NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 14, 1976
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(Studio) Report on wealth amassed by Reverend Sun Myung Moon and political implications of his philosophy.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(No location given) Moon, 55, is Korean who built his church to a following of millions. His personal wealth estimated at $15 million. Gun factory that produces South Korean army weapons including in his holdings, as are: titanium factory, pottery, business, ginseng tea business. He runs school in South Korea on how to fight Communism. Government workers required to attend school. Moon reportedly has strong ties to President Park Chung Hee. Unification Church says Moon doesn't know Park. ExS. Korean army colonel Bo Hi Pak is Moon's closest associate. Some believe Pak involved with Korean CIA. Reported support comes to the church from right-wing sources in Japan. Moon supporter, Ryoichi Sasakawa has private army and reportedly linked with Japanese underworld. Another Moon supporter is Yoshio Kodama, linked with Lockheed scandal. Ex-prem. Japan, Nobusuke Kishi also reported to be church supporter. In 1974, Moon told followers that God wanted Nixon to remain as president Moon's followers marched in DC. Moon followers have visited congress offices in past year to interest Congress in Unification Church. Moon has made remarks concerning interest in American politics. Jed Patrick and others have kidnapped Unification Church followers and reprogrammed them. Arizona attorney Dennis DeConcini uses his office to work with courts and California representatives with regard to helping parents whose children follow Moon. Senator Robert Dole asks IRS (Internal Revenue Service) to investigate church. [Rabbi Maurice DAVIS - compares Unification Church to Nazi Youth Movement.] Church says it's being persecuted for unconventional beliefs. Critics say there's more to it than that.
REPORTER: Edwin Newman
(Studio) Reverend Moon bought full-page newspaper ads for Bicentennial rally he plans.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
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