this fundamentalist church and you will be tortured forever and God will forsake you forever.
On the parallels of history taught in the DP he says Allen Tate Wood, a former member, demolishes the numbers in his website. I wrote to Mr. Wood and told him to try to break the parallels in my Principle. He never wrote back. The numbers in the Parallels are perfect. The entire Principle is perfectly logical. For the first time the Bible is clear. Billy Graham's books, Jerry Falwell's books and the Book of Mormon do not explain the Bible. They are so wrong that it is as if they know nothing about God. This is not arrogance any more than Jesus telling a disciple to not go to a funeral of a relative because it is just the "dead burying the dead." To Hassan and his friends this is Jesus tearing up families with mind manipulation. Jesus said he came with a sword to divide families. Only in the Divine Principle do we learn what in the world he meant by this. There is no way that anyone who brings truth is going to have everyone understand it immediately. Jesus told the parable of how some seeds take hold and other blow away. Everyone sees Jesus and George Washington as great men today. Truth hurts and it takes time for it to be absorbed. Eventually the truth will rise and Hassan will just be another Judas, another Benedict Arnold. I just thank God that America has as much respect and tolerance for those who they see as the fringe. Hassan and his buddies have tried to finish Father off in court but they have been unable to crush the UM that will just keep growing and maturing. There were a lot of mistakes in this young religion. This does not make Moon a con man anymore than Jesus being deserted on the cross by everyone makes him a phony and loser.
The comparisons of the UM and other new religious movements with Jonestown and Waco is sloppy thinking. For one thing, Waco was not a suicide. Hassan and his incompetent friends keep saying that Koresh was a murderer and his followers were mind controlled. They were non-conformists, but they did not deserve the brutal treatment that they received. People like Hassan, Singer and Rick Ross were influential in creating a crazy environment around Waco. The voices of truth from such professors as Tabor were drowned out by the witch hunting hysteria of Hassan types who get lots of press. Hassan had no respect for Koresh and his followers as people who had a right to live their religious beliefs. They were portrayed as psychopaths. The result was an inquisition and punishment by fire. History repeated itself. Jefferson and Washington fought for tolerance and Hassan spits on it in the name of freedom. It is like the old Soviet Union using the word democratic in its name. Satan loves to corrupt and confuse words. People like Hassan have brainwashed America. Hassan does not mention the video Waco: Rules of Engagement that Siskel and Ebert say prove that those who were burned at the stake in Waco were not zombies in a cult, but a church. I don't like some of the things Koresh did, but they deserved to be left alone and not stalked by Hassan and company and then harassed and then punished. American ideals should be that of extreme patience with what we see as extremists. If we don't, then may repeat history and kill the second coming of Christ.
Hassan writes in his website that "This group is a multi-billion dollar conglomerate which seeks to establish a one world theocratic government run by Sun Myung Moon." Jesus said he was the king of kings. If Father is going to be the ruler of a one world government then he hasn't much time. He is in his 80s. Hassan is selective in what he says about Father. He omits little facts like the basic teachings of Moon say there will democracy. Let's look at logic thought for a moment. If Moon is the Messiah then doesn't it follow that every person will be saved by his universal truth. If the DP is the absolute truth revealed by God to Rev. Moon then every person will eventually accept it and there will be no need of passports because the world be untied. That is why he called his movement -- unification.
Hassan says, "The Moon organization has a long and documented history of controversy which includes systematic deception, separating new members from their families and friends, intensive mind control indoctrination and shady business and political dealings. Despite it wealth and power, it is interesting to note that burdensome members are sometimes discarded, penniless, after long years of dedication and service. These people were promised that they would be taken of for the rest of their life, but when illness or misfortune strikes them, they are often instructed to fend for themselves."
Controversy? Hassan's lame brained theory of mind control is denounced by many distinguished scholars. Hassan is controversial in his field of mental health and judges do not accept him in their court as an expert witness. Again, he does not say this in his website. He pushes for Unificationists to announce all the dirty laundry in their organization when they meet someone but Hassan says nothing about this in his website.
Systematic deception? There was a lot of that in the early days because of the yellow journalism of Time magazine. Members were afraid to say who they were. For decades now the UM has done very little proselytizing and has been spending most of its energy with other projects in which they always mention Moon's name. For example, Whitney Houston said she was deceived when she agreed to sing at a wedding ceremony at RFK stadium for one million dollars. The press reported that her contract clearly said Moon's name. The book, Inquisition, Carlton Sherwood shows that Hassan is wrong in his judgment that Unificationists are fundamentally deceptive and criminal.
Separating members from families? Jesus denounced his mother in the New Testament. He said his followers were his family and wouldn't see her when she showed up with Jesus' brothers to deprogram him. There are many members whose parents are fine about finding a new church. Those who are not have been brainwashed by the ignorance of people like Hassan who have no idea of what religion is. Religion has a long history of making people do things that seem outrageous and scary to the regular person who does not feel called by God to fervently pray, witness and band with their new friends. Does fasting sound like a rational and reasonable thing to do? Under Hassan's formula fasting would be "dangerous" because it is too high intensity -- too cruel. Or maybe he feels fasting is ok. Steve doesn't really get into any details about what is proper and not. It's all vague with Steve. Father stopped the commune life many years ago and even told the members to go to their hometown and serve their families. Does Hassan mention this little fact? No.
Intensive mind control indoctrination? Oh yeah? Steve's opponents in the academic community argue that this makes no sense because so few have joined in the last 40 years. If Moon and his followers like me are such geniuses at hypnosis then why is it there are so few members -- about a thousand or so after 40 long years. The truth is that Unificationists are terrible at getting people to join and when they do, most leave.
Hassan seems to not believe in religious conversion. I feel I was converted to a faith like countless millions of people have done and not had my mind controlled like some victim in a science fiction movie.
Promised that they would be taken of for the rest of their life? This is not accurate. There may be a tiny few exceptions that I have not heard of but it is very clear in UC doctrine that no one is guaranteed a pension. It has never been set up that anyone is taken care of like nuns are in the Catholic church. Steve is lying again.
Hassan paints a picture of Unificationists as having not even one ounce of character or intelligence or morality. He says, "Basically, like many mind control cults, the 'ends justify the means'. In other words, whatever will help Moon and the organization to achieve its goals is moral." This is true of Communists that Father has been fighting, but this is yellow journalism -- biased and inaccurate reporting. This tone of character assassination by Hassan does not stand up in the bright light of truth. There are many people who have spent time with the UM and give the very opposite testimony. Hassan writes in a tabloid sensational manner.
He says, "It has a wide variety of front groups: religious fronts; political fronts; media fronts; social and cultural fronts; recruiting fronts; Educational fronts; and business fronts." Hassan misuses words. The Washington Times is not a front, for example. It is legally a newspaper and run by non-members. Other organizations deal with many aspects of life. It is ridiculous that his ballet company should have Moon's name or church. What does Hassan want for a name of his ballet company for instance. Moon's Ballet Company? Get real, Steve.
He says, "The Moonies will learn as much as possible about you and your background and use that information to manipulate and gain control. Usually, in the beginning of a recruitment, they flatter and praise effusively. They give and give and give to you. So much so that you naturally start feeling indebted to them and want to reciprocate. They often use money and promises of power to entice and seduce people in a step by step fashion into their clutches." Hassan has no class and loves to say the word "Moonies." At the beginning Father and the members even used the term, but it became apparent that it had the connotation of "nigger" so they announced that no one should call them that. It is disrespectful. Most people have gone along with the UM's request and will not use this bigoted word. Hassan is so far gone in his hate that he can't stop.
As for the charge of love-bombing, the truth is that members genuinely care for God and Jesus' command that we witness. They are not phony, but genuine missionaries who love the truth that they know will bring happiness to others. The truth hurts but it is what people must hear if they are to find complete happiness. Unificationists are no different in their motivation and heart than countless other missionaries have been in human history. There are no meetings behind closed doors about how to "seduce" anyone "into their "clutches" anymore than Billy Graham tries to "seduce" people so he can have more power and money.
Hassan says the following gibberish, "They are masters of propaganda and know how to create effective fronts -- illusions. They often use expensive dinners, gala events and exotic trips to seduce the wealthy and elite. By paying celebrities and politicians to make appearances, they create and atmosphere of respectability. For example, George Bush has received huge amounts of money to speak at Moon sponsored events throughout the world." I hope you see through this bashing of prominent people. To paint someone like President Bush as greedy and stupid is an insult to a great man. It is just beyond Steve that anyone could see Father as a good man and work with him. He is so consumed with vengeance and bitterness and Salem Witch Hunt phobias that he can't discern what is the obvious.
Another lie from Steve is that members like myself act against our conscience because we follow all leaders with blind faith. The truth is very opposite. Members have unique personalities and most have jobs and families and function like normal people in society. He says, "What it means is that you must always submit and obey your leader (Abel figure) no matter what, even if it contradicts your conscience, the law, or whatever else. If you don't immediately 'unite with Abel', then 'Satan will invade!' Members are taught to distrust their own thoughts or feelings and are always on guard for 'tests' or 'invading evil spirits'. " Unificationists are law abiding citizens. Don't believe me? Go meet one and let me know if you think he or she acts like a person who is into blind faith to some Mafia type leader who has not regard for the rule of law. You won't find any members who are like the horrible picture Hassan paints. Reading Hassan is like reading about the incarceration of Japanese Americans in World War II. No matter how much they said they loved America and even though some fought for America with valor, the country was into a Salem Witch Hunt mood and out of irrational fear, discriminated against them harshly. My eldest son, for example, is an eagle scout and spent four years in the Navy. He is a law abiding and patriotic American. He "trusts" his own thoughts just like most members do.
Hassan spent a few years in the UC when we we gave up school and careers to support Father's speaking tours when he first came to America. Perhaps that was wrong, but it was temporary. Hassan does not explain this and he even puts down the members who are responsible citizens living a normal life by saying that they are still deluded zombies who cannot think clearly.
Let's continue with Hassan's lies and selected facts: "In the final world view, the DP and Moon teaches that all religions will be abolished except for Unificationism." Abolished? Hassan picks words with sinister connotations. There is partial truth here. There will be no religion in the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. Everyone will communicate with God and even those in spirit world. Father has said there will be no prayer or any of the things religions do because they are not needed. In the transition to this ideal world, the UM will eventually grow to be the dominate religion, but it will happen without violence. People will be persuaded peacefully and just as everyone now believes that the earth is round, everyone will believe in the Principle instead of the many religions that have partial truths. It is fine that the idea that the earth is flat was faded away. Those who persecuted those who said it was round were not of God. Those want what they don't believe to be "abolished" by force are Satanic. When Galileo said the earth moves around the sun he was imprisoned by the Inquisition. Unificationists teach and live the ideology of non violence and tolerance. The hysterical rantings of rabble rousers like Hassan end with governments trying to regulate religion and even killing innocent children at Waco. There is nothing in the teachings or actions of Sun Myung Moon for over 50 years that indicate anything like the Nazi behavior that Hassan assigns the UM.
He says, "Is the group dangerous? Yes. It has links with the South Korean CIA (as reported in the 1977-78 congressional investigation. It also has had links with other neo-nazi, terrorists, former death leaders though their front group -- The World Anti-Communist League (WACL). In the 1970's Moon told some of his leaders that what he was doing was preparing an international infrastructure so that when the world economy collapsed -- it would be in place to establish the new world order." The only thing a person can get from this statement is that the UM is a diabolical Mafia, Nazi, ruthless, criminal organization. The UC has been around for 50 years and has shown itself to be a good organization that has many world leaders and distinguished scholars who will tell you Hassan is wrong. They have not been bought off by anybody. Senator Orin Hatch, Secretary of State Alexander Haig, and British Prime Minister Edward Heath have been Father's friends for decades and they are not mesmerized by some wannabe Hitler.
On the Principle he says, "The dates in the DP are historically and Biblically incorrect in many, many places. There is statistically more than 2% error, as Ken Sudo claimed. DP lecturers would routinely tell prospective converts to 'go to the library, open up the history textbooks, and verify that these parallels are true. I did.' This was a big lie, but lecturers would repeat the same lie that they believed when they were recruited. No one ever verified the history parallels because they are WRONG! Former four year leader, Allen Tate Wood, and former member Jane Williams, did do the research and wrote the definitive critique. Read it! Study it! The History of Restoration, considered to be the most 'scientific' of the DP, is just plain wrong!" Sorry, Steve. I went to the library and I did verify these dates. In my book, Divine Principle in Plain Language, I prove each mathematical period.
He writes, "Something else to consider -- after all of the millions of dollars spent by Moon for Science conferences, don't you think it odd, that there has never been a SINGLE historian who has ever confirmed Moon's history parallels?" There is nothing strange about this. The truth is often difficult for most people to grasp when it first appears. Most scientists did not agree with Galileo. Most doctors did not start washing their hands when they heard Pasteur. In fact, he was denounced as a nut because he talked of invisible things called germs. Also, most historians do not even know about the parallels or even much about the Principle because most conferences respect the scholars who come and they are the center of discussion.
He says, "I had numerous experiences while in the group. The most memorable one was following the seven day fast in front of the United Nations in 1974. Members were assembled at Barrytown, and Moon was giving a talk. I was in the front, as usual. Moon turned into the Devil right in front of me -- with a sickly golden glow that was emanating such evil that I had to get up. I moved all the way to the back of the room because I couldn't breathe- he was so evil. When I told my experience to a 'blessed' sister, she told me how much Satan was tempting me because I was so important to God and to Father"." So, now we have Steve having visions. Is that normal? I agree with the sister who said it was from Satan. He is still being manipulated by Satan. Hassan is just projecting his own dangerous views onto the UM.
Hassan says in one his worthless books that "Destructive mind control can be understood in terms of four basic components, which form the acronym BITE:
I. Behavior Control
II. Information Control
III. Thought Control
IV. Emotional Control
"It is important to understand that destructive mind control can be determined when the overall effect of these four components promotes dependency and obedience to some leader or cause. It is not necessary for every single item on the list to be present. Mind controlled cult members can live in their own apartments, have nine-to-five jobs, be married with children, and still be unable to think for themselves and act independently."
Well, I will do my best to think for myself and make this comment on this nonsense. Hassan goes into a little about each one of these things and the only thing a person can come up with is that he is talking about everyone from Jesus to William Penn, the Quaker founder of Pennsylvania. Hassan seems to have absolutely no idea what religious people have done in the last 2000 years since Jesus said he had the absolute truth. He says that monasteries and nunneries are exempt from his list. We all know why. Because they have been around so long and had so many thousands of people live with total obedience, chastity and poverty that they are now considered normal. But the truth is that there are many books by former nuns, some of which I will quote later, that sound like perfect example of Hassan's neat little theory about mind control. Their behavior, information, thoughts and emotions are dealt with in a way that fits Hassan's model perfectly. The founder of the Methodist Church, John Wesley and his followers, as well as many other founders of now mainline religions fit Hassan's formula for mind control perfectly. Of course, there is no mind control going on. There is just conversion. All the intense fear that pioneers of religious sects have had to endure was never justified. The few madmen like Jim Jones have as much to do with Moon or Mormons or any other group mentioned in Hassan's list as Jim Jones has with the Pope. There are always a few criminals in every organization. Ted Patrick is one in Hassan's world of anti-cultists. This guy tied my wife to a chair and slapped her across the face. Hassan has a shady past of deprogrammings. I appreciate that he has the brains enough to not go down that road anymore but he is just another guy out there trying to sell his books and ideas. It's a free country, but lurking behind Steve's words of concern and love for freedom is a persecutor bent on getting me to wear something like a yellow star so everyone can know I am a loose cannon. Early Christians were feared because Hassan's spiritual ancestors told hyperbolic stories about eating flesh and drinking blood. Like Hassan, they were irresponsible in their sensationalism and love of scandal. Like Hassan they were rabble rousers who do not stand up to moral scrutiny. Like Hassan, they had a disregard for the facts and appealed to the lowest denominator. It is impossible for persecutors to be balanced in their crusade to influence the popular mood. The American people are easily misled because they trust the media and they are more interested in sensational stories of alleged atrocities than the truth. Hassan either lies or exaggerates. He is dramatic but more and more he is being denounced just as McCarthy was finally exposed in his witch hunt. Like McCarthy, Hassan and his anti-cultists buddies put down what they call apologists for cults, but it is their books that will finally win out, just as Galileo and Pasteur won out. It is just a matter of time.
America has a history of persecuting minorities. Martin Luther King was sent to jail. Hassan will not tell his unsuspecting prey that King's successor, Ralph Abernathy, has embraced Father. But, of course, he is just another of these many prominent people who have been paid to be friend and Moon's motivation is simply a lust for power and is just using these people to entice young college kids into his web and then use brand new, never been seen before mind tricks on them until they will kill their parents on command. In other words, Moon is just another Charles Manson and if we don't act quickly people are going to die. Sherwood investigated the UM as well as anybody could. No one has a better credential than him to listen to. His report is the exact opposite of Hassan, Singer, and Conway's report. Take your pic.
Early in the 70s, Senator Robert Dole heard reports that some of his constituents in Kansas were being abused by the UC. He held congressional hearings and heard Rabbi Davis say Moonies were as sick as pedophiles. Twenty years later Dole publicly praised Rev. and Mrs. Moon for their good works. He saw the light. When will Steve?
HISTORY OF RELIGION
The history of religion is one where new religious movements scare the bejevees out of mainstream religious leaders who run to government and the press and pulpit to denounce them. What is new is frightening; it is strange. It challenges people and makes them uncomfortable -- even if it is wonderful. Jesus was good. He was the greatest man who ever lived. A billion Christians today think he is even God himself. When Jesus died on the cross he was all alone with Hassan types mocking him as "king of kings" by putting a crown of thorns on his head.
In this book we will look at some persecutions in American history. Everyone who ever persectuted strange new groups felt called to restrict the freedom of those they feared for what they felt were excellent reasons. We know these reasons are always more superstitious, stupid and mean-spirited than those who they stalked.
I'm not holding my breath for Hassan, Singer, Conway and their comrades to change by anything I say, just as Ted Kennedy hasn't been converted to anything Rush Limbaugh has said against him for the last 10 years. But what people like Rush have done is to upset Kennedy's Democratic majority in Congress to Republican. It took a long 40 years but God was on the side of Republicans and eventually God always wins. First, Satan wins.
One of the key reasons why the Republicans finally won is because of the Washington Times and the many so-called front organizations that Rev. Moon created. In time the UM will be accepted as good just as the Mormons are now moving into respectibility.
Let's look at a few examples of paranoia for new religions in American history. Pioneers of new religious groups have had every type of torture. Christians were fed to lions in the Roman Coloseum 2000 years ago and ever since they have persecuted each other and other faiths. Here is a drawing of a Catholic Jesuit being gutted by a Protestant 400 years ago. After so much intolerance and cruelly, God was finally able to raise people to a higher level by having them hear His words spoken through Thomas Jefferson. Even though Jefferson fought for the First Amerndment and before that a law of religious toleration in Virginia, he could not freely talk of his religious views. Jefferson was a unitarian (like Rev. Moon) and had to hide his beliefs because of Hassan type bigots.
Quakers were given the word "quaker" by those who laughed at them for acting weird when they prayed. Mary Dyer was taken to be hung in the following picture in Boston.
I go into detail about the founder of Pennsylvania later, but for now I will mention that he was a young man who joined the "cult" of Quakers and his prominent father was so upset he disowned him and threw him out of the house for embarassing him and for endangering their family. Young William was what Hassan calls "high intensity" and was thrown in the Tower of London where many had died before him for doing as he had done.
In the picture below a Baptist minister in early America is being dunked in water to scare him into stop being a Baptist.
A common tactic of Hassan type persectors is to use a derogatory term for those they fear. The name Shakers was given them by others who were amazed to see these strange people move in weird ways when they worshipped. Some Christians look like they are having an epileptic fit when they get together to worship and this has caused many to be afraid of this "bizarre" behavior. Hassan types would call this a case of being manipulated by crooks who pose as men of God but who are really charlatans who simply want these impressionable people to give them their hard earned money. They are being taken advantage of -- especially those who are going through tough times or are vulnerable.