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Online article ahead of a segment on tonight's (Dec 11) current affairs show, 7:30 - that's the name of the show for non-Australians.

December 11, 2017: Sex, Cults and the Bizarre World of Providence Leader Jeong Myeong-seok

And here is Gerry talking about the experience of watching SBS’s 2014 report and realizing his daughter was a member of the JMS cult. That that could happen certainly never entered my mind while assisting SBS with that report.

Maum Meditation Led by Woo Myung / 85 Maum Cultists Denied Entry to US
« on: November 23, 2017, 01:52:24 AM »
I've been meaning to explore Maum Meditation for a while now as I've heard from several former members over the years, but beyond some bookmarking and one little Kindle purchase, I've have failed to find the time.

This little incident in the US provided me the opportunity to finally start a thread about the group here. And that Kindle purchase is the creepily titled Stop Living In This Land, Go To The Everlasting World Of Happiness, Live There Forever.

I have only just skimmed the early pages, but I think I might now read the rest sooner rather than later. Those early pages certainly gave off a clear cult vibe, as did the title. Just skimming the reviews just now, this one caught my eye as most reviews seem to have been written by members:

STOP LIVING IN THIS LAND... is the most repetitive, brainwashy, culty thing I've ever read (except for the Holy Bible). On nearly every page of it's nearly 400 pages it repeats this simple message: "You were born a sinner and the current state of your hellish life is meaningless and you must wake up to live forever in bliss or die forever and ever to never NEVER get another chance and the ONLY way to wake up is through Maum Meditation." There, now you don't have to read this book. Literally, that is all Woo Myung has to say in this book! Oh, except when he sings his own high praises towards the end, describing his glorious self as a divine teacher in possession of the ONLY WAY to spiritual salvation and that is, once again, Maum Meditation.

And now to the articles that rekindled^ my interest in this group:

Nov. 22, 2017: 85 S. Koreans Denied Entry to US Due to Travel Document Complications (The Korea Herald)

Meanwhile, the US edition of Joongang Ilbo reported that the group was on their way to participate in a meditation program hosted by a South Korea-based organization, Suwanee Mediation, through a travel agency.

This recent Reddit ties "Suwanee Meditation" to Maum.

Suwanee is the name of a US town, obviously not the name of the parent Korean group.

While the Korea Herald piece does offer "Suwanee Meditation" as the name for the group, in this Yonhap piece, a Ministry official refuses to name the group. That caused a chuckle as determining the name of the group from the name offered in the Korean Herald article took less than a minute.

He, however, declined to disclose the name of the organization and the identifications of the individuals for protection of their privacy. He also did not provide the purposes they stated in their entry review process at the airport.

Here's a thread on Rick Ross's cult awareness site about the group.

Spot-on observations and commentary.

Jungshim/QiWellness / Qi Wellness -> Jung Shim: Latest Name Change
« on: September 04, 2017, 07:27:21 AM »
Another name change for the London branch. It is now called Jung Shim. Previous names include Ki Health, Innersound, and Qi Wellness.

March 8, 2017: Is Korean Chanting The Remedy For Stressed Out Londoners? (Evening Standard)

New site:

I was threatened with legal action back in 2006 for suggesting the London branch, which was at the time called Ki Health, was a branch of Jung Shim. Jung Shim is the current name for the cult founded by these two fraudsters.

From 4:30, an interesting and frank detailing of the sex rituals Rev. Moon took part in that formed the basis of Jeong's cult, using many of the same English terms that JMS uses. Calling them sex rituals, however, is a bit misleading as the enormous power differential between a "messiah" and a believer at best complicates the question of consent.

So True Father established the perfected Eve with his last wife, Hak-ja Han Moon. And you might have read different articles and different  rumours about different sexual encounters that Rev. Moon had with women, and you may have read them in a very negative way. But as the representative of God, Jesus came again to restore woman, so he had to restore woman though the Brides of Christ, and that is what those women are. And after they had a conjugal relationship with the Lord through the Body of Christ, then they were also married to different historic figures whose spirits exist in heaven Like Confucius, Mohammad, and Jesus Christ himself.

So these women are the women of Christ who, through the body of Rev. Moon, engaged in a conjugal relationship with God which is the most powerful love. So these were the Brides of Christ. They needed a bridegroom. They were prepared to meet the Bridegroom.  And the relationship between a bride and a bridegroom is a conjugal sexual relationship. But the one wife of Rev. Moon himself - the one wife of Christ - was Hak-ja Han, but at the very last moment she betrayed him, so she lost the position of being his wife. So the trihead of God is composed of The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit, and all women are the Brides of Christ and all the men are the sons of God. Amen. Give this video and thumbs up and I'll see you in next video.

The speaker is a member of Moonie splinter group led by Hyung Jin Moon, one of Moon's sons. I don't know if the sexual relay is something he has adopted, but this recent April 2015 endorsement from George Washington in heaven doesn't exactly allay concerns he's setting up his own cult.

Good Morning,

This is General George Washington.

Thank you for having a framed picture of me in your living room. It means a great deal to me.

I am coming to you at this hour of urgent desperation and urgent need.

We need a new Army of righteousness. There has been a coup. The Providence of God has been hijacked. There has been a quiet usurpation of authority and power, away from the rightful, official and legal authority. The rightful, official and legal authority in the nation of United States of America and throughout God's prepared lands belongs to the heir of Rev. Sun Myung Moon, Mr. Hyung Jin Moon, along with his wife who effectuates as a proxy to True Mother at this time.

The citizens of the United States and people of the world need true leadership. This leadership and authority has been missing recently particularly after the Reverend Sun Myung Moon ascended to the spiritual world as a Glorious Victor of All Cosmic Victories. There has been a lack of leadership. There has been a void. There has been an hour of darkness that has descended on the country I love. Now things are dramatically changing and dramatically developing. But just like during the Revolutionary War, the battle is not easy. There will be bad feelings. There will be shocking twists and turns. There will even be some setbacks, but there must be a final victory, and there will be a final victory, if we remain steadfast, and if we remain true to our beliefs and convictions, and if we do not waiver.

Citizens of the United States!
The citizens of the world!

You have been ruled by a false authority. True Mother's authority has been recently usurped by entities other than Heaven's power.

My brothers and sisters of faith!
Please realize this urgent and disastrous circumstance that we are in. There is corruption at the highest levels. This cannot and must not stand.

Why did I fight?
Why did I lead a revolution?
To separate from corruption at the highest levels! We need to carry through the same exact accomplishment and we need to perform the duties of revolutionaries at this hour. We cannot be lukewarm. We cannot be mild. We cannot be placid. We cannot be complaisant. We cannot be half-hearted. We cannot be nonchalant. We cannot be bystanders. We cannot be observers. We cannot be on the sidelines.

Brothers and sisters. My brethren.

I am General George Washington. I know what you need. You need courage! You need conviction. You need to pound your chests and join the battle for righteousness. I am of course speaking in metaphorical terms. You need to have that conviction in your minds, and I am not saying that an armed insurrection is called for. But this time is serious and the times are grave.

The darkness had fallen over this country I love. So much division and hatred. Citizens! You must love! You must show charity! You must be pure in heart! And pure in mind! Do not follow false Gods. Follow truth. Follow the righteous path.

There is a young man now in the United States who is fighting the good fight. He is in Newfoundland, PA in a small church. Everyone who loves the United States must listen to this young preacher. He is vocalizing the nature of our threat. And he is explaining our predicament that affects my county and all countries.

We need to heed his words.
We need to heed them now. Not later.

I am George Washington, the General of the Revolutionary Army, and the first President of the United States. Do I not care about my country still? I cry for my country. So many things have gone wrong. But there is still hope. A new dawn is beginning. It begins with faith. Politics will follow later. Please have faith first.

You have to demonstrate that those who have ears to hear, need to understand that when the returning Lord–the Rev. Sun Myung Moon–stated that he has instituted an heir, he meant what he stated and wrote. There is no equivocation. It is plain and clear.

Because his authority was challenged and darkness fell on the land, we have had all types of instability and calamities in our political and geopolitical world. We have had beheadings of Christians and civilians. This has to stop by all means. But the cause of external conflicts is the lack of internal faith that drives the balance of the universe.

I am George Washington, brothers and sisters of Unification faith and Christian faith. The Lord returned to Earth. He won a victory over darkness. But his efforts are being usurped and hijacked. You need to stand strong and reject falsehood and abrogation.

You need to follow a man named Hyung Jin Moon.

This is my command to you.

General George Washington

It's that time of year again when hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people fly to Korea to unwittingly endorse one of the country's most infamous cult leaders.

General Discussion / Sleep Deprivation in General & in JMS & Other Cults
« on: August 28, 2017, 03:41:50 PM »
Sleep Deprivation in General and in Cults

Sleep is an interesting topic in itself - why we need it, what happens in the brain when we do and don't sleep, dreams, etc and of course it is the lack of sleeo that serves cults so well. Here are a few links on the subject. I'll add a few more eventually.

Feb. 13, 2014: 10 Things to Hate About Sleep Loss (WebMD)

Nov. 18, 2014: What Sleep Deprivation Does to Your Brian in One Stunning Graphic (MIC)

June 9, 2015: Lack of Sleep: Can It Make You Sick? (Mayo Clinic)

Sept. 25, 2015:
Why Lack of Sleep Makes Us Emotionally Distracted by Everything (New Scientist)

Oct. 23, 2015: Here Are 5 Infamous Religious Cults That Used Sleep Deprivation to Control Their Followers (AlterNet)

Oct. 27, 2015: The Church of Sleep Deprivation: How Scientology Keeps Its Workers Compliant & Childless (Raw Story)

May 26, 2017: The Brain Literally Starts Eating Itself When It Doesn't Get Enough Sleep (Science Alert)

June 5, 2017: The Effects of Sleep Deprivation on Your Body (Healthline)

JMS News / JMS Alpha Concerts in Korea
« on: August 24, 2017, 08:38:31 AM »

Google Translation. 

Christian Gospel Mission) is conducting a camouflage event in the name of 'Alpha Concert' around the country. Beginning in Jeonbuk on Aug. 7, it was held in Seoul on August 15, in Busan on November 17, in Incheon on June 19, and on June 24 and 26 in Seoul and Daejeon respectively.

It is necessary to be careful because it hides the fact that it is JMS and carries out the street protest (Alpha bus king) and the concert which invited acquaintances (Alpha concert).
"The hiding of identity is one of the characteristics of the heresy pseudo," said an official at the Pyeongyang JMS Damage Coalition. "They (the elders) are begging for their beliefs, and they are seemingly happy and packed as if they contribute to society"

Alpha Day, celebrated in June 1, is one of JMS's most important days. I'll have to check , but I believe it marks the foundation of the cult in 1978.

I'm devastated that I missed attending. ;)

Daesun Jinrihoe has been mentioned quite often in discussions on Facebook, Reddit, and Youtube stemming from accounts by foreigners in Korea of being approached on the street and asked to attend a ceremony which invariably ends with a request for money and/or a further commitment. Last year, there were numerous accounts of foreigners being approached by Koreans who initially asked directions to some well-known landmark or area. They all soon forget that they were going to that well-known landmark and suddenly invite the foreigners to a traditional ceremony.

The similarity of the accounts suggested one group was behind this campaign. I had no idea which, but one name kept popping up, the previously mentioned: Daesun Jinrihoe. There is more info here on the history of the group. This looks better: Taesunchillihoe: Factors in the Rapid Rise of a Korean New Religion (1999)

I actually attended a conference on New Religious Movements that was hosted by Daesun Jinrihoe at their univeristy, Daejin University. I gave a presentation there about the groups my site concerns: JMS, Shinchonji, Jungshim, and Yoo Byung-eun's cult. My experience of Daesun Jinrihoe and of the members I met was wholly positive. Attendees were given a tour of one of their main temples and a little taste of the religion. While religion is not my thing, there was nothing about the event that got my cult senses tingling. The previous day had been spent on a similiar tour of The Moonies HQ, and that was nothing but bat-shit crazy from start to finish, and "bat-shit crazy" was a term used by one of the academics attending the conference as we got back on the bus.

Side note: CESNUR, the co-hosting organisation has a reputation of being particularly soft on cults, but that's a story for another day. On the whole though, I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the conference and met some really interesting people. One Australian professor had heard of me and thanked me for helping to expose the JMS cult. There are some stories to tell from that conference that I hope to tell one day. Nothing earth-shattering at all; just a few little anecdotes.

So when the name Daesun Jinrihoe first came up in relation to these accounts, I was honestly a little surprised in a "oh-that's-those-nice-guys-from-the-conference" kind of way. Having said that, I had heard bits and pieces before that suggested the group had a darker side.

Here then are a few of those accounts (more in the comments under each link) that have been attributed to the group. There are more on closed Facebook groups. Some of those I've saved for my own benefit, but I'll not share those as they were posted on closed pages. I might put a call out for similiar accounts. There really are quite a few of them.

August 1, 2017: A Cult Tried to Hound Me In (exchange student in Seoul) (Reddit)

June 11, 2017: Two Girls Approached Me and Asked if I was Interested in Korean Culture. (Facebook - Public Group)

May 19, 2017:

March 13, 2017: That Time I Accidentally Joined a Cult

Feb. 26, 2017:

Oct. 20, 2016: Am I Getting into a Korean Cult??? (Reddit)

Jan 28, 2013: Does Somebody Know What the Religious order Daesoon Jinrihoe is & Can Explain it to me? (Reddit)

July 11, 2016: This apocalyptic Korean Christian group goes by different names. Critics say it's just a cult.

Lee is keen to mention that he has composed a formal declaration for the end of all global war. The text of the declaration is carved into a large stone tablet in his back yard.

Shinchonji / Zimbabwe: When a Whole Chief Justice Falls for a Ruse
« on: July 01, 2017, 08:30:45 AM »
I somehow missed seeing this piece published last year. Wonderful to see Helen take an interest in SCJ and call out those that really should know better...

March 26, 2016: Zimbabwe: When a Whole Chief Justice Falls for a Ruse (by Helen Morris)

As Zimbabweans, how do we feel about our most senior judge flying to South Korea, wasting days of office time at a conference with no tangible or meaningful outcome, legitimising a religious cult and then allowing state media to praise his bold contributions to the cause of peace?

Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku recently came back from Seoul, South Korea, where he represented Zimbabwe at the Proclamation of the Declaration of Peace and the Cessation of War, organised by a group calling itself Heavenly Culture, World Peace and Restoration of Light (HWPL), headed by one Man Hee Lee.

A Herald article from March 15 2016 claims "the quest for global peace and harmony escalated with the historic launch of the proclamation" and praises Chidyausiku's participation in the event.

The declaration described in the article is strangely vague. The speech by Man Hee Lee, which the Herald reports as groundbreaking peace-building policy, is full of statements that even a 12-year-old might make after first seeing a bomb blast reported on the evening news -- "wars are untenable", "the work of peace is a task someone must take on", "the declaration seeks to dispose the world of all armed conflicts". Although the sentiment is noble, the declaration ignores decades of peace-building work by policy-makers around the world, and ludicrously over-simplifies local and global politics.

The website for HWPL is as vague as the speech quoted in the Herald. HWPL's "vision for sustainable peace" states that if all the heads of state "sign an international agreement" and if all the youth "agree not to fight one another ... world peace will be restored". Again, these platitudes are so obvious that they are barely worth stating.

Moreover, humanity has not been at peace since Cain killed Abel, so there is nothing to restore. The website boasts about peace marches and conferences at which peace is declared, but provides very little concrete evidence of substantial work towards developing peace in any region of the world. Man Hee Lee has "traversed the globe 24 times, talking about peace", but there is no evidence of concrete work towards peace. There are plenty of photographs of him talking or posing, but he has never mediated a conflict or brokered a ceasefire anywhere.
More research about Man Hee Lee reveals that the elderly white-suited man is best known in South Korea, not as a herald of peace, but as the leader of a church called Shincheonji. As the leader of Shincheonji, Man Hee Lee teaches that after Jesus ascended to Heaven, God promised to anoint another pastor, who would prepare Christians for the Second Coming. Man Hee Lee claims to be that pastor and attracts people to his sect by convincing them that "when the Second Coming arrives it will not be enough to know only God and Jesus, believers must also know the pastor promised in the New Testament" (that is Man Hee Lee). His teaching demonises "the enemy", which is anyone who refuses to recognise that Man Hee Lee is the only true route to salvation, forcing many members to cut off contact with any family and friends who are not followers of Man Hee Lee.

As God's anointed pastor, Man Hee Lee expects absolute obedience from his followers. He instructs them to limit their sleep, in order to devote more time to prayer and to studying his doctrine. The widespread sleep deprivation makes the congregation easier to frighten and emotionally manipulate. They study his teachings and his version of the Bible for four or five days a week in groups, managed by minders, who report disobedience to church elders.

Every person in Shincheonji is expected to attend three or four-hour services on Wednesdays and Sundays. Many Shincheonji branches use a digital fingerprint recognition register to ensure that every person is present. Followers are strongly urged to give up their jobs or studies in order to devote their lives entirely to the church. They are also encouraged to give up all of their savings to their leaders, leaving them completely reliant on the church community.

One of the key requirements for becoming a core member and guaranteed salvation in the Second Coming, is recruiting new members for Shincheonji. The sect became very unpopular in South Korea because members would infiltrate other churches and attract the members away from their congregations.

Many churches in South Korea have signs explicitly forbidding Shincheonji members. Shincheonji events in South Korea have to be protected by special internal church security forces, because they invariably attract protests from people who have lost family members to the cult. The government of South Korea has banned Shincheonji from advertising in local media.

The sect's deep unpopularity in South Korea meant that Man Hee Lee had to develop a new strategy for generating positive publicity for Shincheonji. He founded a "volunteer" organisation called Mannam to target foreigners. The organisation explicitly claimed not to be religious, but the key leadership was identical to Shincheonji's. Mannam hosted peace walks and parties for foreigners in South Korea to demonstrate that the church had widespread support.

In 2012, Mannam advertised (in English) a World Peace Ceremony at the Seoul Olympic Stadium, to which it invited thousands of foreigners, with no mention of Shincheonji. In Korean, however, it advertised the Shincheonji 6th Olympiad, taking place at the Seoul Olympic Stadium, at the same day and time. By publicising the large foreign audience at the event, Shincheonji was able to argue that it is a globally relevant organisation.

However, many of the people conned into attending the 2012 Mannam event were angered and frightened when they realised the close links between Mannam and Shincheonji. Mannam was disbanded, but in 2014 a new organisation was founded under the name HWPL with Man Hee Lee as chairman. In 2014, they hosted the World Alliance of Religions for Peace Summit, inviting government and civil society leaders from around the world.

Although neither Shincheonji nor Mannam were mentioned in English at the summit, attendees noted that all of the South Korean participants made the Shincheonji hand signal (thumb and index finger extended) when cameras were pointed at them. Based on the invitations that they had received, many of the participants believed that they were going to Seoul to participate in discussions and workshops or to chair panels about issues relevant to peace building. However, there were no discussions -- the programme was dominated by peace marches and mass rallies with long speeches by Man Hee Lee.

In the speeches, Man Hee Lee's solution for world peace was for all people to unite and accept one religion -- his own. The participants were divided into small groups, each of which was closely monitored by a pair of minders, who forced the participants to attend every event and demanded that they look happy for the cameras.

Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church / A Slave to the Moonies
« on: May 31, 2017, 12:54:11 AM »
I have it on good authority that the unnamed "church" the former slave talks about from 26:35 is the Moonies:

JMS News / New Zealand Herald Article on JMS
« on: May 20, 2017, 06:15:55 AM »
The New Zealand Herald just published a piece on JMS, and there's an accompanying video. I wouldn't call JMS a religious group!

May 20: Kiwi Women Targeted by Religious Group Hunting Brides for Convicted Rapist

It's great to see a student magazine cover the continual threat posed by Korean cults on campuses. And it seems like every Korean cult in existence has a presence in New Zealand.

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