'I was a Moonie cult leader' - 2012-09-03

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F345.png 'I was a Moonie cult leader' September 3, 2012, Emine Saner, The Guardian

Little did I know, within a few weeks I would be told to drop out of school, donate my bank account, look at Moon as my true parent, and believe my parents were Satan. I didn't even believe in Satan until I met the group.

I hadn't heard of the Moonies and I didn't know about Moon himself until several weeks into my indoctrination. These new people picked me up on a Friday evening and drove me to a very expensive mansion, which turned out to be one of their headquarters. As we were driving through the gate, they said: "By the way we're having a joint workshop with the Unification Church." I said nobody had told me about a workshop, or a church. They did the classic mind control technique – they turned it around and made it my issue. "What's the matter?" they said. "Are you closed-minded?'

I was put in a dormitory and couldn't sleep. I was planning to get out of there the next day, but morning came and I was told I had missed the van. They said I would regret it for the rest of my life if I didn't stay, and talked me into a 40-day separation, where I shouldn't communicate with my friends or family.

Wikipedia cite:
{{cite news | author = Emine Saner | title = 'I was a Moonie cult leader' | url = https://www.theguardian.com/world/2012/sep/03/moonie-cult-leader | work = The Guardian | date = September 3, 2012 | accessdate = May 5, 2019 }}