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August 28, 1981 - Image 7

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1981-08-28

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Moonies Seen Testing
the Law Too Often

By ROBERT E. SEGAL
A Seven Arts Feature
Both in the United States

and England these days, the
Rev. Sun Myung Moon's
Unification Church has the
hot blast of government
breathing hard upon it. Ko-
rean in origin, business-
oriented, extremely aggres-
sive, the Moon movement
seems to have dared the law
r-w times too often.
this writing, the U.S.
'Department of Jusice, fol-
lowing a two-year probe,
hints that it may soon start
deportation proceedings
against Mr. Moon and his
wife, Hak Ja Han. The pair
faces charges of violating
American immigration
laws. It is likely that similar
action will be taken against
many members of the Moon
cult who have apparently
entered the U.S. on visitors'
visas. But this is only the
beginning of grave Moonie
trouble.
Across the water, Sir
Michael Haevers, British
attorney general, has
recommended that his gov-
ernment withdraw the
Moon sect's name from the
nation's list of 137,000 reg-
istered charities. British
slap number two is a jury
order for Dennis Orme,
leader of the Moon church in
England, to pay an esti-
mated $1,600,000 in court
costs.
In this instance, after a
six months' procedure,
the High Court rules that
The Daily Mail was jus-
tified in saying that the
Moon cult brainwashed
young converts and
broke up families. The
jurors concluded also
that the Unification
Church is a political
organization.

But isn't Mr. Moon's
church exclusively a reli-
gious unit? No, a New York
Appellate Court has indi-
cated in deciding- a Moon
property tax case. Says the
Court: we can't figure what
the church is mainly but we
do conclude that the politi-
cal and economic theory is
such a substantial part of
the operation, along with
the religious, that it defeats
the Church claim that its
primary purpose is reli-
gious.
These developments are
of considerable interest to
the Jewish community of
America. For scores of
Jewish adolescents adrift in
of jumbled values
come under the Rev.
Moon's charismatic
spell. Intensive Moon affec-
tion showered upon them
have convinced them that
this cult is a safe haven.
"I am your brain," Mr.
Moon and his votaries tell
them. Indoctrinated by such
love bombing in isolation,
the young people are caught
up in the church apparatus.
You may see them out sell-
ing flowers for Dr. Moon.
Or go to Gloucester and
behold the Moonies
spreading their fishing

lic rld

nets for what they may
think is their salvation
but turns out to be more
money in the Unification
Church coffers. Again,
the fishing will be profit-
able for the Moon sect in
Norfolk or Montauk or
Kodiak, Alaska. And the
Moon catches, flown to
Japan, reportedly bring
prices 10 times that
realized by veteran
American fishermen.
Yet the Unification
Church is tax exempt.
Rev. Moon tells his story
thus: he was chosen by God
just as his native Korea was
chosen by God in 1936 when
word came to Mr. Moon to
carry on the unfinished
tasks begun by Jesus.
On the other hand, in-
telligence reports released
by a U.S. Congressional In-
vestigating Committee has
it that the church was actu-
ally founded by Kim Chong
Pil, a director of the Korean
CIA. Kim was one of several
Korean Army officers who
are said to have led the coup
that brought President
Park Chung Hee to power.
The 1970s and 1980s
have been profitable
yea'rs for the Moon
movement. The church
has flourished. But there
have been several trying
times: In 1974, the U.S.
government moved to
deport 61 Moon follow-
ers; in 1975 the govern-
ment of Taiwan launched
a Moon probe and some
300 American parents of
Moonies appealed for a
federal investigation. In
1976, the Moon Paris
headquarters were
bombed and the Vermont
Senate voted to make a
Moon inquiry.
In the American Jewish
community the overriding
consensus is that the Unifi-
cation Church has a record
of "unrelieved hostility to
Jews and Judaism." Little
wonder then that • the
American Jewish Commit-
tee and American Jewish
Congress this summer
urged Jewish scholars re-
ceiving invitations to the
Unification Church confer-
ence in Israel — of all places
— to forego- the trip; little
wonder also that this warn-
ing was followed by Rev.
Moon's decision to cancel
the conference while raising
the cry of "slander!"
Apprehension about
Moonies will naturally per-
sist in Jewish circles even
though Moon watchers re-
port that Lady Doctor Kim,
a high-level member of the
church whose assignment it
is to communicate with the
other realm" has proudly
announced that Albert
Einstein has joined the Un-
ification Church in "the
spirit world."

A man who offers sym-
pathy to someone bereaved
a year ago is like a doctor
who asks a man who has a
broken leg to break it again
— so that the doctor can
show his skill.

Friday, August 28 1981

,

PLAN TO ATTEND BAR-ELAN UNIVERSITY'S

DINNER AND ACADEMIC CONVOCATION

honoring

PHILIP SLOMOVITZ

Editor and Publisher of The Jewish News

PHILIP SLOMOVITZ

and marking the establishment of the

PHILIP SLOMOVITZ CHAIR IN COMMUNICATIONS

AT BAR-ILAN UNIVERSITY

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 1981
6:00 P.M.
CONGREGATION SHAAREY ZEDEK

DR. MARTIN HART
General Vice Chairman—Chairman, Education Committee

IRVING LAKER
General Chairman

NORMAN A. PAPPAS
Endowment Chairman

HENRY P. LEE MAX NOSANCHUK
Scholarship Chairmen

SHARON HART
Arrangements Chairman

SALEK LESSMAN
Chairman, Business Administration

JOSEF% H. JACKIER
Development Chairman, Faculty of Law

DR. BRUCE M. FOOTE
Flint Area Chairman

JACOB ROSENTHAL
Windsor Area Chairman

DAVID HERMELIN
EMERY I. KLEIN
ROBERT H. NAFTALY
IRVING NUSBAUM
American Board of Overseers

MAX STOLLMAN
Global Board of Trustees

FRIEDA STOLLMAN
Global Board of Trustees—President, American Women for Bar-Ilan

MYRON L. MILGROM
General Chairman

DR. LEON FILL
Global Board of Trustees—Vice President, American Board of Overseers

PHILLIP STOLLMAN
Chairman, Global Board of Trustees

Slomovitz Chair Committee*

Louis Berry, Dr. Leon Fill, Samuel Frankel, Grant Silverfarb, Louis Silverfarb,
Leonard N. Simons, Myron Steinberg, Philip Stollman

Dinner Committee*

Norman Allan
Peter Alter
Paul Baker
Ronald F. Berman
Dr. David Berris
Harold Berry
Ivan Bloch -
Dr. Thomas Bonner
Paul Borman
Morris Brandwine
Anthony S. Brown
Allen Charlupski
Norman J. Cohen
Meyer I. Cooper
Norman Cottler
A. J. Cutler
Joseph Cutler
Milton Duchan
Alexander Ehrmann
Sanford Eisenberg
Charles E. Feinberg
Joseph Fetter
Aaron Ginsberg
Nathan I. Goldin
Prof. Bernard Goldman
Martin R. Goldman

Leslie M. Goldstein
Midwest Executive Director

Norma Goldman
David I. Gordon, D.O.
Merrill Gordon
Norman Gordon
Salman Grand
Stephen Grand
Abe Green
David L. Greenbaum
Dr. Joel Hamburger
Samuel Hechtman
David B. Holtzman
Louis A. Horowitz
Lawrence Jackier
Alex Joseph
Mrs. Morris Karbal
Rabbi Joseph Katz
Jay Kogan
Harry Laker
Max Levenson
Dr. Lawrence Loewenthal
Eric Yale Lutz
Dr. Harris Mainster
Charles Milan
Dr. A. Freda Milstein
David H. Morrison

Morris Music
Dave Muskovitz
Milford Nemer
Jacob Nosanchuk
Mrs. Laura Nusbaum
Graham Orley
Joseph Orley
Abe Pasternak
Allan Pearlman
Harold Platt
Samuel W. Platt
Cecille Raichien
Sonny Raichien
Mrs. Harold Robinson
Jack A. Robinson
Ben Rosen
Burt Rosen
Dr. Harvey P. Sabbota
Dave Sakwa
Mrs. Morris Schaver
Mark E. Schlussel
Robert A. Schwartz
Abe Selesny
Dr. Harold Shapiro
D. Larry Sherman

Jane Sherman
I. William Sherr
Robert W. Siegel
David Silver
Dora Silverfarb
Minnie Slobasky
Carmi Slomovitz
Nathan Soberman
Steven Solomon
Jack Solway
Robert Sosnick
Bernard H. Stollman
Dr. Gerald Stollman
Dr. Samuel S. Stollman
Myron Steinberg
Morris Tabachnick
David S. Tanzman
Martin Waldman
Saul Waldman
Harvey Weisberg
Peter Weisberg
Charles Zalev
Harry Zekelman
Paul Zlotoff
Dr. Arnold Zuroff

*Committee in formation.

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