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Moon-Linked Sheraton National Hotel Sold

by ARLnow.com — May 27, 2011 at 7:30 am 8,037 94 Comments

The 417-room Sheraton National Hotel has been sold to a Connecticut-based hotel investment firm.

The hotel, located just off of Columbia Pike at 900 S. Orme Street, had been owned by National Hospitality Corporation, a company linked to Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church.

HEI Hotels and Resorts purchased an ownership interest in the hotel for an undisclosed sum. The company owns 39 hotels in 16 states, including the Sheraton Crystal City.

HEI plans to keep operating the hotel as a Sheraton.

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  • charlie

    finally. how does the sale price compare to their purchase. it was one of the most expensive per-key purchases at the time.

  • Weird Headline

    I thought the hotel had some lunar connection, like Neil Armstrong stayed there or something. I guess “Moonie” is derogatory even though that’s how everyone knows them.

    Here’s an alternative:

    “Sun Sets on Moonie Hotel” or “No Moon at the Inn”

  • Tabby

    Those are good alternatives, WeirdHeadline.

    When I saw Janeane Garafolo at the Drafthouse a couple of years ago, she was staying there, and she said when she woke up and saw that The Washington Times had been delivered to her door (“isn’t USA Today bad enough?”), she called the front desk and complained, and that’s when she learned who the owner was. Haha.

  • Tabby

    How about “Moonie turns the other cheek on hotel”

    • Richard

      REV. MOON HAS TURNED HIS CHEEK ALL OF HIS LIFE, IT IS WHAT PEOPLE WHO EXEMPLIFY GOD AND CHRIST DO! BUT YOU WOULD NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT I AM SAYING.

  • shirley

    so do the new owners know about the cemetery that is underneath this property. a cemetery the evil developers refused to move so they just built one less garage level (yeah, that is why parking sucks); a cemetery that to this day curses the financial stability of this property — supposedly thru lower bookings and room rental rates, even before Unification Church bought it.

    • Whoa? Details please!

      What cemetery? Isn’t it illegal to build on one?

      • othersideoftheriver
      • shirley

        don’t know the full story. there are “remains” on the site, probably from Freedmans Village, and I’ve heard that they are African-Americans. The evil developers came across them while building the building and if you don’t touch them, you can build around them. hence the weird garage. people from that neighborhood know the full story. i don’t.

        • Steve

          That’s really sad. They should have dealt with the problem properly.

  • Christy

    best. headline. ever.

  • BoredHouseWife

    I had a moonie go door to door in my neighborhood giving out a free moonie book. I tossed it in recycling once I realized it was a recruiting tool to be a mooney. Sorry Moon, but you are not the messiah.

    • Idi Amin Dada

      The same thing happened to me, except they were Mormons.

    • doodly

      I had some whackos called “Christians” trying to tell me they were followers of the true messiah the other day. Weirdos.

      • James

        It sounds like the First Amendment is alive and well. :-)

    • Marg

      I guess that’s why you’re still a “bored house wife”. Need to broaden your mind you might have learned something if you read it. I feel free to read anything because I am confident in who I am and what I believe but I can still learn from others.

      • dynaroo

        So you’ve gone to the library and read every religious text there?

    • Annemarie Nordhagen

      I,m a Moonie and I,m verrrry proud of it!
      I,m not american, but Im a citicen of this World.
      Wath are you soo proud of it to recycle a book from a Moonie?
      Could you change the world to a better place now?
      Dit you contributet with world peace with true Love ? like Rev. Monn dit all his live….. becouse of this the World is laughing about him and sufferd a lot.
      Like Jesus sayed you have the devil us your father.
      And YES He is the MESSIAH !
      We will see in the end who will laugh!!!

      • Peter Schroder

        Thank you, thank you!

    • http://Fresku,P.Gora,Qesarak arben duraku

      I think,you must know it.

      • http://Fresku,P.Gora,Qesarak arben duraku

        Thank you sister.

    • bob

      We know Rev. Moon is the Messiah. You JUST DON´T KNOW that Rev. Moon is the Messiah

    • Richard

      WHEN JESUS WAS ALIVE MANY SAID THE SAME THING.
      IT MAY HAVE TAKEN TWO THOUSAND YEARS BUT THEY WERE ALL PROVEN WRONG. IN THE EARLY YEARS OF CHRISTENDOM, PEOPLE JUST LIKE YOU CAUSED THE CATACOMBS TO EXIST TODAY BECAUSE THEY HUNTED AND KILLED CHRISTIONS OR JESUSIES BECAUSE THEY SAID THE SAME THING YOU SAID AND KILLED THOSE WHO DID NOT BELIEVE WHAT THEY BELIEVE.

      • Dick

        I AM FAR MORE LIKELY TO LISTEN TO YOU WHEN YOU ARE SCREAMING AT ME.

    • Richard

      IF YOU HAD READ THE BOOK IT WOULD HAVE TAUGHT YOU HOW TO USE YOUR TIME PRODUCTIVELY RATHER THAN BE A BORED HOUSEWIFE.. IT WOULD HAVE ALSO TAUGHT YOU INTEGRITY, FAITH, LOVE, COMPASSION, EMPATHY, AND WHY HE IS THE ONLY PERSON IN THE WORLD QUALIFIED TO STAND IN THE POSITION OF THE LORD OF THE SECOND ADVENT AND TRUE PARENT OF HEAVEN & EARTH AND ALL MANKIND. PRAY AND ASK GOD AND SEE WHAT HE SAYS!

    • Sergio Vasquez

      Now I know why your name is: Bored House Wife.
      The best you can do to understand what you talking about is to reed this and then you gone fine some interesting idea of the reality in your life.

    • genti

      what makes u think he is not ?
      and what if he is ?
      that book could be your way?
      do never through a gift.

    • Ali Mahjoub

      BoredHouseWife. Your name carries your character! You may stay bored all your life. Regarding Rev. Moon being a Messiah, you ought to read my autobiographical account,Honor Thy God, to learn how as a Muslim, God worked miracles in my life, leading me through a chain of prophetic dreams to meet the Unification Church in America. I was literally highjacked by the Holy Spirit and placed in the hands of the Unification church missionaries in Chattanooga TN.

  • Steve

    I’m a “Moonie” myself. I’ve stayed in lots of hotels all over the country and I don’t think I ever complained about the religion of any of the owners, or for that matter made fun of their names. Blessings to all.

    • Tabby

      Who’s “complaining”? Janeane G wasn’t complaining about the “religion” of the owner, but the appalling quality of the newspaper.

      • Steve

        I’ve never complained about a free newspaper given by a hotel. That sounds like kind of an odd thing to complain about. BTW I’ve also stayed at hotels where a Book of Mormon was provided in the room.

        • doodly

          If the hotel gave you a crappy, right-wing nutjob newspaper when there are perfectly good normal newspapers, I’d complain.

          • Steve

            I’m sure they sell the Post in the lobby.

          • Tabby

            I bet they don’t.

        • Marg

          I agree.

      • John R. Kenny

        Like Janine Garafalo is qualified to think… The Washington Times is an extraordinarily well-laid-out paper, with great content that you won’t get from the Lamestream Media. JG just hates all things traditional, conservative, and Christian, that’s all.

        • doodly

          The Times sucks, by any objective standard.

          The term “lamestream media” is so profoundly unintelligent and childish.

    • Max

      This explains a lot

    • Sergio Vasquez

      Thanks Steve. I’m a Moonie to and I’m proud a list we are in the Moon and not underground. People complaining for newspaper or
      hotel owners.

  • MC

    This is a fair sized hotel that is not very comfortably integrated with the Columbia Pike scene. Maybe the new owners can do something to integrate it better. While is seems a far-off prospect, imagine a street car running in front of this building — what might one want to change?

  • John Andre

    The Moonies probably sold the hotel after buying back the [unprofitable] Washington Times.

    • James

      I heard that the Times was sold for one dollar, so it probably didn’t have much effect on the other transaction.

  • Mary

    I’ve been a follower of Rev. Moon for many years; almost 37. One thing that I’ve noticed about this man is that despite all the bad press, all the inexperienced people who try to follow his guidance, all the mistakes made by these people including myself, all the misfortune, all the prison time for unsubstantiated crimes, and all the criticism dumped on him, he never judges, never condemns, never punishes anyone. He just keeps going even at 92 years of age to bring what he knows about–God’s love and forgiveness to this world hoping it will catch on. I’ve been ‘bitten” by the “love bug” and I hope I never lose the “fever” it has brought me–pure joy.

    • ana paula berto

      You’re so right. rev. Moon just visited Europe and now he left leaving behind unconditional love, total investment to build up a world of everlasting peace and warm embracing. Instead of such a big fuss for this hotel news why don’t we gather all our energies, despite our faith, and just work together for a better world. With all respect for the past, the disturbing “cimeteries” are the ones that are now filled with the victims of the present conflicts going on around the world. A warm hug to all of you.

    • OtterRose

      Thank-you and G-d bless you for a clear expression of my heart also.

      • Sergio Vasquez

        Me too.Keep going.Love for all.

  • Motoyama

    This hotel belong to UCI, managed under 3rd Son of Rev.Moon, Hyun-Jin Moon. Son of Rev.Moon sold this hotel without approvel his Father. ….

    • Tabby

      His father? Or his Father? Again, the man is NOT the messiah.

      • Eva

        Rev. Moon IS Messiah ever. Thanks God I could meet Him and I am sorry He must experience such a pain.
        (I could not just watch, this is my point of view)

      • Hermann

        Why you know, Just God knows!

        • Eva

          If you realy desire to have a good attitude toward this thing, please search and ask what rev Moon realy did. You will find a lot of a stupid accusations and much more great projects.
          Thanks to rev.Moon I know the purpose of my life. And of course thanks to God.
          Rev.Moon brought hope to all the people. The vision of a better world. This is such a great feeling to know that our lives have a great value and that we do not need to only watch but we can help to change the world. And I see the changes.
          Thank You rev.Moon, Thank You Havenly Father

      • suzana

        How do you know that? Please explain

        • suzana

          My question is for Tabby and Hermann

      • bob

        We know Rev. Moon is the Messiah. You JUST DON´T KNOW that Rev. is the Messiah.

      • Mike

        depends what you understand with father, are you meaning God or Lineage? because as far as i know the moonies don’t believe that the messiah is God! lol update yourself a bit before you leave a comment or describe yourself more clearly…

        • Kit Marr

          Sun Myung Moon is as much God as Jesus was and he and Mrs. Hak Ja Han Moon are the incarnation of God and, yes we Unificationists believe that.

      • Richard

        TABBY – HOW DO YOU KNOW HE IS NOT THE MESSIAH? I AM AWAITING YOUR RESPONSE.

      • OtterRose

        Dearest Tabby: OK! Please relax a little, no need for a heart attack over it.
        A messiah who is truly loving won’t force that love upon you. For each individual it is, in large part, a matter of Your Choice. No leader enjoys grumpy followers (nor can they lead them well… check out Moses!).
        However, if I choose someone as a messiah, then I will be excited about it and it will be True for me until the Judgment. (At that point, I had better have been correct and a true follower!)
        Love (not forced) to you!

      • Sergio Vasquez

        If You are so strong in your idea Why don’t You try for a moment
        to study his life and teaching and then…… any way love for You
        All.

  • http://N/A Thomas

    The reason why Rev. Moon don’t complain, retaliate or ask for a right to answer to all the wrong accusations on him is because he is the TRUE PARENT of all human kind. He has the seed of True Love and He love and embrace people that hate him.
    What is happening around his family is very unfortunate but that don’t take away on Rev. Moon is. You can’t judge somebody based on rumors. Please visit any UC centre to learn about this fantastic teaching of the Divine Principle. God bless

  • LiHai

    Hotels and newspapers aside….God is beyond time and space. When the time comes when we Know (all Truth), the Question (self review) will arise whether we served others than ourselves. Best wishes to you all. Let there be peace on Earth and let it begin with me. Regards, LiHai

  • Edward Ng’ang’a

    All great truths begin as blasphemies.
    George Bernard Shaw
    All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
    Arthur Schopenhauer
    German philosopher (1788 – 1860)
    “Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.”

    Buddha

    • Peter Schroder

      Oh, I love it!

    • genti

      like very much what edward post

  • Jo

    To bored housewife. Pity you didn’t read the book. You might have understood why you are so bored. Well, they said the same about Jesus and crucified him. Then it turned out that he really was the Messiah. Are you an expert on who is and who isn’t the Messiah? Perhaps you are the One. But if you were then you probably wouldn’t be a bored housewife. You might be too busy speaking to people about loving God and loving one’s neighbour which, strangely enough, is the same message that all the major faiths teach. It sounds a great way to relieve boredom – try it!

    • Jack

      “Then it turned out that he really was the Messiah.”

      Umm… About that…

      Sincerely, your friendly neighborhood Jew

      • Richard

        NEIGHBORHOOD JEW IF YOUR PEOPLE DID NOT GET IT AND YOU STILL DON’T GET IT IS BECAUSE YOUR FOCUS IS IN THE LAW OF THE OLD TESTAMENT TAUGHT BY MOSES. WHEN YOU UNDERSTAND THE LOVE BROUGHT THROUGH THE NEW TESTAMENT TAUGHT BY JESUS AND THE UNCONDITIONAL LOVE THAT HAS BEEN BROUGHT TO THE COMPLETED TESTAMENT AGE AND TAUGHT BY REV. MOON. THEN THE FIRST ISRAEL, SECOND ISRAEL AND THIRD ISRAEL WILL BE ABLE TO GUIDE THE WORLD TO A PEACEFUL SOLITION FOR IT’S VARYING CONFLICKS.

  • http://www.twiceblessedlife.com Lara

    Jeez, why do people persist with the “Moonie” thing? I’m as much of a “Moonie” as I am a “Kike” and my husband is a “Slant Eyes”. If you came up to a UNIFICATIONIST in the street, would you say to that person’s little KIDS – “Hey little SLANT EYES! You little MOONIE!”

    And what if they were African American? Would you use that word that begins with ‘N’?

    If you can’t say it to a kid, you shouldn’t be saying it at all.

    Unfortunately, these days, there’s sometimes a real difference between being Christian (adjective) and being a Christian (noun).

    Being Christian (adj.) means walking the walk and talking the talk – and Jesus never taught about calling people insulting names – where was that scripture?

    Being a “Christian” (noun) is any person, whether sincere in their belief – or just some ignorant bigot – who claim Jesus is their Lord & Savior. Which one are you?

    I’m friends with a local Evangelical church full of righteous, kind, True Faith practicing Christian Christians! They don’t have a problem with us and they certainly don’t go around calling me or my family “Moonie” “Kike” or “Slant Eyes”.

    I am a proud Jewish UNIFICATIONIST mother of twins!
    Stick THAT in your pipe and smoke it!!

    AND I further claim the right to be cranky, as I’m nighttime potty-training one of my twins and am very tired.

    SO – if you’re REALLY a Christian Christian, you’ll pray that my kid learns to go potty at night really FAST so I can get a better night’s sleep.

    And if you’re not really a Christian Christian, but you think you are, just take a look at some of the comments you’ve posted or want to post, and pray about it – WWJD? (What would Jesus do?)

    May your lives be doubly Blessed!
    -Lara

    • Peter Schroder

      Thanks, I like your comment, sister!

    • genti

      If all the Christians will follow what Jesus teached and lived
      they will sale all vatikan and help and love all the neibours in need.

  • http://WWW.JORNALFOLHADEBOAVISTA.COM.BR ANTONIO GUIMARAES

    IM MOONIE.I LOVE REVEREND MOON AND YOUR WIFE! I LOVE THE SON OF TRUE PARENTS.JSUS IS THE REV. MOON REVEREND MOON IS THE MESSSHIA IS THE LORD OF THE WORLD!! REVEREND MOON IS THE VICTORIUS SON OF MY GOD JEOVÁ! HALELUIAS TO THE PARENTS!

  • DASSE

    It’s so deceitful that up to now the whole world ignores who Rev. Moon is. It is the greatest chance for us today to be living with the Christ. But many of us are still dominated by the selfish pride and they don’t want to receive Rev Moon’s teachings that give them life. Becaue they know that they are living in the darkness and want to remain in it. Rev. Moon has done better than Jesus or any other prophet in the history.The only problem is that this world belongs to Satan as Jesus said, that’s the reason why we as Satan’s belongings, don’t want to open our heart to Rev. Moon who is the Christ and the long awaited Messiah.

  • http://www.trueloveking.net/ Macoy

    Luke 18:13-14

    13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’

    14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

    The coming of the Kingdom of God
    Luke 17:25
    25 But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.

    Luke 18:8
    8 I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?

    By Pope John Paul II

    “Christ is a divine judge with a human heart, a judge who wants to give life. Only unrepentant attachment to evil can prevent him from offering this gift, for which he did not hesitate to face death.”

    THE TIME HAS COME LET’S EMBRACE AND FOLLOW TRUE PARENTS PLEASE OPEN OUR HEARTS TO THE RETURNING CHRIST

  • Jacky

    I’m proud of Mohammed, Buddah, Socrate, Jesus and The True Parents of Mankind The Rev. and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon. They and many others are God’s champions who have been teaching mankind to become God’s children. The work is not over there are still many who need to learn. We who have learned are patient with you and still pray for you that one day you too will find that peace of heart that God gives to all his children. Heavenly Father gives his peace to all but you have a portion of responsibility that no one can do it for you. God’s people can only help you to realize that.
    Peace To All On Earth and In The Spirit World!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    To all those who hate Rev. Moon, He is not as bad as you think.

  • Jacky

    First Humans on Earth: Disobeyed God and produced the kind of humans we are today.

    God’s Responsibility: To send a Messiah who comes to teach and show humans how God had planned for them to live originally.

    Human’s Responsibility: To believe and follow the Messiah with Absolute Faith, Absolute Love and Absolute Obedience.

    So, unfortunately for us, we as humans don’t choose the Messiah, it is not our responsibility.

    My Brothers and Sisters, God sent THE REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON as the Lord of the 2nd Advent after JESUS was murdered by humans who did not take time to listen and understand what He was trying to teach.
    You can not know about Rev. Moon by listening to rumors or being scared even to read a book about Him. You have a mind and a heart! Read that book and find out what it is about!

    Thank You!

    God Bless You

    • Richard

      JACKY HERE IS SOME SUPPORTING EVIDENCE LET THEM READ THE BOOK OF ACTS: 4-7-11

      IF YOU THINK THE BIO IS HOT ! READ SUN MYUNG MOON THE EARLY YEARS 1920 – 1953 BY MICHAEL BREEN AN ENGLISH JOURNALIST.
      ISBN: 0-9531637-0-9

      THIS BOOK SHOULD BE RENAMED” THE MAKING OF A MESSIAH”

  • John R. Kenny

    “Today’s cult is tomorrow’s orthodoxy”. – Me

  • Richard

    ALL OF THE NAYSAYERS NEED TO FIND SOMETIHING PRODUCTIVE TO DO WITH THEIR LIVES INCLUDING THE BORED HOUSEWIFE WHO IF SHE CONTINUES BEING BORED WILL SOON CHEAT ON HER HUSBAND.

    REV. MOON IS DOING WHAT GOD HAS ASKED HIM TO DO FROM AGE 17 – 91 AND CONTINUES TO SAVE MANY LIVES. IF ANY OF YOU CAN DO BETTER THEN I WILL FOLLOW YOU!

  • doodly

    Didn’t anyone here see Life of Brian?

    • Peter Schroder

      Just the beginning. Hahaha!

  • Fez

    It’s the non-judgmental attitudes of the adherents that makes the moonie church so appealing…

    • Steve

      Sorry about that. It’s true that some members need to polish up their “people skills.” The good news is that you will not spend eternity in Hell, since we don’t believe in eternal damnation. :-)

  • Dawn Bacchus-Horan

    God our Heavenly Father is joyful to see so many diciples of OUR TRUE PARENTS stand firmly and support THE LORD OF THE SECOND ADVENT and Returing MESSIAH.

    It Pained God’s HEART when Jesus’s diciples DID NOT stand with HIM even to his death….Today, WE as diciples of THE MESSIAH Rev Son Myung Moon, stand firmly to defend WITH LOVE what we KNOW!!

    We DO NOT BELIEVE that Rev Moon is the MESSIAH, we have gone pass believing, WE KNOW!!!!! REv Moon IS The Messiah!!

    SO that after he ascend, He levae behind a foundation and a people who WILL be living examples of his absolute LOVE.

    WE have inherited His lineage, so all we do now is to transmit down from generation to generation, by restoring TRUE FAMILIES…….THIS is the cornerstone of God’s True Love, a living example of FAMILIES that carry on the work of TRUE PARENTS.

    A family heritage that wil give birth to True world leaders to rule America, Europe, Japan China, and all Arab states, and ALL nations on earth, THEN we will KNOW the value of our True Parents now on earth.

    ” As is was in the begining, so shall it be in the end…….False Parents in the bigining gave birth to all of us…..TRUE Parents in this dispensation, give rebirth to True Children, families, nations and the World of PEACE.

    Thus saith our Lord. I am the Alpha and the Omega. We send God’s True Love to ALL the critics of True Parents. May God’s Heart and True Love be reborn within you!

    True Parents…we send you ALL our LOVE!!!!WE LOVE YOU!

  • Dawn Bacchus-Horan

    WE LOVE You !! Champomoni og Mansi!
    How BLESSED I am to stand with True Parents and their family. WE Love You True Parents!

  • Johnny

    I have watched this man and his wife closely on various events. He has preached only oneness and love ignoring creating any instances of hate, in this sense is he not a good man? If so,then why all the fuss and condemnation.
    Jesus said – If you have faith like a seed mustard seed, you can do more than what he did… Is this phrase not an invitation to be like him in every sense? (Jesus) In this perspective, can’t the living God choose the one who works hardest to be a leader, messiah anointed one or whatever name or title you may choose to call him or her.
    Be this man the messiah sent by God for modern man or not history will judge. But please the bible says we should judge others merely because we don’t understand them or their ways.

    • PW

      “preached only oneness and love” – that’s why he called gays “dung eating dogs”? nice. classy. real oneness and love there johnny boy!

  • Charaboji

    Dear Brothers and Sisters,
    My opinion is that it is a lie that True Father wished this soul-destroying court case in order to return the property rights from his family members. When in the past many corrupt leaders had abbussed enormous ammount of money and had used illegal methods for personal use and to make their life easier, True Father forgave them and did not take them to the court.
    The pride of the One Man is so glorious that none can reduce it.
    Time will show who is right and who is not.So, patience.

  • true witness

    The Moonies have been breaking up familys in America since they got here. This is not a Church, it is a Cult. They are an organization built on greed and sustained on stupefied followers. If the business side of this conglomerate can stay fused to the Cult side they will continue their destructive ways. Does your church seek to turn a profit ? Jesus was not a horder of wealth, Rev. Moon is. New Messiah ?
    You make the call
    btw the big moon dog did not want to sell and is suing his son

    • doodly

      It’s funny when religious people fight.

      • true witness

        Not a religion. It’s a for – profit organization. As defined by the US Congress.

        • doodly

          Didn’t say religion, I said “religious people.”

          But I think you’re wrong – I think the Moon church still has it’s tax-exempt status, though it has engaged in business ventures and tried to hide them from taxes.

  • ajumom

    To Boredmom: if a second chance come to you…please read the book before you dump it..then write your comments …or its worth to say sorry or maybe not.

  • http://whatisonthemoon.tumblr.com There Is No Spoon

    The “Messiah” who will unite the world but cannot even UNITE HIS OWN FAMILY! The “wool” has been pulled over your eyes Moonie sheeple! The Moon family are desperately grasping for money, property and power that was never meant to belong to any person.

    The original seed money for the church can be traced back to the 1937 rape of Nanking. Japanese war bootie and gold stolen from the Chinese and hidden by scrupulous Japanese generals towards the end of the war was recovered by war criminals released by the US as a way to counter Communist uprisings in Japan. These freed Japanese nationalist war criminals (who later became crime bosses) with the bootie gold from Nanking funded Moon’s Unification Church and together formed The World Anti-Communist League. The seed money for the global expansion of the UC was blood money from China. Yakuza bosses, Kodama and Sasakawa protected and counseled the UC on how it should operate in Japan.

    The second source of UC mysterious money came from ‘spiritual sales’ in Japan. Thousands of unsuspecting Japanese widows were preyed upon to buy marble and glass pagodas produced by what amounts to indentured Korean labor. The idea was that if a remorseful widow bought a pagoda (for between ten to ninety thousand dollars or more); their departed spouse would find a better place in the after-life.

    The Reverend Moon lives in a beautiful palace in the mountains of South Korea. In a weird form of nepotism his children automatically inherit (or fight over) all the property that was supposed to belong to a world-wide non-profit organization. Meanwhile, the average 30 and forty year church member struggles financially and cannot even send their kids to college.

    Some Messiah!

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