Rev Moon’s NGO to Hold “Holocaust Commemoration” in House of Lords

Rev Sun Myung Moon’s Universal Peace Federation announces an event  to be held in the House of Lords of the British Parliament:

‘Genocide Awareness and Holocaust Commemoration’
House of Lords Committee Room 4A (Map)

Hosted by Lord King of West Bromwich

5:00 – 7:00 pm, 1st February, 2010

You are cordially invited to a discussion of ‘Genocide Awareness and Holocaust Commemoration’ soon after the internationally recognised Holocaust Memorial Day to be held in the House of Lords, Committee Room 4A. Universal Peace Federation’s (UPF) Community Cohesion Working Group is holding this event to promote awareness of ‘the path to genocide’ to assist the identification of future unfolding tragedies before they occur…The Universal Peace Federation’s (UPF) motto “One Family Under God” signifies the importance of  understanding how such atrocities have happened and the determination to strive to prevent future reoccurences…

But what of the UPF’s founder’s own views on the subject of the Holocaust? Oh dear

Who are the Jewish members here, raise your hands! Jewish people, you have to repent. Jesus was the King of Israel. Through the principle of indemnity Hitler killed 6 million Jews. That is why. God could not prevent Satan from doing that because Israel killed the True Parents.

(Hat tip to a reader)

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Ambassadors for Peace: UPF and UN

From the Nigeria Daily Sun:

The desire for the promotion of world peace recently brought Christian clergymen and traditional religionists together as the United Nations Universal Federation of Peace installed the Head of Ogboni Aborigine Fraternity Worldwide, Oba Bolaji Naibi, as Ambassador for Peace.

…The occasion was a spectacle as Bishop (Dr.) A. J. Osamuyi, who is the African Director of the world, decorated Oba Naibi with a cape on which Ambassador for Peace was boldly written at the Massey Auditorium, Afromedia area of Okokomaiko in Lagos.

The bishop was assisted in the investiture rites by members of his entourage which included Bishop (Dr.) I.J.K Idiareh and Bishop (Dr.) Igoma, all representatives of the peace federation in Africa.

Alas, there is no picture of the cape. I have been unable to find out which denomination the bishops are from, but they do not appear to be either Roman Catholic or Anglican. There are various Ogboni Fraternities, which promote aspects of Yoruba religion, but “Oba Naibi” does not have much internet presence, and his name as given seems to incorporate honorifics.

There’s a bit of confusion here, though: the Universal Peace Federation is recognised as an NGO by the United Nations, but the UPF’s “Ambassador for Peace” awards are its own affair, and nothing to do with the UN’s “Goodwill Ambassadors”, who are also known as “Messangers of Peace” and often described in the media as “Ambassadors for Peace”.

However, one doubts the UPF will be rushing to put the record straight. As was noted in a 2001 paper entitled “Rev. Moon and the United Nations: A challenge for the NGO community”, by Harold Payne and Birgit Gratzer:

…The Moon organization has used the UN for conferences and for publicity events. Moon has held a mass-wedding in a UN conference room. A new Moon-sponsored “umbrella group”, known as the World Association of NGOs (WANGO), proposes itself as an authentic voice of the NGO community…

UPF Orphanage in India

From the Times of India:

COIMBATORE: In a curious case, the Coimbatore police has been rapped by a court here for prosecuting an eight-year-old boy on charges of selling drugs.

…According to Sections 82 and 83 of the Indian Penal Code, no case can be registered against boys less than 12 years of age. Following the magistrate’s observations, the police dropped the case against the boy and sent him to the Universal Peace Foundation’s home for orphans at Karumathampatti.