Monday, December 31, 2007

Kiss 2007 Goodbye ...

2007: The Year in ThugsDamming the flow of freedomSteve Chapman December 20, 2007
http://www.reason.com/news/show/124025.html

For a few years in the 1980s and 1990s, the world was changing for the better and seemingly destined to keep doing so indefinitely. Back then, freedom resembled justice as described in the Bible—rolling down like waters. But in the last few years various governments have managed to dam it up, and in some cases, like the engineers who manipulated the Chicago River in 1900, even reverse the flow.
Between 1990 and 1997, the number of democracies in the world rose from 69 to 118, according to the human rights group Freedom House. In the past decade, though, the number has crept up by just five. Worse yet, in some places where democracy emerged back then, it has survived only in name.
This year, Russia noted the death of Boris Yeltsin, the first democratically elected ruler in its long history. The second, Vladimir Putin, sees no pressing need for a third. His party won a parliamentary election in which opposition activists were arrested and beaten and foreign election monitors were so restricted that they left long before the polls opened.
Meanwhile, Putin planned to get around the two-term limit on his power by installing a handpicked successor and becoming prime minister. "It's not even a third term; it's eternal," one former adviser told The Wall Street Journal.
Many of the former Soviet republics also proved inhospitable to rule by the people. One exception is Ukraine, which experienced an "orange revolution" in 2004 and held an election in September that The Economist magazine pronounced "a thoroughly democratic and unpredictable affair."
Unpredictability is not a condition favored by the rulers of China, where President Hu Jintao promised the expansion of "socialist democracy" in a country that is neither. Some 40 high school students in Tibet, some as young as 14, were arrested for allegedly writing pro-independence slogans on buildings.
In Myanmar, Buddhist monks in an anti-government demonstration carried a banner reading, "Love and kindness must win over everything." Maybe so, but not right away: The government killed at least 20 people in crushing the protests, according to Human Rights Watch, and arrested hundreds.
Cuban police detained dozens of young people for wearing white wristbands decorated with a single word: (SET ITAL) cambio (END ITAL), or change. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who takes Fidel Castro as his model, suffered two sound rebukes -- one from King Juan Carlos of Spain, who said, "Why don't you shut up?" and one from his people, who voted down measures designed to keep him in power permanently.
Authoritarian rule, the exception in South America, remains the norm in Africa. The Human Rights Forum in Harare reported that human rights violations in Zimbabwe nearly doubled in the first half of 2007. But at a summit meeting of leaders from Europe and Africa in Lisbon, African leaders united in refusing to criticize President Robert Mugabe—under whose rule average life expectancy has dropped from 62 years to 37.
Former Liberian dictator Charles Taylor went on trial in The Hague for allegedly helping rebels who killed and maimed thousands of civilians during Sierra Leone's civil war. He pleaded not guilty, but one of his former soldiers said, "If you start prosecuting war crimes, you'll prosecute every Liberian.
"Nigeria had its first peaceful transfer of power from one civilian government to another, after an election with so much vote-rigging that the winner's victory margin, according to The Washington Post, "surprised even supporters of the ruling party.
"Iraq's parliament took a month-long vacation in August even as U.S. troops were surging in an effort to provide lawmakers the security they needed to overcome their political stalemate. In Saudi Arabia, a young woman raped by seven men was sentenced to six months in jail and 200 lashes for her crime—being in a car with a male who was not her relative. King Abdullah, under international pressure, granted a pardon.
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf forgot a lesson most people learn young: Don't antagonize lawyers. His sacking of the country's chief justice sparked protests by attorneys, eventually moving the president to impose a state of emergency. Musharraf allowed opposition leaders Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif to return from exile abroad, but when asked when he would step down, he replied, unencouragingly, "When there is no turmoil in Pakistan.
"That was the political story in many places around the world in 2007—enough turmoil to give authoritarian rulers an excuse to expand their control, but not enough to sweep them from power.
COPYRIGHT 2007 CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.
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The Year That Wasn't2007 defied conventional political wisdomDavid Weigel December 11, 2007
William Safire is one of the most respected political prognosticators in the business, a fact that never seemed less true than when he was asked on Meet the Press about Hillary Clinton's potential running mate.
What about Rahm Emanuel, the most powerful voice in the House of Representatives that agrees with Hillary Clinton on foreign affairs? He's a hawk. And although he's a rootin' tootin' liberal on domestic affairs, he is a hawk on foreign affairs. I was at a roast for him for Epilepsy Association, and Hillary Clinton was there, and I said, quite frankly, here you have the hawkish side of the Democratic Party. If they get together, the bumper sticker will read "Invade and bomb with Hillary and Rahm."
The stolen Appalachian slang, the name-dropping from an event that transpired two years ago, the boy-in-the-bubble disconnect from political reality: exquisite stuff. But, again, Safire is a writer who's supposed to be good at this. Later this month, when he publishes his 34th annual "Office Pool" in the pages of the New York Times, people will parse his lines and report out his predictions, to see if they could come true. Even the risible Clinton/Emanuel prediction inspired credulous commentary from writers who surmised that, well, Safire wouldn't just say anything. He's got sources. He knows people.
Washington is full of such people, and for them 2007 was a lousy year. It's not that pundits and politicians are usually so prescient. As Philip Tetlock demonstrated in Expert Political Judgment, his 2005 survey of punditry, the pros, on average, are no better at predicting the future than a Denny's night manager or a part-time blogger or Miss Cleo. Rarely, though, do so many prognostications believed by the whole of the Beltway fall apart. Most everyone believed that Hillary Clinton would end the year as the Democratic frontrunner, which is still mostly true.
Not much more of the conventional wisdom of 2007 bore out. There was a moment when Washington was truly ready to accept Fred Thompson as the GOP frontrunner, as the natural candidate who could unite the party with charisma on loan from Cary Grant. All he needed to do was not flop. And then he flopped. (This was one of the few prognostications I didn't buy into. I was shocked at Fred's smug and fumbling campaign persona, a cacophony of "uhhhs" and "we've got some problems," and really thought he'd fail. For this I was raked over the coals at Free Republic. And how has Fred done? He's fallen asleep on the coals.)
The following, roughly chronological, list of six botched predictions isn't intended to name and shame the people who got 2007 wrong. It's more interesting to call them back and see why they didn't pan out.
1.) The Iraq Study Group will change our policy.
2.) The Democrats will overreach and George W. Bush will mount a comeback.
3.) Al Gore will run for president.
4.) Sam Brownback will matter.
5.) John McCain is the GOP frontrunner and the natural heir to Bush.
6.) Ron Paul's run will be bad for libertarians.
And on and on. [For more information, read the entire article on-line]
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Predictions for 2008The un-parodiable state of civil liberties in America
Radley Balko December 21, 2007 http://www.reason.com/news/show/124055.html
As the end of the year approaches, it's time for another column of government overreach predictions for the New Year. What outrageous, beyond-parody grabs at power and erosions of civil liberties will transpire in 2008? My predictions:
• The Bush administration will claim it has the power to kidnap citizens of foreign countries for violating U.S. law, and extradite them to the U.S. for trial and imprisonment—even for white collar crimes unrelated to terrorism, and even for acts that aren't illegal in the countries where the target is a citizen.
• Police will take enforcement of prostitution laws to a new level, by arresting and seizing the cars of anyone who merely talks to an undercover cop posing as a sex worker. Good samaratans, beware.
• The war on prescription painkillers will also reach new absurdities, as people will begin to be arrested and convicted of possessing painkillers for which they have a prescription . Prosecutors will weirdly argue that there is no "prescription defense" to possessing prescribed medication.
• How about sex crimes laws? I predict that here too, prosecutors will overreach. Watch, as some overzealous district attorney will charge middle school kids with sex crimes for such childhood shenanigans as slapping fellow classmates on the buttocks.
• While it continues to federalize crime and find new reasons to toss people in prison, members of Congress will simultaneously continue to attempt to put themselves above the law. I predict that the House of Representatives will attempt to prevent police from searching the computers of one of its members, even if that member is being investigated for soliciting sex with minors.
• Public schools will teach not just reading, writing, and arithmetic, they'll start teaching students to spy on their parents , and to report their parents to local authorities for minor violations of city codes, such as failing to recycle, or failing to keep their lawn trimmed.
• Pressed for revenue, at least one state in the country will pass draconian new traffic laws mandating fines of $1,000 or more for routine traffic violations, in a bald attempt to fill state treasury coffers. The bill will be sponsored by a lawmaker who, conveniently enough, also has a law practice that specializes in defending people accused of traffic violations. He will not disclose during the debate that the bill will almost certainly benefit him financially. He'll be reelected, anyway.
• A state governor will propose legislation calling for two-year prison terms for people who play online poker . Rather shamelessly, the proposal will come in the same bill that calls for allowing the construction of three new casinos in the same state.
• While we're talking about gambling, states will continue to crack down on the poker craze. Even VFW posts won't be immune. Soon, we'll see cops sent to break up $5 cribbage games, and SWAT teams to break up charity poker games. In fact, cops will raid bars where it merely looks like people are gambling, even if no gambling is actually taking place. Meanwhile, states will continue to spend millions promoting their own lotteries.
• Standing on the sidewalk will become a crime .
• Cities will begin seizing the cars of people who play their stereos too loud . In fact, they'll seize the cars based on little more the word of someone else that the car's owner was playing his stereo too loud.
• Proving there's no part of your life the Nanny State can't reach, states will begin asking bars to install talking urinal cakes, which will warn men as they relieve themselves that drinking and driving isn't cool.
• Another state's lawmakers will propose a bill that bans "eating, drinking, smoking, reading, writing, personal grooming, playing an instrument, interacting with pets or cargo, talking on a cell phone or using any other personal communication device" while driving.
• Two years after banning traffic cameras in the name of "liberty," the Virginia legislature will decide that revenue is more important than liberty, and will revoke the ban .
• The FBI will imply to Congress that sometimes it has to let it's undercover informants get away with murdering American citizens so as not to disrupt drug investigations.
• Following up on the enormous "success" (that's sarcasm) of laws putting cold medicine behind the drug store counters because they can be used to make meth, legislators will propose putting baking soda behind the counter , too, because it can be used to make crack.
Too over-the top? Too paranoid? As you may have guessed from clicking the embedded links (of if you read either of my two prior year-end columns ), none of the bullet points above were actual predictions. Each of the above already happened in the past 12 months, in 2007.
Each year, government at all levels encroaches a bit more on our personal, economic, and political freedom. One prediction that I'm pretty confident will come true: Come December 2008, there will be more than enough material for another column like this one.
Radley Balko is a senior editor for reason. This article originally appeared at FoxNews.com.
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Goodbye 2007 and Good Riddance!
Hello 2008 and You'd Better Shape Up!
By Alexander Cockburn
It was the No! 2007 was never the best of times. It was a whiny, fretful twelve months, and what should have been a time of keen enjoyment, poking at the graying ashes of the Bush era, saw the left and progressive sectors grasping at phantoms and with less of a significant presence on the national political scene than at any time in the past thirty years. There's scant sign that this will change in 2008 unless some unforeseen earthquake tosses up some exciting Independent candidacies, of which there is zero evidence at the turn of the year.
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The Clock is Ticking on America's Last Year of Freedom http://www.newswithviews.com/Evensen/greg22.htm
By Greg Evensen
December 30, 2007
NewsWithViews.com
There is not a single person left above ground in America that has not yet had their obituary published, that can admit to feeling positive about the coming months before our next general elections. Out of 280 million American citizens and 20 million illegals occupying space within our borders, we have 20 auditioning professional liars and pretenders willing to say anything to live in the White House. Only one in my view, Ron Paul, holds the minimum requirements to legitimately seek and honestly campaign for the office. He isn’t my guy 100%, but I can live with most of his platform and his character.
Without running through the abysmal list of candidates from all parties again, I will just say that I am embarrassed to think that this list of loud-mouthed, know nothing about anything group of charlatans, believes that they represent me or my fellow disillusioned citizens concerning the sorry state of our nation. Yet, the all-powerful national elites that ultimately control our destinies, believes that you believe these sorry examples of potential “presidential” choices do, in fact, model your desires for national leadership in 2008. That is why Ron Paul is the ONLY choice that has merit worthy of our support.
If Ron is to win, then he must have the support and active participation of every last one of us who holds out the last shred of hope for the future of a free and prosperous America. If Ron loses, it will be because those same Americans who paid lip service to him and even gave money for his campaign, failed to follow through when it came to the vote. It will be for lack of motivation to insist that Dr. Paul be allowed the chance to participate FULLY in the election process that ultimately defeats him. In so doing, the power brokers, the party hacks, the media pundits, and the national managers of America’s future, will be able to lay the Ron Paul failure at the feet of the very people who brought him to the brink of success and then walked away. If, or I should say, when that happens, the ruling class will have called it exactly right. We in the Constitutionalist movement have earned the title “empty rhetoric” whiners for quite some time. There is no reason to believe, and certainly no evidence what-so-ever to assume, we won’t carry on in that same “grand” tradition. Complain, blow and go, promise to do something and then just quit. Because of that performance, we are far worse in our failure to America than are the turncoats who have actually done what they said they would do right from the start. We promised to work to bring America back from the brink and when we had her five feet from rescue upon the shore, we let her drown in a foot of water.
That is what we will do with Ron Paul as well. We will worry about our Republican Party membership card. We will feel jilted when we don’t receive a call from state headquarters asking for a donation for candidates who aren’t worth the powder to blow them to hell. We will try to come up with reasons that seem plausible concerning our vote for such a wasted cause in Dr. Paul. However, we won’t hesitate in rah-rahing for the only hope America has at this point in our history and then voting for Rudy, or John or Hillary………..because WE wanted to feel a part of the big picture.
That is why the Federal Reserve still issues a debt riddled currency worth nothing. That is why we begin a war every few years, waste our military into the next spending cycle of arms build-ups, and butcher a generation of young men and women for the sake of a few more Memorial Day speeches. That is why our all-powerful America can stand helpless on our borders as we are invaded by a dirt poor army of Mexican and other worldly renegades. That is why we are giving up every last one of our freedoms in exchange for GPS chips in everything we own, machine gun toting SWAT officers and TASER happy assaulting sheriff’s deputies in every community.
We want to be part of the big picture of what America has become rather than a part of what America could still be. You see, it is easier to talk big picture and pose for something far less. We simply are not willing to put in the effort necessary to create a work of art. As a result we are now part of a grand illusion, nothing more. We are to blame. We are the ones who allowed the Patriot Act and Homeland Security to waltz us in to the North American Union without so much as a question asked about WHY we needed this. By what Constitutional authority did our communistic moron leadership in Washington use to justify this “Union?” We can’t even be trusted on our own street corners. Security cameras must hover over every move we make. And stupid, fearful, gullible, “accept the lies for your own good Americans,” think that this Orwellian security is as good as it gets in this life—until you’re the one doing the funky chicken with two electrical probes stuck in your ass.
That is why Ron Paul will lose. That is why Ron Paul won’t even get to the main event. That is why IF, by some remote chance, Dr. Paul does make it through Iowa, New Hampshire and the upcoming marathon primaries, he runs the risk of assassination by the same world class murders that eliminated JFK, Congressman Larry McDonald and others who saw the international conspiracy face to face, tried to change it, and paid the ultimate price for it.
Who will be to blame? You, and me, that is who. As the clock clicks down the moments until our last major stage show for the 2008 elections, remember this. America’s last days of freedom are upon us. Your only chance to make a final, compelling, resounding and history changing difference, is standing in front of you. Walk past the jokers on the candidate’s stage, put down your long white cane, open your eyes and get to work.
We wish you a peaceful, restful and fulfilling new year. Greg and Liz Evensen
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2007: A Global ForecastBy Debra Rae
January 14, 2007
NewsWithViews.com
http://www.newswithviews.com/Rae/debra13.htm
With our tummies full of holiday goodies, we’ve dusted off last January’s resolutions for yet another whirl as we ponder what’s in store throughout 2007 for our families; community, state, nation; and world. Whether prospects for the future bode well, or not, Father Time marches on.
While the War on Christmas is behind us for another year, Americans continue to face the War on Terror and what has popularly become known as today’s Culture War. Fewer grapple with what Phyllis Schlafly dubs “the Quiet War against American Independence.” We can be assured, however, that this World War of sorts, being fought in the name of “harmonization,” is not going away anytime soon.
“Harmonization” is today’s trendy term for eliminating boundaries of nation-states (i.e., sovereignty) in exchange for democratic trans-nationalism. Toward this end, America’s Constitutional Republic is being coaxed to morph into a regionally-defined social democracy headed by “civil society” (i.e., non-elected non-governmental organizations).
These NGOs effectively transcend political barriers at all levels, from local to international. They work to supplant rightful private ownership with public ownership of the means of production, distribution, and exchange. This is called “socialism,” far from what the original Superman defended as “the American way.”
Certainly, no one has the “inside scoop,” but ongoing trends shed light on reasonable expectations for 2007—whether in reference to marriage/alternative families; “free speech”/pornography; life/abortion, euthanasia; private property/urban clusters; sovereignty/globalism—all of which factor into the global forecast.
So Long, Sovereignty
In providing a worldwide system of checks and balances, sovereignty has served the world well historically in that it answers the essential question, “Who’s in charge?” No matter, globalists demean the concept as an unfeasible, deplorable division of humankind on nationalistic grounds; some go so far as to brand it a “virus.”
Bottom line: The late Ronald Reagan rightly noted that a nation without borders is not a nation at all. Of course, this poses no problem to internationalists. You see, these have in view a sort of utopian Global Village. By definition, globalism is an interdependent, borderless one-world state rejecting America’s rugged individualism for so-called collaborative cosmic consciousness. Global citizens pledge allegiance—not to the US of A—but rather to the world community.
Globalization speaks specifically to redistributing the world’s wealth and, then, concentrating that wealth, and therefore power, into the hands of few who wish to manage masses by means of international “soft law” inclusive of agreements, conventions, declarations, executive orders, pacts, summits, treaties.
Railing against “the hegemonic pretensions of the American empire,” Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez recently fingered George W. as “the devil” himself, “placing at risk the very survival of the human species.” A second look reveals an even more ominous threat to America than her presumed pretensions. That being, an emerging North American integration model with planned superhighway system destined to divide our nation in half.
Already, the European Union serves as model for “a common future,” soon to be realized worldwide. EU economic fundamentals outshine the United States, now the world’s largest debtor nation. As a result, the 7th CIVICUS World Assembly (Glascow, May 2007) will call upon Europe, not the U.S., to take the lead in establishing a Global Marshall Plan in order to redistribute wealth and, thus, advance the UN guiding principle of sustainability.
To further the global agenda, planned political and economic union among Mexico, Canada, and the US will model the EU. But, then, this problematic marriage comes as no favor. America’s exposure to the real “devils” of this fallen world is all the more enabled in view of today’s geo-political climate when coupled with free and open movement of people, trade and capital. Already, America hosts upwards of twenty million illegal aliens, plus millions more foreign workers, supposedly here temporarily.
Good-bye, Grand Meta-narrative
For the harmonized—i.e., borderless—New World Order to gel under elitist, trans-federal government, a proper global mindset must be established, traditionalism undermined, history rewritten, and fundamentalism silenced.
The multi-faceted seduction of postmodernism originated with the Enlightenment, when many intellectuals announced autonomy from God. To make sense of reality, postmodernists believe in no “grand meta-narrative”—that is, no “big story.” Therefore, truth crumbles into nothing more than self-serving social or personal constructs.
In their weakness, Christians—even men of the cloth—are not exempt from its lure. Just last year, former president of the National Association of Evangelicals Pastor Ted Haggard effectively stiff-armed God in becoming embroiled in gay-sex and methamphetamine scandals. Humble repentance before a compassionate God yields forgiveness and cleansing, true. However, Bible wisdom eschews continuance in wrong doing so that grace might abound—seemingly a vanishing principle even within our faith communities.
Not chastity, not godliness, but restraint from giving offense emerges as the virtue of highest order in today’s postmodern world. Make no mistake. “Enlightened, higher-order critical thinking” demands the stranglehold of political correctness. Virginia Senator George Allen learned well this dogged mandate during a stump speech when, unfortunately, he dropped an obscure racial epithet, which no doubt cost him the election.
Ta-ta, Traditionalism
Each year, the Supreme Court grants fewer petitions for review. This means that federal lower-court decisions more often than not stick. While favoring feminist and gay agendas, federal judges have become more aggressively biased against parents’ rights and religious expression. Clearly, America’s justice system bolsters the national campaign to purge Christianity’s God from public life and government buildings.
Although over seventy million Christians attend America’s churches, traditional Christian speech (called hate-talk) is just about the only expression banned today. In the words of Chief Justice Rehnquist, federal courts “bristle with hostility to all things religious in public life.” Not so for non-Christians. In 2006 the Supreme Court heard appeals from war-on-terror prisoners who demanded access to pornography. Hmmm. Christian voice silenced; war criminals heard—something is very wrong with this scenario.
Super-sizing the judicial voice in American culture has inflicted irreparable harm. On one hand, taking 34 minutes to execute cold-blooded murderer Angel Nieves Diaz was deemed cruel and unusual punishment. The same Eighth Amendment rights no longer apply to a baby when aborted in probable pain due to a fully developed nervous system. At first, the Supreme Court imposed an arbitrary trimester rule; however, subsequent rulings align with the global agenda in favor of abortion on demand for any or no reason and at any time (©Tribune Media Services, Inc.).
The only human rights treaty which affirms “reproductive rights of women”—the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women—targets culture and tradition. Few among us disagree that white slave trade and female circumcision are damaging traditions. Problem is, ratifying nations are bound legally to CEDAW’s provisions. This vague-by-design treaty supersedes even their constitutions in redefining the family, promoting “choice,” and usurping parental authority.
All too many affirm redrawing, eclipsing, and eroding the U.S. Constitution by means of “living Constitutionalism” and “soft law,” which favor official preliminary ratification of an Earth Constitution in accordance with the Constitution for the Federation of Earth. June 2007 marks the date for the Tenth Session of the Parliament to meet Kara, Togo, West Africa.
Hidey-ho, Revisionist History
Revisionism introduces factual and interpretive errors, omissions, and one-sided treatments that censor the dynamic role of Biblical Christianity in United States history. Today’s “social science” is skewed to ignore Western culture with its Bible base—always in the interest of diversity. For example, seventh graders in California’s public schools are robbed of their national heritage, but required to study Islamic history and religion (always in favorable light).
Forget about heroes, successes, and divine intervention associated with the founding and perpetuity of our great nation. History and lit courses are more inclined to teach “blame America first” propaganda simmered in a stew of political correctness and multiculturalism. For example, Mexican rewrite of history wrongly accuses the U.S. of stealing their homeland. According to Harvard Professor Samuel P. Huntington, the reconquista of the Southwest (Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, California, and Utah) is “well under way.”
Today’s “alternate ethic” emphasizes differences instead of shared values. That is to say, the melting pot has given way to a salad-bowl metaphor. For example, rather than support our Constitution and laws, speak the English language, and embrace all that being an American entails, thousands of illegal aliens refuse to assimilate into the melting pot our culture. This is demonstrated by recent release of a Mexican variation of the U.S. National Anthem.
Sadly, the outcome of cultural and historical amnesia is that our children fail to measure up academically. Over time, undereducated, but fully indoctrinated youth enter the adult work force with the utopian vision of pseudo-egalitarian global governance. No longer do they pledge allegiance to the flag of the US of A. Theirs is a presumed-to-be ”higher calling.”
Hooray for Kinsey
Dr. Kinsey’s flawed (even criminal) research gave rise to the Sexual Revolution of the 1960s. Indeed, Kinsey-trained “sexperts” openly encouraged need for, and right to, nonproductive sexual gratification at any age and in any way. As a result, culturally-defined preconceptions of right and wrong were sorely challenged.
Even though some 70% of voters approve state marriage amendments, the president of SIECUS (Sex Instruction/Information Education Committee in the US) fingers “faith communities” as threats to its allegedly superior pro-gay, non-abstinence, abortion-friendly sex education, all of which trivialize the traditional family. So much so that the U.S. Census Bureau no longer collects data with respect to marriage, divorce, and related matters.
At odds with traditional, Bible-based morality, a reality-check study concluded that fully 95 percent of Americans have engaged in sex before marriage. Research director for a private New York-based think tank, Lawrence Finer based findings on random interviews with more than 38,000 participants (Crary, David. 20 December 2006. “Study: Premarital Sex Normal for Most.” Seattle, WA: The Seattle Times).
It stands to reason that the longer one delays having sex, the fewer life partners and, thus, the less risk of contracting sexually-transmitted diseases. While defying reason, non-proliferating Kinseyan sexuality holds high the UN banner of sustainability.
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child frees children from parental intrusion in their religious, entertainment, or sexual choices, but that’s not all. The UN views as legitimate the North American Man/Boy Love Association. NAMBLA advances “intergenerational intimacy,” better known as pedophilia. Also, voluntary prostitution is endorsed as a legitimate career choice—this, in the name of gender equality.
No wonder the chaste today are viewed as cultural lepers. Indeed, assistant secretary for children and families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Wade Horn referenced society’s looking askance at “the small minority that chooses to remain abstinent before marriage.”
Quell the Christians
Power shift in the wake of America’s mid-term election pales in comparison to the certain impact of recent UN transitions. Incoming UN Secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon began his appointment on the first of January, not long after U.S. ambassador to the UN, John Bolton, resigned his post. This change of command presupposes a global paradigm shift yet to be determined.
UN reformation and treatment of Israel aren’t the only concerns. An International Criminal Court lacks legal safeguards guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. Once ratified, the ICC is poised to wield permanent jurisdiction over numbers of “rights” that defy clear Biblical mandate. Examples include reproductive and lesbian rights, voluntary legalized prostitution, and adolescent autonomy from parental guidance.
Even so, opportunistic political strategists have learned that religion sells. From Nancy Pelosi’s Faith Working Group to serious candidates’ hiring high-profile religious advisors, partisan politicians aspire to corner the market on god, yet one lone voice above all must be silenced—that of born-again, Bible-believing fundamental Christians.
Curious, isn’t it, when no one requires Wiccan symbols to be balanced by comparable Christian, Jewish, Hindu, or Muslim ones. Yet Halloween and Christmas—both celebrated secularly (with taffy pulling and Santa Claus)—are likewise decidedly religious (in celebrating Wicca’s New Year and birth of the Savior). Only Christmas falls prey to so-called “distancing” and “proximity” rules in the public arena.
This month, the World Social Forum meets in Nairobi—its official slogan: “Another World is Possible.” In the maze of differing cultures and, therefore, religious viewpoints, this “other world” scraps much that Americans have held dear. In fact, the Nairobi forum promises to give way instead to a burgeoning one-world religion (neo-pantheistic syncretism), as advanced by New Age gurus.
Try as they might to quell the voice of Christianity, one-world religionists are forced to swallow a bitter pill. Despite repeated back-door and frontal attacks, as noted above, Biblical Christianity has surged in China and other countries as well. Among China’s estimated 100 million Christian believers are business leaders and other urban professionals. It seems those pesky Christians simply won’t go away!
Perilous Times
The Bible’s prophecy of escalating wars and rumors thereof no doubt references insurgent attacks ongoing in Iraq. At the height of summer travel, U.S. officials raised the airline terror threat level to red—this, for the first time since 9/11—and most assuredly not for the last time. Face it. The world faces escalating chaos.
Continued fighting in the western region of Sudan (Darfur) between rebels and government-supported militias has resulted in catastrophic suffering, and the State Department’s top diplomat for Latin America expects no shift from brutal Castro-ism. Despite Fidel’s disappearance from the public eye, his brother Raul is expected to carry on Cuba’s hard-line policies.
No matter that India has yet to sign the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty. U.S. companies now are authorized to conduct nuclear business with India. Speaking of which, North Korea will not rule out further testing of its manufactured, up-to-date nuclear weapons.
Former legendary Israeli leader, Ariel Sharon was quick to offer that “Israel won’t be the first country to introduce nuclear weaponry into the Middle East.” In January of 2006, Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad broke the seals at three nuclear facilities. Thereafter in October, he declared Israel “on the verge of death,” later insisting that she will “soon disappear,” as did the Soviet Union.
Though a ceasefire between Hezbollah and Israel took effect in August, Lebanon’s internal conflict has only intensified. Regional provocateurs like Iran and Syria warrant keen scrutiny, and combat in Afghanistan passed the five-year mark. Last June when militants linked to al-Qaeda took control of the capital of Somalia (Mogadishu), Ethiopia offered support. This well could lead to regional war on the Horn of Africa, thus opening a new front in the global struggle for Islamic rule.
Conclusion
Escalating warfare, engineered genocide, and today’s New Eugenics of Roe v. Wade legacy all support the global charge of zero population growth. Policies translate into sex-education (actually indoctrination), taxpayer-funded abortions, UN foreign aid programs, and cash-for-sterilization initiatives.
Once granted a June parole from prison, Michigan’s own Dr. Death promises to lobby for his unique brand of managed death. At 78 years old, pathologist Jack Kevorkian claims to have assisted 130 suicides throughout the 1990s; nonetheless, he is but a drop in the death-by-design bucket.

Drawn from 52 countries and five continents, about one hundred members of the Club of Rome expressly purpose to reduce earth’s population by astounding numbers, inevitability for which resonates with Matthew 24. The Bible anticipates widespread ethnic animosity and warfare on multiple fronts; religious deception and persecution; world disasters and pandemics. Add to that, abounding iniquity—not a pretty picture.
Globalism, harmonization, anti-traditionalism, religious persecution, so-called sustainable society—all these contribute to what many perceive as America’s free fall in these perilous times. Still, the forecast for 2007 is a mixed bag of death, on one hand; countered on the other by life.

As believers ponder what’s in store throughout 2007 and beyond for their families; community, state, nation; and world, they rest assured that the Heavenly Father reigns supreme. He alone grants otherworldly peace, victorious and abundant living—even life itself.
In God’s time, leaves of the Tree of Life referenced in Revelation 22 will affect the healing of nations. This, I contend, is well worth the wait—and any price to be paid.
© 2007 Debra Rae - All Rights Reserved
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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Rev Moon, Money, and Corruption

What Does Rev. Moon Have To Do With Politics?

Hail to the Moon kingThe deeply weird coronation of Rev. Sun Myung Moon in a Senate office building -- crown, robes, the works -- is no longer one of Washington's best-kept secrets.By John Gorenfeld
Jun 21, 2004
http://dir.salon.com/story/news/feature/2004/06/21/moon/index.html



You probably imagine your congressman hard at work in the Capitol debating legislation, making laws -- you know, governing. But your newspaper probably didn't tell you that one night in March, members of Congress hosted a crowning ritual for an ex-convict and multibillionaire who dressed up in maroon robes and declared himself the Second Coming.
On March 23, the Dirksen Senate Office Building was the scene of a coronation ceremony for Rev. Sun Myung Moon, owner of the conservative Washington Times newspaper and UPI wire service, who was given a bejeweled crown by Rep. Danny K. Davis, D-Ill. Afterward, Moon told his bipartisan audience of Washington power players he would save everyone on Earth as he had saved the souls of Hitler and Stalin -- the murderous dictators had been born again through him, he said. In a vision, Moon said the reformed Hitler and Stalin vouched for him, calling him "none other than humanity's Savior, Messiah, Returning Lord and True Parent."
To many observers, this bizarre scene would have looked like the apocalypse as depicted in "Left Behind" novels. Moon, 84, the benefactor of conservative foundations like the American Family Coalition -- who served time in the 1980s for tax fraud and conspiracy to obstruct justice -- has views somewhere to the right of the Taliban's Mullah Omar. Moon preaches that gays are "dung-eating dogs," Jews brought on the Holocaust by betraying Jesus, and the U.S. Constitution should be scrapped in favor of a system he calls "Godism" -- with him in charge. The man crowned "King of Peace" by congressmen once said, according to sermons reprinted in his church's Unification News: "Suppose I were to hit you with the baseball bat to stop you, bloodying your ear and breaking a bone or two, yet still you insisted on doing more work for Father."
What, exactly, drew at least a dozen members of Congress to Moon's coronation? (By the Unification Church's estimate, 81 congressmen attended, although that number is probably high.) The event was the grand finale of Moon's coast-to-coast "tear down the cross" Moonification tour, intended to remove Christian crosses from almost 300 churches in poor neighborhoods -- the idea being that the cross was an obstacle to uniting religions under Moon. Yet the Dirksen ceremony was sold as a celebration of world peace. According to a cheery promotional video released by Moon's International and Interreligious Federation for World Peace, the ceremony marked the dawn of "the era of the Eternal Peace Kingdom, one global family under God." Moon's coronation also cured God's pain, the announcer explains.

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CounterPunchJanuary 14, 2003Moon ShadowThe Rev, Bush & North Korea
by Wayne Madsenhttp://www.counterpunch.org/madsen01142003.html

When President Bush added North Korea to his list of "Axis of Evil" nations, the influence of the self-declared reincarnation of Jesus Christ, the "Reverend" Sun Myung Moon of the Unification Church, loomed largely over the White House decision-making process. The decision by Bush to throw into the trash heap of history eight years of a joint American-South Korean-Japanese dialogue with the reclusive Communist regime would ultimately result in Pyongyang returning to using the rhetoric of bygone years.
Bush, a self-described "born again Christian" who has maintained close links to Moon, hired David Frum as one of his speechwriters. Frum apparently came up with the term "axis of evil" for Bush's 2002 State of the Union address but it seems likely that Bush, heavily influenced by the propagandists of the rabidly anti-Pyongyang Washington Times, decided North Korea's "Dear Leader" Kim Jong Il was Satan reincarnate. Years before North Korea announced it was restarting its nuclear enrichment facility at Yongbyon, The Washington Times splashed front page headlines about North Korea being a threat while other major newspapers and wire services treated the sensationalistic reports as a non-story or more probably, plain disinformation masked as "intelligence reports" and "leaked" by anti-Clinton Pentagon officials.
For twenty years, Moon's main policy laundering enterprise for his incessant influence-peddling has been The Washington Times, the money-losing newspaper he owns outright through New World Communications, Inc., the paper's parent publishing company.
Moon launched The Washington Times in 1982, just a few years after one of Moon's associates, Tongsun Park, was indicted for paying bribes to a number of U.S. politicians. The paper, which has a dearth of advertising revenue, has lost more than $1 billion dollars since its inception. Nevertheless, it has become a powerful conservative voice throughout Republican ranks in both the White House and Congress. In 1996, former President Bush, who has taken millions of dollars in speaking fees from Moon, spoke before a Moon audience in Argentina and declared Moon to be a "man of vision." Bush 41, who could never really grasp the "vision thing," decided Moon had it.
Moon's own background, which reportedly includes links to both the Korean CIA and its American counterpart, parallels that of other ethically-tainted individuals who have once again found sanctuary in a Bush administration: Elliott Abrams, John Poindexter, Otto Reich, and John Negroponte, all of Iran-contra infamy. The Washington Times was a leading supporter of the Nicaraguan contras and a chief apologist for the perpetrators of the arms-for-hostages scandal. Violating one of the main canons of journalism -- that newspapers should not become part of or create their own stories -- the Washington Times established the Nicaraguan Freedom Fund to funnel hundreds of thousands of dollars to the contras circumventing the Boland Amendment that prohibited Federal money for the rightist guerrillas. Moon was also one of the few influential people who continued to defend Richard Nixon even as the President was resigning over the Watergate scandal.

Moon's mass marriages of unwitting American males to Korean wives, while humorous on the surface, nevertheless managed to trap Zambian Roman Catholic Bishop Emmanuel Milingo. At least one pre-eminent Washington Times reporter is said to have been enticed into one of his boss's mass marriage ceremonies.
At the 20th anniversary celebration of The Washington Times held last year in Washington, Moon seemingly endlessly spoke in Korean at the alcohol-free affair. He said The Washington Times would "spread the truth about God to the world." But in Moon's world, he is God. President Bush sent a message to the banquet stating, "Since 1982, people across America and throughout the world have relied on The Washington Times as a distinguished source of information and opinion."
Bush seems to value Moon's commitment to family values. Bush named David Caprara, the head of Moon's American Family Coalition, as the director of VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America). Moon's commitment to family values was exemplified at his 20th anniversary celebration of The Washington Times. The keynote speaker was Dr. Laura Schlessinger, the holier-than-thou radio talk show host who is the psychiatric part of the daily ration of right wing AM radio venom that is complemented by the political indoctrination of Rush Limbaugh and his clones. Schlessinger's own commitment to family values was highlighted recently when she claimed the body of her 77-year-old mother from the Los Angeles County morgue after it had remained there for ten days after her unattended death in her condominium. Schlessinger, who lectures callers on how to keep their families together and wholesome, had not seen her own mother since 1984.
To Moon, however, disowning one's parents is a hallmark of his brainwashing techniques. In 1973, while a college student in Mississippi, I was once lured into a Moon recruiting function. I met a young Jewish girl from New Jersey who was traveling around the country in a van with her fellow Moon adherents. As a native of New Jersey myself, I asked the young woman what her parents thought about her roaming about the country. She replied, "Parents, I have no parents. Reverend Moon is my family." I wanted to call the nearest rabbi to help the poor girl get home to her parents who must have been worried sick. Nevertheless, Bush believes that Moon's family value system is credible enough to appoint one of his adherents to head VISTA.
But Moon is not only a danger to young people. While Bush accuses Kim Jong Il of all kinds of evil affronts he seems to ignore some of Moon's more bellicose and threatening comments. According to a 1978 House of Representatives investigation of Moon some of the more outrageous comments include:

Unification Church members are to regard Korea with great reverence and look
forward to the day when the Korean language will be spoken throughout the world.
---Members are to maintain a view to establishing a "unified civilization" of the whole world, to be centered in Korea and "corresponding to that of the Roman Empire."
---God was helping Moon to set up a final battle involving the United States, Russia, China, North Korea, South Korea, and Japan.
---Moon's plans are to manipulate seven nations at least, to get hold of the whole world: the United States, England, France, Germany, Russia, and maybe Korea and Japan. "On God's side, Korea, Japan, America, England, France, Germany, and Italy, are the nations I count on in order to gain the whole world," Moon stated.

"The House of Representatives report on the activities of the Korean CIA in the United States found evidence that the Moon organization had violated a number of Federal and state laws. In 1984, Moon was convicted of income tax violations and spent 13 months in prison. But remember, in 1996, Bush pere referred to Moon as a "man of vision." It should be noted that while Bush was head of the CIA, Moon was organizing a number of pro-American and anti-communist rallies and front organizations around the world. Moon was a convenient agent of influence for the CIA and Mr. Bush.
According to intelligence insiders, North Korean intelligence has quite a dossier on Reverend Moon and his payments to politicians in the United States and abroad. Some of the intelligence may prove embarrassing for some politicians, including the Bush family. So, here we are again. Noriega of Panama had the goods on the Bushes. He is now in a U.S. Federal prison; Sadaam knows what the Reagan-Bush administration sold him in the way of components for weapons of mass destruction. We are about ready to go to war against him. And Kim Jong Il has the juicy bits on Moon's financial links to Bush pere and dauphin. Kim is now a member of the "axis of evil," a man who George W. Bush hates because he "starves his own people."
Congress investigated Moon's operations in the late 1970s. It was at a time when Moon was involved with smaller scale influence peddling and brainwashing young college students into joining his cultist Unification Church, popularly known as the "Moonies."
Now, at a time when Moon may be influencing United States foreign policy vis a vis North Korea, a known nuclear power, and risking a nuclear war in northeast Asia and hundreds of thousands and possibly millions of deaths, it may be time for Congress to once again launch an investigation of a man whose sole purpose is to unify the world under his direction. It has been over 60 years since the world heard a man talk like that: his name was Adolf Hitler.

Pushing celibacy, marriage counseling under Bush plan
Don Lattin, Chronicle Religion Writer ( San Francisco)
03 October 2004
http://lists101.his.com/pipermail/smartmarriages/2004-October/002564.html

President Bush has some new troops in his crusade to promote "healthy marriage" and teen celibacy with federal funds -- followers of the Rev.Sun Myung Moon, the controversial Korean evangelist and self-proclaimednew world messiah. At least four longtime operatives of Moon's Unification Church are onthe federal payroll or getting government grants in the administration'sHealthy Marriage Initiative and other "faith-based" programs.
Two of those Moon associates were in Oakland last week leading dozens oflocal pastors and social workers enrolled in a "Certified Marriage Education Training Seminar" at the Holiday Inn next to the Coliseum.
In some ways, Moon is an unlikely ally for President Bush's crusade topromote traditional family values.
The 85-year-old Korean is perhaps best known for presiding over massmarriage ceremonies for devotees whose unions are arranged by Moon orother church leaders. After marriage, Unification Church couples are given detailed instructions for their honeymoon, right down to the sexual positions they are supposed to assume during their first threeconjugal couplings.
According to Unification Church teachings, the children born from thesemarriages are "blessed children,'' who, unlike the rest of humanity, are born without original sin.
"We don't ask people's religious affiliation before we hire them,'' said Wade Horn, assistant secretary for children and families at theDepartment of Health and Human Services.
"But if someone uses federal funds to proselytize, that would be aviolation,'' Horn said. "It doesn't matter whether they are Baptist, Presbyterian, Jewish, or even members of the Unification Church."
Last week's crash course on marriage education was sponsored by theCalifornia State Healthy Marriage Initiative, an organization founded two years ago by the Rev. Dion Evans, pastor of Chosen Vessels Christian Church in Oakland.
Last month, Evans and his partners won a $366,179 grant from the Bush administration's Compassion Capital Fund -- part of the latest $45 million in social service contracts given to churches and community groups from the program this year.
Moon has also partnered with the Bush administration in support of theKorean evangelist's strong teachings against premarital sex. Free Teens USA, an after-school program in New Jersey promoting abstinence until marriage, has been given $475,000 by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration, another part of the Department of Health and Human Services. Free Teens is led by Richard Panzer, another alumnus of Unification Theological Seminary. Panzer was also a leader in the American Constitution Committee, one of many political organizations affiliated with Moon.


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Sunday, 13 February, 2000, 15:17 GMT
In pictures: Moonies' mass wedding
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/641588.stm

Some 60,000 members of the Unification Church, also known as Moonies, were married at a mass wedding in Seoul on Sunday. Church officials said people from 150 countries around the world took part in the event.

Being the world's savior, Moon preaches that no one can enter Heaven without his explicit blessing. But he is only willing to bless married couples. Which is where those Guinness Book mass weddings come in.







In a Moonie marriage, the choice of a partner is handled for you. Church elders make the seemingly-random selections by pairing up photos of prospective brides and grooms. Maybe they shuffle Polaroids like a deck of cards. Sometimes the lucky couples wind up with a common spoken language. Sometimes not.





Rev Moon and his wife Han Hak Ja sprinkled holy water on the couples, wedding vows were repeated, and the phrase "I do" reverberated across the stadium. The event ended with gun salutes and colourful fireworks.





Japanese members of the church hold pictures of their partners who were unable to attend the ceremony. Church officials said "hundreds of thousands" of others renewed their vows while
watching the ceremony through the Internet and on live TV via satellite.
Wedding pictures from other events:

The Unification Church has held similar mass weddings to recruit new members. Church officials say the Rev Moon plans to "match and bless" some 400 million couples through future mass weddings.



October 11, 2000
Rev. Moon, North Korea & the BushesBy Robert Parry
http://www.consortiumnews.com/2000/101100a.html

The Rev. Sun Myung Moon's business empire, which includes the conservative Washington Times, paid millions of dollars to North Korea's communist leaders in the early 1990s when the hard-line government needed foreign currency to finance its weapons programs, according to U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency documents.
The payments included a $3 million “birthday present” to current communist leader Kim Jong Il and offshore payments amounting to “several tens of million dollars” to the previous communist dictator, Kim Il Sung, the partially declassified documents said.
Moon apparently was seeking a business foothold in North Korea. But the transactions also raise legal questions for Moon and could cast a shadow on George W. Bush’s presidential campaign, given the Bush family’s longstanding financial and political ties to Moon and his organization.
Besides making alleged payments to North Korea’s communist leaders, the 80-year-old founder of the South Korean-based Unification Church has funneled large sums of money, possibly millions of dollars as well, to former President George H.W. Bush.
One well-placed former leader of Moon’s Unification Church told me that the total earmarked for former President Bush was $10 million. The father of the Republican nominee has declined to say how much Moon’s organization actually paid him for speeches and other services in Asia, the United States and South America.
At one Moon-sponsored speech in Argentina in 1996, Bush declared, “I want to salute Reverend Moon,” whom Bush praised as “the man with the vision.”

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Moonstruck: Unification Church in AmericaBy Bob Waldrep
http://www.wfial.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=artMoonie.article_2

One of the primary means of gaining credibility employed by Sun Myung Moon and the Unification Church is the many conferences and programs presented through its front organizations. These are usually presented as if unconnected to the Church. Yet Moon or his wife, or both, will frequently play a prominent role at the function. Typically they will bring the keynote address, in which they will present Unification theology.

In order to ensure that these programs are well attended, the organization will go to great expense to hire high-profile celebrities, from various fields, to participate in the program. This also draws non-members who otherwise would not attend. Besides boosting attendance, this enables Moon to associate himself in the public mind with prominent business, entertainment, and political personalities, thus lending credibility to the event, to himself, and to his church.
Current evidence of the degree to which Moon involves himself with such personalities can be seen by the roll of speakers at recent events sponsored by Moon's organizations. Some of these highly visible persons are:
Maureen Reagan (daughter of former President Reagan); former President Gerald Ford; George and Barbara Bush; comedian Bill Cosby; Marilyn Quayle (wife of former vice-president Dan Quayle); Republican vice-presidential candidate, Jack Kemp. Even knowing the Moon connection, Kemp continues to speak at Unification sponsored functions. (Washington Post, October 14, 1996 p. C3)
Other participants include Olympic gold medalist and speed skater, Dan Jansen; wife of the late Martin Luther King, Correta Scott King; ABC News anchorwoman, Barbara Walters; film actor, Christopher Reed; astronaut, Sally Ride; and former British Prime Minister, Sir Edward Heath.
Also speaking were highly visible religious and Christian leaders such as Robert Schuller, Senior Pastor of the Crystal Cathedral; Ralph Reed, executive director of the Christian Coalition; Beverly LaHaye, president of Concerned Women of America; and singers Pat Boone and Family. (The Washington Post, July 30, 1996, p. E1 and August 1, 1996, p. C2)
In the aforementioned lists of names, Barbara Walters and Bill Cosby publicly expressed concern when they learned the event was hosted by Moon. Walters has stated she will never again speak at an event sponsored by Moon. Cosby tried to back out of his commitment when he learned of Moon's involvement. He ended up performing after being threatened with litigation for failing to honor his contract, but gave only a brief performance and refused to be photographed with Moon. (Ibid., p. E10) Ralph Reed and Beverly LaHaye have privately stated that they did not know it was a Moon related event. Reed states he has since donated his fee to a charitable cause. (Ralph Reed letter to Frederick Miller at True Light Ministry, August 28, 1996; Watchman telephone interview with Carmen Pate, Vice President, national office of Concerned Women of America, January 5, 1996)
Many of the participants listed simply refuse to take responsibility for their involvement - unable or unwilling to see that, at the least, their participation is helping Moon gain credibility and recruits. A case in point is former President and Mrs. Bush. The Canadian magazine, Maclean's, maintains Bush is the most outspoken defender of involvement with these front organizations. (October 23, 1995 p. 49)
Neither Bush's representatives nor Moon's group would reveal how much was paid for their appearances. However, estimates have run as high as one million dollars for his six appearances. In 1995 more than 50,000 people paid from $105 to $196 each to attend a Bush speech at the Tokyo Dome in Japan, in an event sponsored by Moon's organization. (The Washington Post, August 4, 1996, p. A30)

During her speech, Mrs. Moon taught that Jesus was, not the virgin-born son of Mary, but rather the illegitimate son of Mary and her cousin's husband, Zecharias. Mrs. Moon was giving no new teaching, but standard Unification Church theology. In his February 7, 1995 address in Washington D.C., Moon stated, "Who was the father of Jesus? Zachariah." He continued, "The result of the relationship between Zachariah and Mary was the birth of Jesus Christ." (Today's World, April 1995, p. 12)

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Unification Church and Rev Sun Myung Moon
http://www.rickross.com/groups/moonie.html

Topics [numerous articles]
Historical Background
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The Washington Times
University of Bridgeport
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Brazil
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"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."
Rev. Moon Unification News August 24, 1992

The Rick A. Ross Instituteemail: info@rickross.com URL: http://www.rickross.com
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Unification Home Page
http://www.unification.net/

A presentation of the life, teachings, and public work of Rev. Sun Myung Moon and his wife Mrs. Hak Ja Han Moon

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LaRouche: Moonies Are Target Too Big To Be Missedby Jeffrey Steinberg
http://www.larouchepub.com/other/2002/2942moonie_targt.html

This article appears in the Nov. 1, 2002 issue of Executive Intelligence Review.

During an Oct. 19 webcast with Democratic candidates, Lyndon LaRouche responded to a question about how to force a purge of the lunatic neo-conservative and Christian Zionist apparatus from the Bush Administration, and, thus, stop the pending U.S. imperial military mis-adventure against Iraq. LaRouche's response undoubtedly shocked most among the 300-plus participants in the Internet broadcast:

"I think, if you wanted to clean up the snake-pit," LaRouche began, "what you'd do is, you'd hit it on the flank.... The place to hit, is the Moonies. The most important, and most significant nut-factor, which is a serious threat to our political order, inside the United States, is the Moonies." Reverend Moon bought up Jerry Falwell, Richard Viguerie, the whole racist far right in the country, LaRouche said, and now Moon is buying up many African-Americans. "You pull that out, and I guarantee you, the biggest factor of loose, religious, and other kinds of nuts, in the United States, will scamper. And the rest of the mess will be cleaned up."

Grovelling for Drug Money

As reported in the Oct. 25 issue of EIR ("Democrats Now Venture to the Dark Side of the Moon"), from the early 1980s onward, the Asian and South American dirty-money and rogue intelligence apparatus centered around the deranged personality of Rev. Sun Myung Moon, spent hundreds of millions of dollars to buy up the entire so-called "Christian Right" in America. This started with the William F. Buckley Jr.-linked Richard Viguerie, the so-called wizard of direct mail solicitation, who found himself bankrupt, circa 1987.
Col. Bo Hi Pak—the controller of the Moon apparatus, a founder of the South Korean KCIA, and South Korean military attachĂ© in Washington—paid $10 million to Viguerie, via the purchase of a piece of Northern Virginia commercial real estate worth a fraction of the "purchase price."
By 1994, the Moonies had bailed out the self-professed Christian Zionist, Rev. Jerry Falwell, whose "Elmer Gantry" lifestyle had bankrupted his Lynchburg, Virginia Liberty University, and bilked his own followers out of $73 million. The Moonies bought up Falwell's debt for pennies on the dollar, effectively morphing the pudgy televangelist into a grinning prop for Moon's alphabet soup of front groups.
Before the dawn of the 1990s, every significant name on the Christian Right—Pat Robertson, Tim and Beverly LaHaye, Gary Bauer, James Dobson, Robert Schuller—had been taken over by Moon and turned into even bigger con artists than they had been before they went grovelling for narco-dollars.
The main question for the Christian Right was, and still is: What was more embarrassing—having to associate with a stark-raving lunatic who proclaimed that Jesus Christ had failed in his mission, and that God had anointed Moon as the actual "King of Kings," the "True Parent" of a new master race; or, knowing that they were being bought off by offshore dirty money, much of it linked to international narco-terrorism?

Moon 'Family Values'In 1994, the year that Moon bought up Falwell, the U.S. Congress passed a bill establishing "Parents Day" as a new national holiday, designated on the fourth Sunday of July. The leading Congressional sponsor of the Moon-instigated legislation was Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.), one of the most fanatical of the House "Clinton-bashers." Long-time Moon functionary Gary Jarmin did the legwork for the legislation push.
While no one could dare protest the idea of "Parents Day," many Christian, Jewish, and Islamic theologians have serious problems with Reverend Moon's particular views on "parenthood." According to Moon, he and his (fourth) wife, Hak Ja Han Moon, are the "True Parents." Moon claims that Jesus Christ failed in his mission, because he was crucified before he had children, and therefore mankind was not freed from the original sin, which, in Moon's world, derived from Eve having had a sexual union with Satan. Jesus came to Moon, this fractured fairy tale continues, and bestowed upon him the task of completing his failed mission—by staging lavish mass-marriage ceremonies, in which Moon's "pretty girls" from Korea and Japan are paired with unsuspecting targets.
In a posting on the Unification Church website, Rev. Michael Jenkins, who heads the entire Moon organization in America (now called "the Holy Spirit Association/Unification of World Churches USA"), wrote bluntly that "Unless we are cleansed of the original sin, human beings, from the moment of conception, are not in their original state. In order for us to be cleansed of the original sin, we should be reborn. The method of rebirth is to receive the Marriage Blessing with the Reverend Moon as the officiator. That is the best way to be cleansed of the original sin. This cleansing remains to be done for all humankind. Only after having gone through this cleansing can we personally stand before God and grow as original human beings." Later, he added, "Reverend Sun Myung Moon is one anointed to fulfill the mission that Jesus was unable to complete."
On July 4, 2002, the Moon-owned Washington Times ran a full-page ad from one of Reverend Moon's front groups, proclaiming him the Messiah. The ad "quoted" Jesus Christ: "Reverend Sun Myung Moon! Thou art the Second Coming who inaugurated the Completed Testament Age! The 120 people, who have brought light to the history of Christianity, pledge to take part in all that the True Parents do, and resolve to strive toward the ideal, the original garden where there is no original sin, through the guidance, the words of the Completed Testament, and the Unification Principle, of the Savior and Messiah, the Reverend Sun Myung Moon."
In the same blasphemous ad, God was also quoted: "As you, the True Parents, have now succeeded in everything and have raised everything to its true level, you are now the Savior, Messiah and King of Kings of all humanity!!!"
Was it for this insanity, that the Congress established "National Parents Day"?

For someone proclaiming himself the true Messiah, the North Korean-born Moon has a rather checkered past. In the post-World War II period, when Moon migrated to southern Korea, he became involved with a mystical sect called Israeli Suo-won, which practiced a strange "purification" ritual, in which women achieved purity by having intercourse with the sect's ministers. In both North and South Korea, Reverend Moon was charged with morals violations, according to an FBI report, obtained by reporter Robert Parry under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Moon landed in a South Korea jail in 1955 for his sexual missionary work.
Moon might have simply wandered around the Korean countryside, dodging the law and practicing "sexual purification" on young girls, but for the intervention of two of the Korean CIA's founders—Kim Jong-Pil and Bo Hi Pak—and their patrons in the radical right wing of Anglo-American intelligence. Those ultra-right-wing Anglo-American intelligence networks were pivotted around William F. Buckley, Jr. and the Carlist, nominally Catholic, fascist apparatus he was building, under the cover of his National Review magazine, and the Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) anti-Communist youth movement.
According to a CIA report, dated Feb. 26, 1963, "Kim Jong-Pil organized the Unification Church while he was director of the ROK Central Intelligence Agency, and has been using the church, which had a membership of 27,000, as a political tool."
Kim Jong-Pil was also in charge of rebuilding South Korean ties to Japan, as part of an overall American and British-backed effort to build an Asia-wide anti-Communist apparatus, pivotted on South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan, and making use of the vast Asian secret society-based organized crime apparatus, which was more than willing to fight the Communists, in return for a license to steal. Among Kim Jong-Pil's best Japanese contacts were two convicted Japanese war criminals, Yoshio Kodama and Ryoichi Sasakawa.
Sasakawa was a leading figure in the Yakuza, Japan's organized-crime secret society, which was employed in the post-war period by the CIA to counter the Communists and trade union radicals. According to David Kaplan and Alec Dubro, authors of a respected history of the Yakuza, "Sasakawa became an advisor to Reverend Sun Myung Moon's Japanese branch of the Unification Church."
In June 1964, Kim Jong-Pil, Bo Hi Pak, and Reverend Moon were among the founders of the Asian Peoples' Anti-Communist League. APACL created a student front, the Free Asia Youth Alliance (FAYA), which, from its inception, was formally linked to Buckley's Young Americans for Freedom, which had established its own international youth federation, the International Youth Freedom Foundation. YAF/IYFF and FAYA signed a "Declaration of Common Purpose" in their first months of existence.

The Iran-Contra "secret parallel government" operation afforded the Moonies the opportunity to do what they do best: launder vast sums of cash from undisclosed offshore enterprises into the hands of rogue anti-Communist spooks. The largest recipient of Moonie largesse was Lt. Col. Oliver North. Moon's and Bo Hi Pak's CAUSA International became a prime source of funding for North personally, and for the Iran-Contra gang more broadly.
Ronald Godwin, the vice president of the Washington Times Corp. and the former director of Falwell's Moral Majority, set up a Moon front, Interamerican Partnership, which was one of the first fronts to funnel cash into North's "Enterprise." Another Moon-sponsored group, the American Freedom Coalition, produced a North promo video, "Ollie North: Fight for Freedom," and paid to air it 600 times on over 100 TV stations, according to Bob Parry. The AFC, according to one eyewitness report, received $5-6 million from Moon to boost the North covert wars in Central America.

By all public accounts, the Moon apparatus spends billions of dollars—perhaps tens of billions of dollars—a year on its worldwide front operations. Estimates of Moon's annual losses at the Washington Times Corp. alone, with its string of money-losing publications, range from $30-100 million. A recently compiled, single-spaced list of Moon's front organizations in the United States alone runs to 27 pages.
There are no credible reports of where the Moon empire gets its dough. There are many credible reports, linking the groups to the very "asteroid" intelligence networks that dominate the international crime scene, facilitate the world's biggest drug-trafficking operations, and protect the offshore banks that launder the estimated $1 trillion annual black market trade in illegal weapons and drugs.

[To read the entire article go to: http://www.larouchepub.com/other/2002/2942moonie_targt.html]
Also check out: Dark Side of Rev. Moon: Buying the Right
Dark side of Jerry Falwell: Being bought off! - By Robert Parry http://www.greatdreams.com/revelation/another_anti_christ.htm
On Jan. 28, 1995, a beaming Rev. Jerry Falwell told his Old Time Gospel Hour congregation news that seemed heaven sent. The televangelist hailed two Virginia businessmen as financial saviors of debt-ridden Liberty University, the fundamentalist Christian school that Falwell had made the crown jewel of his Religious Right empire.
"They had to borrow money, hock their houses, hock everything," enthused Falwell. "Thank God for friends like Dan Reber and Jimmy Thomas." Falwell's congregation rose as one to applaud. The star of the moment was Daniel Reber, who was standing behind Falwell. Thomas was not present.
Left unmentioned in the happy sermon was the identity of the bigger guardian angel who had been protecting Falwell's financial interests -- from a distance and without publicity. That secret benefactor was the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, the self-proclaimed South Korean messiah who is controversial with many fundamentalist Christians because of his bizarre Biblical interpretations and his brainwashing tactics that have torn thousands of young people from their families. Moon also has grown harshly anti-American in recent years.
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The Consortium
Rev. Moon & His 'Green Card'

By Robert Parry
http://www.consortiumnews.com/archive/moon8.html


Rev. Sun Myung Moon received his status as a U.S. "lawful permanent resident" nearly 25 years ago, during President Nixon's administration, according to a Justice Department document recently released under a Freedom of Information Act request.
In a letter dated April 7, 1975, James F. Greene, then deputy commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, listed the date when Moon obtained his "green card" as April 30, 1973. But it was unclear from the released document whether Moon received any preferential treatment from the Nixon administration.
By 1973, Moon already was a controversial figure. The South Korean theocrat was under public criticism for brainwashing impressionable young Americans who were recruited into Moon's Unification Church. Moon also was raising INS concerns by bringing hundreds of foreign followers to the United States on tourist visas and then assigning them to mobile fund-raising teams.
But Moon was making himself useful to the Nixon administration by organizing support for the Vietnam War and later for Nixon's defense against the Watergate scandal. Moon's pro-Nixon activities led to a face-to-face White House meeting between the South Korean and the besieged U.S. president on Feb. 1, 1974.
Though the Justice Department released no documents about how Moon gained his resident alien status, Nixon did have a history of assisting political patrons with immigration problems. According to Seymour Hersh's The Dark Side of Camelot, Nixon received a $100,000 bribe from Romanian industrialist Nicolae Malaxa, a Nazi collaborator who moved to the United States in 1946. Nixon battled to gain preferential treatment for Malaxa so he could stay in the United States, which Malaxa did until his death in 1972. Hersh reported that the Central Intelligence Agency had a copy of the $100,000 check made out to Nixon.
According to a 1978 congressional investigative report on the "Koreagate" influence-buying scandal, "Moon had laid the foundation for political work in this country prior to 1973 [though] his followers became more openly involved in political activities in that and subsequent years." The report added that Moon's organization used his followers' travels to smuggle large sums of money into the United States in apparent violation of federal currency laws.
That flow of money helped transform Moon into possibly the U.S. conservative movement's most important source of financial support. Since the early 1970s, Moon has poured billions of dollars into conservative causes, including an estimated $100 million a year to subsidize the daily Washington Times newspaper. Moon's organization also funnelled money to many conservative political figures, including Rev. Jerry Falwell and former President George Bush. [See The Consortium series last year.]
According to other Justice Department records released under FOIA requests, Moon's legal alien status has protected him and his movement from government investigations into their sources of money and other legal questions.
Though eligible for citizenship in 1978, Moon never became a U.S. citizen. Then, about two years ago, frustrated by the apparent decline in his church's membership, Moon began denouncing the United States as "Satanic" and reviling Americans as individualistic. In 1996, Moon moved his base of operation to Uruguay.

Nevertheless, Moon has not renounced his "green card," according to U.S. officials familiar with his case.

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MediaPutz.com
Honoring Reporters Who Just Can't handle the Truth
February 7, 2008
Washington Times
For reporting that is an embarrassment to the profession of journalism, and for being beholden to corporate paymasters rather than the citizens of America.


Wealthy progressives have not really caught on to the importance of media ownership in influencing public opinion. One need just look at Rupert Murdoch to understand how financial investments in news outlets yield enormous power to shape American public opinion.
Of course, many people don't realize that the mysterious Rev. Sun Myung Moon has poured millions and millions of dollars into the Washington Times in order to offer a right wing outlet in Washington -- and, of course, to curry favors from Republicans as a result. When Republicans want to leak something damaging to Democrats (whether true or not) -- or helpful to a Republican White House or Congress -- the Washington Times is one of the "go-to" media outlets.
For Rev. Moon, the Washington Times isn't there to make money (he does that through a large number of international businesses, some of them on the shady side). It's there to enrich him through political favors, and to advance the right-wing cause of making the wealthy wealthier by providing misinformation that is transmitted to America's working class via secondary news pickup.
Media Matters noted that the Washington Times ran a story on February 5 about Sen. Barack Obama's presidential candidacy and the "galloping horse of history" ran under the headline "Black horse." On the front page of the same edition were two of what are called "hang dog photos": one each of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Because the photos were "above the fold," they appeared in news boxes throughout D.C.
In a February 1 editorial, the Washington Times, according to Media Matters, "falsely claimed that Sen. Barack Obama 'argu[ed] cold-bloodedly on the Illinois Senate floor that babies who survive botched late-term abortions should not be considered 'persons' because this would be tantamount to admitting 'that they are persons that are entitled to the kinds of protections that would be provided to a -- a child, a 9-month old -- child that was delivered to term.' In fact, he was not discussing 'late-term abortions' in the remarks the editorial highlighted; Obama was asserting that the bill in question, which was not limited to late-term abortions, would 'essentially bar abortions.'
"This was in regards to a floor debate during Obama's Illinois state Senate days. The bill in question was one of those anti-choice strategies to have state legislatures pass laws that would define a fetus as a person. Thus, if an abortion was committed, the physician could be charged with murder. That is what Barack Obama was opposing. But never let the facts get in the way of a propaganda megaphone for the right-wing agenda, masquerading as a legitimate news organization.
Rev. Moon is one of the weirdest, creepiest, most mysterious Republican patrons, with longstanding ties to the Bush family in particular. He tends to keep a low profile, except for when he wants to be coronated by elected officials (but that's another story).
The Washington Times does have occasional articles of interest written by journalists doing their jobs, but mostly it's as fair and balanced as FOX News.
One thing the Washington Times does well, however, is save the Republican National Committee a lot of money. The RNC doesn't have to print a daily paper itself in the nation's capital; it's got Rev. Moon with deep pockets to cover the cost for it. And the Washington Times more than deserves this week's BuzzFlash Media Putz Award.
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His flirtation with mind control techniques is legendary. Parents have spent millions trying to deprogram their children from the effects of Moon's Pavlovian brain bending methods.