We have strong reason to believe that the Unification Church headquarters is systematically censoring and altering the information it shares with membership with ill intent. This is a fundamental violation of trust by the leaders within our spiritual community, and damages our church’s credibility and providential work.
Below we have documented three separate instances where the Unification Church has censored its own members who asked questions and shared information that the Unification Church headquarters didn’t like.
Censoring of Kyung Hyo Kim
On Febrary 22, 2010, presentations by Hyo Yeul Kim (Peter Kim) and Jin Yong Park (Richard Bach) were delivered at the World National Leaders Assembly. Below are the transcripts.
Feb 22, 2010; World National Leaders Assembly
Blessed family member Kyung Hyo Kim “felt that some of the speakers [from that meeting] made very unjust and inaccurate statements“ and that as a blessed family it was his “duty and responsibility to rectify such circumstances.” Kyung Hyo Kim shared his questions and concerns with those speakers and other blessed families in a series of letters (below) that were passed along mostly by email.
Kyung Hyo Kim Letters
Instead of addressing his questions, UC Vice International President Joon Ho Seuk issued the following memo stating that Kyung Hyo Kim would be sued for one claim he made.
April 2, 2010: Warning about irresponsibly spreading rumors through the internet
Of special interest is the clause “if such documents are sent or rumors spread through the internet without confirmation of facts, and bypassing the official channels of the organization and leadership, the World Mission Headquarters and national headquarters of the mission nations will take action to confirm the truth or untruth of such allegations and take any necessary actions against conduct that undermines the order within the organization (regardless of the truth of the allegation).”
Kyung Hyo Kim raised issues of false reporting, misuse of money, and falsification of documents, which are serious. Most organizations take allegations of misuse of money, false reporting, and any form of corruption very seriously and objectively investigate such claims made by its leadership or against its leadership, even hiring an independent third party or an ombudsman for such purposes.
Since this memo was issued we have seen great zeal in actions taken against conduct that undermines “order within the organization,” but no apparent objective investigative action into alleged wrongdoings. It appears that this memo and subsequent action taken against Kyung Hyo Kim is more of an attempt by church leadership to silence his questions rather than address them.
Censoring of Yong Ahn Kwon
Yong Ahn Kwon, who was the Boon-bong-wang of Algeria took personal notes from Hoon Dok Hae the morning of November 18, 2010 and shared them with others.
Nov. 18, 2010 HDH Notes
It is common for members to take notes during Hoon Dok Hae, as individuals often do for sermons and lectures. While personal notes should not be taken as a full or accurate account of an event, they none the less provide insight into content that was shared.
From the perspective of World Mission Dept though, these notes caused a lot of confusion and needed to be refuted. Instead of releasing the Hoon Dok Hae video which would definitively document what was really said, World Mission Dept attacked the credibility of Yong Ahn Kwon and their official account of what was said,
Nov 18-20, 2010 WMD Report of HDH
and two weeks later strips Yong Ahn Kwon of his position as a Boon bong wang.
Dec. 6, 2010; Dismissal of Boon-bong-wang
This raises a number of questions.
- What did Father really say that morning? If World Mission Dept’s account is accurate, releasing the full video of that Hoon Dok Hae would have decisively discredited Yong Ahn Kwon’s account and clarified the situation.
- Why would Yong Ahn Kwon risk his reputation and position by lying when there were many other participants at Hoon Dok Hae who were also present and would give a different account?
- Why did World Mission Dept take such an aggressive action against Yong Ahn Kwon for sharing what were his personal notes from Hoon Dok Hae? Even if his notes contained errors, it wouldn’t be the first time notes with errors have been shared within our church communities.
Censoring and Excommunication of Jocelyn Remigio and her Family
In following letter, Jocelyn Remigio shares her recent experience of being excommunicated from the Unification Church for distributing Global Peace Newsletters.
A Great Injustice
Jocelyn’s firsthand account raises some serious questions.
Mrs. Jacy Manabat explained that Jocelyn, her family, and GPYC members were excommunicated because she distributed the Global Peace Newsletter. That sounds like censorship.
- Initially, “Eric and Joy Remigio’s family and all GPYC members are no longer Unification Church members” “based on True Parents direction.” Later, the “direction changed already since Dr. Yong and Michael Zablan reconciled already during the funeral of one UMHQ staff.” If this account is accurate, it indicates that True Parents didn’t actually give the initial direction but the authority of their names were invoked regardless. How common is this practice?
- Jocelyn demanded a copy of the memo regarding her excommunication, but none was ever produced. Being excommunicated is a serious matter, but the Philippines church would not provide a written document stating such. Why?