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“”The Moonies are a dangerous mind control cult with millions of followers and billions of dollars. Reverend Moon is a religious nut who is trying to take over the world. Moon openly admits that he thinks he is God and he expects to be worshipped! [They are] deeply rooted in the press, the Christian evangelical movement, and the Republican Party. If you're a member of the Press, a Christian, or a Republican, this should scare the Hell out of you.
|—Marc Perkel, |
The Unification Church, officially called the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification but more commonly known as the Moonies, is a personality cult formed by and around "Reverend" Sun Myung Moon, a nutjob from South Korea who claimed he was the second coming of Jesus, and blamed the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunamis upon the Japanese people, claiming it was divine punishment for believing in 'idols'. Since April 2008, it has been led by its "officially anointed" chairman, Moon's 28-year-old son Hyung Jin Moon. Moon and his wife were banned from entering Germany and other Western European countries in the Schengen agreement because it was felt he had a bad influence on young people. However, no sanction has been placed on the organization.
In 1971 Moon moved to the United States and began recruiting from among the counterculture in Berkeley and San Francisco, expanding to most U.S. cities by 1973. They were one of the main groups (along with the Children of God and Synanon) to prompt public concern over cults starting in the early 1970s. Moon would arrange the marriages of church members and hold mass wedding ceremonies, members lived together communally, and the stereotype of the typical Moonie became the brainwashed follower selling flowers in the airport. The Moonies have been repeatedly accused of splitting up families and pressuring Moonies to break ties with their family of origin. Sun Myung Moon finally died in September 2012. 
Ironically (for his ex-hippie converts, at least), Moon himself was a hard-core right winger who ran full page ads defending Richard Nixon during the Watergate scandal, started the blatantly partisan Washington Times newspaper (which is just as partisan as the neoconservative Washington Post, but at least unlike the Post doesn't try to hide it), was a heavy promoter and funder of global warming denial and anti-environmentalist activity during the 1990s, and had close ties with the Cheney-Rumsfeld-Ashcroft gang. Moon was strongly in favor of conservative family values, which is ironic considering that he was a serial adulterer and "fornicator", once preached a doctrine based on promiscuity and has had three wives in succession, who gave birth to a total of 16 children.
The New York Times reported in 1997 that Moon "has been reaching out to conservative Christians in the United States in the last few years by emphasizing shared goals like support for sexual abstinence outside of marriage and opposition to homosexuality." Moon also appealed to the Second Amendment crowd. In March 1999, the Washington Post reported that "the messiah" owned the lucrative Kahr Arms Company through Saeilo, Inc. (CEO/president/lead designer: Kook Jin "Justin" Moon).
 Media empire
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Part of Moon's influence can be attributed to his being a very wealthy man - before coming to the U.S. he had built a successful media empire in Korea. [more detail please]
For their U.S. media empire, see also:
- Washington Times
- New World Encyclopedia
- United Press International (bought by the Moonies from ARA Group International, a group of Saudi investors, in 2000)
The most recently compiled list of Moonie media fronts (April 2007) can be viewed here.
The "Church" is also heavily involved in business in the US and both Koreas. In particular they are apparently North America's major supplier to the sushi restaurant trade through the True World Group.
 Roots of Intelligent Design
Famous Intelligent Design advocate and all-around idiot Jonathan Wells is a member of the cult. In an unintentionally humorous speech, good ol' Jon revealed that he was assigned a task by the Reverend Sun Myung Moon to get a "doctorate" in biology and "destroy Darwinism from within", which is probably why he keeps bullshitting all the time.
 See also
- Bad Moon Rising: How Rev. Moon Created the Washington Times, Seduced the Religious Right and Built an American Kingdom, John Gorenfeld, ISBN 0979482232 ISBN 978-097948223
- National Network of Lawyers against the spiritual sales: the fight against the moonie fraud in Japan
- Where in Washington, D.C. is Sun Myung Moon? Blog by John Gorenfeld
- Craig Maxim with his moonie cup
- Robert Parry's six part series in The Consortium about the Dark Side of Rev. Moon
- Allen Tate Wood - author, exit counselor, and former chief political officer of the Moonies