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Spiritual Responsibility

Avoiding Abuses and Pitfalls Along the Spiritual Path Copyright © 1995, All Rights Reserved by Steven Hassan and Lama Surya Das. This article offers some vital "consumer" guidlines and specific questions that should be asked when considering any involvement with a spiritual group. I asked my friend, lama Surya Das, the first officially ordained western Tibetan buddhist lama to give his perspective [...]


Converts at What Price? Unification’s Techniques Not Unusual

Date: Monday, January 7, 1980 Section: RUN OF PAPER Page: By James L. Franklin Globe Staff This is the second in a two-part series examining the recruitment policies of the Unification Church. When Deborah Block left the Florida seminar conducted by CARP, the student group of the Unification Church, she had spent at most [...]

Evaluating Concerns/Warning Signs

If you are concerned about a friend or loved one, here are some of the major warning signs of a potentially destructive situation. Review these points and see if there are a number of troubling changes. Please keep in mind that an individual can exercise undue influence over another [...]



His Father Preaches Peace, and He Makes Guns

By Thomas Farragher, Boston Globe Staff, 03/21/99 WORCESTER – To his church, he is the sinless child of the ”True Parents,” a scion of an apostle of peace. But his business card could say something else: Justin Moon, gun maker. At the end of a gritty industrial strip here, sandwiched between a highway and a [...]

On the Rebound

The Rev. Sun Myung Moon has been down, but never out. Now he’s focusing on family values with conferences and big-name speakers such as George Bush. But is he just trying to buy credibility? By MEREDITH FERGUSON, Special to The Times WASHINGTON, D.C.–Amid the grandeur of giant Corinthian columns and the soaring archways of the [...]

Celebrities Pulled Into Moon’s Orbit Speakers Unaware of Conclave’s Cult Speakers

By Marc Fisher Washington Post Staff Writer Tuesday, July 30 1996; Page E01 The Washington Post Gerald Ford is going because Rosalynn Carter, Mikhail Gorbachev and Coretta Scott King went before him. Bill Cosby is going because George Bush is going, too. George Bush is going because he believes in world peace. When the Family [...]

A Church at a Crucial Stage

Date: Friday, June 27, 1980 Section: RUN OF PAPER Page: ? By James L. Franklin Globe Staff Recent purchases of property in Gloucester by the Unification Church mark a crucial stage in development for the small but highly publicized organization led by Rev. Sun Myung Moon. The purchases expand the fishing business of the controversial [...]

At RFK, Moon Presides Over Mass Wedding; Whitney Houston Is a No-Show

By Caryle Murphy and Linda Wheeler Washington Post Staff Writers Sunday, November 30, 1997 Page B01 The Washington Post Wearing crowns and identical gold-trimmed white robes, the Rev. Sun Myung Moon and his wife, better known to their followers as the “True Parents” of the world, presided yesterday over a mass wedding and marriage rededication [...]

Ex-Moonie Meets Resistance

Salem News 12/2/97 By Kelly Shaw News staff BEVERLY – Steven Hassan might have left the Moonies earlier. But other cult members had warned him about what happened to those who abandoned the Unification Church. They developed cancer, had stillborn children or were hit by cars. So he stayed. The former Queens College student didn’t [...]

Ex-Moonie Says Cult Groups Are Preying on Russians; Analyst Sees Ex-communists as Easy Targets

Date: Sunday, November 22, 1992 Section: CITY WEEKLY Page: 9 By Ric Kahn, Globe Staff SOMERVILLE — Ex-Moonie Steven Hassan just returned from a mind-altering trip to Russia. An internationally recognized expert on counseling people out of destructive cults, Hassan was invited to Russia by Farida Asadullina, a Moscow State University professor concerned about the [...]

$20 Florida Excursion: A Brainwashing Effort?

Date: Monday, December 31, 1979 Section: RUN OF PAPER Page: ? By Gayle Pollard Globe Staff A 19-year-old Medfield woman thought that for $20 she was buying a bus trip to Florida and a week of fun in the sun. But her parents claim that Deborah Block instead was kept at “brainwashing” sessions over the [...]

Louis Jolyon West

Psychiatry & Biobehaviorial Sciences: Los Angeles 1924-1999 Professor 1999, University of California: In Memoriam On January 2, 1999, Louis Jolyon “Jolly” West, the former chairman of the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, died of a rapidly advancing, malignant tumor. Born in 1924 in Brooklyn, New York, of immigrant Russian-Jewish parents, he grew up [...]

Buddhism American style

cloaking itself in super-patriotism, Nicherin Shoshu Of America is part of an evangelical buddhist secty gaining adherents worldwide with a guarantee of happiness through chanting. Sounds pretty harmless, right? Cult-watchers and ex-members don’t think so. Date: Sunday, October 15, 1989 Section: Boston Globe Sunday Magazine Page: 18 ff. By Daniel Golden, Globe Staff Florence Hadley, principal [...]