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Ecumenical Support for Reverend Moon

Reverend Sun Myung Moon, currently seeking a reversal of his tax-evasion conviction (May 1982), asserts he had been denied the constitutional rights to free speech and religious practice. Joining him in that assertion are the National Council of Churches (NCC), the American Civil Liberties Union, the United Presbyterian Church, the American Baptist Churches in the USA, the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the Unitarian Universalist Association, the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus, and the Christian Legal Society’s Center for Law and Religious Freedom. The NCC, while maintaining that the Unification Church’s doctrine "is not consistent with that of traditional Christianity," was nonetheless alarmed by Reverend Moon’s conviction.

Moon was convicted of conspiring to evade payment of taxes on $112,000 interest earned on personal bank accounts, failing to file receipt of $50,000 worth of shares in a profit-making venture, and filing false tax returns.