The Unification Church and homosexuality:
The Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity -- commonly called the Unification Church -- was
founded by Rev. Sun Myung Moon during 1954 in Soeul, South Korea. They currently have on the order of 5,000 members in the United States, and many more elsewhere.
The organization is a strong supporter of the "traditional heterosexual family" involving the voluntary union of one woman and one man.
event in 1982 brought the Association a great deal of publicity. Rev. Moon conducted a
wedding service in which more than 2,000 engaged couples were married. At a subsequent mass
wedding, he married 6,500 couples. He had since organized similar events before his death in 2012.
The church teaches that the present world is fallen and filled with evil. It is
gradually being replaced by the "entirely good Kingdom of Heaven on Earth." 5 This will culminate by the second
coming of Jesus to earth.
They hold the belief that, because of sin, the marriage of Adam and Eve was
imperfect. A perfect marriage is required to overcome this failure.
Unfortunately, Jesus was executed before he could accomplish this. As a result,
a third Adam must marry, now or in the future, to form this ideal relationship.
Some followers of the Unification Church believe that Rev. Moon was that third
According to the Unification News, the church acknowledges that Yeshua of Nazareth (Jesus Christ) is the Son of
"...this means that he is not the Daughter of God. But God is the
Creator of woman as well as man; God must have a Daughter in order to completely
disclose Himself." 6
view the Holy Spirit as feminine -- as the Daughter of God. From this concept
flows the assertion:
"... that the fundamental model of love is not male-male [or female-female], but
male-female ...[as symbolized by] the true, spiritual parents, Jesus and the
Holy Spirit." 6
With this emphasis on male-female couples as the only valid model for intimate relationships, and on opposite-sex marriage
as the only ideal, it is reasonable to expect that the
Unification Church has very negative views on same-gender sexual behavior:
||Persons who are sexually actively with members of the same sex are not admitted into membership. This would include sexually active homosexuals and some sexually active bisexuals.
||Similarly actively persons are prohibited from the clergy.
||Most church leaders are married and have stable families.
||Since they consider a gay or lesbian committed relationship to be an abomination,
commitment services and marriages for same-sex couples are not held.
||Their practice is to "hate the sin but love the sinner," a commonly expressed phrase by many conservative Christians.
||They view homosexual behavior as a major deviation from the God-centered family.
Quotations from the Unification Church web site:
A search was made for the term "homosexuality" in a Unification
Home Page.1 Many references were found within the
speeches of Rev. Sun Myung Moon.
In common with most conservative Christian denominations, he defines "homosexuality" in terms of actual sexual behavior by same-sex couples. In contrast, the LGBT community, most religious liberals secularists, human sexuality researchers, therapists, etc. define homosexuality in terms of feelings of sexual attraction by one person to another of the same sex.
The difference is very important, because sexual activity can be chosen and changed. For example, people can choose to be celibate if they wish. However, most people -- other than religious conservatives -- believe that a person's sexual orientation is not chosen and is not changeable in adulthood.
A random sampling of quotes follows:
In a speech called "God's Will and the Ocean" given by Rev. Sun Myung Moon in Provincetown during 1982, Rev. Moon said:
"Look at Provincetown where so many youth come to use drugs and
gay people gather together. They might become the people who lead
America. Their lifestyle goes against universal law. Why was man or
woman born? Man was born for woman and woman was born for man. Man was
not born for man and woman was not born for woman. We are born for each
other. Even in the insect world there isn't any mix-up in that standard.
Even in the animal kingdom there is no such confusion in their natural
setting. No other group in creation has this problem. Just mankind. This
indicates to us that the final days are here when mankind must decide
between future prosperity or its own destruction. We have to ask, why
did Adam need Eve and vice versa? We have to understand clearly that
they were made for each other in order to bear children. Children
represent the future. They would have produced better people than
themselves. Just as a tree produces better fruit, the desire of man and
woman is to produce better children than themselves. For the sake of a
better future, that is why man and woman need each other."
"...it is shameful for America that so many young people are
destroying their bodies with drugs and also destroying their future by
indulging in homosexual relationships. They are not the hope of America.
History really needs a group which can lead young people into the
future. The world needs that group, America needs such a group. Even God
himself needs that kind of group." 1
Webmaster's note: Rev. Moon's statement that same-sex behavior does not occur in nature among animals has been shown to be incorrect. Such behavior has been regularly observed among all mammals and among some other species in the wild.
||"Men and women who practice homosexuality may feel strong
sensations from that, but it has no resonance in truth; ultimately it is
hollow. But when two people experience true love, it resonates throughout
the universe." (1983)
||"Look at New York City. It is actually hell. Every night there are
thousands of sins committed. . . murder, prostitution, drugs, homosexuality
and free sex. This city continues in a hellish way. It prospers under
Satan's control." (1990)
||"Today, in the west we see the heart core of Satan's way. Free sex
and homosexuality is not allowed by God, no drugs or alcohol."
||"Free sex, homosexuality and lesbianism are exactly opposite to
God's purpose of creation...Only the Unification Church is free of family
problems, free of AIDS, homosexuality and free sex." (1994)
||"Satan is destroying the families of the world. He is using
strategies such as homosexuality, free sex and the destruction of morality
to ruin peoples' lives." (1995)
||"Fornication, adultery, prostitution, incest, abortion, rape,
pornography, homosexuality and all sexual perversions are carried out
through these love organs, tainted human life in all races, cultures,
religions, etc., throughout human history." (undated)
Quotations from the True Parents Organization web site:
This group was founded by Rev. Moon. It contains the texts of many speeches
by leaders of the Unification Church. Some excerpts are:
||Rev. Moon: "Sexual intercourse complications. Is the world
around us a peaceful world centered upon God, or is it all confused?
That is what is called free sex. What is the meaning of lesbians and
homosexuals? That is the place where all different dungs collect. We
have to end that behavior. When this kind of dirty relationship is
taking place between human beings, God cannot be happy. That is what the
secular world is like. As the lord of all creation, are we seeking that
kind of world?
As human beings, we should mobilize our forty billion cells and clean up
these dirty places. Would you women want this dirty dung-filled water to
be poured over you? What about men, do you want to be soaked in that
kind of dirty water? Only Satan and dirty dung-eating dogs go after
that." (1997) 3
Many gay, lesbian and anti-Unification Church web sites have
picked up this reference to "dung-eating dogs" and claimed that
Rev. Moon was using the term to refer to homosexuals. The Unification
Church cautions people that only Rev. Moon's original speeches in Korean
are exact; translations into English care not necessarily completely
||Alex Colvin: "...I recently sat through an hour and a half
of heavy pro-homosexual propaganda on ABC-one hour of Ellen and the
first section of Prime Time with Ellen and her family. Why, I ask
myself, when we realize that the breakdown of the family is the number
one problem in America, is the major media in this country promoting an
aberrant sexual life style? For weeks the newspapers have been touting
the program, as though the appearance of a gay lead in a television
series is equivalent to Jackie Robinson's debut in professional
baseball. ... Homosexuality is wrong! It's common sense. God made man for
woman and God made woman for man. God created the sexual organs so that
a man and a woman could become one with each other in a joyful
expression of their love. God valued the sexual union between husband
and wife to the degree that he made it the means through which the
chromosomes of a man and woman could unite to create a new life. That is
the purpose of creation. It is natural law. And men and women throughout
the world know innately that it is so....ABC and the major media have
just completed a major propaganda campaign promoting homosexuality as a
normal lifestyle. This is more than a slap in the face of the family.
This is a heinous assault on the moral foundation of our society. There
is a culture war taking place in America-a war between God-centered
morality and self-centered amorality. ABC and those who have cooperated
in their publicity campaign for Ellen have clearly declared their
position as enemies of the moral principles which are necessary to
preserve our country." (1997) 8
||Paul Carlson: "[It] Seems there really are homosexual
animals, of two kinds.
||First: those too dumb to grasp their own gender, and likely to
mate with anything resembling their species, and often, any promising
||Second: those who mate only once a year. These must first defeat
a horde of male rivals, then spend themselves in a day-long frenzy --
with anyone who gets close enough.
Your author does have several gay friends, but in my opinion,
there are human males who combine the worst of both traits…"
Rev. Moon's prophecy of the "elimination" of gays:
Rev. Moon delivered a speech in 2004-JAN at the Cheongpyeong Heaven
and Earth Training Center. He allegedly said, in part:
"There will be
a purge on God's orders, and evil will be eliminated like shadows. Gays will be eliminated, the 3 Israels will unite. If not then they will be burned. We
do not know what kind of world God will bring but this is what happens. It
will be greater than the communist purge but at God's orders." 9,10 [Emphasis not in the original]
Unfortunately, his statement is amgiguous. Rev. Moon may have meant that God will eliminate all gays:
- Through genocide as He did during the flood of Noah and the Hebrew's Exodus from Egypt, or
- Buy changing everyone with a homosexual orientation so that they have a heterosexual orientation and thus are sexually attracted only to members of the opposite sex, or
- By influencing everyone with a homosexual orientatin so that they will choose to become celibate, and not engage in sexual activity at all.
excerpt was widely copied on politically liberal, religiously liberal, and LGBT web sites. 11
General information about the beliefs and practices of the Unificationist church: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3
- Unification Home Page at: http://www.unification.net/
- Reverend Sun Myung Moon, "Ocean Church and America," 1982-AUG-28,
at: http://www.unification.net/ and at: http://www.tparents.org/Moon-Books/sm-gwo/GWO-03.htm
- Reverend Sun Myung Moon, "World Era of Blessed Families,"
1997-MAY-4, at: http://www.tparents.org/
- Damian Anderson, "Responses to questions on Unificationism on the
Internet - Volume 47," at: http://www.unification.net/
- Paul Carlson, "Opposing Forces," Unification News, 1999-NOV, at: http://www.tparents.org/
- Anon, "The Trinity as the Basis for a Theological Critique of
Homosexuality," Unification News, 1994-JUL, at: http://www.tparents.org/
- Paul Carlson, "Bad Chemistry," 2002-SEP, at: http://www.tparents.org/
- Alex Colvin, "ABC, Ellen and the Culture War," Unification News,
1997-JUN, at: http://www.tparents.org/
- Hawthorn Mineart "Washington Times/UPI publisher Sun Myung Moon calls for gay Holocaust," Common Place Book, 2004-JAN-09, at: http://commonplacebook.com/
- Michelangelo Signorile, "Rapture, Genocide and the Washington Times: Genocidal Moonie," Cutting Edge, 2004-JUN-16, at: http://www.cuttingedge.org/
- A Google search for:
Michelangelo Signorile "pining out loud for the mass extinction"
returned 19 results on 2016-OCT-05.
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