Truth is My Sword, Volume II
by Bo Hi Pak
Chapter 40 Wise as Serpents Pure as Doves
Unification Church on Columbia Road,
May 1, 1982
Dr. Pak reports about Father's trial and challenges the Washington membership to become exemplary in every way. As their spiritual leader, he pledges to stay accessible to every member and encourages people to write him with both problems and exciting testimonies.
Some of you may not have seen a copy of this speech from April 1 at Belvedere, exactly one month ago today. That was the very day Father and Mother entered the courthouse for the first day of the trial. Jury selection began March 22, but April I was the first day Father was in the defendant's seat. That morning, like today, Father spoke at Belvedere because it was the first day of the month. His subject was public life.
It is truly a historical statement, a beautiful, powerful, enthusiastic, and inspiring message. I believe this message will go down in history. Of course, any words Father speaks will go down in history, but this particular sermon, on the very day Father was going into the courthouse, is significant. People would expect Father to be very bitter and complaining about his unfair treatment. This would be normal. But Father through his public life always expresses his love for this country, his determination to go on. This is the kind of life we all should live. I made 200 copies of this speech for Washington Times members because this is the kind of backbone we need for our spiritual life here in Washington while we fulfill our mission at the Washington Times. After this meeting is over, I would like you to have a copy. If you have a little time before Father's arrival, I would like you to read it, but if you don't, never mind. Keep it as a daily inspiration. Keep it at your home and read some of it every day.
I wanted to have this meeting quite some time ago. I wish I could be with you frequently, but it simply doesn't happen. I am not only engaged in many traditional missions-translating for Father, being his assistant, running The News World in New York, and other spiritual and business missions, diplomatic missions such as CAUSA-but at the same time, I have been spending virtually every day, every minute of the day with Father during this special trial period. Every morning I report to Father at 7:00 a.m. on the dot. After having breakfast with Father and Mother, we talk about the day's agenda, the previous day's happenings, and the press handling of the case. At 8:30 a.m., I accompany Father to the courthouse in Manhattan. It takes us about one hour to get there. On the way, I give Father more reports with Mother listening. It is a very intimate period of conversation, mostly in Korean. Sometimes I read some English-language letters and tell funny stories and jokes and so forth, and Mike McDevitt, who is driving, can join the conversation.
Then about 9:30 we enter the courthouse. The courthouse has given Father extraordinary treatment. We have a special waiting room, a brand new jury room right next to another courtroom on the fourth floor. The courtroom is on the fifth floor. We wait in that room until 10:00 a.m. when the day's agenda for the trial is announced. Then Father and Mother go up one flight and from the back door move into the courtroom. I accompany Father up to the door, but I do not enter the courtroom. I do a lot of important contact with the lawyers and make telephone calls. This is generally the time I call the Washington Times because I want to know what is going on here and I can keep Father and Mother informed.
Can't Trust Bo Hi Pak
The reason I do not enter the courtroom is that I was reserved as a possible witness. As one of the closest people to Reverend Moon, the government was planning to call me as a witness for their side to try to prove conspiracy, which is the heart and center of this particular case. But they never called me. They gave up. They had an uneasy feeling because they said that Bo Hi Pak is unpredictable. They just didn't know how I would be on the stand-particularly after Fraser's experience. Nobody wants to be in the position of Fraser. So they had been waiting. They had a tremendous appetite to call me on one hand, but tremendous fear on the other. The fear won and they didn't call me.
Two days ago, the government rested, which means they finished presenting their case and it was now the defense's turn. Yesterday there was an oral debate between the prosecution and our defense attorneys without the jury present for at least 2-1/2 hours. It was a very heated legal battle, which will set the tone for the rest of the trial. Yesterday our lawyer presented a Memorandum of Law, which is a motion asking for acquittal or a mistrial.
The defense attorney is saying, well, you presented your case and you haven't proven anything on any of the charges, not conspiracy, not filing a false report. This motion is going to go down in history as a great legal document and a beautiful, powerful statement in support of Father.
The initial paragraph goes like this: "Defendant, Reverend Sun Myung Moon, moves pursuant to Rule 29 FRCRP for a judgment of acquittal on both the conspiracy charge and the three substantive charges. In the alternative we move for a mistrial on the grounds of prejudice."
During the whole trial, for an entire month, we listened to the most boring and incredibly tedious presentations by the government. The jurors, 12 regular jurors and four alternates, were so bored. They are housewives, regular people. The judge said, you are people who don't talk much, who don't know much, who don't read much. Those people have no idea what is going on. For one month they were almost snoring, bored to death. The judge was concerned and frequently admonished the prosecution, saying, why do you make things so complicated? You don't have to make it that complicated. I had only one fear: these jurors may not understand. They may be unbiased-we made every effort to select an unbiased jury-but at the same time there is a drawback: they are not educated and may not understand this case. The judge was constantly reminding the prosecution, but they didn't listen and presented tons of papers and one witness after another. Incredible. Hours and hours and hours.
The only part the jurors enjoy is our attorney's cross-examination of the government witnesses. Everybody is sleeping, but when Mr. Stillman gets up for cross-examination, the jurors signal each other. Showtime, showtime. Their eyes are wide open. Mr. Stillman is really a professional. A most seasoned, gentlemanly, authoritative lawyer.
The Three Musketeers
Actually, there are three lawyers working together, and we call them the three musketeers. They represent three different law firms. One is Mr. Stillman, another is Bernard Bailor of Washington, whose Kaplan law firm specializes in tax law. The other law firm is defending Mr. Kamiyama, and their attorney is named Andrew Lawler. The three musketeers sit there, all three very tall, handsome, good looking. They are right next to Father, surrounding Father. Next to Father is Mr. S.I. Kim, who has been appointed through News World Communications as Executive Vice President. He has been translating because I could not be there; all potential witnesses have to stay outside the courtroom. Then there is Mr. Kamiyama. Mr. Kamiyama's interpreter is a very good-looking Japanese. So when you look at the defense line, it is the most beautiful thing to behold.
When you look at the prosecution line, first there is the chief prosecutor, whose name is Jo Ann Harris. That woman is a most untypical woman. She is extraordinarily tall. I tell you, not so attractive. Almost grandma. But the government chose a woman prosecutor because they knew it would be a long, long ordeal and they cannot afford to lose this case. They desperately want to win this case. In a jury trial, the prosecution must be charming to win the jurors. The prosecutor who made all these things happen is a 34-year-old Harvard graduate, a most ambitious, vicious, bitter prosecutor named Marty Flumenbaum. Mr. Stillman is a Jewish lawyer and Marty Flumenbaum is a Jewish prosecutor. So they are Abel Jew and Cain Jew. The government knew Flumenbaum could not win the heart of the jurors, so they assigned a very polished, polite gentleman named Pomeran. He conducted Father's arraignment. Then what happened? The very next day Pomeran got sick and was hospitalized. He was expected to be in the hospital for several months. Amazing. The government could not wait for him to come out so they assigned Ms. Harris. They picked a woman because most juries are predominately made up of men and they thought a woman would relate to men jurors better. Well, man is always interested in woman, right. But, totally unexpectedly, the jury turned out to be 10 women and two men. Anyway, right next to her is Flumenbaum. He is the most untypical American man. There is another prosecutor, Eveta, a very hard-looking man. Next to him is one IRS agent. He cannot even look straight. His eyes cross somehow. He is not a normal-looking man.
So when you compare the prosecution line with the defense line, you automatically know which are the good guys. Anyway, I cannot spend the whole morning on this because there are so many stories that can be told about the court trial. It is going to be the trial of the century. No question about it. Many books will be written about it. Hal McKenzie has been assigned to cover this proceeding and to write the first book.
I would like to go through at least the first day. On April 1 Father spoke in the morning at Belvedere. I commented to Mother how beautiful the sky was, not even one cloud, although we had just had some very bad weather. Look at the sky, I said, so clean and beautiful. It is a sign of great hope and great victory. I comforted Mother that way. So that is the way we entered the courthouse, beautiful day, sunshine, calm, no wind.
The Sky Darkened
But something incredible happened the moment the judged ordered the prosecution to make a statement. Just as Flumenbaum stood up and moved to the podium and began to utter his first words, the sky grew dark with all the signs of an incredible storm. The windows were shaking. It was so sudden, so drastic. The jurors were facing that window and were frightened. They weren't listening to the prosecutor. They were looking at the windows and looking at each other. Then some kind of storm hit. The electricity went out four times during the prosecution's delivery. This little man, Flumenbaum spoke so fast, the jurors probably couldn't understand what he was saying. It was noisy, they were frightened, the electricity was blinking.
After 40 minutes it was time for our side's opening statement. Mr. Stillman stood up. He moved to the podium and began his statement. Amazingly enough, his voice was so clear and the jurors were listening closely, not missing even one word. After 10 or 15 minutes, the wind outside was becoming calm. Mr. Stillman moved into a very emotional appeal, saying that this is injustice, there is no case, this is government fabrication. He was accusing the government of doing this to Reverend Moon, the religious leader. The wind totally died down, and when he was moving into the conclusion, speaking so powerfully in a low, emotional voice, the courtroom was absolutely quiet. The drop of a needle could be heard. Everybody was listening so intently. When he said, "Thank you very much, ladies and gentlemen," the church bells rang.
So many episodes to tell about in this trial. The government's final witness was Michael Young Warder. I know him very well. He is not just another witness; he is an ex-Moonie, and he used to be president and publisher of The News World. The government used him as their big gun. This was the grand finale. He had held a high position; he could say so many things; he could lie. Three times he actually said I had lied in previous testimony to the Securities and Exchange Commission. I was giving sworn testimony, but he said I lied because I was in the church. He openly said that I lied to the government.
The government was really counting on Michael Warder in this case. They met with him four times at the grand jury investigation and 10 times after the grand jury for interviews. They intended his testimony to deal the final blow in their case. But, it is amazing how God works, Mike's testimony turned out to be the strongest proof, not for the government but for Father.
They totally failed to prove there was any conspiracy. Because of Mike. One time during the court proceedings Mr. Stillman protested that the government hadn't shown any evidence to prove their charges. The judge answered that he agreed but that the government had promised that they did have proof and he was still waiting for them to present it. Their star witness was supposed to be Mike. The plain and simple fact, incredible as it may seem, is that Mike's testimony exonerated Reverend Moon of any participation in the conspiracy charges in count number 1. Even on direct examination, he testified that Reverend Moon was not part of any of the discussions he had with other church members about the tactics to adopt in the face of the investigation. Here is some of the testimony:
Flumenbaum: Mr. Warder, now during this period of time did you have any conversation with Reverend Moon that related to the ongoing investigation? Warder: No.
On cross-examination Michael Warder completely failed to implicate Reverend Moon in any conspiracy. He made it clear that Reverend Moon had no role in any obstruction.
Stillman: Did Reverend Moon ever tell you to lie about your SEC testimony, sir?
Stillman: He knew you were going to testify before the SEC, did he not?
Warder: I think he knew.
Stillman: Did he call you and say, Michael, here is what I want you to say to the SEC? Did he do that?
Stillman: You would have lied for him, wouldn't you? Even if pushed that far, if he had done so, you would have lied for him, wouldn't you? If he had said to you, Michael, go in and lie for me, you would have done it, wouldn't you?
Warder: I think I probably would have.
Stillman: The fact of the matter is, he did not, isn't that correct?
Warder: You are correct. He did not.
This is a dramatic moment. Pushing and pushing, still the man could not hide his original mind, his conscience. Throughout the proceeding Michael Warder could not even look at Father. Not once. He could not. He is a pitiful man. He is a broken man. He could not lie under this probing. He just said the truth.
Stillman: Did Reverend Moon ever come to you and say to you, now Michael, in case you are asked about Chase Manhattan Bank, here is what I want you to say about it?
Mr. Flumenbaum objected to this question about the Chase Manhattan account. But the court said, how can you object? That is what we are all here for, to hear about the Chase Manhattan Bank account. Then Mike answered:
Warder: Your honor, he never said that. Reverend Moon never said that.
In the motion for acquittal, Stillman wrote:
It must be kept in mind, of course, that this was not just any witness. It was the government's best witness. It hardly needs repeating that in order to be convicted of criminal conspiracy, the defendant must be a knowing and intentional participant in agreement with others to commit criminal conduct. Neither Warder's testimony nor that of any other witness in this case provides any basis on which reasonable jurors could conclude beyond a reasonable doubt that Reverend Moon even knew about any criminal agreement by another person, much less that he knowingly and intentionally joined such an agreement and adopted this objective as his own.
Well, the government is entitled to all reasonable inferences on the Rule 29 motion. The key word here is "reasonable." Inferences can defeat a motion for acquittal only if they can be reasonably drawn on the basis of evidence before the jury. But where there is no evidence, no basis exists for drawing an inference favorable to the government. Obviously realizing the wickedness in this conspiracy charge against Reverend Moon, the government is attempting to proceed on some unspecified theory to establish the requisite knowing and intentional agreement by Reverend Moon. The government has previously argued that if affidavits and other documents submitted by Reverend Moon's counsel to the justice Department were false, those submissions are attributable to Reverend Moon because his lawyers were acting on his behalf. Similarly, the government may also argue that other agents of Reverend Moon allegedly gave false information to the accountant who prepared the tax return at issue and since this information was ultimately submitted to the IRS, these false statements are also attributable to Reverend Moon.
The government position is based on a fundamental perversion of the law of agency as it applies to a criminal case. Before a principal can be held liable for criminal conduct of his agent on the basis of relationship between them, it must be shown that he authorized those crimes and adopted them as his own. As the Second Circuit Court states ...
I don't want to read everything here.
In conclusion, even the government must concede that there are many people who might have had the motive to obstruct the investigation of Reverend Moon and many people would have viewed themselves as beneficiaries of any successful attempt to do so. Even the government must concede that there are thousands of members of the Unification Church who view Reverend Moon as divinely inspired, as doing God's work. Each of these people would have a motive to protect Reverend Moon and their church against what they view as unwarranted harassment. It is entirely plausible and, indeed, likely, they would have made such an attempt without informing Reverend Moon. This is not just idle speculation. Indeed, Michael Young Warder admitted that he previously lied under oath because he somehow thought this would help Reverend Moon. Most importantly, he also admitted that he did this without Reverend Moon's knowledge or approval or direction.
It should also be noted that Reverend Moon is charged only with conspiracy to submit false statements and obstruct justice and not with substantive violation of the statutes violated. We submit that the government's failure to bring substantive charges against Reverend Moon with respect to these objects is a tacit admission of the wickedness of the allegation that he conspired to achieve these unlawful objects.
The conclusion follows because it is routine in the District for the government to charge a defendant not only with the conspiracy to commit an offense, but also the crime which is object of that conspiracy. Particularly where others have been charged with that offensive violation, one can be certain that if the government truly believes it has sufficient evidence to prove Reverend Moon conspired to submit false affidavits, documents, and testimony, it would have charged him with the offensive crime of obstruction, just as it did for defendant Kamiyama. That it did not do so, of course, is perfectly understandable. Why? There simply was no evidence to support such a charge. But the same lack of evidence requires the judgment acquittal today on conspiracy counts as well. Point two, the judgment acquittal should be directed on the substantive counts two and three and four. Then final point three, a mistrial must be declared as to the counts two, three, and four because the trial has been tainted by admission of evidence of a cover up without the government having established that Reverend
Moon was a party to such purported cover up.
In other words, a lie is a lie, period. The communist lie that there is no God will be exposed. Same thing here. They really fabricated. It was a real fireworks. Fourth of July. Big cannons here and there. They were trying to deceive the jurors. From the beginning we said we didn't want a jury, but the government wanted a jury. The Constitution provided the jury system for the benefit of the defendant. If the defendant waives the jury, the government always says yes, but not in this case.
Somehow I have a great hope today. The trial will be over in the next two weeks. Father is moving into the most crucial final two weeks of trial. And I am honestly telling you I have a great hope today. Justice will be done. The American judicial system may not be bad after all. Father is being tried in the worst kind of atmosphere. Can you imagine anything worse that this? When this type of motion is presented, the judge normally rejects it, saying, I want to go ahead with the trial to see what the jury will say. We presented the motion, knowing it was likely to be rejected, but also knowing it is good for appeal later. But this judge didn't reject the motion. He said, I reserve judgment. That was an extraordinary victory already. He said he will study the law this weekend and rule on Monday.
Father Is Not Anxious
So Monday maybe we will get some good news. He may not throw the entire case out of court, but he may strike out some counts, particularly the conspiracy count. That would be a great victory. All we need is one victory. Either at the District Court level or Appeals Court level or Supreme Court level. We want to win at this level, formation level. If not, we want to go to the growth stage. If not, we want to go to the Supreme Court. But in the courtroom of the history of justice, we have already prevailed. That is why Father has no anxiety. Not one bit. You may see him today. He doesn't show even one bit of anxiety. He was the most jovial person in the courthouse. He was only frustrated because he could not talk there. He would like to get up and give a sermon for four or six hours. That would be a lot easier for him to do. But for Father, sitting there without speaking for hours and hours was a pain. You can imagine, right?
The first day, Mr. Stillman said, "Reverend Moon, I am sorry that I have to bring you into this circumstance and you have to listen to the garbage and dirt being thrown at you. I am so sorry, Reverend Moon. I don't know what I can do." Do you know what Father said to him? He said, "Mr. Stillman, don't worry. When I consider this as part of the providence, nothing bothers me." Beautiful. When he looks at it as "I am doing the will of God," no amount of hardship bothers him. Father said, "No amount of embarrassment will bother me." Then Father looked at Mr. Stillman and said, "Mr. Stillman, I will be Buddha. Buddha sitting and saying nothing. No Buddha talks, right?" That is the most descriptive expression I have ever heard. I will be a Buddha. But then Father added, "But I will not be a stone Buddha. I will be a smiling Buddha." He is smiling all day long.
The person most depressed was Mr. Kamiyama. Father was busy comforting him. What are you doing, Mr. Kamiyama? Come on, eat more, eat. Father gave him sandwiches, gave him his own food at lunchtime. It was beautiful to behold. I just discovered another greatness of Father. Of course, in my service to Father for 25 years, I never went into a courthouse with him. This is the first time. I tell you, I am an eyewitness to another greatness of Father, another beautiful dimension of Father.
So that is my first report this morning. My conclusion is we are all children of God, children of True Parents, and we must be proud of being what we are. Let us be really proud of our True Parents. Every day I am not depressed. I am just uplifted. I am really bubbling with enthusiasm. That is what I am.
Now let's talk about the Washington Times. The Washington Times is the single most important thing on Father's mind today. This is no exaggeration. Father looks at the Washington Times as the most important project of our time. He asks me many questions every day, so many that I am always running out of new things to tell him, even though I read virtually every edition to Father, cover to cover. So I sneak down here to Washington to get more material from you. I come here to refuel so I can go back with a big package of news, but then during one breakfast, because he wants to hear so much, all the material is gone. By lunch hour, always I am empty. So I keep calling on the telephone to Jonathan, Joseph, Paula, Jim Gavin, talking every day. What is new, what is going on? Talking to Ted and jenny and telling them to give me some news because Father is waiting.
Father Sees the Real You
So Father is very anxious to come and see you. Of course, no one is sure until the last minute what Father will do, but I feel 99 percent sure Father will be here in Washington. You want to meet him, don't you? What would Father like to see in Washington? Not the building, not the paper; you. Father wants to see you. What portion of you? Somebody said, spirit, bubbling enthusiasm. That is absolutely correct. Father comes to see your eyes. He feels exactly where you are. He knows if you have elevated yourself or lowered yourself spiritually. For that reason, serving Father around the clock, I have no moment of real relaxation. I cannot relax because Father immediately sees through me.
Now, my dear brothers and sisters, I am making a genuine appeal to you today. I wish I could have more time to speak to each one of you. After the court victory, I will spend more time in Washington and have more time to get acquainted with each one of you. Last night our leaders came out to meet me at the airport; we spoke until 12:30 or 1:00 this morning because I want to hear and know more about how you're doing.
But I tell you today, probably the most important factor for the success of the Washington Times is the people from outside joining the staff. They are caught up in our enthusiasm, right? Did you see it? Did you feel it? Yes? These professionals will make the Washington Times a professional paper, a great paper. Our job is not just to make a great paper. Our primary job is to witness to these people, not in terms of giving Divine Principle lectures, but in terms of way of life. These people who joined are stars of journalism, like Rock Hudson or Robert Taylor or-I don't know the names of the modern-day stars, they are changing so quickly. Anyway, they are like John Wayne. Pulitzer Prize winners. The caliber of the people now coming to work for us is just amazing. These people know the newspaper business inside out. We don't yet, even with five years of experience with The News World. Compared to these people's experience of 30 or 40 years, ours is nothing.
Win Them for God
So this morning I want to ask you, don't just try to be great journalists or great reporters. Our job is to win them for God, without saying God. This is the time you and I must become truly religious. It does not mean you have to preach the Divine Principle in the newsroom. It means to live Father's way of life, the true way of life. You cannot win these people any other way except by being truly religious. Truly a Moonie. In other words, let's make Moonie attractive to them. They have come here as total strangers to Moonies, almost thinking a Moonie is some kind of monster. The first time they look at you, inside they are thinking you are some kind of monster. They are literally looking for the horn or tail. The media created such a bad image of our Father and you and me. Be a humble student. Do not pretend you know everything. Rather, show you don't know much, but show how much you love God, love Reverend and Mrs. Moon, and serve this country. Being truly religious means being loving, caring, serving, dedicated. I tell you, you will win them absolutely.
Another important trial is going on at the Washington Times, in addition to the one in the New York courthouse. These professional journalists are the judge and jurors. You are the defendants. They are looking at you to see whether we are truly the kind of people we say we are. They are the judge. Not me and not you.
I just received a letter from Mrs. Whelan. I understand some of you have written to her. When Mr. Whelan joined the Washington Times, they were persecuted. Mrs. Whelan has been under extraordinary stress. Her car was vandalized, with "You Moonies" painted on it. Her fence was broken. She was frightened. I wrote her a letter of comfort. Of course, I did not expect any reply, but recently I received a letter from her. I wish I had brought the letter because I wanted to read it to you. I read that letter to Father. It was such a beautiful letter, and it moved me to tears.
She said that the day she received my letter, she was feeling desperate and really needed some kind of encouragement. Everything had gone wrong. A woman who came to her house to pick up the baby furniture Mrs. Whelan was giving away made comments that Jim is making a big mistake in leaving the Sacramento Union and going to the Washington Times. Then she got some tough telephone calls. Family members on her side and his side called, asking what is going on there, what is Jim doing. She did not want to be home to get more phone calls like that, so she went out with her baby, Heather. She bought Heather her first helium balloon and tied it firmly to her wrist so it would not fly away. Then she went into another store to buy a lot of boxes to pack for moving here to Washington. Then on the way back somehow Heather lost that balloon and she was crying. She said, I have no way to comfort her. Her very first helium balloon was sailing away, higher and higher. Then when Mrs. Whelan returned home, she found the mailbox knocked to the ground. She got out of the car and picked up the mail and went inside crying. She was so lonely and sad as she sorted the mail. Then she saw my letter. After reading it, she said, "I was so wonderfully happy. And without me knowing, I was crying, tears trickling down my cheeks. And Heather came to me and said, `Mommy, don't worry, I don't mind about the balloon.'"
Her letter moved me to tears. I read it to Father and Mother on the way to the courthouse. Then I wrote her back at the courthouse and told her, "I read your letter to Reverend and Mrs. Moon and when I came to the end of your letter, I saw tears in their eyes. We are most anxious for you to come here and meet Reverend and Mrs. Moon. You are going to meet the most compassionate people you have ever known. Please give my best wishes to your children, particularly your daughter Heather, and tell her I promise her that when she comes to Washington a second helium balloon will be waiting for her at the airport."
This time it doesn't matter if she loses it because there will be a third, fourth, and fifth balloon, an entire world of balloons for Heather. I am sure by now Mrs. Whelan received that letter. I told her that May 17 was our launching and reception and I will be standing in the receiving line and look forward to seeing her here in Washington. All the members are looking forward to seeing her. Jim is doing a great job. I am sure she had another great day. She is really a most prepared godly woman.
God Led Them Here
These journalists are coming to the Washington Times for more than the money. Something is pulling them beyond the money and the job description. Yesterday our leaders were talking about why such righteous people are coming to the Washington Times. They must have Abel hearts, good hearts. These people are superb journalistically, but they have one of the greatest things missing. Yes, God. God can come into their hearts through True Parents.
I am looking forward to meeting Mrs. Whelan. I know her heart is God-centered and inspired, but she still needs something. There is some thirst. She is looking for some water of life. My dear brothers and sisters, have a different kind of pride. Not the pride of journalism. Not the pride of reporter. Not the pride of newspaper men and women. But the pride of being a godly man, a man who belongs to True Parents. That conviction and bubbling enthusiasm are there every day. I tell you, beautiful spiritual vibrations are coming out of you. These people will be touched by these waves and vibrations. It will create incredible miracles one after the other.
So that is your first job, your primary job. If you do that job well, don't worry about anything else. Everything will be great. The newspaper will be great. Our reputation will be great. Jim Whelan talked to me yesterday over the phone, saying we are preparing to take this city by storm. I believe every word of it.
How many of you are staying in this church building [1610 Columbia Road, Washington, D.C.]? Raise your hands. Thank you. We are preparing a house for you. We bought a very good seminary in the middle of the city. After it is painted and remodeled, it will become the Washington Times center. I hope you come up with a good name for that center. Anyway, we want to have one place, other than the church, where we can enhance our spiritual life by give and take, communication, fellowship, and sharing spiritual food with each other. We need one central place. We cannot do these things at the Washington Times building. Our spiritual life should be centered somewhere. So all the people who are staying in the church will go to our new home within the next two to three weeks. It is only 12 minutes from there to the Washington Times building.
So many great things are happening on Jim Whelan's side, too. He is reporting to me virtually every day. Many things are happening. Did you hear about the White House press dinner? The other day we had a White House press dinner. Jim Gavin used to do all the public relations for the church. He has met senators and congressmen many times in the past. In order to win one congressman and one senator, it takes a month. But with the Washington Times, in just 24 hours three tables were completely filled. Ed Meece dropped by our reception. Anthony Dolan, who is writing Reagan's speeches every day, made himself at home at the Washington Times. Yes, we will take this city by storm. That is no exaggeration.
I don't worry about that. I worry about you and me, how we conduct ourselves. My appeal to you this morning is that we do it truly religiously. In other words, let's enhance our spiritual side. By doing so, everything else will be taken care of. No problem. We will make things happen. Don't worry about them. Let's worry about us. Every time a finger is pointed at us, we can ask ourselves, am I doing the right thing? Am I a true representative and ambassador for our True Parents? Am I truly engaging God in my life?
God Is Excited
I am sure you are already doing that. I have heard tremendous comments from outside people, but let us not be satisfied there. No, let us pick ourselves up and move forward and really finish the task. Let us lead an exciting and enthusiastic life with God in the center. God is excited. True Parents are excited, I tell you. So when these 110 people are totally united, can you imagine what can happen? We are just 110 people, most of us knowing virtually nothing about journalism, but we can take the city by storm with the greatest newspaper. We can do it only with the power of God.
Another reason I came to appeal to you this morning is this. I don't want to repeat the News World Communications mistakes here. While working day in and day out for News World Communications, many members lost their vision, lost their sense of purpose, sense of spiritual value. Then they became most unhappy. Once you lose the central purpose of what you are doing, you become so unhappy. I don't want anything to happen to these 110 members, not even one individual. That is my fervent wish and prayer. Let us lead a holistic life, which means lead a balanced life between professional life and spiritual life. Never forget that spiritual life is subject.
Let me speak a little more about holistic life. This is exactly the kind of word that Father would chose to use. Father has always told me you should not smell like a pastor. Father says you must become a natural person. When you go to the farming village, be a great farmer. When you go to the fishing village, be a great fisherman. When you go to a factory, become a good factory man. In diplomatic circles, be a good diplomat. When you stand at the podium, be a great fiery speaker.
By that same principle, when you do journalistic work, you must become a natural journalist. Don't behave strangely. Adapt yourself to that atmosphere. You should be able to do that. What is a special characteristic of a Moonie? The Moonie doesn't smell like Moonie. A Moonie should not be one special category of people. Father does not want that. A Moonie is a natural person, a beautiful person shining with spiritual quality. That is the true way of life of a Moonie.
This is why people are amazed when they first look at you. You are so natural. You are so genuinely beautiful. Your behavior, your attitude, your way of doing things is so natural. They thought you would be some kind of robot. They can't find one robot here. Why should they? We are all natural people. We are intelligent, polished, but with a spiritual quality shining from within. That is why I say holistic. Subject and object. But the subject is the shining inner quality of the spirit. We have a great invisible diamond. We are in a position to share those diamonds with those people who come to work for the Washington Times.
That is the basic point I want to make. Now I want to move into the second phase. That is, let us become and feel the master and owner of the Washington Times. The Washington Times is yours. Mine. Because it is Father's newspaper and we are Father's children, we are not just employees. On paper, yes. But spiritually, no. I have never done any job in the Unification Church where I felt I was just a worker doing a job. I always felt: this is mine. It is almost like caring for children. Not many of you have had that experience but you will soon, I hope. You can imagine, when you have your own children, you don't look at taking care of them as a job. It is not a burden or duty. No, it is a way of life. It is a pleasure. It is an honor. This is how I look at the jobs in the Unification Church. That is why I have never received a paycheck. I want to be rewarded by heaven. As the Bible said, if everybody is rewarded by the secular world, there is no room for God to reward you. I don't want that situation to happen.
Wise as Serpents, Pure as Doves
We in the Washington Times need to conduct ourselves as it says in the Bible: wise as serpents and pure as doves. Let us adopt this as our motto. At the Washington Times we must be wise as serpents. We have to deal with the wicked world out there. Wolves are out there. Hungry wolves, lions, and tigers are out there. They are ready to attack at the first opportunity. The Washington Times is such an incredible project for God's side that all of Satan's side will hate for us to succeed. But don't forget the second part: be pure as doves. Do not lose your purity. This is very, very important.
Jim Whelan has been given authority to run the Washington Times. He is your boss, your professional boss. He reports to me. You report to your department heads, who report to the top executives, who report to Jim Whelan, Jim Whelan reports to me, and I report to Father. That is the way it goes. And I want to honor the chain of command. So from the professional point of view, you are absolutely loyal to the chain of command. For example, Jim Gavin or Jonathan Slevin, I want them to be spiritually reporting to me, but I want them to be absolutely loyal to Jim Whelan. That is another way of winning your people. I want you to be absolutely loyal to the person above you. You will win their hearts. Give them loyalty, trust, warmth, and-on top of that-love.
When you receive your salary, don't just think, oh, I am worth this much. If we do, if we think like everybody else, we will lose faith, lose our enthusiasm, lose our power. This is not just a job. You have to be able to say, this is my paper. Say, I will not let my paper fail. Don't say, there's another job out there for me. Father is pouring an incredible amount of money into this project. The money goes like water, almost like Niagara Falls. We bought the building and land and machines. I have a great fear now that we don't know how much it really costs to do a great job in the Washington Times. Fear and trembling come to me because Father must give me every dollar, every penny I put into it, and furthermore that money comes from the blood and sweat of brothers and sisters somewhere on the face of this earth. Brothers and sisters are going out at 5:00 in the morning, working until 12:00 midnight, in order to make the Washington Times possible. It is not coming from Wall Street. It is not coming from bank interest. It is coming literally from the blood of our members.
When you think of it, every dollar we spend comes from a brother or sister sweating to earn that dollar. Even $1 million is big money, but spending $10 million, $20 million will give you the same feeling I have, trembling inside. Aren't you virtually trembling inside? We cannot afford to fail. I would rather die than fail. I am responsible. If I cause Father to spend $10 million, $20 million, and it doesn't work, how can I live? It is that serious. Who will share this seriousness? You. Because you are the Washington Times.
Discipline Your Spending
Speaking of money, money is an amazing thing. It's like time. Time and money have the same quality. You want to be idle and rest. Well, a couple of hours fly by like nothing. You can spend the day doing nothing. You can rest for one month or a year. But in two hours a marathon runner can run 26 miles with his two feet. So time is like a rubber band. You can expand it, shrink it, it can go either way. Time is elastic. Money is elastic, too. You can stretch the dollar or you can throw it away. So using money takes a great deal of discipline, and you start your discipline from using an initial small amount of money.
Let me give this analogy. I was very poor when I was your age. I was in the Korean military, an army captain, and the salary was very meager. During the Korean War I was selected for training at Fort Benning, Georgia. I went there twice, once for six months, another time for one year. I was paid in cash in U.S. dollars. How much do you think I received each month? $150. Don't misunderstand. That was not for one week, but for one whole month. With that $150 I had to pay for three meals a day, my shelter, transportation, laundry, heating, everything. Most of the Korean officers said, we cannot live on $150 a month. They usually spent all $150 in the first 25 days of the month. In the final five days, they always had to borrow money. They would ask, lend me $10 or $20.
But I had a strong motivation to save money. I had a wife at home, just married, children would be coming soon. So if I didn't have to spend money on something, I didn't buy it. I saved money so I could help my family. I lived well for one entire month in good health, and I only spent $50. I saved $100 every month. Sometimes I spent $55. But I never spent more than $60 in any month. I paid for all my meals, my housing; my uniform was always shining because I was the one who laundered it. I washed my uniform and ironed it. In the evening, dinner at the mess hall was only 60 cents. For that, you could have fried chicken, steak, anything you want. But I could not spend 60 cents, so I would go to a grocery store and buy a can of meatball spaghetti for 15 cents. I heated it in a little pan and put in a little kochichan and had a great dinner, a 15-cent dinner! I didn't drink Coke or coffee. I drank the God-given drink: good pure water.
That is the way I lived. But I had a purpose. I did it with joy, without any pain, because I knew what I saved would help my family. So from both times in the United States, I saved about $2,000. You know what I did with that money? I went back to Korea, and the government gave me a small piece of land where I could build my home. My wife and I built a brick house. Most of the labor was done by me and my wife, and my brothers helped me. We built a beautiful house with the $2,000. Of course, we had a little loan from the bank. At that time we could use the house as collateral. So after an ordeal of nine months, my wife and I moved in, and we lived there for three months. Then the Divine Principle hit me. At that point my motivation changed. My direction changed. But the same attitude and discipline were there.
Where is that house? I sold it. I sold it for two reasons. After I discovered the Divine Principle, the house was not that important any more. Listening to Divine Principle lectures was more important. So I wanted to move nearer to the church. I could not commute such a long distance, particularly with the curfew. Impossible. That is one reason. Second, at that time the church was in great jeopardy, undergoing persecution by the Korean government. We needed a great deal of money to fight the legal battle. But nobody had that kind of money. So I sold the house and the blood and sweat that we had poured into it. We got several million Korean won for it. That was a great deal of money at that time. That money paid for a victory in one court battle. That was 1958.
God Gave Us A Greater Home
Then I was without a home, but I was very happy renting two small cubbyholes. My wife and I and our children were living in those two small rooms, but I was happy because I had a higher purpose. When I returned to the United States, God gave me a better house to live in, a better house than I had built. Then in 1969, we moved into our present home for a church reason, for the service of God. God elevated me more and more. Think about it. Because of the Divine Principle, I am today an instrumental person in establishing the Washington Times in the nation's capital. Not the Korean nation's capital, the U.S. capital and the world's capital.
Virtually it is a miracle for a man like me from Korea to be here. What would give me the power to do this? In 1952, I didn't speak even one word of English. Not one word. The Korean war was going on. I went back to a foxhole in Korea, knowing I might be killed in action. Soldiers are killed every day. But I wanted to see Washington, D.C., and New York. Someday I want to tell you that story about my crazy, 16-hour taxi drive from Fort Benning, Georgia, to Washington, D.C. Before I died, I wanted to see Washington. I took a picture of the Washington Monument and another of Capitol Hill. But there was one more building to see, the Empire State Building. So we took another crazy ride from Washington to New York. It all happened in three days. We took another picture on top of the Empire State Building. I thought, this is it, I am really ready to die now.
Many years later, after learning the Divine Principle, I stood at the Washington Monument again, this time interpreting for the most precious man in the eyes of God, Reverend Moon. Could any power under the sun do that except the power of God? The same man who admired the grandeur of Capitol Hill, with my mouth open like this and my eyes popped out like that, stood at Washington Monument next to Reverend Moon. And in 1978 I made history fighting against one powerful congressman, Donald Fraser.
I am sharing this small testimony for a reason. You may think you are suffering, you are losing, you are poverty-stricken, and so forth. You are not. You are the richest people with Father and the Divine Principle, and you will consummate your life in a most glorious and honorable manner.
When I think of Mike Warder, I am not angry at him at all. I am not angry. Father came out of the courthouse and said, I am sorry for Mike Warder. He said so softly, I have pity on him. God grant him mercy. That is Father. Father is not angry at him at all. Father has compassion. He knows the consequences for Mike Warder. His heart aches for him. You will see. History will be the judge.
So you and I are here for the destiny of God. We are picked to live our lives as revolutionaries, like righteous men. That is why we are here. So let's do it proudly. Let's live in a most dignified way. Josette one time told me it was pride. Yes. Witness our pride when we go to the Washington Post or New York Times or other parts of the journalistic world. She is a professional journalist. She could earn much more money elsewhere. But she is voluntarily giving her life for this great task. She is proud to be different from others. She is not ashamed. The Washington Times is in an excellent position to show the world the model life of Reverend Moon's disciples.
I have many, many beautiful plans, beautiful dreams. As one of your elder brothers, my primary duty is to look after my younger brothers and sisters. The Washington Times and The News World are not my primary duties. My primary duty is, as one of Father's elder sons, to look after the younger brothers and sisters of the world. That is my primary duty, and I pledge to you I will live my life for it. I want to give my life for the wellbeing of our brothers and sisters, for their children, and for their families. In Korea I built the Little Angels School in that same spirit. We want to show the world what the ideal world is like, ideal family is like, ideal society is like. So in this Washington Times we want to create an ideal society in the nation's capital. We are imparting incredible vibrations of light, fragrance, beauty, and warmth. Each one of you will become like a magnet to pull outside people. We must do this within the Washington Times.
OK, now my conclusion is this. We are living in a very exciting time. We must make ourselves worthy of living with the mission that True Parents have given us. Father and Mother are so excited about the Washington Times. They already came to the Times five times. They didn't even come to the church center. Hopefully, they will come again today for another visit. Do you promise to give them comfort and encouragement, showing your bubbling enthusiasm? Would you do that?
Number two, let's really make the Washington Times successful by keeping ourselves strong spiritually. Do you agree that is the secret? No external activities will work. You must be genuinely what you are. Demonstrate what you stand for. By doing so, we will make the Washington Times a success, not by our journalistic skills alone, but by our special inner quality. Demonstrate it, be proud of it. I tell you, I demand the respect of the high-ranking people who have joined our staff, including Mr. Whelan. I told Mr. Whelan that if he does not have respect for me and respect for Reverend Moon, he should not come here. He does not need this job. He already had an incredible, well-paid job. He did not come for money. Something told him he has to come here. It is a call from God. That is why I look at Jim Whelan as a God-sent man. This is another way of witnessing. I have yet to speak one word about Divine Principle. But actually, I spoke every word of Divine Principle; I showed Father's movie, "Truth Is My Sword."
So I want you to be exemplary. Be dynamos, light-giving, heat-giving objects. Your auras, your spirits are shining strongly. When you are spiritually weak, that aura is weakened, like a fading rainbow. Keep that aura strong and bright. That is the challenge. That is how we are going to make our Washington Times successful.
I Want Your Letters
Also I want to pledge one thing. I want to keep my communication channel open to every level. You have a right to communicate with me directly. A very good method would be to write me a personal letter. If you have a spiritual problem or need some kind of help, write me. I am very good at reading letters. I do not neglect them. I read a lot on the airplane flying back and forth between New York and Washington. I get one hour of reading time because no telephones are ringing. If you want to tell me certain exciting things or if you have a problem, please write me. I don't want any problem to fester inside and become rotten. So you write me.
Also write me if for some reason you simply cannot stay here, you cannot continue in this mission. I don't want even one brother or one sister to live a miserable life. I want every one of you to be sparkling, shining, bubbling with enthusiasm, and moving toward the goal with purpose and joy.
I have already heard many wonderful stories that you are encountering people in the State Department and the White House and Congress. You see they are treating us differently. We will use our power in a righteous way to bring a great victory for this nation and for traditional American values, which are parallel with Father's values. We will build the kingdom of God on earth here in Washington. We are going to make Washington, D.C., an exciting city. Without us Washington would be pale and flat. Yes or no? We are going to make this city exciting and bubbling, and we will bring the light to the city. You are the salt of the earth. You can prevent the decay of this city.
Remember to be as wise as serpents and as pure as doves. Keep your purity. Keep your fidelity. Be proud of what you are and what you are doing. And today when Father and Mother come, show them.
Now, I want to really finish. This is such a rare opportunity to share my heart with you. At the Washington Times, we have our professional organization, which is headed by Jim Whelan. But we also have spiritual organization. I am your spiritual leader. I would like to be responsible. And I would like to assign Jonathan to represent me during my absence. You can convey to him all the spiritual counseling and needs. And we have seven key brothers and sisters with key newpaper roles. I would like them to be a spiritual counseling team with Jonathan Slevin as their head. They are Jonathan, Jim Gavin, Paula Gray, Josette Sheeran, Ted Agres, Denny Duggan, and Susan Bergman. This will be the initial committee. They will look after the spiritual well-being of our members. Let's give them a big hand. Those home leaders, stand up, please.
In Father's eyes, every one you is the president and publisher. Eventually we will have this many newspapers. Yes, that is the way Father sees. To be a good leader, be a good follower during your Washington Times life.
Thank you very much.
Prayer by Bo Hi Pak:
Our most loving Heavenly Father. We thank You very much that this morning You uplifted us all together for an even higher mission, higher dedication and purpose. Father, we thank You for hand-picking every one of us for this incredibly important mission in Your providence. Father, we have been committed, we are committed, we will be committed. Father, there is no alternative. We shall move on. Fulfill Your will. Do Your desire. Be Your representative. We shall win our people in our time. We shall win the world by the same one principle. That is the power of love, power of service, power of dedication. Father, we shall not let You down. The Washington Times is going to be an incredible victory for You. We will make it. With our blood and sweat and tears we promise to deliver the victory. Extraordinary victory. Thank You, Father. All these things we pray in the name of our most beloved True Parents. Amen.
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