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JMS News / March 2006: How to Spot a Woolly Wolf - Korea
« on: December 15, 2006, 01:43:12 PM »
How to Spot a Woolly Wolf

Keimyung Gazette / March 1, 2006

By Peter Daley

My first year in Korea was spent in the rural town of Geumsan in Chungcheongnam Province. The town is famous for ginseng, but what I remember most about Geumsan is that it is home to a very dangerous cult. The cult is known in Korea as JMS, after the initials of its leader: self-proclaimed Messiah and fugitive Jeong Myeong Seok.

I had the rather unique experience of watching Ema, my fellow teacher and flatmate, become indoctrinated over 5 months to believe a Korean man she had never met was the Messiah. I didn't know Ema was being indoctrinated at the time, and of course neither did she, but when we both realized she had been lied to, it was fascinating to look back, and see exactly how her indoctrination was carried out.

Throughout her indoctrination Ema would sometimes share with me her experiences at Providence Church. She told me once that Jeong had said that God had killed Princess Diana as punishment for sleeping with a Muslim. It was a notion that seemed to contradict Jesus' message of love, tolerance, and forgiveness. I decided then that Providence Church was not for me. Later, after accepting a hiking invitation, I was surprised to find myself at Wolmyungdong, the base of Providence Church. I had been invited hiking, but we didn't do any hiking. I hadn't been invited to church, yet was at church. I was annoyed. Why had she lied?

The "hike" was actually an all-night festival hosted by the Global Association of Culture and Peace (GACP) an organisation founded by Jeong. There were 4,000 people there that night, most of whom were female university students. At 1am Jeong's photo was shown on a giant screen. The reaction of the thousands of girls there was quite astounding. They gasped and screamed with their eyes riveted to the screen. Their emotional responses seemed totally out of proportion to the images on the screen. That was when I first thought: these people think Jeong is God. I left Wolmyungdong absolutely sure that what I had just seen was a cult; a search of the Internet confirmed my suspicions.

Reading about the JMS cult for the first time, knowing that almost everybody I knew in Korea at that time was a member, was very disturbing. The website I found contained information that was consistent with what I had witnessed the night before. According to the site, Jeong did indeed claim to be the Messiah. More disturbing was the claim that Jeong had been charged with rape and was now a fugitive hiding in China. The high proportion of female university students suddenly seemed quite sinister. I called the Korean police and they confirmed that Jeong had been charged with rape and was a fugitive. I had paid money to attend that GACP meeting. I was absolutely furious that a hiking invitation led me to give money to a fugitive.

Although I found information on the Internet relatively easily, there was no information about JMS activities outside Korea and little information in English. So, I began gathering information about JMS and became fascinated by how JMS indoctrinates and controls its members. Attending JMS events was like stepping into the pages of George Orwell's 1984, taking a trip back in time to Nazi Germany, or visiting North Korea.

The recent visit to our campus of the PSV Busan soccer team, a team founded by a senior JMS member, reminded me that our students can encounter this cult on our campus. Jesus warns us, "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, for inwardly they are ravenous wolves." To help us better "beware" of this woolly wolf, let me tell you more about Jeong and his cult.

Born in 1945, Jeong founded his church in 1978, claiming to have received special revelations from God. In 1999, Jeong fled Korea the day after rape allegations aired on national TV. Formally charged with rape in 2001, he was arrested in Hong Kong in 2003 on visa violations. South Korea applied for his extradition. At the extradition hearing, Jeong was allowed to go free on bail. Breaking his bail conditions, he disappeared and he has yet to be recaptured. His extradition was granted in his absence and wanted posters were distributed in Hong Kong. His weekly Internet sermons have continued uninterrupted. JMS members are routinely lied to about Jeong's criminal status. Most have no idea they are worshipping a criminal.

Although its members come from all works of life: university lecturers, soldiers, doctors, teachers, nurses, housewives, and children, JMS is essentially a university cult. Most of the former members I have spoken to encountered JMS on a university campus. Younger girls are also targeted for recruitment: in Hong Kong the cult has high school liaison officers, and in Seoul a church especially for schoolgirls.

Soccer, cheerleading, modelling, photography, martial arts, dance, drama, and music festivals are all activities JMS uses to acquire new members. Hosting these events are front organisations: organisation with no obvious links to JMS. Totally deceptive in nature, members routinely lie to hide their JMS connections. An international student studying at Ewha Women's University found herself at Wolmyungdong after being invited to a martial arts display.

Wolmyongdong, an isolated rural retreat located on the slopes of Daedan mountain, is the perfect place to keep members isolated, busy, and tired. Its most distinguishing feature is a rock garden containing large phallic symbols. I witnessed a group of twelve-year-old girls, products of the cult's arranged mass marriages, shout out their love for Jeong in front of 20,000 cheering members. The carnival-like picnic atmosphere both masked and aided the indoctrination of a new generation of victims.

The JMS 30 lesson Bible course is almost identical to billionaire Sun Myoung Moon's "Divine Principles," the Bible course of his Unification Church, the difference being which leader each course identifies as the Messiah. In his teens, Jeong was reportedly a follower of Moon; undoubtedly, that is where he learnt claiming to be God can be profitable.

The English 30 lessons never give Jeong's full name. He is referred to as "Our founder" or "R," short for rabbi, ironic since Jeong has praised Hitler. On English websites he is called either Joshua Jung or Joshua Lee. Students taking this course are never allowed to take the materials home with them. This control of information makes it harder for students to reflect critically on the material.

JMS events are also designed to promote sleep deprivation, which aids in the indoctrination process by impairing critical thinking skills. There are 4am daily dawn services and overly long weekend services and events: sometimes all night, sometimes all day, sometimes both.

There are 3 levels of cult involvement. The first is at the superficial level: membership in cult front organisations. Members at this stage may never be aware of any JMS links or be targeted for further indoctrination. They serve Jeong simply by paying to attend cult events. Their presence also lends credibility to the cult. The second level involves the 30 lesson Bible course. Having completed the course, a member is ready to accept Jeong as the Messiah. A bait and switch has occurred: at the beginning the object of worship was Jesus, now it is clearly Jeong. The majority of members stay at this level with only a select few women reaching the next.

A private meeting with Jeong marks entry into the deepest levels of the cult. Former members describe being asked to disrobe for a "health check," then being told that sex with the Messiah can cleanse them of their Original Sin. The girls are threatened with "spiritual death" should they speak of their experiences. Sometimes the threats are more specific. In one speech , Jeong spoke of a member who had disobeyed him dying in a car crash. The message was clear: disobey me and risk death. When Ema stopped attending JMS services, she was told that God would kill someone in her family for her betrayal.

Although these kinds of threats sound like nonsense to non-members, such threats should be taken seriously; cult members sometimes carry them out. The Seoul offices of SISA Press were vandalised and reporters were assaulted after the publication of several articles critical of JMS. The father of the operator of the Korean anti-JMS website was bashed and had to be hospitalised. The anti-JMS site in 2004 told of the murder of a female member, who over a ten-day period was imprisoned and bashed to death by 6 fellow male members. The police confirmed to me that such a murder took place; however, they refused to comment on the religion of those involved. Such a murder, if carried out by JMS members, is consistent with the central message of Jeong's speeches: It is better to die than fail me. It is the goal of the cult's indoctrination program to produce people who will obey Jeong without question.

The JMS churches I visited had these in common: no outside signage of any kind and a large projector screen inside. Beware the church that hides itself; beware the absent preacher giving Internet sermons. There may be a photograph-like image of Jesus on one wall, but even then Jeong maintains the focus on himself: he claims to have taken that photograph. Another sign of the cult is a symbol of an eagle, which adorns JMS websites and T-shirts.

A 30 lesson Bible course, an absent pastor giving Internet sermons, cheerleaders, dancers, martial arts, soccer games, overly long services, eagle symbols, and a secluded mountain retreat with phallic symbols. That is how you spot the woolly wolf Jeong Myeong Seok.

JMS Sites and Front Groups:

Providence Church

The Global Association of Culture & Peace (GACP)  (Currently off-line)

Korean International Cultural Society (KICS)

Christian Gospel Mission (CGM)

The Bright Smile Movement

Sky Soccer

Providence World

Anti-JMS sites:


English:  (Site now off-line --> Mirror [email protected]

A selection of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe quotes:

    None are so hopelessly enslaved as those who falsely believe they are free.

    We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.

    Certain flaws are necessary for the whole. It would seem strange if old friends lacked certain quirks. 
    (Reminds me of Jung's claims to perfection)

    Few are open to conviction, but the majority of men are open to persuasion.

    Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes.

    Nothing is more revolting than the majority; for it consists of few vigorous predecessors, of knaves who accommodate themselves, of weak people who assimilate themselves, and the mass that toddles after them without knowing in the least what it wants.

    Common sense is the genius of humanity.

    Hatred is something peculiar. You will always find it strongest and most violent where there is the lowest degree of culture.
    (Jung's portrayal of his critics as "weeds" and "dogs" and under the influence of Satan.)

    If you wish to know the mind of a man, listen to his words.
    (Jung praised Hitler & the Holocaust.)

    Love does not dominate; it cultivates.

    Mysteries are not necessarily miracles.

    Nothing is more terrible than to see ignorance in action.

    There is nothing in the world more shameful than establishing one's self on lies and fables.

    Nothing shows a man's character more than what he laughs at.

    The coward only threatens when he is safe.

    The hardest thing to see is what is in front of your eyes.

    To rule is easy, to govern difficult.

    The man with insight enough to admit his limitations comes nearest to perfection.

    Whoever wishes to keep a secret must hide the fact that he possesses one.

The unforgivable crime was promiscuity between Party members…. The aim of the Party was not merely to prevent men and women from forming loyalties which it might not be able to control. Its real, undeclared purpose was to remove all pleasure from the sexual act. Not love so much as eroticism was the enemy, inside marriage as well as outside it. All marriages between Party members had to be approved by a committee appointed for the purpose, and -- though the principle was never clearly stated -- permission was always refused if the couple concerned gave the impression of being physically attracted to one another. The only recognized purpose of marriage was to beget children for the service of the Party. Sexual intercourse was to be looked on as a slightly disgusting minor operation, like having an enema. This again was never put into plain words, but in an indirect way it was rubbed into every Party member from childhood onwards. There were even organizations such as the Junior Anti-Sex League, which advocated complete celibacy for both sexes.

~George Orwell, 1984, p65

General Cult Psychology & Recommended Reading / The Words of George Orwell
« on: December 15, 2006, 12:36:05 PM »
I just found a nice collection of George Orwell quotes.

Here are the ones that remind me of Jung Myung Seok and the Orwellian world he has created:

    Big Brother is watching you.

    Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.

    During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.

    If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.

    Political language... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.

    Saints should always be judged guilty until they are proved innocent.

    The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one's real and one's declared aims, one turns, as it were, instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish squirting out ink.

    The very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world. Lies will pass into history.
    ~George Orwell

Just wanted to let you know how happy I am to be free

To read the word "free" used to describe life in such a controlling and manipulative cult was chilling.
I remember reading that for the first time, and thinking, "Oh My God!" and this quote sprang immediately to mind:

"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free." ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

JMS In The US & Canada / American JMS Leader's Blog
« on: December 14, 2006, 06:02:11 AM »
One of America's most senior JMS members - possibly the most senior member - has a blog entitled, In Defence of Jung Myung Seok.

It is subtitled: Jung Myung Seok, cult, GACP, rape, Providence, a different perspective.

Rape, a different perspective?
Now that I am looking forward to reading, but I would be surprised if he actually adds anything else to his blog.

In his first post he states:

    In these pages I will attempt to answer some of the criticisms about Mr. Jung Myung Seok and give you a different perspective about him from the inside

But in the 3 weeks since posting that he has made no effort whatsoever to answer the criticisms, rape allegations, and rape charges that have been leveled at Jeong by so many.

Instead, his blog seems to be a simply a complaint about the way I obtained so much information about the cult, information that it was Mr Lee's responsibility to keep secret.

His post about me and the deletion of my old site ends with the sentence, "If he really cared about the well being of our membership, he will at the very least respect our privacy and go about his protest in a civil and ethical manner."

I'll respond to his other points later, but for now a little about his use of the term "ethical manner."
I resent being told to act "ethically" by a man who lies to teenagers in an attempt to brainwash them into believing a man wanted for rape by Interpol is the Messiah. 

I resent being told to act "ethically" by a man who has translated into English Jung's sermon in which he stated that the Holocaust was a wonderful event:

    Because of the sin of killing Jesus, the Germans persecuted the Jews. The Germans were Christians and they also knew that the Jews killed Jesus.

    "They killed our teacher. They killed our Messiah."

    Would the Germans sit idly for that? God raised Hitler to resolve His grief. That is why Hitler killed 6 million Jews in the gas chamber and rung oil from them. It was good that he did that. It's really refreshing. If you don’t think that was a great thing, you have nothing to do with me or with salvation. Do you know why? [/li]

Here now, is Mr Lee's only significant blog entry so far:

    Friday, November 24, 2006
    Why Capt Porridge's website was deleted.
    Peter or Capt Porridge would like to have you believe that I have asked his site to be deleted for no good reason. He seems to say that he was honorable by removing my picture as I asked and that I have been dishonorable. Now, out of spite, he has posted my picture prominently on his new website. He paints himself as the victim.

    The fact of the matter is that Peter has been involved in illegally access a private website that is run for the benefit of Providence members in the U.S. You can see that he recreated an entire section of our website, which is copyright protected. You can also see that the discussion are mundane everyday things that any other group would have.

    He has also illegally stolen videos from the website that were never meant for public consumption. He used these videos to post exerpts on youtube and also to create videos of his own. In addition, his website contains more than 50 violations of my copyright. These materials were created by me and were never meant for others to use in the way Peter is doing.

    The videos removed from youtube clearly show the watermark "(C) 2006 AP. For online viewing only." It is clear to see that the videos were in clear violation. What's more, they were STOLEN from our private website. I have asked him to remove them before but he didn't comply.

    Private websites are meant to be private. No one has any right to enter someone else's private website without consent. It is akin to reading someone's diary and making the diary entries public.

    Not only did he enter the website but also stole information about members, including their e-mail addresses and have been sending them e-mails encouraging them to leave our religious group. Our members are perfectly happy being where they are. We are individuals, students, teachers, and professional. No one has any right to hassle anyone, especially when it is uninvited and unwanted.

    I have no qualms about people expressing their point of view. In fact, I welcome it. However, it should not be done at the expense of others in ways that infringe on their freedom. Peter seems to think that it is okay to violate my civil rights because I am a member of a "cult." I believe that is wrong. I am a fellow human being entitled to the same protection under the law as anyone else. Any decent human being will see that. If he really cared about the well being of our membership, he will at the very least respect our privacy and go about his protest in a civil and ethical manner.

Again, it is interesting to note that on a blog whose only stated purpose is to defend Jung Myung Seok, his post above does not do that in any way shape or form. :-*

I'll respond to the rest of his arguments later, both here, and in a youtube video.
I am looking forward to doing that very much.

Criminal cults that actively recruit, deserve to be actively opposed, to not do so would be unethical.

I'll finish, for now. with a quote from Sir Thomas Mann,

    Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil.

This was posted on the old forums, but it was located on the private part of the site when I did the most recent (and final) back-up.

Ho-myung, the JMS cult's number 1 man in America confirmed to me via a youtube private message that he had met the author of the following:

At friday night's bible study I realized something was not right. I
had this strange bad feeling in my heart, and things started to stand
out to me and tell me something was not right. I truly believe God is
with me and has great plans for me.

I am a half-korean student here in Florida. Sometimes I work on
MacDill Air Force Base at the grocery store for spending money. One
day I met a korean family as I took out their groceries. They had only
been in the country for a short time and were glad to meet someone.
The father of the family is a Lt Col in the korean military and was
stationed here as a representative of South Korea at Central Command.
They had two beautiful and bright children aged 12 and 7. I told them
I was a student at the University of South Florida and they asked for
a tour of the campus. They seemed like really nice people so I agreed.

On the tour, conversation turned toward God and faith etc. They were
delighted to know I was a christian and an open minded and friendly
person. They kept saying how handsome I was and took many pictures of
me and with me. I thought it was a little weird, but all korean people
are a little weird. I just figured it was a difference in culture.
They insisted on taking me out to lunch and invited me to come have
dinner at their home and study the bible on a regular basis. I agreed.
These were probably the nicest people I had ever met.

For a few months everything was great. The teachings were pretty
profound and good and seemed well rooted in scripture. I thought they
talked about their "pastor" a bit much but i paid little attention to
it. I meant to look up the guy on the internet since he was so great
but i just never got around to it. I also thought it was weird how
almost every time I went over there they mentioned how handsome I was,
how they think it's great that I stay in shape, that I train in Tae
Kwon Do and Hapkido, and that i must have so many girlfriends. I just
thought they were very complimentary people... little did I know. A
few tiems they mentioned that they would like to have one of their
great pastors come to teach me since their english wasn't so good. I
understood them fine since I've grown up around Koreans but they
insisted. MInd you all of these bible studies had been one on one - me
and the Colonel. These people were verynice to me and I thought of
them as really good friends. They took me on a trip to Sea World with
their family, had me over for dinner almost every week, took me out to
eat etc. I helped them when they had car troubles, helped them get
acquainted to living in the US, they had an accident and I helped them
deal with their insurance company since they speak english well,
hooked them up with a lawyer friend of mine who helped them for free

Finally on thursday this pastor came. We met on friday after my
classes and they told me that he was the leading english interpreter
for JMS and one of their very best teachers. He had come all the way
from LA to teach me one on one. I guess they expected me to be
impressed, but I have met many important people growing up and one
thing I have learned is no matter who he is, he is just a man.
Regardless, he knew more about the bible than me and I was still
excited about what this guy had to say. I guess we were about up to
lesson 11 or so. But right off the bat when we prayed for lunch I
noticed something weird. At the end of the prayer normally when you
say " in the name of jesus christ , amen" he said " in the name of our
living christ, amen". I thought it was weird but brushed it off as
"spiritually" alive that he had meant. But all sorts of language was
changing. rather than referrin gto JMS as their Pastor, they started
calling him Sun Saeng Nim or teacher in korean. Again i thought it was
a little weird but whatever. Looking at the lesson list online I guess
we skipped lesson 10 "concept of cults". I think we went from 9 to 11
then straight to 21 and 22 about john the baptist when the pastor got
there. On a break from teaching they showed me a video of a church
meeting they mentioned "don't they look so happy" i just said "yeah"
and watched. They told me this was a new dance they were taugh by an
american dancer. In my mind I was thinking "those people look
ridiculously happy doing those retarded gay dances and i wouldn't be
caught dead there". there's no way those dances were american bc they
just look way too korean and gay. Not one of my friends would ever be
seen doing them. On the video there were a bunch of rediculously good
looking girls on stage dancing and a really pale but pretty girl in
front leading it all. This pale girl I had seen before in a family
picture of theirs. Apparently she is like the main leader of events
held in the US. They have a family pic with her. I've seen her pic on
this site. I was thinking to myself "one thing about church is that
they let anyone on stage to sing. that's why there are always fat ugly
people having a great time at church and we all love them". I was
wondering why this event was so different but I kept it to myself. In
the video they held american and canadian flags and were singing " we
love america, americans we love you" etc. I thought it was pretty
weird. I didnt understand until later. I also read about the pastor
who came to see me on this site. He is John Lee, 38 and from LA. He is
the main english translator and apprently is host to many JMS people
visiting the US since he is fluent in English and Korean.

Later, the bible study turned to the parable of the fields. i guess he
was trying to get me to look to myself and wonder if I was a good
field or not. Then he started telling me these other parables that
apparently Jesus had told to JMS. The lecture was getting further and
further from the bible. He talked aout how people my age feel lost. I
told him it is a part of growing up since this is the time that we
make the decisions of what we are going to do with the rest of our
lives. It is only natural. He didn't seem to like it but just changed
the subject. They kept hinting at the 2nd coming and that we must not
make the same mistakes of the jews in not recognizing christ, and how
great JMS was. They were dancing around it but not saying it. They
wanted me to say that JMS was the Messiah. But i wanted them to make
their case and tell me. Cuz that's a pretty bold statement. I told
them I needed to use the restroom. I thought tomyself "what should I
say? should i just go out there and call them out? should i say i
think they're full of shit? am i wrong? is JMS the messiah?". I looked
up from peeing and on the wall I saw a calendar. On it there was a
picture of a conference in one of the stadiums. JMS was on stage and
there was a huge picture of Jesus behind him with a picture of himself
right next to it. Right then I was like "woah wtf". I went back out
and we went on a little longer but I wasn't biting. I wanted them to
say it. John ended the lecture syaing it was too much at one time and
that I needed time to process everything. We ate dinner and I left.

On the way home i thought "wow if this guy really is the messiah I
want to know more about him. He must have done some amazing things. I
bet I can find it online." Once I got home I did some searching and
found an entry on wikipedia about him. When I got to the bottom about
the rapes I was totally blown away. I decided to do more research and
saw the vid of his arrest on youtube, found this site and realized
that these were not just allegations, these were not just people
trying to sabotage him. I read the other lessons on this site. I
couldn't believe they tricked me for so long. I was so angry. Angry
that I had been tricked. Angry at what JMS had done and is still
doing. I couldn't believe these nice people believed in this. This
Colonel has a 7 yr old daughter! Does he want her to be raped by this
man too!? I was so angry I wanted to kill JMS. I wanted to kill Pastor
John so he couldn't spread these lies to girls in the US anymore. But
I knew that this was not the right path.

I realized their plan for me and why they flew this guy in to teach
me. I was a perfect candidate to recruit young pretty girls into JMS
from my university. I realized that something needed to be done to
stop this. I also realized that this family must be well connected to
get this guy to come teach me. I had read that JMs was wanted by
interpol so I called them up. They told me to contact my local
authorities and they would get the info to the right people. I called
the local sheriff's office. They sent a deputy and he went back and
researched the group with the info I gave him. I told him a that these
people are part of a cult that is conspiring to rape hundreds if not
thousands of young women worldwide under the pretenses of salvation
and that a high member of the group was in town and i knew where he
was. I assume this man keeps in contact with JMS as he translates the
speeches regularly and his phone was blowing up and he was getting
e-mails all day while I was there. If there is a case on him, the
people leading it should know. I have had multiple conversations with
the chief of intelligence at the Sheriff's Office and he has educated
himself on JMS. I'm waiting on a call from the FBI right now.

I was supposed to meet them again but I didn't show up and spent the
day with my family at Busch gardens instead. They've been calling me
but I haven't answered. I don't know if I should tell them to "beep"
off or continue going in order to gather more info. I need time.

Thank you so much Peter for forming this site and putting the videos
on youtube. Who knows what would have happened to me and what i may
have done otherwise. This man needs to be stopped. Were this not the
information age I would have never known until it was too late. I feel
that God has placed me in this situation for a reason. We must stop
this man and his organization as soon as possible!

Here are screenshots of the full article, just incase it isn't always online.

Questions & Answers / Re: Just how many times has he read the Bible?
« on: December 12, 2006, 03:06:40 PM »
And in the recent (2006) article from San Diego, a member states (several years after the 7,000 number was stated) the much lower figure of 1,000:

Organizers spoke during the function about Jung's extensive knowledge of Biblical teachings, saying Jung had read the Bible 1,000 times, and referenced a story about lessons of ignorance involving a young girl who traveled with Jung in Taiwan.

Did he read the Bible negative 6,000 times in the intervening years?

JMS In Japan / Japanese TV News Clips - August 2006
« on: December 12, 2006, 02:05:32 PM »
Late July and early August 2006 saw the JMS cult featured extensively on Japanese media.

Here is a sample of some of the news clips that aired on TV in Japan at the time:
Update Dec. 1, 2015: As can be seen below, the cult has issued numerous fraudulent copyright violation notices. The videos can be downloaded from this link.

They are in Japanese, but you don't need to understand Japanese to know what girls who appear on TV with their faces blured and voices disguised, sharing their experiences in a cult led by a fugitive wanted for rape, are talking about. The footage speaks for itself.

"PJ", the cult's senior American "pastor", had this to say about Jung's accusers in this recent article published by the University of California San Diego Guardian Student Newspaper:

""Dishonorable people make dishonorable allegations for dishonorable reasons."

A female member in Korea described Jung's accusers as "evil doers". Hearing a woman describe rape victims as "evil doers" was definitely one of the more memorable of my encounters with JMS members.

Another member, an American, in his blog under a picture of Wol Myong Dong, recently posted this message signalling his utter contempt for these women and Jung's critics in general:

  (See photo below)

That is in my opinion one of the most disgusting aspects of the JMS cult, apart from the rapes of course, the way they try to discredit Jung's accusers by casting them in a very negative light.  That seems to be their only pathetic and disgraceful defense against hundreds of accusers.

So, as the JMS cult became the No1 news story in Japan, you might be wondering (as I did) what goes on at the base of the cult during a period of intense negative publicity.

On Saturday July 30, I went to an event at Wolmyong Dong, the base of the cult, to see what I could see. The publicity in Japan began the previous Wednesday.

In total contrast to the 100 sexual assault accusations and police investigations into the criminal activities of senior JMS members in Japan. Back in Korea, at the cult's base, there was singing, dancing and generally much rejoicing.

On the forum for American JMS leaders, at least on the boards I had access to at that time, there was not a mention. A classic example of a cult controlling information, straight out of the pages of Orwell's 1984.

Other news articles from Japan from then can be read here:

From the Korean Anti-JMS Forum comes the following news

1. Moon from Pusan, one of the highest level of leader in the Christian Gospel Mission (CGM), was arrested by the Police in Korea. It is believed he has extensive knowledge of Jung's criminal activities.

2. Yun, an agent in National Security Service in Korea (like the American CIA), has lost his job due to his involvement with the cult.

JMS News / UC San Diego Article: Alleged Cult Sows Seeds Via Campus Event
« on: December 09, 2006, 12:34:54 AM »
The JMS cult recently held an event on the UC San Diego campus.
I tipped off their student newspaper, and this article was the result:

Alleged Cult Sows Seeds Via Campus Event
Archived Link.
A religious group hosts an on-campus fashion show, an event that could be linked to a web that includes Interpol, South Korea and alleged rape.

By Matthew McArdle
News Editor

Members of a controversial religious group, led by an international fugitive wanted for numerous instances of alleged rape and sexual assault of female members, recently held an event at UCSD, which included a modeling show featuring young women, singing and videotaped religious messages from the group's founder — hallmarks of the group's tactics to recruit new members.

The group, known as the Global Association of Culture and Peace, was established by 61-year-old South Korean national Jung Myung Seok, who also goes by the name Joshua Jung. The group, widely regarded by international press as a cult, also goes by several other names, including JMS, Providence, Setsuri and the Bright Smile Movement.

Jung, who established the cult nearly three decades ago, has been wanted by both Interpol and the South Korean government since 1999 after rape allegations became public, according to several Asian newspaper reports.

Jung was formally charged with rape in 2001, and was captured in Hong Kong in 2003, but posted his own bail and avoided South Korean extradition charges. His whereabouts have been unknown since then, although he is rumored to be hiding in China, according to Peter Daley, an English professor at South Korea's Keimyung University and a dedicated critic of Jung who established an extensive Web site aimed at exposing GACP's activities after his roommate became involved with the cult.

Since the allegations became public, numerous other women have come forward with similar accusations. According to July reports from Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun, more than 100 women have said they were sexually abused or raped by Jung under the pretense of religious purification.

"There is a history of abuse with this group," Daley said. "So many girls get raped by its leader."

GACP is most active in Asian countries but has branches worldwide, Daley said. It concentrates its membership recruitment activities at elite universities, including the University of Tokyo, Kyoto University, Osaka University, National Taiwan University and, recently, UCSD.

"Most of the former members I have spoken to encountered JMS on a university campus," Daley stated in a February 2006 article in the Keimyung Gazette. "Younger girls are also targeted for recruitment."

The cult seeks members, according to Asahi Shimbun, by organizing sporting events, modeling shows, dance shows and other activities before inviting participants to Bible study sessions, where they are subsequently influenced to accept cult teachings that declare Jung as the true messiah and regulate members' sleeping and eating patterns. Former members have said that the group engages in brainwashing and extensive secrecy, and uses fun activities to build trust with recruits before introducing them to Jung's teachings.

GACP's event at UCSD, called "Autumn Fantasy: The Spirit of Harvest," was held on Oct. 22 in Price Center Ballroom.

The event featured an evangelical message from Pastor David Baker, singing, a modeling show with the theme "Developing Beauty from Within," dance performances and a videotaped "inspirational message" about perseverance from Jung himself.

Organizers spoke during the function about Jung's extensive knowledge of Biblical teachings, saying Jung had read the Bible 1,000 times, and referenced a story about lessons of ignorance involving a young girl who traveled with Jung in Taiwan.

"I've never met a man who loves God and who loves Jesus as much as Joshua Jung," an announcer said at the event.

In his video message, which was translated from Korean, Jung addressed the UCSD on-campus audience specifically.

"I am very busy," Jung said on the video message. "For me to come out to a small meeting like this is a big deal."

The event, sponsored by UCSD's Korean Student Cultural Association, had been in the works since April.

Former Ko.SCA Vice President and UCSD alumnus Jeong Jin Seok reserved the ballroom in July, under a campus organization policy that allows principal members of any group to remain active during the summer after graduation before a new set of principal members takes over.

On the official UCSD Event Calendar Form, Seok listed the event as a cultural activity open to all UCSD students featuring "cultural movie-watching" and a presentation from GACP Chairman Jung.

In applying to host the event, Seok denied that the event would feature a "controversial topic or speaker," and reserved the space for 200 participants.

Seok said that he had no idea that Jung was wanted by police for rape charges, or that GACP was a controversial religious group. He said he acted under the orders of former Ko.SCA President and UCSD alumnus Young Han, who has since relocated to South Korea.

"I had no idea about this," Seok said. "I thought it was a purely cultural event."

Current Ko.SCA President and Sixth College senior Chang-Ho Han said that he was unaware that the event occurred at all, and said that neither he nor any Ko.SCA members he knew of attended the event.

The presenters made no mention of Ko.SCA during the duration of the performances and speeches, and a man positioned outside the ballroom door refused entry to attendees unless they knew one of the featured models.

However, Student Organizations and Leadership Opportunities Assistant Director Marcia A. Strong said that events are open to all UCSD students unless event planners specifically dictate otherwise.

"This event was approved with the understanding that it was open to the campus," Strong said.

Vincent Salazar, the man who monitored the door, identified himself as a spokesman for the "church" and said he did not know about the Ko.SCA's sponsorship of the activity.

He also said the event was meant to foster peace through the modeling, dancing and singing performances.

Salazar said that he was aware of the "bitterness" directed toward the group and its brand as a cult by many sources, but said that the labeling was a result of extensive "misinformation." Salazar also said that the rape allegations against Jung, who he and other church members referred to as the "president," were all false.

Naomi Kim, an English interpreter who said she was "very involved" with the group, said that the group receives negative stigma because of "journalism harassment," and that the group merely provides an opportunity for members to examine their relationship with God in a new light.

"The president gives people a chance to nurture their relationship with God and Jesus from a different perspective," Kim said, although she refused to elaborate on the particular perspective used.

Other church members, including event planner Pastor Wing Bateman of San Diego's Jewel Ministries, denied the event's affiliation to GACP, and vehemently denied rape allegations, saying that they were invented by people unfairly targeting Jung. They said that the event was about improving oneself through cultivating talent.

"Celebrities are always targets," church member John Lee said, in reference to the rape charges. "With celebrity comes a certain amount of things like this."

Lee also said that he knew Jung personally, and that Jung was not capable of committing any of the acts for which he was charged.

"Dishonorable people make dishonorable allegations for dishonorable reasons," Lee said.

Church member Sherwin Carballo went a step further, describing all of the rape charges as "frivolous."

The members said that in South Korea, a person is guilty until proven innocent, and that because of this unwritten policy, a person like Jung charged with such serious crimes would be forced to leave the country or face unjust imprisonment.

Lee said that since Jung had left South Korea, he had written more than 12,000 proverbs, 800 poems and 60 books, and said that if Jung had remained in South Korea this could not have been accomplished because too many people there demand "face time" from Jung.

"If you know the Korean culture, you know that ‘no' doesn't always mean ‘no,'" Lee said, when asked why Jung simply did not deny face-time meetings to concentrate on his teachings and prove his innocence, rather than fleeing the country in the wake of the rape allegations.

The members also said that a legal team was working in South Korea to prove that the allegations are false.

Lee said that modeling and the organization that sponsored the models — Peace Model USA, which has a sister organization in South Korea established by Jung — was very different from traditional modeling organizations. He also said that PMUSA was meant to bring the focus of modeling back to the individual spirit and celebrate beauty from the inside.

Although church members continue to support their leader, many former female GACP members throughout Asia continue to come forward with rape allegations, and some members have left the group upon discovering the public scrutiny.

"I couldn't understand what was happening to me while I was being sexually assaulted," one former member told the Asahi Shimbun. "I was so messed up in the head, and couldn't resist whatever the guru did."

According to Daley, GACP events are also designed to promote sleep deprivation, which aids in the brainwashing process by impairing members' critical thinking skills. Events include daily church services at 4 a.m. and long weekend services that can last all day, all night or both.

Another former member told the Asahi Shimbun that group members forced him to work long into the night, then wake up to listen to Jung's videotaped preachings.

Salazar confirmed that Jung sends weekly video messages to members, but said he did not know the location of the messages' source.

There are three levels of cult involvement, according to Daley. The first level involves membership in front organizations, where many members are unaware of GACP links or even targeted for further indoctrination; they serve the interests of the group by paying to attend events.

"[GACP] members are required to pay a fixed donation, part of which is believed to finance Jung's flight from the law," Asahi Shimbun reported in July.

The second stage involves a 30-lesson Bible study course, and upon completion, members come to recognize Jung as the messiah. The majority of members remain at this stage of involvement, according to Daley, with only a few select women reaching the third stage.

These women meet with Jung personally, oftentimes at his request, and are asked to take off their clothing for a health check meant to cleanse the members' sin, according to Daley. After having sex with the messiah, girls are often threatened with spiritual death if they speak of their experiences.

"[Jung's] message [is] clear: Disobey me and risk death," Daley told the Keimyung Gazette.

Press members in Asia who have reported on GACP activities have also been assaulted and had their offices vandalized.

Marie McCulley, a Bay Area resident who never became a full-fledged GACP member, said that she first got involved through personal friendships with other members.

"Needless to say those relationships ended when I put the pieces together and left," McCulley stated in an e-mail.

McCulley stated that college students make good targets because they are often at a vulnerable period in their lives.

"You're either young and trying to find your identity, or you've gone through [a] major trauma or life change and are asking the big existential questions and along comes someone who's really nice, charming, good looking and who seems to have all the answers — which basically means that young college co-eds are easy targets," she stated.

However, Nicholle Granger, a UCLA junior who performed in the Peace Model event at UCSD, stated in an e-mail that the allegations have not swayed her confidence in Jung or her participation with the church or PMUSA.

"He's made such an impact on the lives around him, that it's in human nature for some to be heavily opposed," Granger stated. "There is no room for doubt because ultimately I'm doing it for God, myself and for the rest of the girls out there who need to believe in not only themselves, but something greater than this world."

Jung remains on Interpol's "Red Notice" list, which circulates a global warrant with the request that the wanted person be arrested and extradited to the requesting country.

However, Jung does not appear on Interpol's Web site because each participating government decides whether or not to include data online, according to a statement by the Interpol press office.

The Korean National Police Agency states on its English Web site that "Korean Police decide whether to disclose any wanted criminal by Interpol on [the] Internet based on established standards," but in this case has decided not to ask for additional publicity.

"We'll put more efforts to arrest [Jung]," KNPA stated on its Web site, adding that the Korean police are working closely with Chinese authorities to apprehend Jung.

Jung was originally a member of controversial South Korean religious group Unification Church, which is headed by Rev. Sun Myung Moon, before leaving to establish his own group.

Although GACP membership continues to increase, Daley said that the group should be regarded with caution.

"I think it's one of the most dangerous cults around," he said.

While accusations of rape continue to surface, many Asian university officials have remained neutral about the group's activities because they involve freedom of religion, according to Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun.

Salazar said that the church would "most likely" try to hold future events at UCSD.

— Additional reporting by Hadley Mendoza, Charles Nguyen, Serena Renner and Simone Wilson, Senior Staff Writers

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Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church / The $1M Moonie Shark Poaching Scam
« on: December 08, 2006, 10:39:40 AM »
Those crazy loveble Moonies are at it again:

UK pastor behind worldwide shark smuggling racket

A British pastor of the Moonies church faces jail for masterminding a world-wide shark poaching and smuggling racket.

As a result of his illicit trade, many exotic fish fanciers in the UK may be in for a shock. What they bought as an unusual addition to their fish tanks could grow to 7ft long.

Kevin Thompson, 48, from Jarrow, near Newcastle, now based at the Unification church in San Leandro, California, is one of six men arrested for taking, then selling, thousands of undersized leopard sharks.
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