Appendix A: Notes for above post.
Appendix A: Notes
(1) Sun Myung Moon, “Leaders Building a World of Peace.” This speech was given on August 24, 1992, at the Little Angels Performing Arts Center, Seoul, Korea, to those attending the World Culture and Sports Festival.
An excerpt from the speech: “In early July, I spoke in five cities around Korea at rallies held by the Women’s Federation for World Peace. There, I declared that my wife, WFWP President Hak Ja Han Moon, and I are the True Parents of all humanity. I declared that we are the Savior, the Lord of the Second Advent, the Messiah.” http://www.unification.org/ucbooks/Mspks/1992/920824.html
Chung Hwan Kwak, current chairman, chief executive officer and president of the Moon owned United Press International (UPI). IIPC Consultation: Opening Remarks Chung Hwan KwakOctober 3, 2003: I will not be vague as I think many of you know that within our movement we refer to Rev. and Mrs. Moon as True Parents. This term is not only a term of honor for them, but represents a very important status in God's providence. What various religions have referred to as messiah, savior, anointed one, or the second coming, is included in the term True Parents. http://www.tparents.org/UNews/Unws0310/iipc_consult_kwak.htm
(2) United States House of Representatives. Investigation of Korean-American Relations, Report of the Subcommittee on International Relations of the Committee on International Relations (Fraser Report). October 31, 1978.
Scroll down here for a 43-page pdf file excerpt of the congressional investigation report. http://www.freedomofmind.com/resourcecenter/groups/m/moonies/
(3) “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” MSNBC, Aug. 18, 2003.
(4) Sun Myung Moon, “The Last Days are Coming to America.”Excerpted from an address given by Moon at his East Garden estate in Irvington, New York on September 13, 2002 to clergy planning the September 14, 2002 “blessing.” http://www.tparents.org/UNews/Unws0209/SM020913.htm
(5) Kim A. Lawton, “Unification Church Ties Haunt New Coalition - Are followers of Sun Myung Moon expanding their influence among conservative Christians?” Christianity Today, Feb. 5, 1988. An excerpt: At these meetings, "Godism" is touted as the means to defeat communism. According to the CAUSA Lecture Manual, Godism was developed by Moon "through extraordinary communication with God" and will unite all mankind, "for we are all the children of God" (CT, June 14, 1985, p. 55). http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2001/132/36.0.html
See also Sun Myung Moon, “The Time is Right for Godism.” Founder's Address of the Youth Federation for World Peace, 1994. http://www.tparents.org/Moon-Talks/sunmyungmoon94/SM940726.htm
(6) Fraser Report. (See #2.)
(7) Sun Myung Moon, “Significance of the Training Session.” A speech delivered by Moon on May 17, 1973. Third Directors' Conference, Master Speaks. Translated by: Mrs. Won Pok Choi. Excerpt: “If the U. S. continues its corruption, and we find among the senators and congressmen no one really usable for our purposes, we can make senators and congressmen out of our members.” http://www.tparents.org/Moon-Talks/sunmyungmoon73/SM730517.htm
(8) “FRONTLINE: The Resurrection Of Reverend Moon.” Eric Nadler, reporter. Written and produced by Rory O’Connor. Jan. 21, 1992 broadcast. Copyright (c)1991 WGBH Educational Foundation. Excerpt: “Narrator: But Moon's influence over the AFC (American Freedom Coalition) is underscored by this 1988 letter FRONTLINE obtained from a source who once worked within the Moon Organization. AFC President Robert Grant, writing to Reverend Moon, thanks him for investing heavily and “helping to bring the AFC into being.” Grant concludes by telling Moon, "Without your leadership, vision and the support of your devoted followers, the AFC would not exist.” http://www.mediachannel.org/originals/moontranscript.shtml
Sun Myung Moon speaks to the International Leaders' Conference January 2, 1992 Grand Ball Room, World Mission Center, New York Translator - Dr. Bo Hi Pak Dr. Pak then introduced Dr. Robert Grant as a man with a deep spiritual connection to Father. Dr. Grant then spoke about his work for God and the direction of the USA activities.
In addition, at a 1996 banquet in Buenos Aires to celebrate the launch of a Moon newspaper, former president George H.W. Bush praised Moon as “the man with the vision.” Full quote: “I want to salute Reverend Moon who is the founder of the Washington Times and of the new paper here,” said Bush, who was reported by the Washington Post to have been paid $100,000 for his Buenos Aires appearance.
“A lot of my friends in South America don't know about the Washington Times but it is an independent voice,” said Bush. “The editors of the Washington Times tell me that never once has the man with the vision interfered with the running of the paper, a paper that in my view brings sanity to Washington DC.” http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/8425/BUSHMOON.HTM
One year after Bush called Moon the “man with the vision" the Washington Post on Nov. 24, 1997 reported that Moon’s Washington Times Foundation donated $1 million to George Bush's presidential library in Texas. http://www.consortiumnews.com/archive/moon7.html
See also: “A Church in Flux Is Flush With Cash” By Marc Fisher and Jeff Leen Washington Post Staff Writers Sunday, November 23, 1997; Page A01 Excerpt: Other groups get quick infusions of cash for special projects. Gifts and contributions to the Women's Federation for World Peace, for example, soared to $10.7 million in 1995. The federation sponsored a series of speeches by George and Barbara Bush in Asia and the United States, with total fees estimated at about $1 million. ... Bush (George H.W. Bush) spokesman Jim McGrath said the ex-president "strongly believes in the mission" of Moon's federations, but "has no relationship with Moon." McGrath said all of Bush's appearances have been arranged through Wesley Pruden, editor in chief of the Washington Times. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/longterm/cult/unification/main.htm
(9) Robert Parry, “Dark Side of Rev. Moon: Buying the Right.” Consortium, 1997. http://www.consortiumnews.com/archive/moon3.html
(10) John B. Judis, “Rev. Moon’s Rising Political Influence - His empire is spending big money trying to win favor with conservatives.” U.S. News & World Report, March 27, 1989.
(11) Workshop on Journalism and Media.Excerpted from a speech given by Sun Myung Moon to workshop participants at the Sheraton National Hotel in Washington, D.C. on May 30, 2003. Notes by M. Herbers and M. Jenkins. Translated by J. Hong. http://www.tparents.org/Moon-Talks/SunMyungMoon03/SM030530.htm
(12) Fraser Report. (See # 2).Excerpt from the 1978 congressional report: In many public statements and in applications for tax-exempt status, the goals of the Moon movement are said to be religious. Actions which appeared to be clearly political or economic to outsiders were explained as necessary means to achieve religious goals. The apparent contradictions in many of the activities of the Moon Organization are explained by Moon's overriding religious goal--to establish a worldwide "theocracy," that is, a world order which would abolish separation of church and state and be governed by the immediate direction of God. As Moon explained to his followers: … In the Medieval Ages, they had to separate from the cities--statesmanship from the religious field--because people were corrupted at that time. But when it comes to our age, we must have an automatic theocracy to rule the world. So, we cannot separate the political field from the religious…Separation between religion and politics is what Satan likes most.
(13) “cannot separate the political field from the religious.” Fraser Report. (See #2.)
also from Fraser: Alan Tate Wood, a former UC member who had been president of the FLF, described to the subcommittee some of Moon's political ambitions and activities. He said that Moon, through the UC and its numerous front organizations, wanted to acquire enough influence in America to be able to "dictate policy on major issues, to influence legislation, and move into electoral politics."In the United States, the political goals of the UC and those of the KCIA "overlap so thoroughly as to display no difference at all." Wood also charged that Moon was violating U.S. laws by importing aliens to raise funds and that fundraising by UC members was often done under false pretenses.
(14) “The Secret Sayings of Master Moon.” Time, June 14, 1976, pg. 49.
(15) Carla Binion, “Why is TV news ignoring the relationship between Moon and the Bush family?” Online Journal, Feb. 22, 2001. http://www.rickross.com/reference/unif/unif112.html
(16) “FRONTLINE: The Resurrection Of Reverend Moon.” Eric Nadler, reporter. Written and produced by Rory O’Connor. Jan. 21, 1992 broadcast. Copyright (c)1991 WGBH Educational Foundation. http://www.mediachannel.org/originals/moontranscript.shtml
(17) Hyo Jin Moon, “Restoration Through Indemnity.” Excerpted from a speech by Hyo Jin Moon, Belvedere, New York, Aug. 18, 1991. http://www.tparents.org/Moon-Talks/hyojinmoon/HJ910818.htm
Sun Myung Moon speaks on the Unification Church and the land and the sea. June 1, 1991 Belvedere, New York Translator Col. Sang Kil Han By the same token Christianity needs the same overhaul, the same thing. Christianity in America alone will never amount to anything and they know that as well as we do. We have to revive them. Ron Godwin, Robert Grant and Donald Sills and Dr. Pak formed a revival group. They all agreed. Last Friday, Father went to Washington and persuaded them. Each one understood. They will lead the revival of American Christianity. http://www.unification.net/1991/910601.html
(18) Kim A. Lawton, “Unification Church Ties Haunt New Coalition - Are followers of Sun Myung Moon expanding their influence among conservative Christians?” Christianity Today, Feb. 5, 1988. http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2001/132/36.0.html
(19) U.S. News & World Report (see #10) and Parry, “Dark Side of Rev. Moon,” (see #9). From Parry: By the mid-1980s, Moon’s Unification Church had carved out a niche as an acceptable part of the American right. In one speech to his followers, Moon boasted that “without knowing it, even President Reagan is being guided by Father (Moon).”Yet, Moon also made clear that his longer-range goal was the destruction of the U.S. Constitution and America’s democratic form of government. “History will make the position of Reverend Moon clear, and his enemies, the American population and government will bow down to him.” Moon said, speaking of himself in the third person. “That is Father’s tactic, the natural subjugation of the American government and population.” http://www.consortiumnews.com/archive/moon3.html
(20) Hyo Jin Moon, “Restoration Through Indemnity.” (See #17.)
(21) “Religious Leaders Say: Oppose The ‘Houses Of Worship Free Speech Restoration Act’ H.R. 235.” Episcopal Public Policy Network, Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations, The Episcopal Church, USA, February 28, 2003. http://arc.episcopalchurch.org/eppn/publications_HR235.asp
(22) Fraser Report. (See #2.)
(23) Episcopal Public Policy Network. (See #21.)
(24) U.S. News & World Report (see #10) and Parry, Dark Side of Rev. Moon (see # 9).
(25) Rob Boston, “Moon Shadow - With Help From Congressional Republicans And The Bush ‘Faith-Based’ Initiative, Controversial Korean Evangelist Sun Myung Moon Is Trying To Expand His Religious-Political Empire.” Americans United for Separation of Church and State, June 2001.http://www.au.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=5684&abbr=cs_
(26) Boston, “Moon Shadow.” (See #25.)
(27) Binion, “Why is TV news ignoring the relationship between Moon and the Bush family?” (See #15.)
(28) Judis, “Rev. Moon’s Rising Political Influence - His empire is spending big money trying to win favor with conservatives.” (See #10.)
(29) Robert Parry, “Dark Side of Rev. Moon: Buying the Right.” http://www.freedomofmind.com/stevehassan/presskit/articles/parry1.htm
(30) Carolyn Weaver, “Unholy Alliance.” Mother Jones, Jan. 1986. From an audiotape uncovered by Weaver of a letter dictated by Tim LaHaye. Transcript of the entire letter from Tim LaHaye to Bo Hi Pak may be found here: http://tinyurl.com/3rolo
(31) “The Secret Sayings of Master Moon.” Time. (See #14.)
(32) Fraser Report. (See #2.)
(33) John Gorenfeld, “Bad Moon on the rise - Overcoming his church’s bizarre reputation and his own criminal record, the Rev. Sun Myung Moon has cemented ties with the Bush administration -- and gained government funding for his closest disciples.” Salon, Sept. 24, 2003.http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2003/09/24/moon/index_np.html
(34) John Gorenfeld, “This really happened at the Senate office building.” Where in Washington, D.C. is Sun Myung Moon? June 13, 2004. http://tinyurl.com/48w8g
See also “Moon Over Washington: Why are some of the capital’s most influential power players hanging out with a bizarre Korean billionaire who claims to be the Messiah?” Gadflyer by John Gorenfeld, June 9, 2004. http://gadflyer.com/articles/?ArticleID=131
For additional and recent information on Moon’s organization please see Gorenfeld’s blog. http://www.iapprovethismessiah.com/
(35) Sun Myung Moon, “True Day Of All Things And The Initiator Of Harmony.” An address by Moon at the Belvedere International Training Center, June 5, 1997. Translator: Mr. Peter Kim. http://www.tparents.org/Moon-Talks/sunmyungmoon97/970605.htm
(36) Robert G. Kaiser and Ira Chinoy, “Scaife: Funding Father of the Right.” Washington Post, Sunday, May 2, 1999, pg. A1. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/special/clinton/stories/scaifemain050299.htm
(37) Dante Chinni, “The Other Paper – The Washington Times' Role.” Columbia Journalism Review, 2002. Excerpt: Pruden says Moon hasn’t visited the Times in at least a year, and doesn’t pressure him editorially. Still, it is Moon’s largess that keeps the Times afloat. Exact numbers on the privately owned paper are hard to get, but published reports indicate Moon has sunk nearly $2 billion into the Times. http://archives.cjr.org/year/02/5/chinni.asp
(38) Bo Hi Pak, “Greetings from the Chain of the Washington Times.” A speech by Bo Hi Pak, May 16, 1991. Truth Is My Sword Volume I – Collected Speeches in the Public Arena. http://www.tparents.org/library/unification/books/tims1/Tims1-55.htm
(39) Fraser Report. (See #2.)
(40) John Gorenfeld, “Bad Moon on the Rise.” Salon, Sept. 24, 2003. Excerpt: Along the way, he has been able to gain acceptance by the most powerful people in the country, surely with the help of his media mini-empire -- including the UPI wire service and the right-wing newspapers Tiempos del Mundo, in South America, and the Washington Times, which he runs at losses well into the tens of millions every year. His exorbitant spending on politicians, largely conservative, hasn't hurt either; his Washington Times foundation gave $1 million to the George H.W. Bush presidential library and has paid the former president untold amounts in speaking fees. http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2003/09/24/moon/
See also the Washington Post story of July 27, 1990 by Peter Maass in which Moon's mouthpiece and top aide Pak admits to losses of $35 million per year. Excerpt: Pak said that the newspaper has lost about $250 million since its founding eight years ago, and he estimates that it continues to lose $35 million a year.
(41) Sun Myung Moon, “Sun Myung Moon speaks on our mission during the time of the World Transition.” A speech given by Moon at Belvedere, Tarrytown, New York on Dec. 23, 1991. Translator: Col. San Kil Han. Excerpt: Look at the Washington Times. No one in America helped to create that. Without Father’s guidance for the Washington Times, this country couldn’t have found a direction. Literally nine hundred million to one billion dollars has been spent to activate and run the Washington Times. Did we make any part of this money and give it to Father, saying, “Father, please use this to continue the Washington Times”? The world thinks it is true that Reverend Moon really exploited young Americans by making them go out and sell flowers. The amount of money that American members raised was not even enough to support themselves with food and shelter every day. Father brought tons of money to this country to accomplish his goals. http://www.unification.net/1991/911223.html
(42) Chinni, Columbia Journalism Review. (See #37.)
(43) Joseph Farah's “Radio Active” radio show interview with John Gorenfeld. June 15, 2004.
(44) Jesse J. Holland, Associated Press, “Some Moderate Republicans Criticize Bush.” phillyBurbs.com, August 29, 2004. http://www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/32-08292004-357325.html
“Come Back to the Mainstream” information at http://www.backtothemainstream.org/
(45) “Once-generous Japanese become disenchanted with Moon's church.”By Kevin Sullivan and Mary Jordan, Washington Post, 4 August 1996, p. A01 Excerpt: In the decade that followed, Fukasawa became a key cog in the Japanese fund-raising machinery that is a central source of the church's financial might and its high-profile activities in the United States. Church officials say that they raise $400 million a year here and that followers worldwide have invested more than $1 billion in the United States in the last 20 years, including more than $800 million in the Washington Times newspaper. ….Oe said Unification Church doctrine requires Japan to bankroll church activities. He said South Korea is "Adam's country," Japan is "Eve's country" and the other countries where the church has followers are their offspring. "Japan is mother and wife," Oe said. "So Japan has the mission to support her husband and raise her children." http://www.hartford-hwp.com/archives/55a/018.html
See also “Moon’s Japanese Profits Bolster Efforts in U.S.” By John Burgess and Michael Isikoff, Washington Post, Sunday, September 16, 1984; Page A01. Excerpt: Exhorted by pep talks to meet "the respected father's" needs, Japanese church members have worked in recent years under sales quotas requiring them to transfer to the United States roughly $2.5 million a month earmarked for The Times, Soejima said. "The Washington Times was the top priority of the entire Unification Church worldwide," said Soejima, who was editor of Sekai Nippo (World Daily News), a church-controlled Tokyo newspaper, before being fired last October following a dispute with church officials over control of the paper. .....Handwritten notes that Soejima made at some church finance meetings indicate that the Japanese church was taking in more than $100 million a year during 1981 and 1982, most of which was transferred to church headquarters in New York. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/longterm/cult/unification/profit.htm
See also “Church Spends Millions On Its Image” By Michael Isikoff Washington Post Staff Writer Monday, September 17, 1984; Page A01 Excerpt: …the Japanese branch of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church has transferred at least $800 million over the past nine years into the United States to finance the church's political activities and business operations, including The Washington Times newspaper, according to two former high-ranking church officials. This money is generated in Japan, primarily through a Tokyo-based business operation that uses church members to sell marble vases, miniature treasure pagodas and other religious icons that are represented as having supernatural powers, the former officials said. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-rv/national/longterm/cult/unification/image.htm
See also “Sun Myung Moon speaks on our mission during the time of the World Transition.” December 23, 1991 Belvedere, Tarrytown. New York Translator - Col. San Kil Han. Excerpt: The amount of money that American members raised was not even enough to support themselves with food and shelter every day. Father brought tons of money to this country to accomplish his goal. http://www.unification.net/1991/911223.html
See also the Fraser Report: Several persons interviewed by the subcommittee staff stated that prominent Moon Organization figures had admitted bringing in large amounts of cash from Japan by concealing it on their persons. Since 1972, U.S. law has required that all persons moving cash in excess of $5,000 in or out of the country fill out a Treasury report. Japan has similar requirements, as well as limitations on converting yen to other currencies.
(46) “The Activities of the Unification Church in Japan.” National Network of Lawyers Against the Spiritual Sales, a group of 300 Japanese lawyers representing plaintiffs against the Unification Church in Japan since the 1980s. Excerpt from the Network’s website: All day long, they (Unification Church members) are forced to do fund-raising by committing illegal acts such as swindling through a fraudulent missionary (sic) work and spiritual sales. They are taught to “Believe and die, and live for Sun Myung Moon,” and they believe that by deceiving people to come to the church, intimidating people and making them pay money, will save the people and themselves in the spiritual world. The problem with the missionary activities of the Unification Church is that they first invite people by hiding their identity as the Unification Church and a religion, and then to do mind control by cleverly threatening. http://www1k.mesh.ne.jp/reikan/eactivi.htmfrom: http://www1k.mesh.ne.jp/reikan/english/index-e.htm
See also “Once-generous Japanese become disenchanted with Moon’s church .” By Kevin Sullivan and Mary Jordan, Washington Post, 4 August 1996, p. A01. http://www.hartford-hwp.com/archives/55a/018.html Excerpt: Masuo Oe, the church’s chief spokesman in Japan, says its Japanese operations are healthier than ever and are still raising more than $400 million a year in donations here -- surpassing the amount raised in the heyday of Japan's booming economy in the mid-1980s. …
A much different portrait of the church’s financial health in Japan emerges in interviews with dozens of former church members, their attorneys and analysts who have investigated the Unification Church, as well as in hundreds of pages of documents filed in Japanese courts. Each of these sources says the church’s immense fund-raising machine in Japan has faltered. It has slipped largely because of intense scrutiny from the media and civic watchdogs, and an ever-increasing number of complaints and lawsuits filed against the church and its members. http://www.hartford-hwp.com/archives/55a/018.html
(47) National Network of Lawyers Against the Spiritual Sales. (See #46.)
Excerpt from the roughly-translated English version of the Network’s website (spelling corrected for clarity): The Spiritual Sales is a wicked sales conducted by the “Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity” (“Unification Church” hereafter) for gaining money for its activities. The typical ways of doing this are as follows…Approaching the citizens through individual door-to-door visitations or in the downtown area while hiding its identity as the Unification Church “Please cooperate in the questionnaire for the study of the youths’ consciousness.” “I am studying palm reading.” “There are lines in your hand which tell that you are in the transition period.” They draw out the worries, unfortunate happenings in the family and check the financial situation...Through such an approach, they trick the people into buying a seal stamp (hanko) or a sosary, at home, coffee shop, or apartment room, by threatening them for long hours saying, "In order to free you from the fateful destiny of ancestors…” This costs about 100,000 yen and up to 2 million yen… Until 1987, in addition to the above-mentioned tactics, they made people buy marble jar (a few million to ten million yen), Shakato (4.4 million yen), Korai Jinsen (Korean ginseng) extract (essence, concentrated) (80,000 yen per bottle, of which some bought over100 bottles).
By saying, "A very prominent mentor who can see the spiritual world will take time especially to meet you,” they tempt people to come to a sacred place, and by using the worries they had learned of in advance, say, “If you leave it the way it is now, your parents will die soon...your children will become sick ...your husband will have an affair...you won't be able to have a happy marriage. And these are because your ancestors have committed murder, have had affairs, etc.” They continue to bluff and intimidate people for hours…After 1988, the followers were continuously imposed upon with a quota and were selling Jinsen (ginseng) extracts. However, recently, they are making people buy Buddha statues and family trees for a few million yen by using the same threatening words, and forcing them to make all their savings into an offering… In addition, they use tactics which violate the door-to-door sales law by making people buy items such as jewelry, kimonos, and paintings at exorbitant prices in a very forcible manner…The amount of offerings Sun Myung Moon orders to be collected from the Japanese followers every month through the Japanese senior officials is enormous. In 1986 and 1987, the amount was as high as 10 billion yen every month, and, in about 1990, it was still a few billion yen every month. In order to fulfill the assigned task, the followers who have jobs are forced to make loans of approximately 1 million yen from a number of financial institutions.
In addition, housewives who have real estate and old aged people living alone have been forced to make offerings in the amount of tens and hundreds of million yen by intimidation. They have also been made to borrow money from financial institutions on the security of real estates, which are then taken by the Unification Church. This kind of debts are received with increasing debts and without any repayment, there are many citizens who are in trouble…A part of the victims of the Spiritual Sales have come to us lawyers and consumer counselors of the government bodies. The total number of victims has soared and the damages are high. The true figure of victimized citizens, however, is assumed to be over ten times more than what is recognized, for the fear of bad luck from ancestors and repercussions from the Unification Church. http://www1k.mesh.ne.jp/reikan/eactivi.htm From: http://www1k.mesh.ne.jp/reikan/english/index-e.htm
(48) For information on the many court rulings in Japan involving the Unification Church, see the National Network of Lawyers Against the Spiritual Sales website pages: http://www1k.mesh.ne.jp/reikan/english/index-e.htm
Excerpt from the Network’s pages: Judgment by the Fukuoka District Court on the Unification Church. The Court recognized that the Unification Church as a religious corporate body did perpetrate unlawful acts against plaintiffs ‘A’ and ‘B’. In addition to corporate liability, the Court also holds the employees of the Unification Church liable for the actions of the church corporate body. The Court ruling has set a new, epoch-making legal precedent for future District Court decisions. At the time of this writing, the Unification Church has appealed the District Court decision to the Fukuoka High Court. http://www1k.mesh.ne.jp/reikan/english/judement/fukuoka/fuku1.htm
Excerpt from Lawyer's Network website’s “Representation” page: Over the 14 years since 1987, more than 20,000 people have claimed sums totaling 800 million dollars. http://www1k.mesh.ne.jp/reikan/english/representation/represent.htm
For the complete 20 April 1999 National Network of Lawyers Against the Spiritual Sales report see: “Moonies in Japan.” Steven Alan Hassan’s Freedom of Mind Center, (home page http://www.freedomofmind.com/ ). http://tinyurl.com/39ejt
Excerpt: According to figures compiled by the National Network of Lawyers Against the Spiritual Sales, between 1987 and 1998, a total of 19,689 cases were reported. The total sum of damages claimed in the cases totaled 74,676,016,952 yen. Using the date of the report (04/20/99) for a conversion date and this conversion tool: http://www.oanda.com/convert/classic They are saying between 1987 and 1998 the amount claimed from 19,689 cases is 74676016952 Japanese Yen = 632,901,248 US Dollars. That is $632 million on claims filed for a ten year period. (More has been claimed since.) The report adds this comment taking into account that many people were likely ashamed to come forward and that Japan is not a litigious society. “However, most certainly this sum is only a fraction of all real damages incurred by people in Japan as a result of Unification Church activities.” The report also states that from about 1975, the Church was able to pocket enormous sums of money by their spiritual sales strategies, i.e. by selling ginseng extract and marble urns. Many sources concur that between 1975 and 1985 the Unification Church in Japan remitted 5-10 billion yen each month to Sun Myung Moon.
Using a mid-point June 30, 1980 as a conversion date--when a million dollars was something to be gawked at, 5,000,000,000 Japanese Yen = 22,990,620 US Dollars 10000000000 Japanese Yen = 45,981,240 US Dollars
They are saying Japan sent Moon’s organization roughly between 23 and 46 million a month for ten years. That’s between 275 to 550 million a year from Japan between 1975 and 1985.Using this inflation calculator: http://www.westegg.com/inflation/ and adjusting those 1980 figures to the report's date, 1999, the figures per year adjusted for inflation in 1999 would be: low estimate of $275 million a year in 1980 would be 612 million and on the high end would be $1.22 billion per year from Japan to Moon between 1975-85.
From the Japanese Lawyer's Network quoted in note 47 above: The total number of victims has soared and the damages are high. The true figure of victimized citizens, however, is assumed to be over ten times more than what is recognized, for the fear of bad luck from ancestors and repercussions from the Unification Church. (based on the Lawyers figure of $800,000,000 in claims, that would mean that the Moon organization made $8 billion from running these cons in Japan.)
(49) Kevin Sullivan, “Widow Pays Church to End Husband’s ‘Suffering in Hell.’” Washington Post, Sunday, August 4, 1996; Page A30. Excerpt: In June 1988, four months after her husband died, Nakajima went with several church members to an apartment, where she met a man who appeared to be praying. He told her: “Your husband is suffering in hell. Your husband desires [about $500,000]. But your husband says that at the least he wants you to donate [about $300,000].” http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/longterm/cult/unification/widow.htm
See also, Kevin Sullivan and Mary Jordan, “Once-generou0111s Japanese become disenchanted with Moon’s church.” Washington Post, 4 August 1996, p. A01. Excerpt: Fukasawa said she was taught by church members that the key to successful fund-raising was choosing the right people to target. She said church members were told to focus mainly on housewives, women over 30 who appeared to have some money. Once at the door, she said she pretended to read palms and flattered the person at the door at every opportunity. “When we felt someone was a good target, it could be very exciting,” she said. "The key was to get inside the house. If we got inside, we felt we won the battle." http://www.hartford-hwp.com/archives/55a/018.html
(50) John Burgess and Michael Isikoff, “Moon’s Japanese Profits Bolster Efforts in U.S.” Washington Post, Sunday, Sept. 16, 1984, pg. A01. Excerpt: The Japanese branch of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church has transferred at least $800 million over the past nine years into the United States to finance the church’s political activities and business operations, including The Washington Times newspaper, according to two former high-ranking church officials. This money is generated in Japan, primarily through a Tokyo-based business operation that uses church members to sell marble vases, miniature treasure pagodas and other religious icons that are represented as having supernatural powers, the former officials said. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/longterm/cult/unification/profit.htm
(51) Robert Parry, “Mysterious Republican Money.” Consortium News, Sept. 7, 2004. http://www.consortiumnews.com/2004/090704.html
(52) Martin Stott, “Moon Ban and Religious Freedom.” Religionnewsblog.com, a BBC report May 30, 2004. Excerpt: The Reverend Sun Myung Moon has failed in his latest attempt to lift the ban on him coming to Britain. Secretary, David Blunkett, believes a visit from the 84-year-old leader of the Unification Church – or Moonies – would revitalise the movement in Britain and lead to “undesirable methods of recruitment”. A recent appeal to the immigration authority adjudicator to overturn his decision has been rejected. http://www.religionnewsblog.com/7476-Moon_ban_and_religious_freedom.html
See also: Germany - International Religious Freedom Report 2004, Released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. Excerpt: The Federal Interior Ministry continued its immigration exclusion (refusal to issue a visitor visa) against the founder of the Unification Church, Reverend Sun Myung Moon, and his wife, Hak Ja Har Moon. The couple have been refused entry to the country (and through Schengen Treaty visa ineligibility, to other Schengen countries as well) since 1995, when the Chief Office for Border Security issued a notice of refusal of entry for an initial period of 3 years. The Government refused entry based on its characterization of Reverend Moon and his wife as leaders of a “cult” that endangers the personal and social development of young persons. Citing this original justification, the Government extended its refusal of entry for another 2 years in August 2002 and was the only Schengen country to do so. http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/irf/2004/35456.htm
See also 2000 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom: Czech Republic. Released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, U.S. Department of State, Sept. 5, 2000. Excerpt: One group, the Unification Church (UC), was denied registration in January 1999 when the Department of Churches determined that it had obtained the required proof of membership by fraud; the UC is contesting the decision in court. http://www.uscirf.gov/dos00Pages/irf_czechrep.php3?mode=print
See also U.S. Department of State Annual Report on International Religious Freedom for 1999: Central African Republic. Released by the Bureau for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Sept. 9, 1999. Excerpt: The Government continued during the period covered by this report to refuse to reregister the previously registered and subsequently banned Unification Church. The Government does not register traditional indigenous religious groups. .... Any religious or nonreligious group that the Government considers subversive is subject to sanctions. The Ministry of Interior may decline to register, suspend the operations of, or ban any organization that it deems offensive to public morals or likely to disturb the peace. The Government has banned the Unification Church since the mid-1980’s as a subversive organization likely to disturb the peace, specifically in connection with alleged paramilitary training of young church members. However, the Government imposed no new sanctions on any religious group during the period covered by this report.http://www.uscirf.gov/dos99Pages/irf_car99.php3?mode=print
(53) Kenneth D. MacHarg, “Venezuela Restricts Unification Church.” Christianity Today, Nov. 17, 1997. http://www.rickross.com/reference/unif/Unif27.html
(54) “Chilean gov’t calls Moon sect dangerous to society.” countrywatch.com,June 7, Santiago. (EFE)http://www.countrywatch.com/@school/as_wire.asp?vCOUNTRY=036&UID=1121925 See also http://groups.yahoo.com/group/rnrs/message/2434