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  •  I had some dealings with the Moonies (3+ / 0-)
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    Frederick Clarkson, slksfca, willb48

    as a senior in college, ca 1975.  I was invited to dinner by a very attractive woman (as I found out later, this was her sole function) whom I met at a temporary job.  Student food being what it was, I accepted (my GF was not happy).

    I sat through an incredibly convoluted and tortuous "discussion" of the proofs of Moon's status as the new Messiah, and pissed off a couple of the elders when I laughed at their conclusions - I simply could not believe that these obviously serious people were, you know, serious.

    They sat me down with a couple of the more recent converts and handed me a bowl of rice and kimshi and a cup of ginseng tea, then asked me if I'd like to come back another time.  I asked if they ate like this all the time; the reply was no, they normally didn't have ginseng tea with meals.  

    I bought a bottle of ginseng tea powder and left.  A couple weeks later I had a visit from two of them, asking if I was ready for another meeting.  I graciously declined.

    I really liked the tea...

    "My whole world lies waiting behind door number three"

    by wozzle on Tue Mar 04, 2008 at 11:34:09 AM PST

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    •  Count your lucky stars. (3+ / 0-)
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      wozzle, Frederick Clarkson, willb48

      My oldest friend (now deceased) was an investigative reporter for a northern California newspaper in the early '80s, who infiltrated a local Moonie 'colony' for a story he was doing on the church, pretending to have an interest in joining up. He came very near to being brainwashed.

      After several days his editor had to go rescue him. That night he called me, his voice unsteady, and told me the whole hair-raising story. I've forgotten most of the details, but I'll never forget how frightened he was at what almost happened to him, nor how horrified I was after hearing his account of the experience.

      There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. -Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

      by slksfca on Tue Mar 04, 2008 at 12:17:33 PM PST

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