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Special Segment. (Gloucester's Moonies) #511899

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Jul 08, 1980
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(Studio) Report with regard to Reverend Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church introduced
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Gloucester, Massachusetts) Presence of Moonies cult in Gloucester examined; criticism of their tax-free church status and financial affairs discussed. Extent of their Gloucester holdings detailed. [WOMAN - notes concern for children.] [Mayor Leo ALPER - says his stomach is turned.] Alper's criticism of Moonies bringing in cheap labor mentioned. [Unification Church leader Aiden BARRY - refutes chgs. as coming from Communists] Concern among local fishermen that Moonies will take away their incomes cited. [PEOPLE - comment.] Efforts by Gloucester city council and newspaper, "Gloucester Times", against Moonies reported [BARTENDER - calls for sending them to North Korea.] [Monsignor Daniel SULLIVAN - says group has a right to be here.] Efforts by Karen Ballastrassi to keep Moonies from buying property noted. [BALLASTRASSI - seeks petition signatures.] Violence said occurring as well; incident involving mistaken shooting at Paul Pecone cited as example [PECONE - comments.] [ALPER - suggests group sell property and leave due to temper of residents.] Situation reported getting worse rather than better.
REPORTER: Mike Jensen

Chancellor, John;
Jensen, Mike

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