Has right-wing Christianity been Mooned?

A report on Radio National’s “The Spirit of Things” on Sunday showed just how far the Rev Moon and his “Unification Church” has influence with US Government and right-wing evangelical Christian leaders.

Prayer lunch with Rev Moon

In January 2001, Moon’s Washington Times foundation sponsored an inter-faith prayer luncheon for President Bush. In attendance were 7 of the top 10 televangelists, including Jerry Falwell, Robert Shuller and Kenneth Copeland.

“Many of you had reason not to accept this invitation because of, ‘Who else will be there?’” Schuller remarked when he took the podium. “And yet there is an overriding unity. And the only way I can explain it in my theology is the Holy Spirit [and that] Jesus Christ has really diversified His investment portfolio.”

Why were these Evangelical Christian leaders so willing to attend an event sponsored by a cult leader who claimed that Christ had failed, and that the Rev Moon alone was the Messiah? A cult that had such a bad name in the 70s and 80s for predatory behaviour and brainwashing of students. A cult that had a program of paying churches to remove their crosses.

Perhaps one reason is indicated by this article in the Consortium News : http://www.consortiumnews.com/archive/moon3.html

It shows how Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University was substantially bailed out of debt by funds from Rev Moon.

Exchanging the Cross for a Crown

In 2004 a coronation ceremony was held in US government offices in Washington, attended by at least a dozen members of the US Congress. Rev Moon and his wife were crowned the “King and Queen of Peace” and honored for their efforts in unifying all the world’s religions and trying to establish a new United Nations. Rev Moon said at the ceremony “I am God’s ambassador, sent to earth with His full authority. I am sent to accomplish His command to save the world’s six billion people, restoring them to Heaven with the original goodness in which they were created.”

This ceremony went largely unreported in the mainstream media, and when details leaked out later, many Senators and Congressmen were embarrassed about their participation and denied attending or speaking at the event.

Disturbing questions

How much had the almighty dollar of Rev Moon convinced both Christian and Government leaders to abandon their principles and humour the bizarre claims of a cult leader? Could this also happen in Australia? It is already beginning?
See : http://www.abc.net.au/rn/spiritofthings/stories/2008/2217464.htm


8 thoughts on “Has right-wing Christianity been Mooned?

  1. Hey Wazza, I edited this just to make your links work. Didn’t touch anything else. Am now reading the articles. This is really scandalous.

  2. Whoa this is wild. This is why only Jesus can be your head and not some amazingly successful leader or institution.

    Here you have a self-proclaimed messiah of the world, an anti-christ, claiming Jesus’ authority and a christian leader is saying the Holy Spirit is backing him. The others appear to supporting him for financial reasons. If these guys can so easily support an anti-christ and if they are really representative of the US religious right then it certainly in desperate straights. I can only hope not.

  3. Actually the radio program points to the religious left going soft on the Moonies as well so it is right across the board.

  4. Wow, this is really appalling. Certainly shows the power of the dollar. How could Jesus have “diversified his investment portfolio” to include Moon, who says that Christ failed, and claims that he himself is the new Messiah? How could any Christian give public endorsement or legitimacy to this? By claiming to be the Messiah, isn’t Moon actually an anti-Christ?

    Given that so many have died rather than deny Christ, how can these men be regarded as legitimate leaders after endorsing this guy?

    It really does show the corruption that money can cause. All the more reason to listen to those alarm bells going off when people are manipulated or coerced into giving. If they’ll support someone who openly opposes Christ for money, what doctrine won’t they come up with to get money off the general public?

  5. I remember learning about Moon being crowned “king of peace” a couple of years ago. I didn’t know however that Falwell, Shuller and Copeland were there. Unbelievable. I’ll have to think about the implications. Are they devotees? Are they running the same racket as moon but in different flavours?

    ““And yet there is an overriding unity. And the only way I can explain it in my theology is the Holy Spirit [and that] Jesus Christ has really diversified His investment portfolio.” WOW, that’s great stuff. The only way I can explain it is these guys are criminals. Moon probably launders their money for them.

    I think some Christians would rather be put to death than adulate an impostor as the King of Peace at his coronation ceremony. Someone who says he is Christ returned and demands a ceremony and a crown! That’s not even funny. Moon is the King of mind control cults who has brainwashed and enslaved millions!

  6. correction: The evangelists where at the prayer luncheon in 2001, the article didn’t state they were at the ceremony in 2004. Sorry. That doesn’t change how I feel about the whole scandalous affair though.

  7. Moon was accepted and mainstreamed by the political right’s leaders who needed him to gain power in the USA. Moon has more to do with the right wing political bent in America than anyone for he easily outspent anyone propping up and molding right wing thought in America. He supported people like Falwell and Tim Lahaye who added the theocratic element which Moon desired. In the USA’s closely divided political environment today, it is obviously that absent Moon’s billions in overseas dollars propping up the right over the last 25 years, someone like Bush would never have been allowed to take the White House.

    Today the right has many sources of propaganda which deceive the American public but for 25 years their deception flagship has been the Washington Times which still wields much power.

    This is typical:

    http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/5920188/the_press_vs_al_gore

    http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=1107

    As told in Gorenfeld’s book – according to Moon aid Bo Hi Pak, he along with long time Moon follower Josette Shiner (Sheeran), met Ronald Reagan during the 1980 campaign for president. Pak said that Reagan told him that he needed Rev. Moon’s prayer and support. Moon was an invited VIP guest at the Reagan inaugural in 1981. That was the start of the demise of America’s soul.

    Josette, who was a major player in the Moon organization for 20 years and the one many feel actually ran the Washington Times, also claimed to have left the Moon organization in the mid 90s and had no more contact with them. Yet, when George W. Bush appointed her to a State Department job, she brought on as her senior adviser a long time and current follower of Moon. She is now the head of the UN’s World Food Program.

    Here’s a report on that:
    http://www.innercitypress.com/wfp110606.html

    It is also true that some inner city liberal preachers have worked with Moon but you must keep in mind this was after years mainstreaming by the right in America and after the Moon organization had spent years working on them. He plays on their homophobia. Moon knows how to manipulate people. As Gorenfeld said in the interview, the Moon organization has tried to add a few democrats to the mix over the years to keep their mouths shut but there is nothing liberal about his politics. His organization supported right wing dictators, people like Stroessner in Paraguay. They are using the system they developed to gain acceptance with inner city ministers all over the country now. They claim they have net with mega church “Christian” ministers like Joel Osteen and others. But make no mistake, Moon funds and promotes hard right wing and theocratic politics in America because it fits his ideology. His is a political organization first. He has been conservatism’s backbone but the media in the USA, which did cover him some pre internet, refuses to do so now with very rare exception. If they did cover him, they would likely get it wrong. Gorenfeld basically shamed them into covering Moon’s coronation and even that was months after the fact.

    A couple years ago the Washington Post (not Moon’s Washington Times) printed a very long story about the excommunicated former Catholic Bishop Milingo who Moon is using to goad the Catholic Church into allowing married priests. I think they should have married priests also but not at the prodding of Moon. Anyway, the WP hired a young man to write the story whose father was a former priest, active for 20 years in the married priest’s movement. He of course wrote a puff piece about the whole Milingo affair. The author new so little about Moon’s group that he admitted in the article that after he once spoke to a group and received his check for his talk, he did not know who wrote the check only to find out later it was from Moon’s “church.”

    Moon does not just say Jesus was a failure. Moon performed a ceremony in which he married Jesus to Korean women which he claims allowed Jesus to enter heaven. He also claims Jesus serves his dead son in heaven.

    Read some of what Moon’s daughter in law said about Moon’s family here:
    http://www.rickross.com/reference/unif/unif148.html

    Moon makes hundreds of millions of dollars scamming widows in Japan.
    http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2006/8/9/13513/46197/94/234851

    The media in the USA will not tell the public about Moon’s influence over their lives. Most people on the right politically have no idea who the “True Father” of today’s conservatism is. I hope the media around the world picks up the story; maybe they can awaken the USA.

    James Whelan, the fist editor of the Washington Times said this in 1991 – one could not be more accurate, imo.

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=9008719207533458404&hl=en

    “They (the Moonies) are subverting our political system. They’re doing it through front organizations–most of them disguised–and through their funding of independent organizations–through the placement of volunteers in the inner sanctums of hard-pressed organizations. In every instance–in every instance–those who attend their conferences, those who accept their money or their volunteers, delude themselves that there is no loss of virtue because the Moonies have not proselytized. That misses the central, crucial point: the Moonies are a political movement in religious clothing. Moon seeks power, not the salvation of souls. To achieve that, he needs religious fanatics as his palace guard and shock troops. But more importantly, he needs secular conscripts–seduced by money, free trips, free services, seemingly endless bounty and booty–in order to give him respectability and, with it, that image of influence which translates as power.”

    You can learn a lot about the history of all this by scrolling down here for “U.S. Government Investigations”

    http://www.freedomofmind.com/resourcecenter/groups/m/moonies/

    You can also find a great deal of information the vast majority of the American public is unaware of here:

    http://www.rickross.com/groups/moonie.html

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