Rev. Moon’s ‘Family Values’ Debauchery

Mariah Blake continues her excellent reporting on the late Rev. Moon’s legacy with this article about his long history of sexual debauchery while publicly declaring that extra-marital sex was the worst possible sin and preaching “family values” to the world. This includes having an illegitimate son and hiding him from his followers:
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Is Moon’s Empire Crumbling?

The Rev. Sun Myung Moon died last year, prompting a war within his family for control of the multi-million dollar religious, corporate and criminal enterprise that comprises the far-flung Unification Church. The New Republic has a very long article about that and the whole sordid history of Moon’s criminal cult. I encourage you to read the whole thing. But I want to focus on the very first comment left by a Moonie:
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Former Moonie Speaks Out

Diane Benscoter, a former member of the Unification Church who later became a cult deprogrammer, has a new book out called Shoes of a Servant. She also recently gave a TED talk about her experiences. As my longtime readers know, I’ve followed the story of the totalitarian con man and criminal Rev. Moon for many years. Here’s her TED talk:
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Blanchard Wants Undue ‘Respect’ for Rev. Moon

Kate Blanchard, a non-believing religious studies professor at Alma College, not far from where I live, writes at Religion Dispatches about the death of the recently deceased Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Unfortunately, she seems to think that the man, and his corrupt “church,” deserves some vague “respect” merely because he has managed to fool a lot of people. She quotes this statement from Doug Mataconis after Moon’s death:
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