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Religion Last Updated: Oct 17th, 2006 - 00:42:35

Ban Ki-moon: Is he or isn't he a Moonie?
By Wayne Madsen
Online Journal Contributing Writer

Oct 17, 2006, 00:39

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(WMR) -- WMR was the first to report on UN Secretary General-designate Ban Ki-moon's possible connections to the Unification Church of Sun Myung Moon, an enigmatic South Korean power broker and billionaire whose funding originally came from the Korean Central Intelligence Agency (KCIA).

Based on Ban's Friday press conference, his answers about his views of religion appear quite "Moonie-like." For example, Ban would not even answer a pointed question from the Financial Times whether or not he believed in God. Ban, who states in his biography that he is a member of a "non-denominational Korean Christian" sect, had an answer one might expect from a Moonie.

Question: "Do you believe in God? And to what degree does God or that religious belief inform your decisions?"

Answer: "Now, as Secretary-General, it will not be appropriate at this time to talk about my own belief in any particular religion or God. So maybe we will have some other time to talk about personal matters. Thank you."

Ban was asked another question about his views of religion and politics. Again, his answer was vague.

Question: "Many people who believe that the Enlightenment in Europe brought about reason against superstition are worried about the rise again of religion, especially extremist religion and its involvement in politics. I wonder if you could give us your views about politics and religion in the age we live in."

Answer: "Now, we have all differences of religions and ideologies. It is, I think, very much desirable, therefore, to engage in dialogue. We need to have a deeper understanding and appreciation for culture and history and ideology of the other, different cultures and the other side. That is why the United Nations has been holding many conferences and special meetings among the different cultures and interfaith dialogue. And, as the Secretary-General, I'll try always to encourage that kind of dialogue among different cultures."

The fact that the UN Secretary General feels it is the place of the UN to hold conferences of interfaith dialogue at the same time he refuses to say whether he believes in God is a worrisome sign. Interfaith dialogue has usually been the purview of the Organization of Islamic Conference, the Holy See, the World Council of Churches, and other international religious organizations.

Unification Church adherents believe Sun Myung Moon is their "god," and Sun Myung Moon has been working over the years to infiltrate the UN and he has already been successful in receiving UN non-governmental organization (NGO) recognition and consultative status for his front organizations: the Women's Federation for World Peace (Economic and Social Council - ECOSOC - recognition), the Family Federation for World Peace, and World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (WANGO). In 2001, Moon held a mass wedding in a UN conference room and he is on record as stating that "our movement and the UN are completely connected."

Sun Myung Moon has close connections to the right wing of the Republican Party, Jerry Falwell, and the Bush family. He has also infiltrated a number of UN missions, including those of Indonesia, Gambia, Bangladesh, Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Comoros, Iran, Mozambique, Tajikistan, the Arab League, and the Organization of Islamic Conference. Although Sun Myung Moon has established many footholds inside the UN, the election of Ban Ki-moon as Secretary General may be his greatest prize.

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Wayne Madsen is a Washington, DC-based investigative journalist and nationally-distributed columnist. He is author of the forthcoming book, �Jaded Tasks: Big Oil, Black Ops & Brass Plates.� He is the editor and publisher of the Wayne Madsen Report.

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