The Fox News show "The Edge with Paula Zahn" which purported to do an exposé on Rev. Moon's Projects in Brazil did a hatchet job. There was no journalistic integrity in this show. Where was the balance? You had several rabid anti-cult hucksters touting their snake oil, and nobody invited to defend the Unificationist point of view. Fox News are a disgrace, and Fox TV is the slimiest network on American television bar none, with their sex obsessed shows promoting immorality. Make sure you boycott Fox and all the filth they promote, including this miserable performance, if they do not issue a formal apology and an opportunity for a rebuttal, and also clean up their act in their programming. They need to contact Rev. Phillip Schanker in charge of public relations at Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU) headquarters in Washington DC. The number there to call is 202-722-6800.
Imagine the outrage if they had done a similar exposé on Judaism. There would have been the B'nai Brith and the Anti-Defamation League up in arms, and loud cries of anti-Semitism. The producer and the host would have been fired, as they should be in this case. News announcers have been fired for as much as a racist or anti-Semitic joke, yet this Fox News network has the audacity and hubris to air a whole show vilifying a modern saint without the least shame. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth for these poor miserable wretches when the Day of Judgment comes. Fox News and the secular media will run roughshod over the Unification Church at their dire peril. I for one will not tolerate it. Do not underestimate the new medium of the Internet, nor the outrage of Unification Church members who are the target of such bigoted television programming.
The Jewish people went through a holocaust before people were willing to see that anti-religious bigotry, such as that demonstrated by this Fox outrage, is a great evil. When they came for the Jews, few helped. Now the Unification Church and the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU) are under attack. The Craig Maxims, the Steve Hassans and the Paula Zahns of this world are every bit as evil as the Nazi propagandists who sought to demonize the Jewish people so that they could exterminate them. That is exactly what the anti-cult rabble are doing to new religious movements, and to the Unification Church in particular. In the USA, we have a constitutional guarantee of freedom of religion and nobody, repeat nobody, will take it away.
We, the people of the Unites States of America, fought a Revolutionary War against England to guarantee that we could have a nation where we could have religious freedom, and God blessed America. We fought a civil war in America over the issue of slavery. We fought a World War II over the evils of Nazism and Japanese militarism which both suppressed religious freedom and enslaved, raped, tortured and murdered the peoples in their conquered empires. We fought a Cold War for more than 40 years against the evil of atheistic communism which murdered 150 million people in its 70 years in existence, including two proxy hot wars in Korea and Vietnam. Our freedoms were paid for with the blood of our noble and patriotic citizens. Let nobody stand in the way of religious freedom. Those who threaten religious freedom and who promote religious intolerance and bigotry as Fox News have done, do so at their peril.
If you want to see the Unification Church viewpoint, you can find plenty of material on the web site of which I am the author and maintainer:
Unification Home Page
On the Fox Inc. web site, they tout their NAACP awards. Now it is politically correct to be nice to black people these days, nothing wrong with that, but it seems fine to be as nasty as you want to be to religious groups and new religious movements in particular. I challenge Fox News network to have some backbone and give the targets of their defamation an opportunity to give their side of the story. If they do not, then we all know that they are just as bad as the Nazis in their blinkered hatred of Reverend Sun Myung Moon and the church he founded. They show their craven cowardice by taking on a small group which they consider not powerful enough to fight back. We shall see.
I encourage you to voice your protest against Fox News, please e-mail your comments to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also reach them by telephone at:
I am a disciple of Rev. Moon and a member of the Unification movement now for 22 years. I object in the strongest possible terms to the Fox News treatment of the Unification movement.
Sincerely, and outraged,
In the mighty names of True Parents,