The forthcoming visit of Sun Myung Moon to Britain hasn’t been widely announced. In fact, there is no mention of it in any of the newspapers. This is odd because, Moon, who was previously banned from entering Britain was permitted to enter 5 years ago by the Nu Labour government. The ban was lifted in the face of opposition from all sides of the Commons.
Home Secretary Charles Clarke said in an interview with the Daily Telegraph that he had wanted to exclude Mr Moon but “there was not a good enough reason”.
But the Home Office said: “We keep exclusions under review. The Unification Church in the UK is extremely small and any visit by its founder is considered unlikely to pose any threat to the public order of this country.”
Moonies are also a regular visitors to the House of Lords. The Unification Church may claim to have a small membership in Britain but there is a list of Moonie front groups that are as long as your arm. Indeed, on such front group, the Universal Peace Federation, has announced the visit. Billed as “The Founders Tour of Europe 2011”, the details of where the rally is due to be held is not mentioned anywhere on the site. Presumably this is a closely guarded secret that is only known to Moonies. Even a Google news search reveals nothing.
A blog written on 24 April that appeared on the Moonie site “Family Fireplace” says,
As Father arrives in Europe next week and then in May visits us in the UK he will be fighting for our freedom. He will be encouraging us to take up the challenge to live a life with no shadows, where we can fully and freely experience the grace of God in all that we do.
“Fighting for our freedom”? How does Moon intend to do that?
So why all the secrecy? Moreover, why haven’t any of the national newspapers picked this up? Is it because there is no longer any mileage out of Moon?
The last British newspaper to carry any news about Moon was the Telegraph (also the home to Moonie Nile Gardiner), which reported on a helicopter crash in which Moon was involved. Its a sympathetic piece that contains this nugget,
A South Korean transport ministry official said investigators recovered a cockpit recording device to help determine the cause of the crash.
A group of aviation experts from the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board will participate in a joint investigation, he said.
Why did the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board feel the need to get involved in an accident that happened in another country? It doesn’t make sense. The BBC article makes no mention of it.
Moon, who calls himself the Messiah and the ‘True Father’, arrives in Britain on Wednesday.