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Unification Church 統一教会 통일 교회

June 29th, 2006 . by Matt

This guy actually had himself crowned as God on Capitol Hill, Washinton DC. He is the Leader of the Unification Church, Sun Myung Moon

There are not many religions that I will openly come out against, but the Unification Church is definitely one I consider a spiritual fraud that is milking its deluded followers of their money.

I found this video on Youtube of a Unification Church preacher sent to Japan from Korea demanding ALL the cash and possessions of the people foolish enough to join the Church. The video is in Japanese, and I have translated the demands for cash below. The translation starts at 1:32 minutes into the video.

Unification Church preacher:
Now, at this time, on this promisory note, WRITE IT ALL!
Write your husbands name, your wifes name, your phone number, your address.
Then write the details of all you own.
This means things in your name, from cars, houses, buildings, rice paddies, fields, WRITE DOWN EVERYTHING YOU OWN!

Japanese followers
Hai! (yes)

I am sure that some apologist for the Unification Church is going to say that American preachers make appeals on TV for money as well, but this is different, much different. How wicked the leaders of this Church are, but it gets worse.

As I wrote in the caption above, Sun Myung Moon had a coronation declaring himself the savior and Messiah in the presence of US Senators and Congressmen.

Coronations are not everyday occurrences on Capitol Hill — the Capitol being the people’s house, an indelible symbol of the republic, etc.

So it’s odd that a man was crowned in the Dirksen Senate Office Building earlier this year in the presence of several lawmakers and that the event is only now drawing attention.

It appears that at least some lawmakers were drawn to the event unaware of what would happen and who would be there. Others who the organizers claim were present say they were not.

The Rev. Sun Myung Moon, former felon and current owner of The Washington Times, was the man in the spotlight, declaring himself humanity’s “savior, Messiah, Returning Lord and True Parent.”

The event, which took place March 23, was sponsored by the Washington Times Foundation and the International Interreligious Federation for World Peace (IIFWP), a Moon-led group. Present at different points during the event were Reps. Danny Davis (D-Ill.), Curt Weldon (R-Pa.), Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.) and Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Sen. Mark Dayton (R-Minn.).

He also declared that Hitler and Stalin were now his followers.

One of Moon’s claims that evening was that “Hitler and Stalin have found strength in my teachings, mended their ways and been reborn as new persons.”

People that follow Moon and the Unification Church are going down a dark path to personal destruction, as well as spiritual decay for holding up a mere man, not even a good or moral man, and regarding him as a God. Interestingly, the bible tells of men like Sun Myung Moon, and identifies them as ‘servants of Satan’ –

(2 Corinthians 11:13-15) 13For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. 14And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 15It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.

If following Sun Myung Moon is the way to get to heaven, then I am not interested in going. What a wicked man, and what a wicked organization. I feel sorry for the decieved church members, but with all the information available about the Unification Church, I cant help but think that “There’s a sucker born every minute”.

Best 2006 soccer article yet

June 26th, 2006 . by Matt

Ruminations in Korea

Jeff from Ruminations in Korea does the best write up yet of the controversy about the Korean teams loss to Switzerland. Here is a taster –

1. The average Korea is completely clueless about the technical rules of the game.
2. The average Korea doesn’t care about the rules and just expects to win at all costs.
3. If Korea loses, then it must be someone else’s fault.
4. Koreans don’t stop to consider that that one call (ultimately correct) did not affect their standing in the World Cup finals in any way, shape or form.
5. It is unfortunate when referees follow the rules if it means a call against Korea.

Read the rest of ‘The Dream is Dead! Let the Whining Begin!’ on Jeffs site.

Offspring of Empire

June 25th, 2006 . by Matt

Here is a book I have heard a lot about, but have yet to read. It is called ‘Offspring of Empire: The Koch’ang Kims and the Colonial Origins of Korean Capitalism,1876-1945‘. It is about the development of capitalism in Korea during the Japanese administration. I read the first three pages on Google Books and those pages are reproduced below.

Offspring of Empire

Offspring of Empire

Offspring of Empire

What is written above seems at odds with what Korean historians are writing, so I am interested in reading the whole book. I will go into Kinokuniya next week and see if they have it.

Wife renting?!

June 23rd, 2006 . by Matt

In India the shortage of females (possibly caused by selective abortion) has caused wifeless men to rent-a-wife to do housework and have sex.

India’s female shortage leads to wife-renting
Jun. 19, 2006. 05:50 AM

NEW DELHI — Some husbands in western India are renting out their wives to other men, cashing in on a shortage of single women available for marriage, according to a news report Monday.

Atta Prajapati, a farm worker who lives in Gujarat state, leases out his wife Laxmi to a wealthy landowner for $175 US a month, the Times of India reported, citing unidentified police officials. A farm worker earns a monthly minimum wage of around $22.

Laxmi is expected to live with the man, look after him and his house, and have sex with him, the report said.

The Times said this was not an isolated incident in the western state, and that several men rent their wives to other men on a month-by-month basis.

The article continues –

The nationwide number of girls per 1,000 boys declined from 945 in 1991 to 927 in 2001, according to the 2001 national census. But in wealthy Gujarat state, the census showed 828 females for every 1,000 males, although officials say the number could be as low as 700 girls per 1,000 boys in parts of the state.

This does not happen in China and Korea because those men affected by the shortage are able to source females from North Korea in China’s case, or from Vietnam and other places in the case of Korea. Randall Parker from Parapundit points out that in the female shortage affected countries, the demand for prostitutes will also increase.

I predict that the governments in the affected countries will take greater action to ensure selective abortions do not happen, for the sake of social stability.

Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson and Koreans in Wikipedia

June 20th, 2006 . by Matt

Lord Nelson
Lord Nelson – A mere peasant compared to the great Korean Admiral, Yi Sun Shin

It seems that Koreans are appearing in the most unlikely places trying to insert Korean nationalist issues into Wikipedia with Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson being compared unfavorably to the little known Korean naval hero, Yi Sun Shin.

Originally there was no reference to Yi Sun Shin on the Nelson article, but some person (99.99% likely to be Korean or ethnic Korean) made some changes.

Here is what it said originally.

Most military historians believe Nelson’s ability to inspire officers of the highest rank and seamen of the lowest was central to his many victories, as was his unequaled ability to both strategically plan his campaigns and tactically shift his forces in the midst of battle. He may have been the greatest field commander in history. Certainly, he stands as the greatest warrior afloat.

And here is the new Korea Manse 韓國萬歲 version.

Most military historians believe Nelson’s ability to inspire officers of the highest rank and seamen of the lowest was central to his many victories, as was his unequaled ability to both strategically plan his campaigns and tactically shift his forces in the midst of battle. Certainly, he ranks as one of the greatest field commanders in military history. Many consider him to have been the greatest warrior of the seas; others rank him equal with or below the 16th-century Korean admiral Yi Sun-Sin, and comparisons have been made between Trafalgar and the Battle of Noryang.

These “others” ranking Lord Nelson equal or below Yi Sun Shin do not exist outside of Korea, I would say.

I suppose there are millions of other alterations Koreans could make to Wikipedia to conflate their nationalist heros with people and events of historical significance. What are we to do? There is an army of Koreans out there that are treating Wikipedia like a soccer match, the goal being to win and place Korea right at the center of the universe.

Cheers to ‘Yooklid’ for finding the Lord Nelson article, and bringing it to my attention.

ReactOS – A Windows XP alternative

June 18th, 2006 . by Matt

The main screen of ReactOS – the similarity to Windows is deliberate

These days I have been increasingly using open source software, and shunning commercial software. For example, I do not use Microsoft Office, I use Open Office instead, which has all the functionality that I require. I also use Real Alternative, which is a clean replacement for the evil Real Player, that hijacks the settings of the computer and bombards the screen with endless advertisements. All this makes me interested in this new open source Operating System compatible with Windows XP in development, which has an alpha working version available. This Operating System is called ReactOS.

The ReactOS® project is dedicated to making Free Software available to everyone by providing a ground-up implementation of a Microsoft Windows® XP compatible operating system. ReactOS aims to achieve complete binary compatibility with both applications and device drivers meant for NT and XP operating systems, by using a similar architecture and providing a complete and equivalent public interface.

Although Free Software advocates agree that free software operating systems improve the state of the art by fostering competition, ReactOS has practical benefit for others, too; ReactOS is the most complete working model of a Windows® like operating system available. Consequently, working programmers will learn a great deal by studying ReactOS source code and even participating in ReactOS development.

ReactOS components are growing more and more compatibile with equivalent, closed source alternatives, but ReactOS doesn’t simply stop at an arbitrary line in the sand. ReactOS has and will continue to incorporate new versions of the Win32 API and so will track and sometimes even define the state of the art in operating system technology. Rather than using current technology as a limit on our activities, we are constantly incorporating features from newer versions as well.

In short, ReactOS is aiming to run your applications and use your hardware! Finally, a FOSS operating system for everyone!

I was already considering installing Linux on to my computer, as I mainly use the computer for the internet these days. The only thing I want to use XP for is the increasingly rare occasions that I play games. The screenshots of ReactOS managing games seem promising.

unreal tournament
Unreal Tournament on ReactOS

ReactOS is not a clone of Windows, just a compatible OS, so they should be able to implement advances made in Windows Vista, and in future versions.

ReactOS seems quite far along in its development – I may install ReactOS to my computer when they are ready to release a ‘final’ version.

Jailed church leaders that beat up Korean girl lose appeal

June 16th, 2006 . by Matt

Here is an update on of an older post, ‘Korean Church Members in Sydney Beat Girl‘. NineMSN reports

Two Sydney church leaders who beat a teenage parishioner to persuade her to “mend her ways” have lost appeals against the severity of their jail terms.

However, Chi Yeong Yun and James Kang will both walk free from prison on Saturday, after serving 12-month sentences.

In July 2004, Yun, 38, and Kang, 22, pleaded guilty to assaulting 19-year-old Angela Kim.

Last year, both were jailed by the District Court for 12 months, but appealed against the severity of the sentences.

The Court of Criminal Appeal has now dismissed Kang’s appeal – but his jail term has expired.

Justices David McLellan, Megan Latham and Peter Hall found the jail terms were not excessive, considering that Ms Kim had been “physically and psychologically brutalised”.

But the court reduced Yun’s term by six days to take into account time spent in custody awaiting sentence. His adjusted sentence expires on Saturday.

Yun was the junior pastor and Kang a youth worker at the Open Door Presbyterian Church, at Chatswood in Sydney’s north, which was regularly attended by Ms Kim’s parents.

This article finally shows the reason for the beating – as I suspected, it had something to do with a boy.

In June 2004, Ms Kim, a student at Ravenswood private school, visited her boyfriend in New Zealand without her parents’ knowledge.

On July 8 Kang, a family friend, lured her to Bobbin Head where he, Yun, and another man, Bible study teacher Chae-Young Lee, assaulted her.

The court was told Yun dragged Ms Kim from the car, kicked her, hit her and repeatedly tripped her to the ground.

Kang hit her on the head with his knuckles and Lee slapped her face, hit her and kicked her shin.

Yun told her: “You are not like a human, you are like an animal” and made her lie face down on the ground while he berated her for her lifestyle.

The teenager suffered severe bruising to much of her body in the attack.

Two nights later the three assailants went to Ms Kim’s home, where Kang smashed her CD player because he thought she was not changing her ways quickly enough.

Yun told police he had been trying to help Ms Kim’s parents to exert some authority over her, in view of her “unacceptable behaviour”.

He admitted recruiting Kang and Lee.

The lawyers for the guilty parties tried to argue that because they were Koreans, they were ‘entitled’ to more lenient sentences because, get this, they are Korean!

Lawyers for Yun and Kang argued that they were entitled to more lenient sentences because they had suffered “hardship, shame and embarrassment” which sent a salutary message to the Korean community and their church.

But the judges were not fooled by that argument (especially since as far as I could see, the guilty recieved a lot of support from the Korean community).

But the appeal judges disagreed, rejecting submissions that the men were “fundamentally well-meaning agents of the victim’s parents and the church, who wanted … to persuade her to ‘mend her ways'”.

Case closed. If you live in Australia, follow Australian laws and dont ask for special rights.

Korean soccer fan in critical condition in Sydney hospital

June 16th, 2006 . by Matt

This accident happened very close to my home.

A South Korean man was critically ill in an Australian hospital on Wednesday after falling off a road sign while celebrating his team’s World Cup win, police said as they warned fans against “foolhardy behaviour”.

With World Cup fever gripping Australia, about 5,000 fans including Brazilians, Croatians and Koreans as well as Australians gathered in Sydney by 1 a.m. (1500 GMT Tuesday) to watch matches on a huge screen near the city’s harbour.

Police said an unidentified 25-year-old South Korean fan climbed up a road sign amid wild celebrations after watching his team fight back to win their opening finals match 2-1 over Togo.

They said the man fell heavily to the pavement and collapsed against a wall as he tried to get to his feet.

He was given emergency treatment at the scene before he was taken to hospital, where he remains on life support, police said.

Apparently Korean students and working holiday visa holders were also blocking the traffic like they did in 2002, creating a safety hazard. I am betting that the climber also had plenty of soju in his system too.

Occidentalism is one year old! And notification of absence

June 4th, 2006 . by Matt

Hawaii as seen from a space satellite

I am celebrating one year of blogging. Since starting the blog, I think that Occidentalism has been successfully offering alternative viewpoints and stimulating debate. One of the greatest things has been all the people that have commented here. It is the comments which makes this site great.

Tomorrow I will be going on a holiday to Hawaii. The date will be 6/6/06, the day of the beast. Yes, some people are not surprised that the writer of Occidentalism will be taking a holiday on this date. Some happenings on this day –

• June 25, 1876 — In the Battle of the Little Bighorn in Montana, Gen. George A. Custer and his 7th Cavalry are massacred by Sioux and Cheyenne Indians.

• June 22, 1941 — Germany launches Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of the Soviet Union involving more than 3 million German soldiers.

• June 11, 2001– Timothy McVeigh is executed by lethal injection at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind., for the April 19, 1995, Oklahoma City bombing.

Tomorrow Night

Owner of Occidentalism.org goes to Hawaii for one week.

During this time, the comments will be moderated, and Gerry Bevers will be moderating them. Gerry may also write a post or two while I am away.

See everyone in a week!

Legacy of President Roh: Anti-Americanism

June 1st, 2006 . by Matt

Fucking USA
Korean folk singer of “Fucking USA!”

It seems like the lasting legacy of President Roh of South Korea is to be anti-Americanism. This Asia Times Online article quotes US In Korea site owner and Occidentalism commenter ‘Isaac Roberts’.

SEOUL – As the administration of South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun winds down and assumes its “lame duck” status, the question of its historical legacy is coming to the fore. Of all the issues that Roh has faced as president, two themes have dominated from the very beginning – the Internet and anti-Americanism.

Blogs and Internet chat rooms were the genesis of Roh’s campaign. They brought a virtually unknown candidate to the presidency. With little background in national politics, without an prestigious education and from a less than privileged background, Roh could not have been elected without an overwhelming youth vote and its Internet coordination.

Today, Roh-Sa-Mo (the Korean-language abbreviation for the Roh Lover’s Society) has become an Internet legend. On polling day, bulletin boards, chat rooms and cell-phone text messages urged eligible voters to vote for Roh, boosting the usually complacent youth vote. Perhaps for the first time in the Internet age, a dedicated band of “netizens” had influenced an election result. But four years on, with the US-South Korea relations under constant pressure, blogs and Internet chat rooms may leave Korea’s first “Internet president” with a less favorable legacy.

Parallel to Roh’s Internet-based victory was the growth of a more sinister form of Internet-based political consciousness – anti-Americanism. After a June 2002 accident involving a US military vehicle, which resulted in the deaths of two South Korean middle-school students, Korean-language anti-American websites, chat rooms and blogs flooded the ‘Net.

Despite apologies ranging from those involved in the accident all the way up the chain of command to US President George W Bush, anti-Americanism continued to spread rapidly. With South Koreans spending an average of more than 47 hours online per month, according to Internet monitor ComScore, making the leap from the Web to everyday life was only a matter of time.

Roh has used anti-Americanism and anti-Japanism cynically in his campaigns. Like Kim Jong Il, I think his popularity in South Korea is based on him being so reactionary, because he is seen as defying the US and Japan.

Anti-Americanism during the period had a darker side as well. Residents recollect shopkeepers refusing to serve them, harassment on subways and even physical abuse. In one widely reported and particularly disturbing event, two American servicemen were abducted from a Seoul subway station by a throng of university students, removed to a university campus and forced to admit to “crimes” against Korea. Anti-Americanism particularly affected those there to defend South Korea, the United States Forces in Korea (USFK) and their dependants.

Since that time American expatriate residents have lived with anti-Americanism popping its ugly head up in every issue under the Roh administration, ranging from the esthetic value of a statue of General Douglas MacArthur in a rather remote park to the relocation of US military headquarters away from Yongsan, in downtown Seoul.

Unfortunately for Roh, the Internet continues to promote anti-Americanism as his most enduring legacy. Translated and interpreted, the Korean-language anti-American websites, blogs and chat rooms that were once at the core of his support base are beginning to filter through to the United States. More and more Americans are catching up with the situation in South Korea. In a country that remains far behind South Korea in Internet connectivity, few care about an Internet-based election victory, but many care about anti-Americanism.

Isaac Roberts (not his real name) manages the website USinKorea.org, a site dedicated to exposing what he views as the hypocrisy of South Korean anti-Americanism. The website is replete with images of anti-American demonstrations, translations of anti-American pop songs, and extracts from the South Korean media.

It receives a steady stream of interest from users in both South Korea and the United States. While Internet statistics show that Roberts’ site is not overly popular, with an average of 2,400 views per day, they also show that users look through a considerable amount of the content.

What started out as a personal project to inform Americans unfamiliar with Korea as to how “the commitment they offer to Korea each year is received in that society” is making the jump from the Internet to politics. Sites such as USinKorea.org have become a source of on-the-ground information for campaigners on the other side of the Pacific.

Roberts’ site provides human-rights campaigners and other lobby groups in Washington with an informed on-the-ground source. Targeted mail by these lobby groups give the website even further reach, until ultimately one 15-minute view by a political adviser sets the political dominoes in action. In reference to images on USinKorea.org, an e-mail from a Capitol Hill staffer posted on one of the now many blogs covering events in South Korea noted, “These continuing developments in South Korea worry people in Washington.”

US In Korea is doing good work. I have promised to contribute some translations of articles but I have been unforgivably tardy in doing so (I will get around to it, promise!). The US and Korea relationship will only get better if there is an honest understanding on both sides. On the US side it is time to drop the delusion that Koreans put value on US actions in the Korean War. Removing the US soldiers should help because their presence hurts Korean pride.