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The Rev. Sun Myung Moon, founder of the
Unification Church, preaches before a diverse audience
Wednesday at the Zion Methodist Church in North Las
Vegas. Moon came to the valley as part of his 51-city
national tour touting traditional family values and the
end to racism and religious denominationalism.
Thursday, April 12, 2001
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CONTROVERSIAL MESSAGE: Moon speaks at church
Leader's speech features sexually explicit
The Rev. Sun Myung Moon told a racially
diverse crowd of about 600 people at a North Las Vegas church
that only people who have children and who are blessed in his
lineage will be allowed to enter heaven.
Wednesday's event was billed in press
materials as a stand against violence in a community that has
suffered a slew of recent gang-related homicides, but that
message was overshadowed largely by Moon's detailed
descriptions of "love organs" and his own unique theology.
Moon, the founder of the Unification Church
and the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification,
spoke at the Zion Methodist Church as part of a 51-city blitz
that began in February and ends Monday in Washington, D.C. His
tour has largely focused on cities' black communities.
Moon has forged an alliance with a number
of urban black churches and the Nation of Islam, who support
his positions on traditional family values and breaking down
the walls of denomination and race.
"What impresses me so much about Rev. Moon
is that he's truly on the battlefield for our Lord," said Zion
Methodist Pastor William Bennett. "He's truly got a gift from
God to bring people together."
Some members of the audience, which was
largely composed of black Christians and Muslims, didn't feel
the same way as they walked out during the speech.
One woman yelled that Moon was a liar when
he said people needed the blessing of his lineage to enter
heaven, because he is free from original sin.
"Jesus has to be reborn in this world,"
said the 81-year-old Moon, who claims God told him at the age
of 16 to continue Jesus Christ's work.
Speaking through an interpreter, the
Korean-born religious leader told the audience that
homosexuals, childless couples and people's misuse of their
"love organs" are destroying society.
"The head of (the male) love organ is
shaped exactly like a poisonous rattlesnake," he said. "And
just like a rattlesnake, it's always looking for a hole.
"If you misuse your love organ, you destroy
your life, your nation, your world."
Moon added that 70 percent of divorces are
the fault of the woman, primarily because they believe
ownership of their love organ is for themselves and not under
the hand of their husband.
Moon, often referred to as a cult leader,
acknowledged he and his views have come under considerable
Moon founded the Unification Church in
Korea in 1954 and brought it to the United States when he
moved here in 1971. Moon spent 13 months in prison for tax
evasion in the 1980s, then created the Family Federation for
World Peace and Unification in the late 1990s to broaden his
reach. Estimates of the size of his worldwide congregation,
known as "Moonies," vary and are disputed by his critics.
Moon currently holds the reins of a robust
business empire that controls various enterprises in
Washington, D.C., including the Washington Times newspaper.
In 1999, Moon's 21-year-old son, Las Vegas
resident Young Jin Moon, fell to his death from the 17th floor
of the Harrah's hotel in Reno. The fall was ruled a suicide,
but a spokesman for the family said at the time they did not
believe it was a suicide.