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They Were Deceived! But by Whom?

Written by: Forehand, Tom    Posted on: 05/02/2003

Category: Cults / Sects / Non Christian Religions and Topics

Source: CCN

                They Were Deceived! But by Whom?                           Tom Forehand                           Nashville, TN

Her name was Elaine.  She was raised in the heart of the Bible Belt - Birmingham, Alabama.  She was a cute, diminutive, 21 year old college student at Auburn.  She had a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and had been involved in a campus Christian organization.

She was planning to take a summer vacation in California.  Before leaving that summer of 1976, she and her father discussed the lure of cults.  But Elaine told her sister not to worry, she would never join one.  Elaine knew better!

While in California visiting Berkeley University campus, Elaine was approached by two young men who showed interest in her college major, horticulture.  The two men, who were clean-cut and looked like "normal college students," said that they lived with a group of students at Community Creative Projects (CCP) just off campus. They invited Elaine to an afternoon dinner.  The two agreed to provide Elaine with needed transportation.  They also told her that Creative Community Projects was a non- denominational community where college students could live together and bring out the best in each other.

Before accepting their invitation Elaine asked specifically, "Who funds your organization?  Or what larger organization is behind Creative Community Projects?"

"There's nothing behind it... It's just non-denominational... an independent group," they said.

Elaine asked again, "Are you sure you don't have something to do with Rev. Moon or the Hare Krishnas or something similar to that?"

They answered, "No, we don't.  We don't have anything to do with an organization like that.  If you'll come over to the house for dinner, you can check it out for yourself and see what we are doing."

After coming to the CCP house, Elaine noted nothing unusual about the students of the books in the house library.  So she agreed to attend a three-day weekend workshop with her new friends.  That three-day workshop led to another of seven days which in turn led to a three-week stay -- all of this before Elaine learned that Community Creative Projects was a Moonie organization.

Next came a forty-day commitment and later a year's commitment to the Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity -- or the Moonies!

(Elaine was interviewed in "Video Dynamics Presents Chris Elkins Discussing the Unification Church -- The Moonies," 1980, Sessions 5 & 6).

Just a few years after Elaine's experience, along came David Malko, a law school graduate of Temple University, and Tracy Leal, a college sophomore.  David was approached at a bus stop in San Francisco by two members of CCP and was invited to a dinner. David asked if the two had a "religious connection."  Their response, "No."

David attended the dinner where he accepted an invitation to go to the CCP farm in Booneville.  While there, David asked CCP group member Bethie Rubenstein if CCP had any association with a "religious organization."  She responded, "No."

On a separate occasion, Tracy, while waiting to change buses in San Francisco, was approached by two CCP members who invited her to eat with them.  Tracy asked them "if they were part of a religious group, and she did not want to get involved with them if they were."

Their response was that the people in their group "all came from different religious backgrounds."  Tracy accepted their invitation.  Likewise, Tracy was invited to the farm.  On her second day at Booneville, she asked the farm co-director "whether the group was part of a religious organization, and specifically whether they were Moonies.

He denied they were Moonies; he claimed that they were a type of Christian group.  After two days at the farm, Tracy went "for a two-week seminar at Camp K."  At the end of this seminar, she asked again if the organization was "part of the Moonies." She was assured that it was not.  A short time later she was told that "they did follow some of the teachings of Rev. Moon," (Molko v. Holy Spirit Assn. - 49 Cal. 3d 1102, 1103, 1105, 1106).

Both David and Tracy joined the Moonies and later, after leaving the group, brought a court action against the Unification Church. Although in the lower courts the two ran into problems by trying to sue the Moonies, in 1988 the California Supreme Court finally ruled 6-1 that the two had a right to "sue [the Unification Church] for allegedly deceptive recruitment practices," (The Los Angeles Daily Journal, 26 October 1988, p.1).

The California Supreme Court noted: "The church concedes for pleading purposes its members knowingly misrepresented the Church's identity to Molko and Leal.  It further concedes the misrepresentations were made with the intent to induce Milko and Leal to associate with Church recruiters and later to continue participating in Church activities..." (Molko v. Holy Spirit Assn., 46 Cal. 3d. 1108).

Yet, the Unification Church denied that these misrepresentations caused Molko and Leal "psychological and financial damage as a result of... involvement" in the church (Ibid).

Dr. James Baughman, President of the Unification Church of America, spoke in Nashville.  He said: "...Jesus said that the truth will also set you free... Why are many of our younger people not in churches?... In some of our churches... there is confusion about the very values and ethics and virtues that are talked about in this book [the Bible]...  If you are going to call yourself a Christian, you should act like one.  Because your actions are going to speak louder.  And if you don't do that, then you should close your mouth... Also, I don't like the word 'Moonie'...(taken from a taped copy of the address).

A rose is a rose!  And unless the unethical recruitment practices and false Unification doctrines are changed, apparently neither will the term "Moonie"! ----------------------------------------------------------------- Copied with permission from the Watchman Expositor.  For a free subscription to this monthly newspaper write the Watchman Fellowship office nearest you:

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