Unification Church founder Moon dies

2012-09-02 21:40

Gapyeong - Officials say the religious leader who founded the Unification Church and built it into a multibillion-dollar business empire, the Reverend Sun Myung Moon, has died in South Korea at age 92.

Church officials said on Monday that Moon died at a hospital the church owns near his home in Gapyeong after being hospitalised with pneumonia last month.

The patriarch and founder of the controversial church gained fame in the 1970s and 1980s for pairing up and marrying off thousands of followers at elaborate mass weddings. Critics accused the church of demanding cult-like devotion from its followers.

The church also built a business empire that included newspapers, schools, a ski resort and dozens of other ventures in several countries, including a peace institute, carmaker and hotel in North Korea.

  • Lunga - 2012-09-02 22:50

    He put Jimmy Carter in the White House.

  • reece.phatudi - 2012-09-03 06:34

    I had a pleasure of studing the teaching of Rev. Moon, indeed hew as brelliant, a man who introduced a philosophical system based on theism and yet using scientific bases, a man of peace, a man of faithful family, a teacher of true love. People will do well to read Divine Principles and Unification Thought before they unnecessary voice their unfounded accusations.

      zaatheist - 2012-09-03 09:13

      Pity he did not also teach you to spell.

      AfricanPete - 2012-09-03 10:49

      Reece, beautiful words. Almost got tears in my eyes. But be careful, people with only a few braincells are more prone to brainwashing.

  • fredster.mania.5 - 2012-09-03 08:10

    Guess he is finding out the real truth as we speak....

      zaatheist - 2012-09-03 09:14

      Not really. He's dead and you have no greater knowledge than I as to what happens, probably nothing, after we die.

      fredster.mania.5 - 2012-09-03 10:29

      zaatheist, so you think that "probably nothing" is the truth

  • AfricanPete - 2012-09-03 09:36

    Boo Hoo. Down with the Moonies. Crazy religious cult. The poor South Koreans that were brainwashed by this guy are lucky that he is gone...time to think for themselves.

  • chilli.stephenson1 - 2012-09-03 12:56

    Jesus is The Way The Truth and The Life. And when Jesus returns the whole world will know that He is LORD and King. His entry will be visible to every eye. Zaatheist, God bless you man. I know you believe in God.

  • jerry.frey3 - 2012-09-03 13:46

    Another phony messiah bites the dust. Get some historical facts you nay be unfamiliar with about the real One. PLS visit:

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