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Another piece about Master Oh that is either paid content or the result of extraordinary lazy reporting. It is interesting that Qi Wellness is not mentioned, only Master Oh's personal site which includes odd testimonies such as “If I had to cross a desert I would choose Master Oh as my companion, I would trust only him to get me to the other side” and Skype and phone treatments. There are hints of the front he leads, one being this photo from the article contains "Qiwell" in its url: https://static.standard.co.uk/s3fs-public/styles/story_medium/public/thumbnails/image/2017/02/22/16/qiwell291016-0236.jpg

February 23, 2017: How to Stop Feeling Tired and Boost Your Energy Levels (Amy Harris for The Evening Standard)

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For Londoners, feeling run down and perpetually tired is not a rare occurence. We work hard and we play hard and it takes its toll.

Master Oh is an energy healer who specialises in treating conditions such as low-energy, chronic fatigue, stress, anxiety and insomnia.

Here, he shares his five energy-boosting tips for Londoners.

1. Meditate
Start your day with a 10-minute meditation to clear and focus the mind. A peaceful mind is ready to deal with anything. If we prepare ourselves to accept all situations and people with a positive and calm attitude, we can remain peaceful throughout the day and avoid draining energy. Our brain uses up 60 per cent of our Qi/chi (energy), while the other 40 per cent is spent on our physical activity. In modern life, we rely so much on our mind and tend to overuse our energy reserves dealing with the resultant stress and emotions. To create energy, we have to free ourselves from our negative emotions and thought patterns. 

2. Smile
Smiling is a simple and effective way to make others happy and improve your energy circulation internally. It also creates positive energy for you and others and stops us from focusing on our personal worries and emotions. Smiling also opens the energy pores on your face, attracting better fortune and good luck into your day.

3. Eat Regularly
In the body, our energy reserves are like the battery in a car and food is like the petrol. Both are important for the car to function. Try to keep energy levels steady by eating at regular times. Eat food that will sustain, support and nourish you and avoid sugary snacks and coffee, which despite their initial boost, drain your energy.

4. Keep Warm
We have two major energy centres on the top of the head and lower abdomen. By keeping these areas warm in cold weather, we support the energy circulation within our body and drain less energy.

5. Sleep Soundly
During sleep, our body recharges and detoxifies. In order to improve the quality of your sleep, finish eating at least two hours before going to bed. Turn your phone and laptop onto plane mode and try to get to bed before midnight. The hours between 10pm and 12am are most important as these are when our body has the deepest sleep.

For more info about Master Oh and his treatments, visit: masteroh.com

And Master Oh will host a mediatation retreat in Korea in April 2017. The location is not given, but I would be very surprised if it isn't at his cult's headquarters.

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Marc Hunter was lead singer of Dragon, a New Zealand band that enjoyed hit songs in New Zealand and Australia in the late 70s and 80s. From my school days in Australia, I remember particularly well their hit "April Sun in Cuba".


Jump to 1998, the year before the arrest of the founders of the Jungshim/QiWellness cult. Marc Hunter, like Captain Naima Mohamed 14 years later, was desperately seeking a cancer cure. His search led him to South Korea and to Daera Chun, the base of the cult.

March 30, 2011: Marc Hunter: The Reason I’m Donating to Kevin Marshall’s Charity (Chuck Miller for Times Union)

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“The doctor felt around my throat,” said Marc to reporter Pamela Lesmond, “and said, ‘You have a large cancer.’ I sort of didn’t hear anything for a minute. I was stunned. I just sat there.’ ...

“I’ve thought, ‘Everybody dies and I am going to die sooner or later,'” said Marc. “It’s pointless wondering things like, ‘Why me?’ because you could equally wonder, ‘Why not?’ I’ve had a niggling fear that all those years smoking cigarettes were coming home to roost. I am a very positive person. I am not trying to downplay the seriousness of it, but many people have had worse things happen to them.”

Within days, news of Marc’s throat cancer sent a shockwave through an Australian music industry that had just rebounded from INXS lead singer Michael Hutchence’s suicide. Quickly, various performers and bands gathered for a Dragon tribute concert, the profits from which would help defray Marc’s medical bills and provide for his two children. ....

“People were standing up and yelling and cheering and crying,” said Todd Hunter, “it was incredible. Marc sang, maybe for the last time, that song. These musicians’ incredible generosity was so phenomenal. There was a time when Marc thought nobody cared about his music. But he was amazed by what all these guys were doing, and it got to him in an incredible way.”

But Marc’s throat cancer continued. He needed the strength to undergo another operation, before the cancerous cells spread to his his brain and to his lungs. But his energy was low from previous surgeries and chemotherapy. Three weeks after the Melbourne concert, Hunter and his wife flew to Daera Chun, South Korea for one last option – an ancient healing process called Qi, which was a blend of meditation, diet and chun su massages.

Back in Australia, Marc Hunter’s situation spurred more fundraisers. A second benefit concert, this time in Sydney, featured another Who’s Who of Australian musical talent, past and present.  Men At Work regrouped for the first time in a decade to perform at the concert. Members of InXs performed for the first time since the death of Michael Hutchence. Midnight Oil’s Peter Garrett and Cold Chisel’s Jimmy Barnes duetted on Dragon hits “Dreams of Ordinary Men” and “Speak No Evil.”

“I have thought a lot about the possibility of dying,” said Marc at the time to the newsmagazine New Idea. “Now, I believe it doesn’t really matter when or where you die, but how you live your life. If somebody diagnoses you with cancer and tells you they are going to cut open your jaw and take out a tumor, you would panic unless you had something to sustain you. But my time with the Qi masters gave me a tap on the shoulder and reminded me we are spiritual beings.”

Marc Hunter passed away in his sleep on July 17, 1998. After his treatments at Daera Chun and the throat operation in Sydney, he spent the remaining months of his life in the company of his wife, children, family and close friends. He was only 44 years old.

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JMS In The US & Canada / 2006 Blog Post:
« on: January 25, 2017, 08:48:50 PM »
From some 11 years ago is a blog post by blogger and radio host Cousin Creep about the JMS Cult in the US. He managed to find and talk to a former member. While Cousin Creep's older posts are no longer online, his blog is still up here: http://www.cousincreep.com/

I had a link on my old site and I posted it on the Exodus site here, but I think I neglected to post it here.

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Jeong Myeong-Seok The Korean Sex Messiah

Move over Reverend Moon there’s a new self proclaimed Korean Messiah and he’s wanted by the law. Instead of being wanted for tax evasion (like Rev Moon) this Messiah is on the Interpool list for being a smutty snuff buff. Enter Jeong Myeong-Seok the latest in what seems a new stereotype that cults from Korea seem to be headed by self proclaimed Messiahs. Jeong Myeong-Seok’s group is called JMS established in 1980 which uses the names Jesus Morning Star (JMS), International Christian Association (ICA) and Global Association Of Culture & Peace (GACP).

Allegations have appeared over the past few years that Jeong Myeong-Seok has been rapping/molesting female members under the guise that having with the self proclaimed Messiah helps you to enter heaven. In September of 2001 Jeong Myeong-seok was charged with sexual assault by the Korean government and left the country. He moved to Taiwan, Hong Kong & later China where he continues to sexual abuse members of JMS.

On April 18, 2006 Four South Korean women have accused Jeong Myeong-seok the leader of the new religious organization JMS, of rape. This complete story can be viewed here .

The JMS story has been featured on Korean media yet internationally it’s been quite obscure and English language website few and far between. The JMS story has been featured on Korean media yet internationally it’s been quite obscure and English language website few and far between. There is an English language bulletin board which has been following the JMS saga for a number of years (run by an Australian living in Korea).

JMS has branches in Hawaii, LA, Chicago & NY under the name Providence Church. I managed to contact an ex member of this group and found that these fronts for JMS use Soccer, Hip Hop Dancing and Musicians to recruit new members into JMS through the Providence Church. What those children think is only a recreational Providence Church activity is actually a recruitment drive for JMS cult.

I managed to contact a girl by the name of “Vanessa (not her real name) who was once involved in the Providence Church/JMS.

There are churches in Los Angeles…… Chicago was down to earth and fun. New York has some musicians. Those are the three main ones in the U.S. Chicago is the most fun. Los Angeles does a lot of sports and dancing recruiting. Chicago does soccer recruiting. That’s how I got in.

Our pastors were Korean. Also, people who had completed the 30 lessons and had been in the church for several years could minister. So it wasn’t segregated. Also, women could pastor on Sunday. It was non-sexist in some ways, which is hard to find in churches. Also, they were accepting of my bodybuilding as a woman. That’s hard to find in regular churches. They also promoted soccer and encouraged me to do hip-hop dance. I appreciate that. I became a really good dancer, and felt good about myself during this time.

I researched them on the net, and I found out they were a cult. I never really got into the whole JMS being messiah thing. I just liked the lessons and fun activities. They are fun when they don’t go rabid. I would hang out with them if they weren’t pushing the JMS thing so much. I don’t believe this man is the Messiah. I researched extensively the difference between cults and churches. I researched JMS specifically and found out about the rapes. We never saw him in Chicago, but just heard his sermons. They were good sermons. I got pissed off about one or two sexist and anti-Semitic sermons. I’m half Jewish and a woman, and there were other fully Jewish people in the group. I have never practiced Judaism, but blood wise, I am part Jewish by nationality. I’m of Christian faith since 13, and never fully accepted JMS as a messiah.

So if you’re in the LA, Chicago or NY area and someone offers you some Hip Hop dancing lessons or ask you to join a Soccer Club just ask if they’re from the Providence Church.

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I can't say I'm at all surprised by this...

September 9, 2016: Not So Holier Than Thou: Religious Leader Crimes Top 5,000 a Year (The Korea Times)

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... Experts believe the high crime rate derives from the religious leaders' use of their superior position to exploit followers. They also point out loopholes in the judiciary system that prevents law enforcers from handling such cases. There have been discussions to strengthen ethic education for religious leaders and introduce laws that will expel or punish them if they commit crimes.

"A religious leader who commits a crime can simply change the name of the religious institute, be it a church or any religious entity, if it was operated like his or her private foundation," Lee Su-jung, a professor in the faculty of Liberal Arts at Kyonggi University, said in an interview with Yonhap news agency. "Official procedure is needed to punish religious leaders who commit crimes."

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General Discussion / The Comfort Women of the Japanese Imperial Army
« on: January 14, 2017, 12:32:11 PM »
The issues surrounding World War 2 "comfort women" (rather a polite term) of the Japanese Imperial Army are related enough to the JMS cult to warrant a thread here. Is not the term "comfort women" equally applicable to Jeong's most devoted and indoctrinate ladies? Willing or unwilling, forced at gunpoint or more subtly coerced, they are certainly tasked with the same job. The JMS ladies also remind me of Kim Jeong-eun's "Pleasure Squad".


My approach here will mirror my penchant for "lazy blogging" which involves little writing, a lot of reading (or at times admittedly skimming), and a lot of copy and pasting of links. As I start this thread, I only have a few links saved, but I have been interested in this topic for a few years now. Hence, my list of articles will start small and then hopefully grow throughout January and February 2016 and beyond.

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Interview with Michael Yon: The Truth Behind the Comfort Women (The Liberty Web - A site operated by Japan's Happy Science cult)

2015
December 2: S Korean Academic Denies Defaming Comfort Women (Daily Mail)

2016
January 14: Korean Professor Fined after Challenging 'Comfort Woman' Narrative (Andrew Salmon for Forbes)
December 13: Japanese Group Launches 18C Racial Discrimination Case Over Comfort Women Memorial (ABC News)
December 21: Prosecutors Seek Three Years in Prison for Professor who Wrote about Comfort Women (The Hankyoreh)
December 30: Comfort Woman Statue to be Erected in Busan

2017
January 6: Seoul Court Orders Gov't to Make Public Documents Related to Sex Slave Deal (The Korea Herald)
Japan Recalls Envoy After South Korea Puts Comfort Woman Statue Outside Consulate (The Guardian)

January 18: Former Japan Sex Slavery Victim Dies at 94 (The Korea Times)
January 24: Ex-Comfort Woman to Return Payment to Japan (The Korea Times)
January 25: Professor Cleared of Defaming Comfort Women (The Korea Herald)

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New Zealand first. Aside from a couple of people who were invited to the 2014 WARP Summit in Korea, I have yet to hear from anyone who has encountered Shinchonji in New Zealand. There is, however, a presence there according to the cult itself in the following press release concerning the opening of its first NZ office. Such international offices are one of the main reasons the cult invites (and pays for) so many people to attend mass SCJ events in Korea. As mentioned below, a participant in the 2014 WARPed event gave a speech at the opening ceremony of the cult's first NZ office. The mass events in Korea serve to establish ties in other countries that are then used to help the cult establish itself in those countries.

May, 2015: Opening of WARP Office in New Zealand

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New Zealand, the land of Peace, joins the widespread movement of WARP Office.

Marking the ANZAC 100th anniversary this year, representatives from all walks of life gathered
for the first peace dialogue hosted by Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light.

Wellington, New Zealand – On May 2nd 2015, the first peace dialogue of World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (‘WARP’) Office was successfully held by Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL, Chairman Man Hee Lee) at Victoria University in Wellington.

WARP Office is a platform of communication where representatives of each religion gather and discuss the methods of contributing to world peace. WARP Offices have been established in 55 cities over 35 countries including USA, United Kingdom, India, Philippines and South Africa receiving global attention as a symbol for peace. Under the theme of "The Role of Religious Leaders in World Peace," New Zealand embarked the third peace dialogue in the South Pacific region following Australia and Fiji.

The WARP Office meeting in New Zealand was more meaningful since it was held after the 100th anniversary of ANZAC day last April honoring the war veterans. Participants took this meeting sincerely because they recognize the importance of the active participation in peace-building process. Even though it is one of the most peaceful countries in the world, New Zealand remembers painful legacy of World War I,II, and the Korean War.
 
In this event, five religious leaders, Jenny Chalmers, Rajiv Chaturvedi, Graham Hassall, Jagdish Prasad and Paul Lee who represent Anglican, Hinduism, Bahaism and Christianity respectively, and students from Victoria University discussed the role of each religion in establishing world peace. The event first began with watching the video of the peace movement led by HWPL. Especially, Mr. Rajiv Chaturvedi, the participant of the World Alliance of Religions' Peace (WARP) Summit which was held in Seoul, South Korea last September vividly conveyed the message of HWPL’s Chairman, Mr. Man Hee Lee.

Mr. Rajiv Chaturvedi continued in his speech that Chairman Lee has definite and practical answers to achieving world peace and cessation of war. He also emphasized the importance of opening WARP Offices around the world. Each religious leader also presented how their religions can contribute to world peace. They spoke that the mutual communication and harmony among religions is crucial in bringing world peace. Through signing peace agreement, they vowed to actively take parts in the WARP Office meetings in near future and continuous peace movement of HWPL.

In January 2014, Chairman Man Hee Lee successfully solved the religious dispute of Mindanao Island Philippines which lasted for over 40 years. Also, with Chairwoman Nam Hee Kim of International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG), he hosted WARP Summit and formed the network of peace advocates, consisted of over 1,200 heads of state, religious leaders, directors of women and youth organizations. After the summit, attendees are voluntarily opening the WARP Office Meetings and hosting dialogue of Scriptures in their home countries, inviting two chairpersons.

By understanding the role of religions in bringing peace and searching for the ways to unite as one, participants in the WARP office meetings in New Zealand are destined to find the solutions to religious conflicts around the world.

And this is interesting given the recent Telegraph articles about The Anglican Church issuing warnings about SCJ. Named above is Vicar Jenny Chalmers of Taupo's St Andrew's Anglican Church.


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September 21, 2015: Shinchonji Illegally Occupies Peace Plaza and Holds Massive Event (Kukmin Daily)

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It is reported that “Shinchonji Church of Jesus the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony” (Shinchonji) illegally occupied and used the Peace Plaza at Olympic Park in Songpa-gu, Seoul, on September 18 to celebrate the first anniversary of the “World Alliance of Religions Peace Summit” (WARP).

The Korea Sports Promotion Foundation (KSPO) immediately posted a notice on its website saying, “The event currently being held in the Peace Plaza at Olympic Park has not received approval. Therefore we give notice that it is an illegitimate event and an illegal occupation by the organizers. KSPO, as the facility’s manager, has strongly urged the organizers to close down the event, but they are forcefully resisting the order and continuing to carry it out.”

A person related to KSPO explained, “Last month when Shinchonji applied to use the venue, the screening committee rejected the application. Then on September 17, at around 11 p.m., approximately 800 Shinchonji believers invaded the Peace Plaza, blocked the police when they tried to intervene, and set up their event.”

The online news site “newscj.com” of Chonji Ilbo, which some speculate is an advocacy agent for Shinchonji, posted an article titled “First Anniversary of WARP Report - Peace Roars in Olympic Park,” reporting that “57,000 persons gathered for the event from all parts of country… The participants became one in this peace event lasting longer than three hours, overcoming their differences of generation, gender, and nationality.” Chonji Ilbo mentioned nothing about the event’s illegitimacy.

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You just have to laugh^  The Aljazeera staff named don't have much of an online presence. Interesting^
HWPL, Aljazeera Sign MOU for Cessation of War, World Peace
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THE Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with one of the world’s most respected news and current affairs channels, Aljazeera media network, to achieve their common goals: the cessation of war and world peace.

The agreement was signed at the Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas, Seoul, Korea. It is HWPL’s first MOU with the global media which has in attendance; HWPL Chairman, Man Hee Lee, director of Aljazeera Center of Public Liberties and Human Rights(PL&HR) Sami Elhag, and senior producer of Aljazeera Center of PL&HR Mohamed EltayebElkhidir.

Mr. Elkhidir participated in the Proclamation Ceremony of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War last 14 March that marked the beginning of cooperation. Mr. Lee’s dedication was so moving that Aljazeera has steadily interacted with HWPL. It led to Mr. Elhag who helped formulate the Doha Declaration, specifically dedicated to protecting journalists worldwide. Finally, two journalists took part in the 2nd Commemoration of the World Alliance of Religions’ Peace(WARP) Summit and made MOU work.

Mr. Elhag and Mr. Lee, promised a close cooperation between the two organisations and emphasized the role of global networks to achieve world peace and appreciated the cooperation and help of Aljazeera. The idea to become one to achieve world peace and the important role of youth were strongly featured in their dialogue.

The purpose of MOU is that two organizations will lead the peace movements, spreading a culture of peace and peace education to all people, including women, youth, and religious leaders. HWPL’s peace activities will be broadcast in English, Arabic, Turkish etc. to over 140 countries across the globe and special documentaries about HWPL will be made while ways to protect journalists’ rights, one of the Aljazeera’s initiatives, will be discussed.

At this year’s Summit, leaders in the field of politics, law, religions, and civil society have gathered to discuss concrete action plans for each sector to advocate for a legally binding document in compatible with the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War(DPCW) for three days. Over 59 broadcasters particularly shared ideas how to draw people’s support as journalists in press conference and the media forum.

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Shinchonji has been using the name/front "Para Christo" in the UK. A recent testimony mentions that name. This testimony may not be from the UK, but I have heard from several sources that "Para Christo" is one name SCJ is using. Of course, these names and front groups are all transitory, so they may have replaced it by now. Either way, the testimony is well worth a read.

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When, at this time, I asked the head instructor more about the name of the Bible school or its affiliations, he said that it is a very small organisation that you will not find anywhere on the internet, and that it is named “Parachristo/Para Christo¨. This, I would later find, was a lie.

And according to the cult itself, the messiah visited Oxford last year:
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On 15 November 2015, at the University of Oxford, Chairman Man Hee Lee delivered a closing speech at the Model United Nations(MUN) conference, emphasizing the significant role youth of this generation can play in making peace a reality.

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Strange Events & Scandals / Exorcism Murders
« on: November 12, 2016, 11:10:06 AM »
March 17, 1995: Exorcism Try Fatal, Police Say (The Baltimore Sun)
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Kyong-A Ha's relatives, seeking a cure for the insomnia she had suffered for years, tried psychology and medication without success. So the Korean woman's family turned to Emeryville evangelist Jean Park, who saw demons as the source of the problem and decided to cast them out through prayer. It was a decision that apparently led to Ms. Ha's death.

During an attempted exorcism last week that lasted as long as six hours, Ms. Park, her mother and three other women tried to oust the spirits, hitting the 25-year-old woman as many as 100 times on the chest and face, breaking at least 10 of her ribs and muffling her cries while Ha strained to be free, police said yesterday.

Afterward, members of the sect allegedly left Ms. Ha's corpse in the apartment for days before notifying police. "It's a victory for Jesus Christ," Ms. Park, 30, is said to have told police.

July 6, 1996: Exorcism Ritual Ends in Death, Police Say (The LA Times)

November 26, 2001:
Pastor on Trial Over Fatal Exorcism (TVNZ)

December 6, 2001: Korean Pastor Found Guilty in New Zealand Exorcism Killing
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A Korean self-styled church minister has been found guilty of manslaughter in New Zealand after an "exorcism" in which one of his followers was strangled.

April 12, 2006: Exorcism Preacher's Manslaughter Conviction Overturned (NZ Herald)

October 22, 2009: Fairfax Police Suspect Teen May Have Died in Korean Exorcism (The Washington Post)

December 9, 2015: South Korean Dies During Suspected Exorcism in Frankfurt hotel (DW)

December 10: Germany Arrests S. Koreans Over Alleged Exorcism Murder (CBS News)

December 12: Germans Hold Koreans for Exorcism Gone Wrong (Korea JoongAng Daily)

February 6, 2016: Couple Says They Prayed to Resurrect Daughter

June 17: 16 Year-Old Son Among 5 Family Members Charged with Killing Woman in German Hotel (RT)

August 23, 2016: Woman is Decapitated by Mother and Brother (Korea JoongNagd Daily)

October 10, 2016: Five Relatives Accused of Murdering a Mother During Exorcism (Daily Mail)
German Trial Begins of Korean Family Accused of Exorcism Murder (Reuters)

October 12: Koreans Face Trial Over of Exorcism Murder in German Hotel (The Korea Times)


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JMS News / South Korea: A Cult History
« on: November 08, 2016, 10:22:09 AM »
I was pleasantly surprised to see JMS mention in this brief piece about Korean cults.

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One of the largest and best-known is Providence or Jesus Morning Star (JMS) — founded by Mr Jung Myung-Seok in 1980 as a breakaway from the Unification “Moonie” Church.

In 2009, Jung — who referred to himself as the Tree of Life — was jailed for 10 years for the rape and sexual assault of four female followers.

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Strange Events & Scandals / President Park Geun-hye & Choi Soon-sil
« on: October 28, 2016, 11:47:12 PM »

Another huge cult story is exploding across Korea. Well, at least there's a cult and a cult leader involved in the scandal's beginnings decades ago.

Below is the start of a collection of links. Lazy blogging I know, but I like lists, and I like having in one place a collection to refer back to later if ever I feel the need. And I think this is a story that can be followed just from the headlines, and there are some great ones with the promise of more to come in the days, weeks, and months ahead. And all this should raise interest in Korean cults in general, of which there is no shortage.

August 15, 1974: Original Film Reel: Assassination Attempt On President Park Chung-Hee (Live Leak)

April 29, 2002: Former President Park's Son Arrested for Drug Use (The Chosun Ilbo)

January 27, 2005: "Is My Dead Father that Frightening?" Park Chung-hee's Son Speaks Out (Chosun Ilbo)

October 24, 2010: Assassination of President Park Chung-hee in 1979 (The Korea Times)

June 21, 2011: Presidential Hurdles for Park Geun-hye? (The Korea Herald)

August 24, 2011: Reliving Yuk Young-soo’s Assassination (Korea JoongAng Daily)

February 16, 2012: Park Geun-hye's Brother-In-Law Gets Prison Sentence for Defamation (Yonhap News)

July 17, 2012: Park Geun-hye’s Past & Future (The Hankyoreh)

August 28, 2012: Slain Dictator's Daughter Turns to Mother's Legacy in Bid to Lead South Korea (Reuters)

September 2, 2012: Mother's Legacy Helps Park Geun-hye in Bid to Lead South Korea (The National)

December 19, 2012: Dramatic Life Topped by Election Win (The Korea Herald)
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Geun-ryeong and Ji-man reportedly requested in a letter to then-President Roh Tae-woo in 1990 to “save their sister” from Choi, who they accused of being deceitful. Park’s relations with her sister deteriorated in particular as they fought over the operation rights of Yookyoung Foundation in the 1990s.

Park Finds Miracle in Life-or-Death Moment (The Korea Times)
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Park was informed of the tragic news while in France. She was 22. The college graduate had planned to stay in the southeastern city of Grenoble at the foot of the French Alps for six months to hone her French. But she had to cut her stay short after being told that "something serious" had happened to her family. At the airport, she saw the front page article in a French newspaper running the story that her mother had been assassinated.

March 25, 2013: The Lonely Days of President Park Geun-hye (The Chosun Ilbo)

May 12, 2013: South Korea Seeks Journalist’s Arrest in Defamation Case (The New York Times)
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In his reports, Mr. Choo cited a legal dispute between Ms. Park’s brother, Park Ji-man, and his brother-in-law revolving around the brother-in-law’s accusations that Mr. Park had plotted to kill him and had hired as a hit man the Park relative found dead. (The brother-in-law, the husband of the Parks’ estranged younger sister, lost the case and served time in prison for slandering Mr. Park.)

September 20, 2014: S. Korea Wins Gold in Team Dressage Equestrian at Asiad (Yonhap News)

Undated Interview with Choi's Daughter:


October 14, 2014: Ex-President's Daughter in Moonie Mass Wedding (Chosun Ilbo)

October 15, 2014: Satire is Another Casualty of Pres. Park’s war on Free Speech (The Hankyoreh)

October 23, 2014: Province Vows Legal Response to Change of Venue (KCTV Jeju)

October 24, 2014: Artist Arrested for Satirical Flyers of President Park (Korea Bang)

December 3, 2014: Pres. Park’s Former Aide & His Wife May be at the Center of Ongoing Scandal (The Hankyoreh)

December 4, 2014: Park's Brother Embroiled in Influence-Peddling Allegations (The Korea Times)

December 10, 2014: Park Ji-man Expected to Depart for Southeast Asia Soon (The Kyunghyang Shinmun)
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Concerning her younger brother, the president stressed, "Ji-man and his wife have never visited Cheong Wa Dae and will not come until the end of my term. After witnessing how previous presidents managed their relatives, I forbade Ji-man and his wife from coming to Cheong Wa Dae."

December 11, 2014: In South Korea, Journalists Fear a Government Clampdown on the Press (The Washington Post)

December 15, 2014: S. Korean Leader Facing Crisis Over Allegations (Daily Mail)
The Blue House’s Role in a Heartbreaking Suicide (The Hankyoreh)

December 16, 2014: Blue House Links Questioned as Scandal Grows (Korea JoongAng Daily)
President’s Brother Called in Probe (Korea JoongAng Daily)

December 17: Prosecutors in Report Scandal Keep Eye on Cops (Korea JoongAng Daily)

December 18: Time for Prosecutors to Get Real about State Interference by the "Secret Circle” (The Hankyoreh)
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The allegations of involvement by Chung’s wife Choi Sun-sil (who has since changed her name to Choi Seo-won) shouldn’t be taken lightly either. The closeness of Choi’s relationship to Park has some suggesting she, rather than her husband, could be the one behind the MCST meddling. Indeed, while Chung has denied being involved himself (he was Park’s Chief of Staff when she was a second-term lawmaker), he was less adamant about the possibility that his wife was. “That I don‘t know,” he was reported as saying when asked about it. There’s also talk about frequent Blue House visits by Choi - and about a Presidential Security Service staffer being replaced when he raised questions about them.

January 14, 2015: South Korean Activist Is Arrested Over Remarks About North (The New York Times)
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Ever since Ms. Park took office two years ago, her critics have charged her government with using legal channels to clamp down on free speech, especially about matters concerning Ms. Park and her family. ...

And late last year, several of Ms. Park’s presidential aides filed a defamation lawsuit against the local daily Segye Ilbo after it reported internal documents leaked from her office. Some of the documents contained allegations that the aides — as well as Chung Yoon-hoi, the man Mr. Park was rumored to have met in secret in April — had conspired to promote people they favored in her government.

Ms. Park’s government called the allegations “groundless rumors.” During her New Year’s news conference on Monday, she accused those spreading such rumors of causing national confusion.

January 25: Blue House Leak on Park’s Former Aide Fabricated (The Korea Herald)

January 28, 2015: Newspaper Editor Gets Fined for Defaming President Park (The Korea Times)
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In the article published ahead of the 2012 presidential election, Baek cited rumors that President Park and late pastor Choi Tae-min had an illegitimate son together.

August 19, 2015: When Korea Lost a First Lady, I lost An In-Law & Friend (Korea JoongAng Daily)
August 21, 2015: First Lady’s Death Alters Politics (Korea JoongAng Daily)

September 10, 2015: President’s Assassin Struggled for Power (Korea JoongAng Daily)

October 20, 2015: President Park Geun-hye: An Eternal Girl With a Father Complex (The Hankyoreh)

October 27, 2015: Thousands Mark Anniversary of Park Chung-hee's Death (Chosun Ilbo)

November 5, 2015: Remembering the Good Sides of Park Chung Hee (Korea JoongAng Daily)

December 11, 2015: Top Court Convicts Pop Artist Over Satirical Poster (The Korea Times)
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Lee was also charged for his satirical portrayals of politicians including former president Lee Myung-bak and incumbent President Park Geun-hye

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JMS News / 2002 Article about GACP Front Group Event
« on: September 28, 2016, 11:41:18 AM »
The Global Association of Culture and Peace was the JMS cult's most prominant international front group between 1999 and 2006. Its websites began disappearing soon after the cult made news in Japan in 2006 and soon after Rick Ross used the name for his collection of JMS-related articles.

This article about the cult's 2002 event in Daejon is interesting because the writer did not connect GACP with JMS. Since the writer has other pieces on the same site, I'll assume the oversight was an innocent one.

Soccer event to lead highlight reel of global peace meeting in Daejeon

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he World Cup may be over, but international soccer is on its way back to the Daejeon World Cup Stadium.

Amateur players from 12 countries, including the United States, Korea and Germany, will lace up their shoes to play in a four-day tournament in Daejeon this month. The matches run from Aug. 14 to Aug. 17, with seven matches to be played at Daejon's World Cup pitch.

The Global Association of Culture and Peace, an international organization promoting cultural understanding and celebration, is putting on the competition.

There won't be any Ronaldos or Beckhams on the field this time around, but that doesn't mean an end to high quality soccer. With more than 100,000 members worldwide, the association has quite a pool of soccer players to choose from. Korea's team, for instance, consists almost entirely of former professional players that now play in a Sunday league run by the global group.

Nor will the fans be second rate. About 40,000 members of the association are expected to come down for the final two matches, the first of which begins at 4:50 p.m. that Saturday, to cheer and sing their teams to victory. Unlike the World Cup, however, there won't be any scalpers selling tickets outside; entrance is free and everyone is invited.

This tournament is the main event of the association's annual conference, and soccer has been an integral part of the organization since it began in 1994. It offers a way for people of different tongues to interact without having to rely on language, said Lina Lim, a volunteer director with the group. "We hope that through soccer there will be peace, that we can be united as one. That is the main goal."

But soccer isn't the only thing the association will focus on during the second week of August. It will also hold sightseeing tours, cheering festivals and dance performances and introduce its international visitors to the local music. The group's peace conference, bringing together its members from around the world, is in step with its mission -- to exchange cultural experiences and promote harmony among people of different nationalities.

High school students and businessmen, men and women, athletes and artists are all part of the organization. More than 50,000 of its members live in Korea, 10,000 of them in Seoul. And when they aren't flying into Daejeon for a global extravaganza, they're participating in other cultural events while making friends. During the World Cup, for instance, the association arranged free excursions or dinner parties for foreign visitors every day, sometimes in their member's own homes. The Korean members volunteered hour after hour to get to know soccer's most dedicated fans and share in their experience here.

"Making friends is the best way to learn about different cultures," Ms. Lim said. And soccer has proven to be a great way to make friends.

Although the global association is based in Korea, this is the first time that the conference will be held here. For more information, visit: www.gacpkorea.org.


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It's that time of year again:

http://warpsummit.org/program.php

Title:   2nd Annual Commemoration of September 18th WARP Summit
Theme:   To advocate for the implementation of international law on the cessation of war and world peace
Date:   17 September 2016 (SAT), 09:00-20:00 / 18 September (SUN), 14:00-20:00 / 19 September (MON), 10:00-20:00
Venue:   Seoul
Host:   Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL)
Organizers:   International Peace Youth Group (IPYG) and International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG)

While the venues are again missing from the website, the word on the street is that Sunday's event will be held at Jamsil Olympic Stadium. I've also been informed that Shinchonji members will under no circumstances use the name Shinchonji nor language used within the "cult" to address superiors and other members. It's all supposed to be a big secret.

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I've long wanted to list those who have attended events hosted by Shinchonji and its various fronts. Since front groups are often used for their larger events, perhaps some can't be blamed. I'm not setting out to critisize these people, but rather give an indication of the reach of Shinchonji and subsequently its tactics. But hey, is it really that hard to use Google?

The first person is particularly interestring as he, Kim Hong-ki, is described as the president of The International Association of Korean Lawyers. I was surpriused because most endorsements come from non-Koreans. Here's the relevent screenshot from a recent SCJ video. Strangely, I can't seem to find that video online a week after first noticing it.


I browsed their website and noticed he wasn't listed: http://www.iakl.net/?r=en&c=34%2F46

His name does appear, however, on this list of previous presidents. It seems he was president of the Overseas Division some 30 yeras ago between 1993 and 1995.

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