3 02-20-88 02:53 pps Oregon political group tied to Moon's church PORTLAND, Ore. (UPI) A P
3 02-20-88 02:53 pps
Oregon political group tied to Moon's church
PORTLAND, Ore. (UPI) A Portland-area group that has lobbied on
behalf of aid to the Nicraguan Contra rebels and on other
political issues has ties to national groups linked to the
controversial Unification Church of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon.
Drew Davis, president of the Oregon chapter of the American
Freedom Coalition, said he was not aware of any connection
between the church and the coalition, or his employer, Christian
Voice, which calls itself the nation's largest Christian lobby.
The coalition was founded last year by the Rev. Robert G.
Grant, the president of Christian Voice. The strongly
anti-communist coalition has lobbied nationally in support of aid
to Nicraguan and Afghan rebels.
A spokesman for both national groups, Greg Mueller, denied
that either was allied with the Unification Church. However, he
said about half of the staff in the coalition's 50 state offices
came from a group linked to the church, the American
Davis, who served four terms in the Oregon House, calls
himself a "dyed in the wool Christian" and said he knows nothing
about Moon's religion and has no connection to his church.
Knight-Ridder newspapers reported last year that the
Unification Church had funneled millions of dollars to a variety
of American leaders, including some New Right conservatives
connected to the freedom coalition.
The article said the coalition was aimed at influencing U.S.
politics and perhaps developing a new hard-right U.S. political
The Unifcation Church has been accused of being a cult that
brainwashes young people. Its beliefs center on a doctrine of a
Korean messiah, who supplants Jesus and unifies the world.
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