'RESTORING AMERICA'S ORIGINAL IDEALS' THE NEW FASHONED WAY
From: THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC, Phoenix, AZ 3-26-89
By: William P. Cheshire
Editor of the Editorial Pages, THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC
Last fall the chairman of the American Freedom Coalition of
Arizona, Eugene C. Hutloff, took the word to me in a letter for
asserting that his organization was furthering the political
agenda of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon.
"We're not a Moonie front, or any other kind of front, for
that matter," he wrote. "We're just a group of concerned
Americans dedicated to restoring America's original ideals and
helping our country recover her greatness and live up to her
responsibilities in this world."
I'm sure he thought he was telling the truth.
In recruiting Mr. Hutloff, AFC operatives no doubt avoided
the direct approach. They didn't say, "Hey, Hutloff, we've got
this nifty Moonie front? Want to head it up?"
Probably they told him they wanted him to join their world-
beating organization to restore traditional American values.
But the AFC of Arizona is a Moonie front just the same, and
anyone who wants confirmation can read the current issue of U.S.
NEWS AND WORLD REPORT.(3-27-89)
"The initiative for starting the Unification Church's latest
political venture, the American Freedom Coalition," writes John
B. Judis, "came from Pak and from Gary Jarmin, a founder of the
fundamentalist group Christian Voice."
"Pak" is Col. Bo Hi Pak, Rev. Moon's principal henchman and
a former assistant military attache at the South Korean Embassy
He runs most of Rev. Moon's political operations in this
country, including my old newspaper the WASHINGTON TIMES, whos
dust I shook from my feet two Passovers ago when the Moonies,
going back on their word, seized editorial control.
The colonel and Mr. Jarmin recruited the Rev. Robert Grant
to run the AFC. then the colonel arranged, through Rev. Moon's
Unification Church, a tidy $5 million in loans.
"The church also contributed 60 members as full-time paid
organizers, one for each state and one for each region," Mr.
Judis reports, "and 10 or more staff members to coalition
Safely aboard, Dr. Grant hauled down the Moonie colors.
In an unpublished response to CHRISTIANITY TODAY, he states
"emphatically" that the AFC "is not connected in some secretive
way with the Unification Church."
Does this mean that the connection is non-secretive? No, it
means that, like so many of Rev. Moon's beneficiaries, Dr. Grant
finds it expedient to dissemble.
Yet the Moonie stain is there for anyone to see.
The AFC raises most of its money by peddling a videocassette
biography of Oliver North donated by Global Images, a Moonie-
affilitated production company.
Ollie North once warned me that the Moonies were
"dangerous." Last week, I see, he was a dinner speaker at Rev.
Moon's Tenth World Media Conference at Washington's Shoreham
But I digress.
Some right-wing stars have spurned Moonie advances.
Former Alabama Sen. Jeremiah Denton, for example, is said to
have turned down a six-figure salary to head the American Freedom
Other conservativees, however, have been less persnickety.
Direct mail wizard Richard Viguerie was $1.5 million in debt
when Rev. Moon's U.S. Property Development Corp. paid him $10.6
million for an office building he owned in Falls Church, VA.
The suddenly solvent Mr. Viguerie then was enriched by
business coming his way from the WASHINGTON TIMES and the AFC,
both of which he's "proud to be associated" with, he says.
Not so blessed was David Finzer, who used to run the
Conservative Action Foundation. Promised money "with no strings
attached." he found himself in debt and the target of a Moonie
"Finzer says Pak told him that CAF would have to 'be
subsumed under the American Freedom Coalition and that I would
have to become its marketing director,' " Mr. Judis reports.
"Pak also began hinting that Finzer, a Roman Catholic, should
These deceptions ought to be of great interest to non-Moonie
members of the American Freedom Coalition of Arizona, who no
longer need to take my word for it that they are being used.