StratDal - 3/1/2018 at 06:34 PM
No wonder the president carried Pennsylvania...
BrerRabbit - 3/2/2018 at 03:36 AM
Frekin Korean Moonies - still up to their old tricks. Wondered what they were doing these days. Really sick cult. With deep ultracon ties, btw, read on:
The cultlike church behind a ceremony with AR-15s and bullet crowns, explained
A nearby elementary school had to be shut down for safety.
By Tara Isabella Burton on March 1, 2018 6:00 pm
As the debate over gun control raged across America in the wake of last month’s school shooting in Florida, a group of worshippers wearing bullet crowns and toting AR-15 rifles gathered in a Pennsylvania church this week to hold a “commitment ceremony” for about 250 couples.
The ceremony was held at the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania. The weapons, which Reuters reported were unloaded, were meant to represent the biblical “rod of iron” referenced in the Book of Revelation, used by God’s representative to dominate his enemies.
As the nearby Wallenpaupack Area School District moved its students to another school over concerns about the armed celebrants, church leaders argued for the power of guns to do God’s will — and protect the innocent. “Each of us is called to use the power of the ‘rod of iron’ not to arm or oppress as has been done in satanic kingdoms of this world, but to protect God’s children,” said the church leader, Rev. Hyung Jin “Sean” Moon, in a statement. “If the football coach who rushed into the building to defend students from the shooter with his own body had been allowed to carry a firearm, many lives, including his own, could have been saved."
While the ceremony itself had been planned long before the February 14 shooting in Parkland, Florida, in which a man with an AR-15 rifle killed 17 students and staff members, participants in the blessing nevertheless celebrated the power of guns to stop potential future shootings.
The ceremony, which was held by an offshoot of a controversial Christian group that critics call a cult, seemed to perfectly encapsulate the anxieties of the current political climate: a conflation of pro-Trump and Christian nationalist rhetoric, fervently pro-gun sentiments, and multibillion-dollar business interests in the arms trade.
The Unification Church has a controversial history
Now there’s Sean Moon’s World Peace and Unification Sanctuary, but the story begins in Korea with the Moon family, which has run spiritual organizations since 1954. The family has been deeply controversial in religious circles, and its organizations have often been denounced by Christians and secular critics alike as “cults.”
Sun Myung Moon, Sean’s father, came to widespread prominence in America in the 1970s with his Unification Church
The Unification Church also became closely involved with right-wing and GOP party politics. Reverend Sun Myung Moon amassed “extraordinary political influence, building a vast network of powerful right-wing organizations and forging alliances with every Republican presidential administration since Ronald Reagan’s.” As late as 2004, Republican lawmakers were attending Unification Church ceremonies in which Moon was ceremonially “crowned.”
The Moon family has, in recent years, made pro-gun rhetoric a major part of their religious and financial activities. Among the Tongil iGroup’s holdings is Kahr Arms: a small-arms company founded by another of Moon’s sons, Justin Moon.
The company has long received attention from politically connected public figures. In 2016, Eric Trump attended the opening of one Tongil-affiliated gun store.
This week’s ceremony is firmly tied into the political arena: its liturgy and celebration capturing a quintessentially American blend of Christian nationalism and corporate pro-gun sponsorship. A few days prior to Wednesday’s ceremony, Sean Moon’s church hosted a pro-gun rights “Thank You Trump” dinner. The dinner’s sponsor? Kahr Arms.
[Edited on 3/2/2018 by BrerRabbit]