Fetzer and Moonies
Fri, 13 Feb 1998 01:01:19 -0600
Deja News Posting Service
James Fetzer has supplied additional information about his association with the Moonies. He acknowledges that he knows that the publisher of several of his books, Paragon House, is owned by the Moonies. Jim Fetzer states:
"With respect to Paragon House, I was initially contacted by two respected philosophers, John Roth of Claremont Graduate School and Frederick Sontag of Pomona College, who were editing a series of textbooks for undergraduates, asking if I might be interested in authoring an introduction to the field of cognitive science. I liked the idea and soon found myself working with an excellent in-house editor, Peter Coveney, now the Executive Editor of M.E. Sharpe, Inc., of Armonk, New York. When I discovered the house was owned by the Moonies, I had a lengthy talk with Peter, who as-sured me that the publishing house was independent of any editorial control from the Moonies."
George Bush has assured the world that The Washington Times is also independent from editorial control of the Moonies and Sun Myung Moon. As we shall see later in this post, this is obviously not the case. It seems that persons on this news group do not realize the significance of an association with a Moonie-owned propaganda organization. This is not an exercise in character assassination and there is no intent to imply guilt by association in this message. Jim Fetzer may not realize what it means to be welcomed into the stable of Moonie-endorsed authors. If he does not, this may serve to enlighten him. If, on the other hand, he knows and does not care, then everyone should view his writings with suspicion, no matter what the subject matter may be.
Fetzer says he believed Mr. Coveney's assurances that Paragon House was "independent" of Moonie control. He may believe this, but it is not necessarily true, and just because he says he believes this, does not exclude the possibility that he knows that they are not independent. There is also the possibility that Coveney was deliberately misleading Fetzer.
Fetzer also says that he believes that Paragon House is not profitable. He states:
"Publishing is a mixed bag for the Moonies, as I understand it, however, since Paragon appears to lose money."
If Paragon House looses money, that does not mean that it isn't worth the loss, if it furthers the propaganda purposes of the Moonie cult. It also may be a useful write-off for the Moon organization, if it is a money looser. If it does make money, and Fetzer seems uncertain about this, it supports the cult and its "goals" with its financial gains.
Let's look at the circumstances of the acquisition of Paragon House by the Moonies. The following excerpt was taken from: http://WWW.PWPA.ORG/Congress/1stcong.html
[The First International Congress of Professors World Peace Academy Seoul, Korea - December 18, 1983 The First International Congress was held as an organizing event for the PWPA International network. The Founder of PWPA called professors from 72 nations to Seoul, Korea in December 1983. They participated in ten days of whirlwind speaking throughout Korea, giving messages at evening banquets. Then, on December 18th the professors met together for a luncheon meeting at the Little Angels Performing Arts Center at which the Reverend Moon set forth his vision of the mission of PWPA:
"The ultimate goal of PWPA is to help create a just and harmonious world order by encouraging scholars to search for new ideas and methods of achieving peace and prosperity."
His vision included the creation of a worldwide publishing program, of which Paragon House Publishers has become the center of this effort.]
So, we have the leader of one of the world's largest religious cults creating organizations to further his "vision" and we see he has used the book publisher Paragon House as the "center of this effort." The "goal" is "to create a just and harmonious world order."
As we saw in a previous post, International Cultural Foundation is
the sole owner of Paragon House and its President is a former President
of the Unification Church.
> International Cultural Foundation * (I.C.F.) 1667 K St., NW,
> Washington, DC 20006; 202-293-9393; also 4 W. 43rd St., NYC
> 10036; 212-947-1756 (funds many church projects, especially
> Int'l Conf. on Unity of Sciences; sole shareholder of
> Paragon House Publishers) Neil Albert Salonen, President
> (former Pres. of Unif. Church of America, 1971-80)
The following passage was found at http://www.pwpa.ORG/General/icf.html
[The International Cultural Foundation (ICF) has provided major support for the Professors World Peace Academy. It was established by the Reverend Sun Myung Moon with the purpose of promoting academic, scientific, and cultural activities... ....Paragon House was organized in 1982 as an outgrowth of products generated by the projects supported by the International Cultural Foundation. Professors World Peace Academy and the International Conference on the Unity of the Sciences publish their scholarly books as imprints of Paragon House.]
That information was obtained from a Moonie site. Their assertion that Paragon House is independent is highly doubtful. These organizations were created by cult leader Sun Myung Moon to further his own agenda.
So far, in this post, we have presented information taken only from Moonie sources. To see a critical perspective of Moon, his activities, agenda, alliances and organizations, please see the information that is provided under the title of "The Dark Side of Rev. Moon Series" at: http://www.delve.com/consort.html
Here are some enlightening examples of Moon and his despicable agenda.
Under the title, "Dark Side of Rev. Moon: Hooking Bush," we learn that as Moon was trying to establish a newspaper to further his propaganda purposes and gain influence in South America, he met resistance from Argentina's president Carlos Menem. Since Menem was unwilling to endorse the new publishing venture because of Moon's particularly unsavory past, who do we see fly in from the US to save the day and deliver the keynote speech at the Buenos Aires bash held to celebrate the launch of the paper? The endorsement came from none other than our own ex-president George Herbert Walker Bush. Here is an excerpt from "Hooking Bush."
[Bush lavished praise on Moon and his journalistic enterprises. "I want to salute Reverend Moon, who is the founder of The Washington Times and also of Tiempos del Mundo," Bush declared. "A lot of my friends in South America don't know about The Washington Times, but it is an independent voice. The editors of The Washington Times tell me that never once has the man with the vision interfered with the running of the paper, a paper that in my view brings sanity to Washington, D.C. I am convinced that Tiempos del Mundo is going to do the same thing" in Latin America.]
But was "Poppy" telling the truth about the Washington Times? Another quote from the same article tells the real story about the "independent voice" of The Washington Times.
[Bush's endorsement of The Washington Times' editorial independence also was not truthful. Almost since it opened in 1982, a string of senior editors and correspondents have resigned, citing the manipulation of the news by Moon and his subordinates. The first editor, James Whelan, resigned in 1984, confessing that he had "blood on his hands" for helping the church achieve greater legitimacy.]
So was George Bush helping out his friend, Moon, out of the kindness of his heart? Let's look at more from "Hooking Bush."
[After the event, Menem told reporters from La Nacion that Bush had claimed privately to be only a mercenary who did not really know Moon. "Bush told me he came and charged money to do it," Menem said. [Nov. 26, 1996]. But Bush was not telling Menem the whole story. By last fall, Bush and Moon had been working in political tandem for at least a decade and a half. The ex-president also had been moonlighting as a front man for Moon for more than a year...
....Bush's office has refused to divulge how much Moon-affiliated organizations have paid the ex-president. But estimates of Bush's fee for the Buenos Aires appearance alone ran between $100,000 and $500,000. Sources close to the Unification Church have put the total Bush-Moon package in the millions, with one source telling The Consortium that Bush stood to make as much as $10 million.]
Another article in "The Dark Side of Rev. Moon Series" titled: "Dark Side of Rev. Moon: Buying the Right" tells us:
[Moon's rhetoric has turned stridently anti-American, another problem for the Religious Right and its strongly patriotic positions. On May 1, 1997, Moon told a group of followers that "the country that represents Satan's harvest is America." [Unification News, June 1997] In other sermons, he has vowed that his victorious movement will "digest" any American who tries to maintain his or her individuality. He especially has criticized American women who must "negate yourself 100 percent" to be a receptacle for the male seed. [For details of Moon's speeches, see The Consortium, July 28, 1997]
Still, despite his controversial remarks, Moon continues to buy friends on the American right -- as well as among African-American religious figures -- by spreading around vast sums of money. The totals are estimated in the billions of dollars, with much of it targeted on political infrastructure: direct-mail operations, video services for campaign ads, professional operatives and right-wing media outlets.]
Let's look deeper at Rev. Moon and his agenda. From "Dark Side of Rev. Moon: Truth, Legend & Lies" we learn:
[Reports by the CIA, the FBI and Defense Intelligence Agency painted a picture of a secretive religion with close ties to South Korea's brutal intelligence service, the KCIA, as well as to prominent right-wing industrialists linked to the Japanese mob, the yakuza.]
[Moon's church also was active in the Asian People's Anti-Communist League, a fiercely right-wing group founded by the governments of South Korea and Taiwan. In 1966, the group expanded into the World Anti-Communist League, an international alliance that brought together traditional conservatives with former Nazis, overt racialists and Latin American "death squad" operatives. In an interview, retired U.S. Army Gen. John K. Singlaub, a former WACL president, said "the Japanese [WACL] chapter was taken over almost entirely by Moonies."]
[Although blacked-out portions obscured who was stating some of the conclusions -- a specific source or the FBI -- the report described the church as "an absolutely totalitarian organization" which was part of an international "conspiracy" that functioned by its own rules. "One of the central doctrines of the Moon religious aspects is what they call heavenly deception. ... It basically says that to take from Satan what rightfully belongs to God, you may do most anything. You may lie, cheat, steal or kill."]
[Thousands of dollars were earmarked for "special manipulation" of congressmen; their staffs were to be infiltrated with paid "collaborators"; an "intelligence network" was to be put into the White House; money was targeted for "manipulation" of officials at the Pentagon, State Department and CIA; some U.S. journalists were to be spied on, while others would be paid; a "black newspaper" would be started in New York; contacts with American scholars would be coordinated "with Psychological Warfare Bureau"; and "an organizational network of anti-communist fronts" would be created.
Several months later, in summer 1976, Moon returned to the United States and delivered a flattering pro-U.S. speech at the Washington Monument. On a deeper level, however, Moon seemed to be following the KCIA script. Moon started a small-circulation newspaper in New York City that featured Jesse Jackson's column. Moon promoted the anti-communist cause through front groups which held conferences and paid speaking fees to academics, journalists and political leaders.]
Moon and his new U.S. conservative allies mounted a strong defense, however. In pro-Moon publications, Fraser and his staff were pilloried as leftists. Anti-Moon witnesses were assailed as unstable liars. Minor bookkeeping problems inside the investigation, such as Fraser's salary advances to some staff members, were seized upon to justify demands for an ethics probe of the congressman.
One of those ethics letters, dated June 30, 1978, came from John T. "Terry" Dolan of the National Conservative Political Action Committee (NCPAC). Dolan's group was pioneering the strategy of "independent" TV attack ads which smeared liberal Democrats. In turn, Moon's CAUSA International helped Dolan by contributing $500,000 to a Dolan group, known as the Conservative Alliance or CALL. [ Washington Post, Sept. 17, 1984]
With support from Dolan and others, Moon weathered the Koreagate political storm. Fraser lost a Senate bid in 1978 and was out of Congress. Then, in 1980, Reagan won the White House and extended a VIP invitation for Moon to attend the presidential inaugural. The theocrat had arrived.
But Moon still faced nagging legal problems from the 1970s. Over objections from senior Reagan administration officials at the Justice Department, federal prosecutors in New York City insisted on pursuing a tax case against Moon for fraudulently reporting his income. The case led to Moon's 1982 conviction and a 13-month prison term, but the more serious case against Moon as a suspected intelligence agent petered out. It's still not clear why.
"I don't think there was any doubt that the Moon newspaper took a virulently pro-South Korea position," explained Oliver "Buck" Revell, then a senior FBI official in the national security area. "But whether there was something illegal about it..." His voice trailed off. As for the internal security investigation in the 1970s, Revell added only: "It led its full life."]
Does anyone recognize the name of Oliver "Buck" Revell?
I think we have made our point. We could quote from hundreds of pages of material that details the history of the notorious Sun Myung Moon. He is a person who has tremendous influence in the world. This person is the ultimate example of religion gone bad. His massive propaganda machine is too vast to describe in any one post to a news group.
Jim Fetzer has been selected to be part of the Moonie information machine. He may not know how evil Rev. Moon is. He may think that Paragon House is free from control, but that is not the case. Every author who is selected and invited to write for them is seen as an integral part of the Moonie agenda. I will not accuse Fetzer of deliberately and knowingly furthering that agenda, but, if he has any conscience, he will immediately disassociate himself from their efforts to "create a just and harmonious world order" (Moon's words).
He should break away from Moon's "vision" that "included the creation of a worldwide publishing program, of which Paragon House Publishers has become the center of this effort." (Quote from Moonie site).
Our thanks to Robert Parry and the Consortium, where much of this material exposing the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, Professors World Peace Academy, International Cultural Foundation and Paragon House was found. Visit them at: http://www.delve.com/consort.html
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