APnd 12/21 2247 Lawmaker-Moonies SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- A Republican state lawmaker def

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APnd 12/21 2247 Lawmaker-Moonies SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- A Republican state lawmaker defended her participation in conferences sponsored by a group that recieives funding from the Unification Church, but a state Democratic Party official continued his charges. Rep. Marion Wofford of Sioux Falls held a news conference Monday to defend her involvement in CAUSA International, associated with the Rev. Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church. Wofford has attended five expense-paid CAUSA conferences, including one in South Korea. "They're doing something that no one else is doing and I think their conferences are great," she said. But the state Democratic Party's executive director, who criticized Wofford earlier this month, held a news conference Monday afternoon to respond. "I'm here to tell you that it's not great," Jim Robinson said. "She and the others, who are victims of Moon's hidden agenda, are manipulated and are allowing themselves to be used." Robinson accused Wofford of being naive. Moon is using CAUSA to replace communist and democratic governments with a theocracy led by himself, Robinson said. But Wofford said she does not follow Unification Church teachings and attended the conferences because CAUSA opposes communism. If other churches had sponsored them she would have attended, "as long as there's nothing unseemly in the organization," she said. "I met all the Moonies, too, and they were delightful people and they weren't brainwashed," Wofford said. Moon's followers are known as Moonies. Moon's name was mentioned at the conferences, she said.


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