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Posted by: schrodingerscat ( )
Date: October 13, 2021 03:33PM

"MAGA Gun Church That Worships With AR-15s Bought a Giant Mountain Property in Tennessee
Rod of Iron Ministries has been on a property-buying spree and says it plans to build a training center and spiritual retreat.

The MAGA-loving religious sect that worships with AR-15s has purchased a 130-acre property on a mountain in eastern Tennessee to serve as a “training center” and holy ground for its devoted, gun-toting followers, VICE News has learned.

The latest property acquisition is more evidence that Pastor Hyung Jin “Sean” Moon, a fervent conspiracy theorist and son of an accused cult leader, is determined to expand his reach into the American Heartland.

Moon’s congregation, Rod of Iron Ministries, also known as The World Peace and Unification Sanctuary, is a gun-centric spinoff of the much larger Unification Church, founded by his late father, the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, a self-proclaimed messiah and businessman whose followers were famously known as “Moonies.” The younger Moon, who also goes by “The Second King,” split from the main church amid a dramatic falling-out with his mother about who, between the two of them, was the rightful heir to his father’s empire.

In 2017, Moon founded his church in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania, siphoning off hundreds of followers from the main congregation who were willing to make the seemingly radical leap of incorporating high-powered rifles into their spiritual life. He did this with the backing of his older brother, Kook-jin “Justin” Moon, the CEO of Kahr Arms, a gun manufacturing company headquartered nearby. In recent years, he’s made headlines for recreating the mass wedding ceremonies that his father’s church was famous for, with the addition of AR-15s.

Sean and Justin Moon, plus other senior church officials, were also at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, and posted videos of themselves emerging from clouds of tear gas. Sean has also courted fringe MAGA-world figures; this weekend, the annual Rod of Iron Freedom Fest at the Kahr Arms headquarters in Greeley will include speakers such as former Trump adviser Steve Bannon, ex–NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch, far-right Proud Boy ally Joey Gibson, and GOP congressional candidate Teddy Daniels."

Imagine if Joseph Smith had AR15's.

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Posted by: Rubicon ( )
Date: October 14, 2021 02:09AM

Rod of Iron? Does this church use the Book of Mormon? It sound very Lehi’s vision to me.

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Posted by: Rubicon ( )
Date: October 14, 2021 02:50AM

It looks like religious opportunism to me. Moon has targeted the same demographics Alex Jones and other types of opportunists have targeted. This is probably more about making money than anything else.

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Posted by: summer ( )
Date: October 15, 2021 11:09AM

Yes, especially since Moon's brother owns a gun factory.

I don't know why I am surprised at the number of opportunists in this country, and yet I am.

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Posted by: Susan I/S ( )
Date: October 15, 2021 11:18AM

I am only surprised at how many people can fall for grifters.

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Posted by: Rubicon ( )
Date: October 17, 2021 02:33AM

People are very easy to play if you know what you are doing.

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Posted by: Rubicon ( )
Date: October 17, 2021 02:52AM

Just remember fascism rides in on fear. If you want to take a country over you promote fear and division creating all sorts of bogeymen. The best way to counter it is to stay cool, don’t buy into the crap being peddled and be very wary of anything that is divisive. Most people tend to be pretty decent and we all basically want the same basic things.

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Posted by: Rubicon ( )
Date: October 17, 2021 02:31AM

There’s a HUGE amount of grifters both on the right and left. They are very skilled at milking people’s emotions and telling people what they want to hear. It’s become one big game.

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Posted by: Chicken N. Backpacks ( )
Date: October 14, 2021 11:26AM

Kinda reminds of an interview I heard with with Jello Biafra of The Dead Kennedys regarding great band names, and he suggested 'Jehovah Rifle Cream'.

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Posted by: Lethbridge Reprobate ( )
Date: October 14, 2021 07:14PM

So are they a "believe what we preach or else" cult? Who else sees a Branch Dividian scenario playing out in the future?

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Posted by: schrodingerscat ( )
Date: October 14, 2021 07:25PM

They were at the Capitol on Jan 6th.
It was their LARP dress rehearsal.
Daddy’s commin back party is going to be epic!

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Posted by: Willie ( )
Date: October 14, 2021 09:38PM

"Giant Mountain" in Tennessee?

It isn't like they have the Sawtooths or Teton or anything remotely close.

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Posted by: bradley ( )
Date: October 15, 2021 06:53AM

We're from north California and south Alabam
And little towns all across this land

Old Hank could sing.

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Posted by: Lethbridge Reprobate ( )
Date: October 15, 2021 06:32PM

I'm 70 miles from "The Crown of the Continent" in the Rockies...."real mountains"...not Tennessee bumps...just saying.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/15/2021 06:33PM by Lethbridge Reprobate.

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Posted by: schrodingerscat ( )
Date: October 15, 2021 09:15PM

For the East Coast they're "Giant Mountains!"
West coast they're molehills, but that's really not the point of the story.
The point is there are these crazy Doomsday CULTs out there and some of them are very heavily armed and trigger happy because they really believe the Book of Revelations and they believe their purpose in life is to fulfill the doomsday prophecies in the Bible. And they're not alone.

Some members of these crazy doomsday CULTs showed up at the Capitol Building on Jan 6th for the Dress Rehearsal.

White supremacy is the most dangerous threat to our security in America. According to the head of DHS under our former President. That threat was there long before him and it will be here long after him, unfortunately. It's here to stay.

White supremacy is not going away anytime soon, thanks to the Doomsday narrative most Americans in the Bible Belt seem to actually believe. And self described, "Latter Day Saints" believe it so much they put it in their GD names!

Has anybody else noticed this whole new push for "Purity" among LDS? The PRofit assured Mormons that they'd hear "Pure Truth" from the inspired Brethren during General Conference.
What is the difference between "Pure Truth®" and plain, old fashioned, "Truth™"?

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Posted by: Henry B. Eyeroll ( )
Date: October 17, 2021 01:30AM

The anti-vaxxers are now starting to call themselves "purebloods."

Whether they're referring to Death Eaters or Schutzstaffel, it doesn't seem to register to these geniuses that in both cases it's overt fascism, and "purebloods" are the Bad Guys.

Damn, I hate this timeline.

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Posted by: Dave the Atheist ( )
Date: October 17, 2021 01:15AM

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