Former 'WSJ' Editorial Writer to Head 'Wash Times' Opinion Pages
By Joe Strupp
Published: March 08, 2009 6:30 PM ET
NEW YORK Richard Miniter, an author and
former Wall Street Journal editorial writer, has been named editor of
the editorial pages and vice president of opinion at The Washington
Times, according to a release.
Miniter will head what are considered among the most
conservative editorial pages in a post that had been previously held by
the likes of Tony Blankley, former chief of staff to Newt Gingrich, and
Tony Snow, who later served as President George W. Bush’s press
“Minter, who wrote two New York Times bestselling
books, and won awards for investigative reporting at the Sunday Times
of London, is a former editorial writer and columnist for the Wall
Street Journal Europe and WSJ.com,” the announcement added. “His
articles have appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall
Street Journal as well as The Atlantic Monthly, Reader's Digest,
National Review and The New Republic. He is a regular commentator on
Fox News Channel, MSNBC, CNN, C-Span, and CNBC and many nationally
syndicated radio programs.”
Miniter replaces Deborah Simmons, who had served as
editorial page editor since 2007, having replaced Blankley when he
departed earlier that year.
Miniter also takes on the new role of Vice President
of Opinion, which “is new, encompassing the editorial page, the op-ed
page, and commentary pages. (Since the paper's founding in 1982,
Editorial and Commentary pages were managed separately.) The new Vice
President of Opinion will also oversee all online opinion, the opinion
component of the new Washington Times wire service that distributes to
more than 90 newspapers and other new products to be unveiled in the
Washington Times President and Publisher Thomas P.
McDevitt stated: “After an extensive nationwide search, we are
extremely pleased to find Richard Miniter, a veteran of the Wall Street
Journal editorial page and a bestselling author.”
McDevitt added, "We've been listening to our readers
and they tell us they want sharp, fact-based analysis that challenges
the conventional wisdom in Washington. Expect us to be more
distinctive, contrarian, authoritative and conservative on our opinion
pages. The challenges we face in this nation demand the very best
opinion, analysis and a forum for solution-oriented debate. Rich
Miniter and the team we are assembling at The Times are committed to
providing that for our readers every day."
"Though our two departments operate separately, I'm
thrilled to have our opinion pages under the stewardship of such an
accomplished journalist as Rich,” Washington Times Executive Editor
John Solomon stated. “I know Rich will honor The Washington Times'
extraordinary editorial tradition built on the shoulder of giants like
Tony Snow and Tony Blankley while transforming our print and online
opinion for the 21st century with the same deep reporting and insight
he has demonstrated through his career as an editorial writer, reporter
and best-selling author.”
Dear Sub-Regional and National Leaders and UPF Secretary-Generals,
Warm greetings from London where we have recently received official confirmation from thePermanent Representative of Kazakhstan to the OSCE, Kairat Abdrakhmanov, that The Appeal Court in Almaty, the capitla of Kazakhstan released our sister Lisa Drenicheva after she had spent several weeks in jail having been convicted of "heavy crimes against the peace and security of humanity" for teaching Divine Principle privately in a church centre.
Warm thanks to all who have contributed to this victory in any way, including the many prayers that were offered over the last few weeks and especial thanks to Rev. Peter Zoeher who among Europeans has been especially active and effective in securing Lisa's release.
A great debt of gratitude is also due to the many international Human Rights organisations that took up Lisa's case and brought immense pressure to bear on the Kazakh authorities and to many unificationists throughout the world who have helped in so many ways to secure her release.
The appeal court did not quash the sentence completely but said that the time she had served already was quite sufficent for the offences alleged and also imposed a small fine. But the court also ordered her immediate release and she left the prison not long afterwards to be greeted by the warm embrace of our members there.
2.Great victory for our movement in European Court of Human Rights
Dear Sub-Regional and National Leaders and UPF Secretary-Generals
Many greetings from London!
As you may already know, the European Court of Human Rights recently gave a very positive ruling in the in the case brought against Russia by one of our former american missionaries there (Patrick Nolan) concerning his illegal deportation from Russia in 2002.
One of our lawyers in that case, Drew Holiner, who is a lawyer here in London has sent us his analysis of the case. Below is an extract of some key points of his analysis of the case.
The outcome of the case is extremly important for all nations within the area covered by the European Court of Human Rights and by no means only Russia.
First of all, it is the first time that our movement has been able to bring a victory in this court despite several previous attempts, including that by Austria in the 1970s to have the refusal by the government there to register our movement overturned and the refusal to overturn the result of the British Daily Mail libel case in the early 1980s. There has been a feeling until now that we could not get justice there. Therefore this success is a truly historic one that will benefit all European nations in the general sense of making the court more accesible to us as well as the more specific one of interpreting immigration law and laws related to the treatment of our missionaries in a way that helps our movement in all nations.
So you may want to let our members and AfPs know about this important breakthrough simply for the sake of inspiring them. However, please in any case make a careful note of the case for your own purposes and for the sake of helping with any future litigation you may have in your nation in which it might be relevent and let any lawyers of our movement that might be interested, know about it.
KEY EXCERPTS OF THE ANALYSIS OF DREW HOLINER
First, I should note that technically the judgment is not final for three months. That is because Russia may still ask for the matter to be referred to the Grand Chamber within that time period. However, even if Russia asks for this it is extremely rare for the Court to grant such a request - in 99% of the cases no referral is made. Referrals are usually made only where the case raises a serious question affecting the interpretation or application of the Convention or some other serious issue of general importance.
Significance of the case
The Nolan case sets a very important precedent. This is reflected in the fact that the Registry gave it the highest importance ranking of 1 ('High importance'), which means that it is a judgment which "the Court considers makes a significant contribution to the development, clarification or modification of its case-law, either generally or in relation to a particular State".
Most significantly, the Court has come down strong on the side of freedom of religion, and has said that the activities of foreign missionaries cannot be considered a threat to national security and that in any event this cannot be a justification for expulsion of a foreign missionary.
It is also an important case for the Unification Church in particular because, as I understand it, this is the first case that the Church has won in the European Court of Human Rights. It is an indirect endorsement of the Church's right to freely manifest its religion throughout Europe, and is binding on all Member States of the Council of Europe. However it will no doubt be useful to the Church even wider - the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights are also considered by the Inter-American Court on Human Rights, whose jurisdiction covers North and South America, and the UN Human Rights Committee (a quasi-judicial body monitoring compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights), whose jurisdiction covers an even wider area - including many countries in Africa and Asia. Therefore, if you are experiencing similar problems in other countries in Europe or further abroad, I would be happy to advise on how this judgment can be used to good effect.
Once the judgment is officially final (most likely in May if no referral is made to the Grand Chamber), the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe will begin monitoring compliance and consider what "general and individual measures" Russia should undertake to remedy the violation.
As for general measures (i.e. measures Russia should take to ensure similar violations do not occur again), this will give the Church a unique and important opportunity to make submissions to the Committee of Ministers on what measures and reforms Russia can undertake to protect the position of foreign missionaries in the future. I already have some ideas, but I will get back to you again with some specific proposals for your consideration when we reach that stage.
Once again congratulations to the Church on this important victory.
those shocked by President Obama's 2010 budget, the most surprising are
the true-blue liberals who run most of America's nonprofits,
universities and charities. How dare he limit tax deductions for
charitable giving! They're afraid they'll get fewer donations, but they
should be more concerned that Mr. Obama's policies will shove them
aside in favor of the New Charity State.
What did these nonprofit liberals expect, anyway? Mr. Obama is
proposing a vast expansion of the entitlement state, and he has to find
some way to pay for it. So logically enough, one of his ideas for
funding public welfare is to reduce the tax benefit for private
charity. His budget proposes to raise the top personal income tax rate
to 39.6% in 2011 from 35%, and the 33% rate to 36% while reducing the
tax benefit from itemized deductions for the top two brackets to 28%
from 35% and 33%, respectively. The White House estimates the deduction
reduction will yield $318 billion in revenue over 10 years.
From the Ivy League to the United Jewish Appeal, petitions and
manifestos are in the works. The Independent Sector, otherwise eager to
praise the Obama budget, worries the tax change "could be a
disincentive to some donors." According to the Center on Philanthropy
at Indiana University, total itemized contributions from the highest
income households would have dropped 4.8% -- or $3.87 billion -- in
2006 if the Obama policy had been in place. That year, Americans gave
$186.6 billion to charity, more than 40% from those in the highest tax
bracket. A back of the envelope calculation by the Tax Policy Center, a
left-of-center think tank, estimates the Obama plan will reduce annual
giving by 2%, or some $9 billion.
In defense, White House budget chief Peter Orszag wrote on his blog:
"If you're a teacher making $50,000 a year and decide to donate $1,000
to the Red Cross or United Way, you enjoy a tax break of $150. If you
are Warren Buffet or Bill Gates and you make that same donation, you
get a $350 deduction -- more than twice the break as the teacher." This
Administration wants to turn even philanthropy into a class issue.
Mr. Orszag revealed the real agenda at work when he pointed out that
the money taken from the "rich" would be used to fund such Obama
state-run charities as universal health care. The argument is that any
potential declines in private gifts, whether to universities or
foundations, will be balanced by increases in government grants paid
with higher taxes -- redistribution by another means. This is how
Europe's welfare state works: Taxes are so high that private citizens
have come to believe it is only the state's duty to support cultural
institutions and public welfare. The ambit for private giving shrinks.
America has always operated on a different philosophy, going back to
Tocqueville's discovery of thousands of private associations that
sustained communities without a commanding state. We doubt that a tax
benefit is what drives most giving even today. The exception may be the
confiscatory death tax that drives many of the superrich to form
foundations to avoid the tax. But we suspect that without the death tax
the wealthy would give even more of their income away.
Americans of all income levels have long given generously, notably
in the 1980s as income tax rates fell and the economy boomed. Over the
last five decades, American giving overall has hardly deviated from 2%
of personal income, according to the Tax Foundation. In an ideal world,
the U.S. would eliminate most tax deductions, including the one for
charity, in return for a simpler, flatter tax that would help create
more wealth to give away. With his many new income-limited tax credits
and deduction phase-outs, however, Mr. Obama is sprinting in the
Meanwhile, the White House may have underestimated the power of the
liberal nonprofit lobby. The charity deduction cut is the only one of
the President's many tax increases that Democrats on Capitol Hill have
publicly criticized. Politics hath no fury like a rich liberal scorned.
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For more information, go to
click the “Summer Camps” button on the right or click the program
HIV/AIDS Rate in D.C. Hits 3%
Considered a 'Severe' Epidemic, Every Mode of Transmission Is Increasing, City Study Finds
By Jose Antonio Vargas and Darryl Fears
Washington Post Staff Writers
Sunday, March 15, 2009;
At least 3 percent of District residents have HIV or AIDS, a total that
far surpasses the 1 percent threshold that constitutes a "generalized
and severe" epidemic, according to a report scheduled to be released by
health officials tomorrow.
That translates into 2,984 residents per every 100,000 over the age
of 12 -- or 15,120 -- according to the 2008 epidemiology report by the
District's HIV/AIDS office.
"Our rates are higher than West Africa," said Shannon L. Hader,
director of the District's HIV/AIDS Administration, who once led the
Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's work in Zimbabwe.
"They're on par with Uganda and some parts of Kenya."
"We have every mode of transmission" -- men having sex with men,
heterosexual and injected drug use -- "going up, all on the rise, and
we have to deal with them," Hader said.
In addition to the epidemiology report, the city is also releasing a
study on heterosexual behavior tomorrow. That report, funded by the
CDC, was conducted by the George Washington University School of Health
and Health Services.
Among its findings: Almost half of those who had connections to the
parts of the city with the highest AIDS prevalence and poverty rates
said they had overlapping sexual partners within the past 12 months,
three in five said they were aware of their own HIV status, and three
in 10 said they had used a condom the last time they had sex.
Together, the reports offer a sobering assessment in a city that for years has stumbled in combating HIV and AIDS
and is just beginning to regain its footing. A more accurate accounting
of the crisis offers a chance to contain what is largely a preventable
So urgent is the concern that the HIV/AIDS Administration took the
relatively rare step of couching the city's infections in a percentage,
harkening to 1992, when San Francisco, around the height of its
epidemic, announced that 4 percent of its population was HIV positive.
But the report also cautions that "we know that the true number of
residents currently infected and living with HIV is certainly higher."
The District's report found a 22 percent increase in HIV and AIDS
cases from the 12,428 reported at the end of 2006, touching every race
and sex across population and neighborhoods, with an epidemic level in
all but one of the eight wards. Black men, with an infection rate of
nearly 7 percent, carry the weight of the disease,
according to the report, which also underscores that the District's HIV
and AIDS population is aging. Almost 1 in 10 residents between the ages
of 40 and 49 has the virus.
The report notes that "this growing population will have significant
implications on the District's health care system" as residents face
chronic medical problems associated with aging and fighting a disease
that compromises the immune system.
"This is very, very depressing news, especially considering HIV's
profound impact on minority communities," said Anthony Fauci, director
of the National Institutes of Health's program on infectious diseases.
"And remember: The city's numbers are just based on people who've
Ron Simmons, who is black, gay and HIV positive, said he's not
shocked by the study's findings. "You have a high incidence of HIV
among African Americans, and a lot of African Americans live in the
city," said Simmons, who is a member of a black gay support group.
"D.C. also has a high number of gay men, and HIV is high among gay
Charlene Cotton, a D.C. resident who got an HIV positive diagnosis
five years ago, said breaking the taboo on discussing HIV is the key to
moving forward. "You need to start at home and talk about it," Cotton
said. "It's so hush-hush."
Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) said he is aware that some advocates have
called on elected officials and others to more aggressively and
publicly address the crisis. He praised the city's recent efforts,
however, and expressed his frustration about the struggle ahead.
"In order to solve an issue as complex as HIV and AIDS, you have to
step up," he said. "It's the mayor and certainly other elected
officials. But it's also the community. You have this problem affecting
us, and you tell people how serious it is and it literally goes in one
ear and out the other."
David Catania (I-At Large), chairman of the D.C. Council's health
committee, said that although the District's testing and monitoring
have improved in the past two years, the AIDS office is still playing
catch-up. The city was in the forefront of the crisis when it created
the office in 1986, but it fell far behind. Hader took control in 2007.
She is its 12th director and the third in five years.
"Frankly, there can be no excuse for the state of the HIV/AIDS
Administration that I found in 2005," Catania said. "I cannot speak to
why it was not a priority previously. For years prior to 2005, mayors
and previous individuals allowed things to exist in an unacceptable
way. And I do blame this government for part of the epidemic we're
Until recently, the District's AIDS office lacked a fully staffed surveillance unit
to collect, analyze and distribute data. Inevitably, the office lost
credibility, and although it has received millions in federal and local
funds -- $95 million this year -- some care providers questioned
whether resources were being properly allocated.
Critics also say congressional control over the District had
restricted the AIDS office's ability to combat the virus among drug
injection users by banning the use of local tax dollars for a needle exchange program. After almost a decade, the ban was lifted last year.
The study is the most precise count to date, according to the authors. The document is an update of a breakthrough 2007 report,
which brought into clearer focus a picture of a city in the grip of a
complex and "modern epidemic" that had traveled from a mostly gay
population to the general one and disproportionately hit blacks.
For years, District HIV/AIDS workers depended on estimates that put
the rate at 1 of 20 living with HIV and 1 of 50 living with AIDS.
The current study notes that its tracking occurred as the city made
a switch from a code-based counting system to a name-based one. The
surveillance unit interviewed medical providers to find unreported
cases, pressed providers who did not consistently report to the
administration and searched databases for unreported cases.
More than 4 percent of blacks in the city are known to have HIV,
along with almost 2 percent of Latinos and 1.4 percent of whites. More
than three-quarters -- 76 percent -- of the HIV infected are black, 70
percent are men and 70 percent are age 40 and older.
Heterosexual sex was the principal mode of transmission for blacks
with the disease, 33 percent. Men having sex with men was the chief
mode of transmission for white residents, 78 percent; and Latinos, 49
percent. Black women represent more than a quarter of HIV cases in the
District, and most, about 58 percent, were infected through
heterosexual sex. About a quarter of black women were infected through
The companion study, "Heterosexual Relationships and HIV in
Washington, D.C.," is a detailed look at those whose social networks
include individuals at high risk of infection and aims to analyze
people's choices and actions before they set foot in a clinic or get
The 750-participant study targeted four areas in wards 1, 2, 5, 6, 7
and 8 with both high rates of AIDS and poverty. Salaries of a majority
of participants -- 60 percent -- were under $10,000 yearly; a similar
percentage had never been married; and 43 percent were unemployed.
The survey's methodology -- interviewing those with connections to
high-risk networks rather than those who exhibit high-risk behavior
themselves -- highlights a shift in the direction by the CDC, which
developed the survey protocol.
There is good news in the AIDS office's report: More people are
getting HIV diagnoses early, while they are still healthy, as a result
of a policy of routine testing implemented by the city in mid-2006.
Publicly supported HIV testing expanded by 70 percent.
Walter Smith, executive director of the DC Appleseed Center for Law
and Justice, praised the study but also lamented that it did not offer
more current data on new infections. The report said that detailed
information on new HIV cases is not included because the transition
from the code-based tracking system to a name-based one takes five
years to be mature, according to the CDC.
"I'm not criticizing them for that," he said. "But we've had more
testing, more needle exchange programs. We don't have, at this moment,
any understanding about what impact the new programs have had."
Staff writers Jon Cohen and Jennifer Agiesta contributed to this report.
What same-sex "marriage" has done to Massachusetts
It's far worse than most people realize
October 20, 2008
by Brian Camenker
Anyone who thinks that same-sex “marriage” is a benign eccentricity
which won’t affect the average person should consider what it has done
in Massachusetts. It’s become a hammer to force the acceptance and
normalization of homosexuality on everyone. And this train is moving
fast. What has happened so far is only the beginning.
On November 18, 2003, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court announced its Goodridge opinion,
ruling that it was unconstitutional not to allow same-sex “marriage.”
Six months later, homosexual marriages began to be performed.
The public schools
The homosexual “marriage” onslaught in public schools across the state started soon after the November 2003, court decision.
At my own children's high school there was a school-wide assembly to celebrate same-sex “marriage” in early December, 2003.
It featured an array of speakers, including teachers at the school who
announced that they would be “marrying” their same-sex partners and
starting families either through adoption or artificial insemination.
Literature on same-sex marriage – how it is now a normal part of
society – was handed out to the students.
Within months it was brought into the middle schools. In September, 2004, an 8th-grade teacher in Brookline, MA, told National Public Radio
that the marriage ruling had opened up the floodgates for teaching
homosexuality. “In my mind, I know that, `OK, this is legal now.' If
somebody wants to challenge me, I'll say, `Give me a break. It's legal
now,'” she told NPR. She added that she now discusses gay sex with her
students as explicitly as she desires. For example, she said she tells
the kids that lesbians can have vaginal intercourse using sex toys.
In 2006 the Parkers and Wirthlins filed a federal Civil Rights lawsuit
to force the schools to notify parents and allow them to opt-out their
elementary-school children when homosexual-related subjects were
taught. The federal judges dismissed the case. The judges ruled that
because same-sex marriage is legal in Massachusetts, the school actually had a duty to normalize homosexual relationships to children,
and that schools have no obligation to notify parents or let them
opt-out their children! Acceptance of homosexuality had become a matter
of good citizenship!
Think about that: Because same-sex marriage is “legal”, a federal judge has ruled that the schools now have a duty to portray homosexual relationships as normal to children, despite what parents think or believe!
In 2006, in the elementary school where my daughter went to Kindergarten, the parents of a third-grader were forced to take their child out of school because a man undergoing a sex-change operation and cross-dressing was being brought into class
to teach the children that there are now “different kinds of
families.” School officials told the mother that her complaints to the
principal were considered “inappropriate behavior.”
Libraries have also radically changed.
School libraries across the state, from elementary school to high
school, now have shelves of books to normalize homosexual behavior and
the lifestyle in the minds of kids, some of them quite explicit and
even pornographic. Parents complaints are ignored or met with
Over the past year, homosexual groups have been using taxpayer money to distribute a large, slick hardcover book celebrating homosexual marriage titled “Courting Equality” into every school library in the state.
become commonplace in Massachusetts schools for teachers to prominently
display photos of their same-sex “spouses” and occasionally bring them
to school functions. Both high schools in my own town now have
principals who are “married” to their same-sex partners, whom they
bring to school and introduce to the students.
“Gay days” in schools are considered necessary
to fight “intolerance” which may exist against same-sex relationships.
Hundreds of high schools and even middle schools across the state now
hold “gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender appreciation days”. They
“celebrate” homosexual marriage and move forward to other behaviors
such as cross-dressing and transsexuality. In my own town, a school
committee member recently announced that combating “homophobia” is now
a top priority.
Once homosexuality has been
normalized, all boundaries will come down. The schools are already
moving on to normalizing transgenderism (including cross-dressing and
sex changes). The state-funded Commission on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth includes leaders who are transsexuals.
Since homosexual marriage became “legal” the rates of HIV / AIDS have gone up considerably in Massachusetts. This year public funding to deal with HIV/AIDS has risen by $500,000.
Citing “the right to marry” as one of the “important challenges” in a place where “it’s a great time to be gay”, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health helped produce The Little Black Book, Queer in the 21st Century,
a hideous work of obscene pornography which was given to kids at
Brookline High School on April 30, 2005. Among other things, it gives
“tips” to boys on how to perform oral sex on other males, masturbate
other males, and how to “safely” have someone urinate on you for sexual
pleasure. It also included a directory of bars in Boston where young
men meet for anonymous sex.
Given the extreme dysfunctional nature of homosexual relationships, the Massachusetts Legislature has felt the need to spend more money every year to deal with skyrocketing homosexual domestic violence. This year $350,000 was budgeted, up $100,000 from last year.
All insurance in Massachusetts
must now recognize same-sex “married” couples in their coverage. This
includes auto insurance, health insurance, life insurance, etc.
Businesses must recognize same-sex “married” couples in all their benefits, activities, etc., regarding both employees and customers.
The wedding industry is required serve the homosexual community if requested. Wedding photographers, halls, caterers, etc., must do same-sex marriages or be arrested for discrimination.
Businesses are often “tested” for tolerance by homosexual activists.
Groups of homosexual activists often go into restaurants or bars and
publicly kiss and fondle each other to test whether the establishment
demonstrates sufficient “equality” — now that homosexual marriage is
“legal”. In fact, more and more overt displays of homosexual affection
are seen in public places across the state to reinforce "marriage
The Massachusetts Bar Exam now tests lawyers on their knowledge of same-sex "marriage" issues. In 2007, a Boston man, Stephen Dunne, failed the Massachusetts bar exam because he refused to answer the questions in it about homosexual marriage.
Adoption of children to homosexual “married” couples
Homosexual “married” couples can now demand to be able to adopt children the same as normal couples. Catholic Charities
decided to abandon handling adoptions rather submit to regulations
requiring them to allow homosexuals to adopt the children in their
In 2006 the Massachusetts Department of Social Services (DSS) honored two men “married” to each other as their “Parents of the Year”. The
men already adopted a baby through DSS (against the wishes of the
baby’s birth parents). According to news reports, the day after that
adoption was final DSS approached the men about adopting a second
child. Homosexuals now appear to be put in line for adopting children
ahead of heterosexual parents by state agencies in Massachusetts.
In 2008 Massachusetts changed the state Medicare laws to include homosexual “married” couples in the coverage.
The public square
Since gay “marriage”, annual gay pride parades
have become more prominent. There are more politicians and corporations
participating, and even police organizations take part. And the envelope gets pushed further and further. There is now a profane “Dyke March” through downtown Boston, and recently a “transgender” parade in Northampton that included bare-chested women who have had their breasts surgically removed so they could “become” men. Governor Patrick even marched
with his “out lesbian” 17-year old daughter in the 2008 Boston Pride
event, right behind a “leather” group brandishing a black & blue
flag, whips and chains!
Boston media, particularly the Boston Globe newspaper, regularly does feature stories and news stories portraying homosexual “married” couples where regular married couples would normally be used. It’s “equal”, they insist, so there must be no difference in the coverage. Also, the newspaper advice columns now deal with homosexual "marriage" issues, and how to properly accept it.
A growing number of news reporters and TV anchors are openly “married” homosexuals who march in the “gay pride” parades.
Is gay marriage actually legal in Massachusetts?
Like everywhere else in America, the imposition of same-sex marriage
on the people of Massachusetts was a combination of radical, arrogant
judges and pitifully cowardly politicians.
The Goodridge ruling resulted in a complete cave-in by politicians
of both parties on this issue. Same-sex “marriage” is still illegal in
Massachusetts. On November 18, 2003 the court merely ruled that it was
unconstitutional not to allow it, and gave the Legislature six months
to “take such action as it may deem appropriate.” Note that the
Massachusetts Constitution strongly denies courts the power to make or
change laws, or from ordering the other branches to take any action.
The constitution effectively bans “judicial review” – a court changing
or nullifying a law. Thus, the court did not order anything to happen;
it simply rendered an opinion on that specific case. And the
Legislature did nothing. The marriage statutes were never changed.
However, against the advice of many, Gov. Romney took it upon himself to
alter the state's marriage licenses to say "Party A and Party B" and
order officials to perform same-sex "weddings" if asked, though he had
no legal obligation to do so. Technically, same-sex marriages are still
illegal in Massachusetts.
Nevertheless, we are having to live with it. And furthermore, this
abdication of their proper constitutional roles by the Legislature and
Governor has caused a domino effect as "copycat" rulings have been
issued in California and Connecticut, with other states fearful it will
Homosexual “marriage” hangs over society like a hammer with the force of law. And it’s only just begun.
It’s pretty clear that the homosexual movement’s obsession with
marriage is not because large numbers of them actually want to marry
each other. Research shows that homosexual relationships are
fundamentally dysfunctional on many levels, and “marriage” as we know
it isn’t something they can achieve, or even desire. (In fact, over the
last three months, the Sunday Boston Globe’s marriage
section hasn’t had any photos of homosexual marriages. In the beginning
it was full of them.) This is about putting the legal stamp of approval
on homosexuality and imposing it with force throughout the various
social and political institutions of a society that would never accept
it otherwise. To the rest of America: You've been forewarned.
Update on the new biography of Rev. Sun Myung Moon by Maarten Meijer<mpmeijer@...>
This is an update on the biography of Father that recently appeared in Korea, particularly for those among you who are – like me – not expert at navigating the Korean web. Most of the information comes from a brother who is, and who has closely followed the developments surrounding this unexpected literary hit in Korea.
The book was originally commissioned by Rev. Chung Hwan Kwak and written by a team of authors, who were aided in their efforts by our Church, which made 20 volumes of recorded (and I assume, hitherto unpublicized) testimonies from Rev. Moon available to them.
It was published in March by the well-known and highly respected publishing company GimmYoungSa. Many people consider it the premier Korean publishing house. The female president took note of Father’s contributions to world peace when she was studying in the US in the early 90’s. According to her testimony, she realized that the bad publicity surrounding our Church is based on disinformation and prejudice. It is then that the idea of publishing an objective book about Father entered her mind. The book sidesteps religious controversy and UC theology, and focuses directly on Father’s character and his message to humanity. The president herself is a devout Buddhist. People close to her say that before coming to the decision to accept a book for publication the president does serious soul-searching by visiting the temple and asking Buddha whether this is the right course of action. In the case with Father’s biography, she reportedly received the inspiration that this was a good and special book and that, yes, she should publish it.
The company is well-known in Korea for producing numerous bestsellers covering wide range of topics including those on historical and contemporary Christian figures. Some have even jokingly called it a “Christian publisher.” The company, however, states that its main purpose is to enlighten Korean society and in, this particular case, those under the spell of religious bigotry. Accordingly, this book, as others put out by GimmYoungSa, should be viewed as a contribution toward the creation of a fairer and more tolerant society.
The company then made the unusual decision to produce a first printing of no less than 200,000 copies. That is a staggering number, particularly for a relatively small language area as the Korean. From my own publishing experience I know that that a normal initial first-print run in Korean is in the range of 3,000-5,000 copies. Clearly, the company must have had high expectations from the start. But Internet discussion boards reveal that there was another motive: GimmYoungSa anticipated (and may also have been warned by our Church) that there might be a strongly negative reaction from the Korean Christian community. In order prevent that these people might try to sabotage the printing/ distribution/ sale of a needed second printing, the company chose to launch a preemptive strike by producing this enormous supply from the start.
Their strategy has paid dividends: In just one week, the book has become a national hit. It currently occupies the number seven spot on the Korean “essay bestseller” list and is number twenty on the general bestseller, ahead of modern classics such as The Secret. It is rumored that a second printing is going to be needed very soon nevertheless.
The Christian reaction has been, as predicted, vehemently negative. The publishing company has been deluged with protests and threats of future boycott. Leading the pack has been the The Kookmin Daily, the newspaper run by the well-known Yeouido Full Gospel of Paul Young Gi Cho (presumably the largest church in the world.) The paper put out an issue with an editorial denouncing the book, the publishing company, and, of course, our Church and its founder. The publisher’s website has been inundated with posts accusing it of being bought by Rev. Moon and shameless profit seeking when it decided to go ahead with the publication. These detractors conveniently forget that the same publishing house produced many Christian bestsellers before. Of course, then none suggested it was bought by the Christian Church. Some Christian posters even go as far accusing the publishing company of selling its soul to the devil.
Ironically, this backlash seems to only fuel public interest. Remember the adage that “there is no such thing as bad publicity”? Many of our non-Korean UC members assume that Korea is a “Christian nation.” However, this is a misconception. Approximately 30 percent of all Koreans are Christian (of which about one-third Catholic and two-thirds Protestant), 20 percent are (nominally) Buddhist, and the remaining half is unaffiliated and generally non-religious (although most do observe Confucian ancestral rites and many dabble in Shamanism when they feel the need for advice from a fortuneteller). This “non-aligned majority” is relatively open. Unfortunately, many people in this group have long been influenced by the very vocal and aggressively negative Christian minority. Now, however, these people have the opportunity to read a first-hand account of our Father’s life. The defensive Christian reaction only seems to make them more curious about “what the fuss is all about.” The reputation and undisputable quality of previous products of the publishing house are additional reason for the positive popular response.
Some roughly paraphrased Internet bulletin board reactions:
“Thank you, Christians, for making so much noise over this book and drawing my attention to it. After that, I just had to go to the store and buy it! I am not an avid reader; I am not easily moved emotionally. But once I opened the book, I could not put it down before I finished reading it at dawn after staying up all night. This book changed my life.”
“I read the book and I think it is great. I am returning to the bookstore to buy another book about the UC. If I can’t find any, I will find a Unification Church nearby to learn more about Rev. Moon firsthand.”
“I am a Christian. My church tells me that Rev. Moon is a devil. I love to read GimmYoungSa books. I felt betrayed by the company… Why did it sell its soul to the devil? Strange… This is the best company in Korea. It published so many Christian books, too. What a contradiction. They say the company spent three years preparing the publication. I had to find out for myself. So I bought the book. I couldn’t stop reading it. Was this stuff true or a fabrication? This is not one man’s life, this is an epic! I felt sorrow, sadness, pride – I was overcome by a whole range of emotions, and I could not lay down the book until I finished it at 4 o’clock in the morning. My conclusion – this man is real. Next question is – who is this man?! Whatever the answer is, everyone who loves peace and wants to do away with prejudice should read this book. I read it again and underlined all the important passages for myself. Who can persevere through so much persecution, prison, torture other than a saint? Thank you GimmYoungSa - I can believe in you again!”
“Far too long we have had to listen to Christians making noise about the Unification Church. They should stop. And Unification Church members: Stop all your talk about “providence, providence”… This book has accomplished what none of you were able to do: to paint a good, true-to-life portrait of the founder of your Church and make people pay attention.”
“I am not a religious person.
I bought this book.
My own accomplishments now seem smaller than a spot of dust or a grain of sand.
I think I now know why Christians hate this book.
My heart was captured by the reading.
After turning the last page,
I took a long look up into the blue sky,
Up to the tall mountains…”
“Although I love reading, I don’t spend more than three hours on any book per day. This one is an exception. I bought it out of curiosity, but once I started reading, I could not stop until I finished it all. It is not your regular page-turner – the book touches the depth of your soul, pierces your heart… I never believed people like Rev. Moon could live in this day and age... His attitude and the scale of things he accomplished go way out of the range of other contemporary outstanding individuals such as Cardinal Kim Su Hwan or monk Seong Cheol. I feel he is the first real, true religious person.”
“This book is going to be a great hit. Mark my words. After reading this book myself, I went to the room where my middle-school-aged son was busy preparing for his tests. I gave him Rev. Moon’s autobiography and said, “Son, put down your textbooks, this reading comes first!” [And this is in education-crazed Korea… MM.]
Yes, Yes! In an era when news organizations are cutting back and folding newspapers, the Washington Times is launching a nationally syndicated radio show. This is brilliant and timely. I am very pleased to read about this.
The Washington Times will launch a syndicated radio show later this
spring, dedicated to the newsroom's investigative reporting and
accountability journalism, Executive Editor John Solomon said Sunday.
The three-hour morning show will feature investigations by The
Times, exclusive interviews with national newsmakers and discussions
with reporters from The Times newsroom.
The move is part of an overhaul of The Times' products started last
year, including a redesign of the Web site and newspaper, as well as
new online videos, podcasts and mobile updates.
"I think the goal here is to take what we've done so successfully in
print and translate it to radio," Mr. Solomon said. "The concept is
that when you tune in in the morning, it's not going to be yesterday's
Talk Radio Network, home to such nationally syndicated talkers as Laura Ingraham and Michael Savage, will carry the show.
"The Washington Times has made a very strong commitment to
investigative reporting, building a journalistic team, headed
bySolomon, that will be second to none," said Talk Radio Network Chief
Executive Officer Mark Masters. "We believe this unique journalistic
team, combined with radio's ability to give the time and context needed
to flesh out breaking stories, will make for a powerful winning
combination in talk radio. Like '60 Minutes' once did for TV, this show
can do for radio."
The show will air live from 6 to 9 a.m. Mr. Solomon said he plans to announce a host for the show in about a month.
The Times has produced many "high-impact" investigative exposes,
including a groundbreaking series on medical experimentations on war
veterans by the Veterans Affairs Department and enterprise reporting
about ethical conflicts involving administration nominees and members
"Our distinctive news reporting is reaching millions of new
consumers across this country, and we are pleased to be partnering with
Mark and one of the best news talk radio companies in the world to help
spread our enterprising journalism to the radio format," said Thomas P.
McDevitt, president and publisher of The Times.
"In a time of large economic and national security challenges,
Americans will be able to get distinctive, authoritative news from one
of America's most influential newspapers delivered through an
innovative radio show produced by the best in the business."
Traffic to the Web site has increased 500 percent over the past 13 months, Mr. Solomon said.
The Times is planning to start providing hourly newscasts for radio
listeners, as well, although it is uncertain how soon that will start.
"The newspaper has an incredible engine - every day, there's two,
three, four scoops in the paper," Mr. Solomon said. "I think we have
plenty of fuel in the tanks to make some scoops on the radio."
Lauren Whetzel THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
The Washington Times on Tuesday named media and marketing veteran Thomas Culligan to serve in the new post of chief revenue and marketing officer.
In a distinguished career, Mr. Culligan has served in executive
positions at companies including the Chicago Tribune, Minneapolis Star
Tribune, Los Angeles Daily News and the Associated Press.
Mr. Culligan will lead The Times' advertising and marketing
departments as the company carries out an "aggressive transformation"
from a printed product to a multimedia company serving customers in the
local, national and global markets, said Tom McDevitt, the newspaper's
president and publisher.
"Tom brings the highest combination of character, experience and
strategic thinking to the job of building new ways to serve customers,
generate revenue and promote The Times' brand worldwide," he said.
Mr. Culligan said he regarded The Washington Times as one of the
nation's most distinctive sources of news and ideas on the issues that
shape the country and the world.
"My main goal is to increase the number of readers, but also
increase the number of digital users, including the number of people
who listen to our radio broadcast," he said.
The Times on Monday announced plans for a syndicated radio program
dedicated to investigative reporting and accountability journalism,
which will launch on the Talk Radio Network later this spring.
The Times also has been expanding its reach through such products as
a news service to syndicate its original content to newspapers and Web
sites and a redesigned national weekly, which has grown in circulation
by 30 percent over the past year.
John Solomon, executive editor of The Times, described Mr. Culligan
as "one of the industry's most innovative business thinkers" and said
his insights "have helped inform and guide many great media companies
during the digital revolution."
"We in the newsroom are excited that he will be leading our charge
to monetize the exponential growth we are experiencing in our content
platforms and global audience," Mr. Solomon said.
Mr. Culligan replaces Randall Brant, who will continue to work on
special projects for The Times, primarily assisting with domestic and
international advertising sales.
The Writers' Haven, a writers' group located in North Jersey, is seeking submissions for the second issue of its literary journal, The Spirited Goldfinch. The first issue came out in January of this year and can still be purchased from lulu.com. For the second issue we are accepting short stories, poetry, biblical critiques, essays on various topics, autobiographical reflections, etc. Whatever genre, the submissions should be in accordance with the following vision statement:
(The) writing shall be
for the purpose of inspiring children and adults to celebrate God’s love and
truth, ourselves as His sons and daughters, our families as schools of love,
nature as God’s gift to us, and the world as one family under God, our Heavenly
Submissions should be e-mailed to rbeebe52@..., or sent by mail to The Spirited Goldfinch, 26 Amity St., Little Falls, NJ 07424.
I am very happy to announce the publication of my latest book on how to create ethical organizations, written for practicing managers (John Wiley & Sons summary below). It is all the best practices I would do if CEO or Manager based on a culmination of 20 years teaching students and consulting.
Essential guidance to create an organization of high integrity and superior performance
Providing practical “how-to” examples and best practices on every area of managing ethics inside organizations, this brief yet powerful book lays down the foundation for creating a culture of high integrity and superior performance and offers advice relevant to every organization or company. Topics include best practices in determining the ethics of job candidates; ethical decision making; ethics and diversity training; ethics officers and hotlines; ethical leadership, work goals, and performance appraisals; environmental management; community outreach; and much more. Part of Wiley’s Essentials Series, Essentials of Business Ethics is designed to enable corporate leaders to get up to speed quickly on the nuts and bolts of business ethics.
Denis Collins (Madison, WI) currently serves on the Editorial Boards of Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Academic Ethics, and Encyclopedia of Business Ethics.
John Wiley & Sons
Paper • 978-0-470-44256-2
$39.95 US • $43.95 CAN
310 pages • 6 x 9 • TK per carton
"There are, basically, three kinds of [business] people: the unsuccessful,
the temporarily successful, and those who become and remain successful. The
difference, I am convinced, is character."
Jon M. Huntsman, Chairman & Founder, Huntsman Corporation
We have two special events of interest to all, and we ask if you can please post these two items as special announcements from UTS. They amplify two special features of this year's graduation.
They can go on your web site, Sunday Service bulletin, or other means of communication (smoke signals, carrier pigeons, the rumor mill…)
1. The Board - Alumni Dinner and Forum. (SEE TEXT BELOW)
2. The Pre-Parliament event (this would be good for UPF and UPF USA to publicize, if possible) (USE THE ATTACHED FLYER, or the text below)
I also paste in, below, the schedule of events surrounding UTS graduation.
God bless and thank you,
cc: UTS Board, UTS Staff
Board Alumni Dinner and Forum
UTS announces that it is sponsoring a Board Alumni Dinner and Forum on “The Future of UTS” on Friday, May 22 from 6-9 p.m. at Barrytown in the Seminary’s Large Conference Dining Room. All alumni and friends of UTS are invited. This is an opportunity to engage UTS Trustees at a critical time in its history. Per plate charge is $20. For information or to RSVP, contact Paul Stupple at 845-752-3000 x221. Please come and support UTS! Pre-Parliament Event
Faith-based Diplomacy: Bridging the Religious Divide
Dr. Douglas Johnston
President and Founder, International Center for Religion and Diplomacy
“The Father of Faith-based Diplomacy” - Christianity Today
Author of Religion: The Missing Dimension of Statecraft (Oxford 1995) and Faith-Based Diplomacy (Oxford 2003); and co-author of Madrasa Enhancement and Global Security: A Model for Faith-Based Engagement (ICRD 2008)
Saturday May 23, 2009 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Unification Theological Seminary
Lecture Hall I
This event is an official Pre-Parliament Event of the 2009 Parliament of the World Religions
Major treatise on religious liberty published online in the USA
By staff writers
12 May 2009
The First Amendment Center in the USA has placed online the once
unavailable five-volume treatise of the late Rev Dean M. Kelley, the
internationally known National Council of Churches USA executive for
The Law of Church and State in America has been described as "a
20-year research masterpiece" which was completed by Kelley but left
unpublished after his death. It will be invaluable to all students of
religion and modernity, not just in the United States but worldwide -
dealing as it does, with key issues of religion, state and civil
When Dean M. Kelley died on 11 May 1997, the loss was devastating
for proponents of religious liberty. Kelley, who served as Executive
for Religious Liberty of the National Council of Churches USA (NCCUSA)
from 1960 to 1990, was a nationally recognized expert in the field and
had defended the rights of such diverse groups as the Unification
Church, Taos Pueblo Indians, the Church of Scientology, Old Order
Amish, Christian Scientists, Roman Catholics, Jews, Muslims and
"When Dean Kelley died, an enormous amount of knowledge and
experience died with him," said Wesley M. "Pat" Pattillo, the NCCUSA's
Senior Programme Director for Justice and Advocacy and Communication.
"Now, a remarkable publishing venture will make much of that knowledge
accessible again for all religious groups working their way through
First Amendment issues and church-state controversies."
Among the intellectual treasures lost when Kelley died was a
five-volume treatise on religious liberty in the USA that he had been
working on for 20 years when he fell ill with cancer. Kelley completed
the writing before he died, but the publisher abandoned the project
when the task of updating developments in state law for inclusion in
the book became overwhelming.
Now, in a collaborative venture with the NCCUSA's Committee on
Religious Liberty, the First Amendment Center has made Kelley's
five-volume The Law of Church and State in America available online.
“The opportunity for online publication rescued a masterpiece from
oblivion,” write the members of the manuscript committee, who brought
Kelley’s work to its present form. Lenore Hervey, Kelley’s only child
and the copyright holder, agreed to make the work freely available for
online use. The First Amendment Center agreed to make the work
available on its site. The book’s chapters are posted as PDFs.
"Kelley's work at the Council was extraordinary and historic," said
the Rev Dr Michael Kinnamon, NCCUSA General Secretary. "Thanks to the
First Amendment Center, this once-lost work is now available to a new
generation of people who value their freedom to practice their religion
as they are led by their faith and intellect."
“As the long-time director of civil and religious liberty at the
National Council of Churches of Christ, the Rev Dean Kelley was one of
the most effective advocates for religious freedom of his era,” said
Charles Haynes of the First Amendment Center, a project of the
Washington-based Freedom Forum, which also operates the Newseum, a
major exposition center on Pennsylvania Avenue in the nation's capital.
“This monumental work on the law of church and state reflects both his
deep knowledge of the issues and his extraordinary ability to provide a
lively, informed account of case law central to understanding the
relationship between religion and government in America.”
Kelley’s book covers a range of topics. In the author’s own words:
“This work is organized under five broad themes: (1) the autonomy
interests of religious bodies; (2) the outreach activities of religious
bodies; (3) the inculcation of the faith by religious bodies; (4) the
practice of the faith by the faithful in the ‘world’ (issues of
‘conscience’); and (5) state efforts to shelter, sponsor or protect
religion — not always justifiable — and attempts to define what
entities or activities are entitled to that treatment."
Kelly continued: “The work of the courts within these areas is
analyzed and evaluated according to my understanding of what the
Founders’ radical ‘institutional invention’ — of the disengagement of
religion from governmental authority — requires and how it has worked
out in application (or sometimes misapplication). Extensive excerpts
from important court opinions — federal and state — allow the readers
to judge for themselves the persuasiveness of judicial reasoning.”
The NCCUSA Committee on Religious Liberty assigned the year-long
publishing task to a manuscript committee, chaired by Sharon Worthing
Vaino, a member of the editorial council of the Journal of Church and
State. Members included Hervey and Haynes as well as Richard Foltin,
American Jewish Committee; the Rev N. J. (Skip) L’Heureux Jr., Queens
Federation of Churches; Wesley (Pat) Pattillo, National Council of
Churches; and the Rev Charles M. Whelan, Fordham University School of
(Click on the show title to watch the show. Both interviews run about 28 minutes)
Two brand new outstanding interviews with youth leaders from OneVoice, a non-partisan international grassroots organization dedicated to the achievement of a two-state solution in support of the peaceful coexistence of Isreal and Palestine.
Jim Stephens attended a matchmaking ceremony held by what was then the
Unification Church 30 years ago, convinced that he could not find a
bride on his own. Upon being paired with Hiromi Ishida of Japan, who had recently arrived in the United States and spoke little English, he said that he was ready to get married right away. "Me too," she replied. "But what's your name..."
The couple, who now live in Columbia, were wedded by church founder Rev. Sun Myung Moon three years later, joining 2,075 couples in the church's mass marriage blessing ceremony at New York's Madison Square Garden.
Now their son, Miilhan, has followed in their footsteps; he and Sayaka
Inokuchi of Japan were among 270 second-generation church couples whose
unions were blessed at New York's Manhattan Center in January.
The latest blessing comes amid the 40th anniversary of the first
marriages arranged by Moon in the United States. His worldwide church,
now called the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification
(FFWPU), believes in arranging marriages to help create communities
that are rooted in its tenets.
The church's approach to matrimony is similar to that of countries in
Asia, Africa and the Middle East. In the United States, it has endured
where so-called love marriages are the norm.
The church recently held its ninth annual Parent's Matching Convocation
in Barrytown, N.Y., where parents of marriage prospects took part in
the matching process. Stephens, who offered presentations and
testimonials, said about 170 people attended.
"We believe that this is the original way it should have been done,"
said Stephens about marriages in the church. "With God's guidance,
parents will find a spouse for their children, with their children's
cooperation, of course. It's not a forced marriage. It's an arranged
Amitrajeet A. Batabyal, an economics professor at Rochester Institute
of Technology who has studied arranged marriages in Southeast Asia,
Europe and the United States, said he believes about 15 to 20 percent
of arranged marriages around the world end in divorce. He said he knows
of no comprehensive data on the subject, however.
Batabyal's estimate is consistent with a 2000 FFWPU-sponsored survey
that revealed that 17 percent of couples who participated in the 1982
blessing ceremony are no longer married to each other.
By contrast, a 2005 National Center for Health Statistics report showed
that 35 percent of women and 31 percent of men in the U.S. had ended
their first marriages after 10 years.
"We go into marriage as a calling," said Stephens. "It makes it more
difficult to divorce because you would have to be rejecting your
relationship with God in a way, as well as your church and all your
friends in the church. It's not just you and the other person."
Jim and Hiromi Stephens were legally married four months after they met
in 1979, in part so Hiromi could immediately obtain green card status
for work. But Jim Stephens said that a matrimony in the church requires
a blessing as well as a legal marriage.
For that reason, the two did not live together until after their church
blessing three years later. They corresponded through letters, which
was tough for Hiromi, since she spoke little English.
"It would take an entire day to write a letter," Hiromi said.
"Even though I could read the words," Jim added, "I wasn't sure what she was trying to say."
To see how affectionate the two are today, it's hard to believe
that Jim once worried that he looked like a "typical American" to
Hiromi and wondered if she would ever distinguish him in a crowd.
"Obviously, it worked out," said Jim. "I can¡¦t point to a
specific date in time when I fell in love with her. I don't think in
those kinds of terms. But I can say that I find myself falling more and
more in love with her all the time. That to me is amazing because we
started out as strangers and look where we are now. Many couples get
married at the height of passion and it's all downhill from there."
Their son Miilhan and bride Inokuchi, both 21, had never met when
they were matched about two weeks before their blessing. They are not
legally married yet, and therefore live apart. Sayaka (whose parents
were wed in a 1975 marriage blessing) is living in Korea doing
missionary work. The two have not seen each other since the January
ceremony. They've been communicating via e-mail and Skype.
"We talk once a week, make future plans and laugh here and there. We
plan to see each other this summer,¨ said Miilhan Stephens, who first
learned he had been matched with Inokuchi in an e-mail from the church.
"Rev. Moon matched our photos together on a board based on his
inspiration and whatever he sees. Both our parents went through it, so
we weren't too uncomfortable."
Miilhan Stephens is among a few area residents whose matches were blessed in the January ceremony.
Esther Lykes, 19, a freshman at Loyola College, married Charles McDougald, 21, a junior at Ohio State University. Each of the couple¡¦s parents was wedded in the 1982 ceremony.
"It has been wonderful, fantastic actually," said Lykes. She said she
met McDougald eight years ago when the two worked on a church-related
project, but never envisioned marrying him. She had never had a
boyfriend and said that initially she was "scared¨ about the union. Yet
meeting and discussing marriage with McDougald calmed her fears.
"I feel that our relationship started with friendship, which is more
important than physical attraction or lust," said Lykes. She added that
some friends at Loyola scoff at the notion of arranged marriages and
say that she's too young to make such a decision. Yet others are more
"One of my closest friends said, 'It must be nice being with someone
and not having to search through the horrible dating pool,' " added
Vanitha Dayananda, a sociology lecturer at Penn State and author of the 2006 book Sexuality and Love in Arranged Marriages in India: Why Arranged Marriages Last, said people who enter into arranged marriages have more realistic expectations that those in love marriages.
Many Westerners, she says, "believe that marriage is a
continuation of dating, and that is not what it is. In India, people
say, 'The reason for marriage is marriage.' Here, people get together,
have fun and often think it may lead to marriage, but they're not sure.
Some people are not sure even after they marry."
Yet Batabyal said that in many cultures, arranged marriages endure
because divorce is frowned upon to the point where some individuals --
particularly women -- don't see it as an option.
"Divorce varies from place to place and it is dependent upon the extent
to which women are empowered to speak their minds,¨ he said. "Divorce
rates are lower in some countries because women who are unhappy don't
want to or don't believe they have the ability to speak up."
Jim Stephens said he never wants his children to believe they can't
speak up about such a decision. He and Hiromi helped their son
Heungkook, who will be 20 on Sunday, find a bride, and he recently got
engaged. Their other three children have asked for their parents' help
as well. Yet Stephens added that if they decide not to marry the person
he and Hiromi chose, he would respect their decisions.
"It's their life," he added. "I've seen it happen in the church where
parents strongly suggest someone to marry and the children don't take
internal ownership. It doesn't last."
Our children are the losers in the game of 'pass the partner', says Mr Justice Coleridge.
By Paul Coleridge
Published: 6:37PM BST 17 Jun 2009
Children suffer the most from family breakdownPhoto: Getty
When we talk about the modern family, the same argument is often made. Yes, things are different nowadays – but aren't we are all having to learn to adapt to a new definition of family, and a new way of life? In due course, won't we all learn to live with it?
It is a seductive argument. But as a family judge, I have witnessed the damage done by the endless game of "musical relationships", or "pass the partner", in which a significant portion of the population is engaged.
Recently, I was approached by the BBC, with a view to making a documentary about family breakdown. I suggested the researcher start by spending the day with me in court, to watch a run-of-the-mill High Court case. She was stunned into silence and remained speechless when I told her that within the Royal Courts of Justice, there were 20 or so other judges engaged in similar cases.
Across inner London, well over 100 family courts were dealing with family breakdown that day, in one guise or another. Multiply that across the rest of the country, and you get some feel for the scale of the epidemic.
Unfortunately, the BBC, the most important opinion-former in the land, wishes to avoid engaging in a debate on this vital issue. The two programmes that resulted, presented by the respected journalist John Ware, have been moved from a 9pm slot to 11.20pm. Those in charge considered them to be "too dark". That, however, may be a symptom of a wider problem. Yes, what goes on within broken families is dark – very dark. But we won't throw any light on it if we refuse to acknowledge it and open it up to debate.
There is a tendency, especially among the chattering classes, to assume that we have attained a social utopia, in which we are entirely and happily free from taboos, stigmas and other constraints on behaviour. It sounds so beguiling: let us all do what we want, when we want and sort out any mess as we go along.
But surely the test of any social change is whether it enhances people's lives or makes them more miserable. And this is where I take issue with the modern view of the family. If it is so successful, why are the statistics for separation so large? More significantly, why are the family courts overwhelmed with cases involving damaged, miserable or disturbed children? How do other children, caught up in less serious separations, really feel? Do they relish the endless changes of partner, or adapting to a new step-parent and step-siblings?
I am not suggesting, of course, that all change is bad, or that all relationship breakdowns can be avoided. Genuinely intolerable relationships have to be ended with as little distress as possible. But I fear that the current state of the family represents change for the worse – and those most affected, the children, are not considered in the maelstrom that surrounds them.
It is always so much easier and pain-free to blame central government, social services or the courts for everything. There is no quick-fix solution, although the reaffirmation of marriage as the gold standard would be a start: statistically, it has proved to be the most enduring relationship, and the best environment for children.
In the end, however, it is the behaviour of individuals that has driven us here, and it is only changes in behaviour that can make a radical difference. The time has come for a major examination of all the issues surrounding family life, so that we can stand back and remould our behaviour for the benefit of us all – especially our children.
Sir Paul Coleridge is a High Court judge in the family division. This is an edited version of a speech he delivered to the Family Holiday Association, of which he is a trustee.
I was at a church community meeting this evening and we were presented with the Sun Myung Moon interview with Al Capp on American TV in 1972, a video I had not seen before. The interviewer chain smoked all the way through the interview, something one would never see today, but he asked very good questions. I considered him as a jocular amused skeptic who had sincere serious questions to ask. What would YOU say to someone that some people claimed to be the Messiah and you had a chance to interview them on TV?
When I got home, I looked for it on You Tube, and here it is:
A South Korean automaker operating in North Korea said
Wednesday it has posted its first net profit and remitted part of it
home, the first southbound money transfer by an inter-Korean venture.
Pyeonghwa Motors Corp. made a net profit of US$700,000 for the
fiscal year ending in February and sent $500,000 to its headquarters in
Seoul via a bank account in Hong Kong, its spokesman Roh Byoung-chun
The automaker began production in 2002 as a joint venture between
North Korea and the Unification Church of South Korean Rev. Moon
Sun-myung, who was born in the North. Its plant in Pyongyang produces
sedans and small buses with some 340 employees, and its customers are
mostly local businesses.
Roh said it took a while for North Korea to approve the remittance,
which was made through a South Korean lender, Woori Bank, in Hong Kong
in late May.
“For North Korea, $500,000 is a large sum of money. It is not used
to the capitalist idea of making investments and retrieving profits. We
believe they pondered deeply before giving approval,” he said.
Pyeonghwa sold 652 units last year, while North Korea took $200,000
for its 30 percent share in the venture, he said. The company says
profits are picking up, with this year’s sales already surpassing 740.
North Korea’s own automaker, Sungri Motor, was established in 1958 and mostly produces cargo trucks.
Pyeonghwa’s production is not influenced by political tensions or
South Korea’s ban on cross-border shipments, he said, as raw materials
and parts are imported from Europe and China. The ban was enforced
after North’s rocket launch in April, with the exception of goods going
to a joint industrial complex in the North’s border town of Kaesong,
where 109 South Korean small firms operate.
“The remittance is symbolic. They are having a hard time in Kaesong,
and many went bankrupt in Mount Kumgang (the North Korean tourist
resort),” Roh said. “We hope this can bring hope to people doing
business in North Korea that anyone can go there and can bring back
Officials from the South Korean Unification Ministry said inbound
money transfers from North Korea are not restricted, although outbound
remittances are strictly monitored and prohibited in some cases. It is
the first time a South Korean company has sent profits from sales in
North Korea, they said. Other businesses investing in North Korea,
including those operating in the Kaesong park, sell their goods in
South Korea and elsewhere.
South Korea has put three North Korean firms, including a bank, on
its blacklist under a U.N. resolution that bans financial transactions
with North Korean entities suspected of aiding the country’s nuclear
and missile development.
Read the full article below:
S. Korean automaker in Pyongyang sends first business profit home Yonhap
The Pyeonghwa spokesman didn’t disclose revenue figures
but said last year’s vehicle sales were just over twice the 2007 level.
The company has already sold more cars this year, 742, and expects to
sell more than 1,500 for the full year, the spokesman said.
The performance is the culmination of an 18-year effort that began
when church founder Rev. Moon Sun-myung met North Korea’s then-ruler
Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang to propose several business ventures. In 1999,
the church spent $55 million to build the auto factory in the port city
of Nampo, on North Korea’s west coast. The Unification Church, based in
South Korea, has a number of investments in tourism, construction and
Since completing the factory in 2002, Pyeonghwa has imported
partially built cars, in a form called knockdown kits, from
manufacturers such as Italy’s Fiat SpA and China’s Brilliance
Automotive Holdings Ltd.
Pyeonghwa completes the cars and puts its own nameplate and brand
names on them. In 2003, its first full year of operation, the company
sold 316 cars.
North Korea’s government is a partner in the company and took about 30% of the profit.
When it first started production, the company touted North Korean
dictator Kim Jong Il’s role in naming several cars. One sport-utility
vehicle, built from the design of Fiat’s Doblo model, was named by Mr.
Kim as the Ppeokkugi, or Cuckoo.
Pyeonghwa, like other companies that do business in North Korea,
faced enormous difficulty moving its money out of the country. Many
Chinese businesses resort to buying commodities in North Korea with
their profits, then exporting them to China to be sold for Chinese
The motor company worked from February to May to move its money from
North Korea, seeking permission from the North’s central bank, the
Read the full article below:
Pyeonghwa Sells in North Korea Wall Street Journal
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Date: Fri, Jul 24, 2009 at 4:07 PM Subject: Feedback about the Unification Home Page To: Damian.Anderson@...
Dear Mr. Anderson,
My name is Curtis Melvin and I am an economics graduate student at George
For several years I have been researching and writing about North Korea. On
my blog, North Korean Economy Watch (nkeconwatch.com), I have also been
mapping out North Korea on Google Earth. This project was recently featured
on the front page of the Wall Street Journal.
Anyhow, this week I learned that the Rev. Moon was born in North Korea---so
I located his birthplace using satellite imagery and photos from visitors.
I was fairly excited about finding the location because it was very
it back to the Champions League and in decent position to make a
legitimate run at La Liga this season, Sevilla look as if they are back
to the form and prestige of the high-flying side that won so many
trophies under Juande Ramos.
Having made some critical signings
over the summer, such as Ivory Coast international Didier Zokora from
Tottenham Hotspur, Sevilla have retooled their squad after losing key
contributors Dani Alves, Seydou Keita and Christian Poulsen. The
Spanish outfit now have high aspirations for the forthcoming season and
would love to bag the prestigious Peace Cup trophy in the pre-season to
give themselves a head of steam for when the real competitions get
This time the Cup takes place in Spain, after three
editions in Korea, giving Sevilla the psychological edge over their
opponents. However, despite dominating parts of their opening match
against Italian side Juventus, Sevilla were punished and lost to the
Italians by a 2-1 scoreline; Juventusâ€™dogged defending and efficiency
in front of goal was typified by Amauri and Iaquinta, who's
goalsÂ leadÂ them to victory.
The Andalusians will hope for a better performance on Sunday against Korean side Seongnam.
In Song Seongnam
Sevilla is Korean outfit Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma who, unlike their
Spanish counterparts, are in the middle of their season and may be
slightly fitter than their opponents.
TheÂ most successfulÂ club
in Korean K-League history, Seongnam have won a record seven K-League
titles and, considering the Peace Cup was held on Korean competition
soil for the past 3 years, Seongnam would love to bring the title back
home with them. Sundayâ€™s match against Sevilla will be their first of
The Koreansâ€™ key player is Korean International
Kim Jung-Woo who, after an unsuccessful trial with Wigan Athletic of
the English Premier League, now captains the Korean team.
PRE-SEASON FORM GUIDE
Jul 24 Sevilla 1-2 Juventus (Peace Cup)
Jul 19 Conil 0-1 Sevilla (Friendly)
Jul 18 UD Rotena 0-7 Sevilla (Friendly)
their historic successes, the 2009 season has been less kind to
Seongnam. The squadâ€™s form has picked up a bit recently, but the
pressure is on to close the gap with League leaders Gwangju, who enjoy
an an eleven point lead. However, just two points off sixth and the
final play-off spot, Seongnam still have hope of turning their season
Jimenez is likely to field a similar squad to the one that faced
Juventus in the first Peace Cup match - save Frederic Kanoute and Luis
Fabiano, both of whom have yet to attain match fitness. In fact, it is
entirely possible that both players will skip the early phases of this
Probable Starting XI (4-4-2): Palop â€“
Adriano, Squillaci, Escude, Fernando Navarro; Jesus Navas, Duscher,
Zokora, Capel; Kone, Chevanton
Korean side is in the middle of its season and should be in much better
form than their Spanish counterparts. It is expected that many of
Seongnamâ€™s star players will start the match against Sevilla including
Korean International Lee-Ho, towering Australian-born defender Saso
Ognenovski and Seongnam top scorer Cho Dong-Keon.
Starting XI (4-4-2): Jung Sung-Ryong â€“ Ko Jae-Seong, Seo Seok-Won, SaÅ¡a
Ognenovski, Cho Byung-Kuk; Mauricio Molina, Lee Ho, Kim Jung-Woo,
Fabricio Souza; Cho Dong-Keon, Kim Jin-Yong. PLAYERS TO WATCH
Zokora has already looked like one in a long line of promising signings
pulled off by Sevilla. The Ivory Coast international will be out to
repay Sevillaâ€™s faith in him, after the club spent a great deal of time
and effort negotiating his transfer from Tottenham Hotspur.
scorer this season in domestic competition with 5 goals to his name,
Cho Dong-Keon leads the Seongnam attack.Â The 23-year-old has been
looking to squeeze into Koreaâ€™s World Cup squad for next summer and a
good showing in the Peace cup could do great things to bolster his
This match could prove more difficult for Sevilla than it looks on paper.
Seongnam are in mid-season form while Sevilla are still very much
finding their feet. Nonetheless, the quality of the Spanish side should
win through and the AndalusiansÂ should progress in the competition. Â
Unificationists Expose Crisis of Faith-Breaking in Japan
To see 44-year-old Japanese Unificationist Toru Goto today, most
Americans scarcely would believe that 18 months ago he looked like a
survivor of Auschwitz, his body emaciated by starvation. Even harder to
believe is that Toru was starved while being held captive in locked,
closely guarded condos in Nigatta-Shi and Tokyo for 12 years and five
months by misguided enemies of new religious movements and members of
his own family, yet that is what Japanese prosecutors are
Toru Goto and his new bride on a holiday
Toru Goto, who is speaking to journalists and concerned human-rights
experts, is becoming the public face for as many as 4,000
Unificationists who have been abducted and subjected to coercive
psychological torture intended to break their faith during the last 30
years, according to Unification Church sources. Toru and several other
victims of kidnapping and psychological torture were quoted in a series
of articles in Sekai Nippo
during the last week of June 2009. Despite many cases in Japan having
been reported to the police over the last decade or more, no cases have
been prosecuted yet.
“The failure of the Japanese government to prosecute those
responsible for Mr. Goto's 12-year illegal imprisonment constitutes a
serious failure by Japan to fulfill its international commitment to
protect freedom of religion,” Dan Fefferman, president of the
International Coalition for Religious Freedom, tells Familyfed.org. “Mr
Goto's case has already been mentioned as a restriction of religious
freedom in Japan in the State Department's annual International
Religious Freedom Report, and we expect increased expressions of
concern from other U.S. sources soon,” he adds.
According to Sekai Nippo, a Japanese daily newspaper,
church officials say the number of confinement cases peaked at 300 in
1999, yet there are still about 10 cases a year.
Toru Goto Endures Trial by Captivity
Police didn't help Soichiro Kobayashi, shown drawing map of confinement site.
Toru was kidnapped and suffered faith-breaking efforts twice, first
in 1987 and again in 1995, he told the newly formed Association to
abolish Deprogramming in February. Alarmed by hateful accusations and
claims against new religions, his parents had hired Mr. Shun Miyamura,
a professional kidnapper who called himself a “deprogrammer.” In the
first episode of kidnapping Toru pretended to recant his faith. Here is
part of Toru’s account:
"Miyamura, the deprogrammer who deprogrammed my older brother,
came to bring in several former Unification Church members. They
repeatedly cursed and denounced the Unification Church and Rev. Sun
Myung Moon. Once after they had surrounded me, Miyamura asked one of
the male former members a question, 'What does Sun Myung Moon mean to
you now?' "
"After pausing to think for a while, without even saying a
word, he pointed at the Miyamura’s cigarette butts with an expression
full of contempt. I figured that I would not be able to leave the room
if I continued to show how much I believed in the Church, so against my
will, I pretended that I had been deprogrammed. After that, once they
started to ease their watch on me, I planned my getaway and was able to
return to the Unification Church."
Faith breakers again kidnapped him and imprisoned him in a
private apartment inNiigata-shi on the west coast of Japan in1995 and
moved him to confinement rooms in the Tokyo area twice. In the second
episode of kidnapping and confinement, Toru says he was beaten and
humiliated by his brother and his wife, both of whom were former
Unificationists who had joined forces with the deprogrammer
organization. In 2001 he made a desperate attempt to break out of the
condo where he was imprisoned, with the result that security measures
Mr. Makito Nozoe escaped from his kidnappers by jumping from a third-floor balcony in 1992.
In 2004 he tried three hunger strikes, two for 21 days and one for
30 days. These acts of defiance were met with a cruel response from his
brother and his wife, who withheld food from him in an effort to break
his will. Toru explains that he almost died of starvation: “Time would
pass, and this life of confinement, that I resigned myself to would
continue to my death, had finally come to an end. On the evening of
February 10th, 2008, after 12 years and 5 months of confinement, my
family told me, ‘If you don’t feel like admitting to the mistakes of
the Unification Church, get the hell out of here at once!’ With that,
they suddenly ordered me to leave Room 804. They forcibly dragged me
and threw me out of the front door. As I lay on the ground, they threw
the pair of shoes that I had worn at the time of abduction at me and
slammed and locked the front door.”
Emerging from imprisonment after 12 and a half years, Toru
stumbled along the street, with no money and no idea how to get to a
Unification Church Center. By miraculous coincidence, the second
passer-by he stopped was a church member, who gave him taxi fare to the
church headquarters. From there he was admitted to a hospital, where he
was treated for severe malnutrition.
“I was taken to Isshin Hospital in Otsuka and received a night
check-up,” he writes. “They told me I was severely malnourished and
because I couldn’t walk, I was hospitalized. At that time, I weighed
39kg [ 86 llbs.] and at first, I had to be in a wheelchair, but after
50 days of being in the hospital, I was able to leave the hospital on
March 31, 2008.”
U.S.State Department Reports on Kidnapping Problem in Japan
Toru’s horrific ordeal has been mentioned in an annual assessment of
religious freedom in Japan by the U. S. State Department’s Japan
International Religious Freedom Report 2008 which reports that “A
member (Mr. Toru Goto) of their congregation was abducted by his family
and held in captivity for more than 12 years in an attempt to
Escaping the Kidnappers, by Dr. Hirohisa Koide, was published in 1999.
Toru and other victims of confinement are protesting the fact that
Japanese police have refused to assist kidnapping victims who are being
held and coerced by their parents and professional faith breakers.
Soichiro Kobayashi, 37, says he was abducted and assaulted three times
since he joined the church in 1992. He told Sekai Nippo
that he was kidnapped and confined in 1992, 1995, and 1997. Kobayshi
said that during the first confinement, sympathetic neighbors tipped
off the police, who stormed the condo to rescue him. Kobayashi thought,
“I’m saved,” but was stunned when the police left after being told by
his parents that it was “only a family matter.”
Dr. Hirohisa Koide, 46, a physician, told Sekai Nippo how he had been abducted and held in confinement for two years, also by Miyamura, beginning in June 1992. His book, Escaping the Kidnappers,
was published in 1999 but was shunned by book distributors influenced
by intolerant critics of the church. Today Koide is the President of
the Association to Abolish Deprogramming, and both he and Mr. Goto are
leading an unprecedented public campaign to expose Japan’s hidden
history of religious intolerance and police neglect of deprogramming
Mr. Makito Nozoe, 49, told Sekai Nippo (June 26, 2009)
that he escaped from his kidnappers by jumping from a third-floor
balcony in 1992, permanently injuring his back and suffering partial
paralysis. “During that time [of confinement] both my body and heart
were completely confined,” he told the paper, adding, “We need to make
sure that no one else suffers the way I did..”
Toru filed charges against the hired kidnapper and members of
his family in June 2008. The case is currently under investigation by a
Tokyo prosecutor. “For the prosecutors, I hope for a fair and strict
criminal investigation and for strict judgment to be passed down,” Toru
has written. “On top of that, I wish from the bottom of my heart that
these kinds of cruel criminal acts of abduction and confinement that I
experienced, violation of human rights, and family breakdown can be
rooted out of Japan, a democratic country in which freedom and human
rights have been protected, so such an event would never happen again.”
Contributed by Douglas Burton
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Date: Sat, Aug 8, 2009 at 4:42 PM Subject: Mr. Ernie Stewart's Passing. To:
Sent: Saturday, August 8, 2009 8:58:46 AM GMT -08:00 US/Canada Pacific
Subject: Mr. Ernie Stewart's Passing.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I wanted to let you know that Mr. Ernie Stewart passed peacefully into the spiritual world this morning around 9am. Ernie was one of the earliest, if not the first, Western person to become a disciple of True Parents; a more detailed biography will be sent out shortly.
Ernie's Sung Hwa Ceremony will be held at the Burnett and White Funeral Home, 7461 S. Broadway, Red Hook, NY 12571; the Won Jon Ceremony will be at the cemetery in Tivoli. Ernie's family have not yet decided on a date; this will be announced as soon as possible.
He has been on the planet nine decades, and he is buoyant of spirit and sure of step.
The Rev. Sun Myung Moon was in Washington on Thursday to publicly
introduce "As a Peace-Loving Global Citizen," his much-anticipated
autobiography that recounts the joys and challenges, the teachable
moments and the monumental experiences of his life - much of it spent
as a spiritual leader.
A 20-piece Lovin' Life Ministries Band with a chorus of young
people clad in svelte black raised the roof from a stage bedecked in
flowers and bathed in ivory and peach-colored light.
"Louder and louder, and we'll run for our lives," they sang, to
a jumbo-sized audience of people who were appreciative and dressed in
their Sunday best.
There was some speechifying from Liberian Ambassador Milton
Nathaniel Barnes and Washington's the Rev. Walter E. Fauntroy, plus
written congratulatory greetings from Sen. Joe Lieberman, Connecticut
independent; former Secretary of State Alexander Haig, and former
President George H.W. Bush - handwritten and hand-delivered by his son
"Let us both keep working for a more peaceful world," the
former president wrote, the image of his letter flashed on screens
looming over the crowd at the Sheraton National Hotel in Arlington.
"Rev. Moon is presenting a very simple concept. We are all
children of God," the younger Mr. Bush told the 1,300-plus audience
spread across three ballrooms and plied with beef, baby vegetables and
delicate chocolate pastries.
The event was indeed a shindig, but one tempered with quiet
moments. Several people could be seen having quiet little prayers of
their own as the evening unfolded.
Still, the evening was a distinct celebration of the 347-page
book that recounts a spectrum of Rev. Moon's experiences - from being
waterboarded in a communist prison camp to his untrammeled admiration
of America and environmental leanings.
Yes, his most pivotal spiritual moment - the catalyst of all
that followed - is included in the account, and is only a few
paragraphs spread across pages 49-50.
"Jesus appeared before me. He appeared in an instant, like a gust of wind," Rev. Moon wrote.
He acknowledges himself as "controversial" in the
straightforward account, which also includes a fair amount of
Unification Church theology.
"For the sake of those who are curious, I have looked back on
my life and recorded my candid recollection," Rev. Moon advises readers
in the foreword.
The speaker's lineup at Thursday's book release also included
Washington Times President and Publisher Thomas P. McDevitt and
Executive Editor John Solomon. The Rev. In Jin Moon, president of the
Unification Church of America, and the Rev. Hyung Jin Moon, president
of the World Unification Church, also spoke to the crowd.
As did their father.
"I offer an account of my life so far, a life devoted to serve
and honor God," Rev. Moon said, advising his audience to cultivate
"lives that are as bright as the sun and clear as the waters of a
The book itself was translated from Korean and published by The
Washington Times Foundation. It was also published in Korea by
Gimm-Young Publishers in March, described in some press accounts as "a
1 of 1
Rev. Sun Myung Moon speaks in Washington, D.C. to introduce his
autobiography "As a Peace-Loving Global Citizen," on Thursday, October
1, 2009. (Roger L. Wollenberg/ United Press International)