WHAT RELIGIOUS LEADERS SAY ABOUT HIM
Iman Haitham Bundakji
President, Orange County CA Muslim Association
"Through the efforts of Dr. Sun Myung Moon and the Universal Peace Federation, I have come to love Jews and Christians as my brothers and sisters. We are working together to bring peace.”
Archbishop George Stallings,
Imani Temple , Washington DC
"When you understand the fruits, you’ll understand the man. By his fruits you will know him, and I’ve come to know that his identity is clear.”
Dr. Babs Phillips, Upon seeing a one of Reverent Moon's large marriage ceremonies with couples marrying between races, religions and nations. “When I see your faces, I see the dream of Rev. King being actualized.”
Personal Secretary to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Rev. Dr. David A. Hart
World Congress of Faiths
"In the early 1990s, when the Western world began once again to find reasons to regard Islam as a hostile religion, Sun Myung Moon made staunch efforts to engage with Muslim scholars and religious leaders, in his quest for a universal message for our times."
His Excellency Abdurrahman Wahid
Muslim Cleric and
President of Indonesia , 1999-2001
We come here to welcome Rev. Moon and then to listen to his speech. This is actually a simple schedule, a simple thing to do. But simplicity doesn’t mean that the result is simple. Because in the speech and in the person of Rev. Moon, we can find a whole long life, a very, very long struggle to establish peace in a peaceful way.
Religion does not permit the use of violence. Under Islamic law, only if you are abducted from your home are you entitled to physical defence. Christians are admonished to give the left cheek if the right has been struck. All religions insist on peace. From this we would think that the religious struggle for peace is simple… but it is not. The deep problem is that people use religion wrongly in pursuit of victory and triumph. This sad fact then leads to conflict with people who believe differently.
For this reason Rev. Moon’s call for peace though religion is something of great nuance and profundity. We are deeply fortunate for the chance now to hear him and observe his life-long struggle for world peace through religion. We can see how he lives peace so fully in his life. He has endured unspeakable persecution. I know this. This puts us all in his debt. If he can continue, we are the beneficiaries. This is why I harbor an inner hope that this visit will bring about that peace he lives and gives through his life and his speeches.
Dr. Ralph Abernathy,
The late American Civil Rights leader speaking at a rally to protest Reverent Moons US imprisonment:
"Republican, Democrat, conservative, liberal-all people are welcome in this great organization. I came into it because this organization crosses denominational lines, political lines and racial lines. Now we have come together and agreed on one common cause."
Rev. Dean Kelley,
As President of the National Council of Churches USA,
Commenting on the unjust American imprisonment of Rev. Moon in 1983 as recounted in the book Inquisition:The Persecution and Prosecution of Rev. Sun Myung Moon:"Here is the whole appalling story of how Sun Myung Moon and his accountant were framed by the government of the United States…this is a story that should be read …by every American who values religious liberty and wants this miscarriage of justice never to be repeated.”
Dr. Hycel Taylor,
Senior Pastor, Second
Baptist Church , Ilinois
Rev. Sun Myung Moon- The great man who has realized the ultimate ideal of religion. In the first instance, he is deserving of tribute because of his willingness to subject not only his theology to the scrutiny and criticism of other renowned religious scholars arid critics, but to subject his life to the inevitable castigation and controversy that attends such openness. He stands within the sacred tradition of Christ, Krishna, ConfUcius, Buddha, Mohammed, Ghandi, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. It is a hallowed tradition that is marked by great suffering and sacrifice. Its path is paved with pain, and painted with the blood of martyrs. According to Rev. Moon’s biography which I read intensely, so has been the path and pilgrimage on which his spirit has been purged of the painful aberrations and occlusions of his life experience pains that yet paralyze the lives of too many, and obscure their vision of the “ideal” of a totally reconciled and redeemed humanity.
In the second instance, he is deserving of tribute because he has produced an ideal paradigm to set a standard for the attaining of the original ideal state of the creation of humanity, namely, the state of spiritual oneness with God, oneness with the individual self, and oneness with others . In a world fraught with social fragmentation that has lead to the destruction of the family, a model of familial wholeness is, itself healing to the despairing human heart… In the third instance, I pay tribute to Rev. Moon because his passion for world peace leads him to propose an actual plan for religious leaders of the world to surround and complement the United Nations assembly of political and secular leaders… That is an extraordinary assumption. It is a statement of’ his faith in religious leaders that they have been given a special revelation and thereby possess unique powers to make a quantum difference. …In the fourth instance, I pay tribute to Rev. Moon for his prodigious productivity in the material world. I see him as a man who, because of his experience of’ extreme material poverty, has attained the power to produce materially out the power of his spirit. He has learned that to own nothing is to have power and dominion over everything. This power, it seems, has put at his disposal the necessary material resources of the earth for the purpose of transforming the minds of the masses though information, economics, inter-cultural enrichment, and spiritual unification. His endless enterprising is expressive of a transcending spirit that creatively exists’ in the world, but is not qf the world.
In Gok, Hong,
Secretary General of Korean Taego Buddhism
I think Reverend Moon is a worldwide religious leader in this age and even for future time. He is a great religious leader who has lead the world religion. Reverend Moon's interreligious thought and international vision for world peace evidently prove it.
I met Reverend Moon first time in the conference of Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace. I was deeply inspired by his noble personality and moreover by his worldwide interreligious mind. I am convinced that Reverend Moon is one of those true religious men and true religious leaders. Reverend Moon has always devoted himself to the life of faith and solely dedicated his life to world peace through the religion. I can not stop my respect to Reverend Moon, with my deep impression of him for such endeavors.
His worldwide activities and projects through the religion are so great and respectable that no one has ever achieved these during their lifetime.
Moon's patriotism was special. Even when the relationship between South and North was frozen hard after the battle of the West Sea , Rev. Moon had University students of South and North hold a seminar.
Fourthly, it is completely impossible as an ordinary man to establish the unified world in every field by going beyond the wall of knowledge, thought, and religion. Regarding the argument whether the origin of the existence is material or spirit, Rev. Moon teaches that every existence was derived from God's love. In the ideological conflict between Democracy and Communism, he presented the Theory of Victory of Communism as the alternative proposal, which became a theoretical basis in breaking down the former Soviet Union . Moreover, he emphasized the necessity of the unity of religion and science and explained clearly about the problem of sin.
In the Christian terms, Rev. Moon is called Messiah, and in Korean term, is called True Parents. No matter what he may be called, since he is a Korean and is doing a great thing which nobody elsecan do, as a Korean, I want to give a big applause to him.
Dr. Abdulijalil Sajid
Muslim Council for Religious & Racial Harmony
"Dialogue and engagement are the only possible way to succeed, however impossible it may seem, and the Universal Peace Federation is providing the way to start that conversation.”
Rev. Kwang Myung Kim, President of Presbyterian Association of Dae Han Jesus
Rev. Yoon Kuk Moon is a grandfather of Rev Sun Myung Moon. Rev. Yoon Kuk Moon graduated from Pyung Yang Theological school. While waited for riding a ship at Jin Nam port to study abroad in USA , he decided his mind to give up studying abroad in order to donate all school expenses as the fund for the independence movement. Reverend Sun Myung Moon inherited such great tradition and great blood lineage. I believe confidently that it was not an accident, but God's providence that Reverend Sun Myung Moon appeared like a comet from such a great place and great blood lineage. Rev. Moon has lived a sacrificial life in his whole life time for the sake of reconciliation of east and west, and south and north, and unification of south and north Korea. If who is the greatest worldwide leader in this century is asked to me, I will answer confidently that it is Reverend Sun Myung Moon.
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