Dan Fefferman

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Dan Fefferman
Born Daniel G. Fefferman
Residence Washington, D.C., United States
Alma mater Unification Theological Seminary; University of California at Berkeley
Occupation Executive director, International Coalition for Religious Freedom
Known for Leadership roles in Unification Church of the United States
Religion Unification Church
Children 2
Website
ICRF

Daniel G. Fefferman (known as Dan Fefferman) is a church leader and religious freedom activist. He is a member of the Unification Church of the United States, a branch of the international Unification Church, founded by Sun Myung Moon in South Korea in 1954.

Fefferman has held several leadership positions in church related organizations. In the 1970s he was a leader of the National Prayer and Fast Committee, Project Watergate, and the Freedom Leadership Foundation, which were involved in political activism. In 1977 he testified before the Fraser Committee.

Fefferman was leader of the Unification Church in Illinois, regional director for the Unification Church for the Midwestern United States, the headquarters director of Collegiate Association for the Research of Principles (CARP), and editor of the national journal of the Unification Church.

Since 1984 he has been the executive director of the Unification Church affiliated International Coalition for Religious Freedom, which was founded in the 1980s and has been active in protesting what it considers to be threats to religious freedom by governmental agencies.

Early life and family[edit]

Fefferman became a member of the Unification Church in 1968.[1][2] After that he obtained degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and from the Unification Theological Seminary.[1][2] Fefferman is married with two daughters, and lives in Washington, D.C. with his family.[1][2]

Unification Church work[edit]

Political activism[edit]

In 1974, Fefferman was the executive director of the National Prayer and Fast Committee, a group organized by Sun Myung Moon to support Richard Nixon during the Watergate scandal.[3][4] According to one report Moon had chosen Fefferman (who is Jewish) to become the Prime Minister of Israel at some future time.[4] Fefferman was an official with the Freedom Leadership Foundation, which was also founded by Moon, and deemed a "political arm" of the Unification Church.[5] According to testimony provided by Fefferman to the United States Congress, at a scheduled September 1974 rally by the Freedom Leadership Foundation against the government of Japan, members debated cutting off their fingers as a form of raising dramatic effect, but instead decided on egg throwing. The rally was canceled prior to being carried out.[6]

Fefferman testified in August 1977 before the Fraser Committee, a subcommittee of the United States House of Representatives which investigated possible ties between Sun Myung Moon and the South Korean Central Intelligence Agency (KCIA).[3] Testimony from Fefferman confirmed that he had social ties to officials within the South Korean embassy.[6] Fefferman testified that he had arranged a meeting in 1975 between Republican aide Edwin Feulner of the Heritage Foundation and South Korean Minister Kim Yung Hwan, to potentially put together a group of congressional aides who would travel to South Korea.[5][6] Hwan was then-station chief for the KCIA.[6] During his testimony, Fefferman refused to answer nine questions from the subcommittee, saying that they violated his constitutional rights to freedom of religion and association.[7] The subcommittee recommended that Fefferman be cited for contempt of Congress.[6][7][8] Fefferman, speaking to the The Michigan Daily in 1980, said the subcommittee's recommendations were never taken up, and no charges were pressed.[9]

Church leadership[edit]

In 1977 Fefferman served as leader of the Unification Church in the state of Illinois,[3] as well as regional church director for the Midwestern United States.[10] In 1982, he was headquarters director and national president of Collegiate Association for the Research of Principles (CARP),[1][11] a collegiate organization founded by Moon and church members in 1955.[12][13][14] It was described by The Washington Post as "the youth organization of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church",[11] and by the ICSA as "the UC's youth arm".[1] Fefferman was the editor of the national journal of the Unification Church in 1989,[15] and served as chief editor of the first edition of Divine Principle in English, as well as other church publications.[1]

International Coalition for Religious Freedom[edit]

Since 1984, Fefferman has been the executive director of the Unification Church affiliated organization the International Coalition for Religious Freedom in Virginia, which is active in protesting what it considers to be threats to religious freedom by governmental agencies.[16][17][18] In 1999 the International Coalition for Religious Freedom filed a lawsuit in United States District Court in Baltimore, Maryland, against a Maryland state task force which was investigating new religious movements on state college campuses.[16][17][18][19] Fefferman commented to The Boston Globe about the case, "The United States has correctly criticized European states for scrutinizing smaller and newer religions through government commissions such as this one. The state of Maryland has been manipulated into engaging in religious McCarthyism by carrying out a biased inquisition into new religious minorities as 'cults.'"[16][17] In 1999 Fefferman defended the rights of Wiccan soldiers in the United States military to practice their faith.[20]

In 2000, Fefferman wrote to his colleagues about the Million Family March, planned to be held in Washington D.C. and sponsored by Moon and Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam, acknowledging that the two leaders' views differed on multiple issues but shared a view of a "God-centered family".[21] In 2001 Bill Gertz, author and an investigative reporter for the Washington Times, cited Fefferman as a person who "contributed valuable inspiration, advice, help, and support" to Gertz's book Betrayal: How the Clinton Administration Undermined American Security. [22] In 2004 Fefferman said that religious persecution of Muslims is probably under reported due to the fact that many victims are refugees, in both Muslim and non-Muslim countries.[23] Fefferman gave a presentation on the Unification Church at a conference of the International Cultic Studies Association in 2004.[2][24] In 2008 he gave a presentation on the Unification Church at the London School of Economics at a conference sponsored by the organizations INFORM and CESNUR.[25] In 2009 he criticized the government of Kazakhstan for its treatment of religious minorities, including members of the Unification Church.[26]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f ICSA staff (2009). "Fefferman, Dan - profile". International Cultic Studies Association (www.icsahome.com). Retrieved 2009-11-06. 
  2. ^ a b c d Conference 2004 AB - Draft Presenters at the Wayback Machine (archived July 20, 2008)
  3. ^ a b c Reid, T.R. (August 5, 1977). "House Subcommittee's Report Links Rev. Moon to the KCIA". The Washington Post (The Washington Post Company). p. A7. 
  4. ^ a b Boettcher, Robert; Gordon L. Freedman (1980). Gifts of Deceit. Holt, Rinehart and Winston. pp. 152, 164. ISBN 0-03-044576-0. 
  5. ^ a b Bellant, Russ (1999). The Coors Connection. South End Press. pp. 5–6. ISBN 0-89608-416-7. 
  6. ^ a b c d e Babcock, Charles R. (November 10, 1977). "Moon Sect Support of Nixon Detailed". The Washington Post (The Washington Post Company). p. A1. 
  7. ^ a b Associated Press (November 5, 1977). "Moon official balks at probe, faces House contempt action". Eugene Register-Guard. 
  8. ^ The New York Times staff (August 5, 1977). "New York Times Abstracts". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). p. 9. 
  9. ^ Hirschel, Alison (April 20, 1980). "Rev. Moon's CARP recruits on campus". The Michigan Daily. 
  10. ^ Yamamoto, J. Isamu; Alan W. Gomes (1995). Unification Church. Zondervan. p. 22. ISBN 0-310-70381-6. 
  11. ^ a b Shaw, Terri (March 7, 1982). "Mimeographs Roar In Propaganda War". The Washington Post (The Washington Post Company). p. A1. 
  12. ^ "In 1955, Reverend Moon established the Collegiate Association for the Research of the Principle (CARP). CARP is now active on many campuses in the United States and has expanded to over eighty nations. This association of students promotes intercultural, interracial, and international cooperation through the Unification world view." [1]
  13. ^ Storey, John Woodrow; Glenn H. Utter (2002). Religion and Politics. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO. p. 99. ISBN 1-57607-218-5. 
  14. ^ A National Movement Emerges: 1972–74 – A History Of The Unification Church In America 1959–74 – Michael L Mickler
  15. ^ Hatch, Walter (February 12, 1989). "Mainstream Moon - The Unification Church, once relegated to cult status, now is exerting subtle but growing political influence here and around the world". The Seattle Times. p. A1. 
  16. ^ a b c Ribadeneira, Diego (August 21, 1999). "Ire at school Star of David ruling unites ACLU, Pat Robertson". The Boston Globe (The New York Times Company). p. B2. 
  17. ^ a b c Argetsinger, Amy (October 14, 1999). "Task Force Finds Few Instances of Campus Cults". The Washington Post (The Washington Post Company). p. M4. 
  18. ^ a b Dorsey, Gary (August 26, 1999). "Unification Church group sues state over task force; Investigation of cults called unconstitutional". The Baltimore Sun. p. 2B. 
  19. ^ Hunter, Howard O.; Holly Price (August 2001). "Regulation of Religious Proselytism in the United States". Brigham Young University Law Review (www.law2.byu.edu): 538. Retrieved 2010-09-07. 
  20. ^ Spellbound, Sacramento Bee, August 12, 1999
  21. ^ Clarkson, Frederick (October 9, 2000). "Million Moon March". Salon (Salon.com, Inc.). Retrieved 2009-11-05. 
  22. ^ Gertz, Bill (2001). Betrayal: How the Clinton Administration Undermined American Security. Regnery Publishing. p. 287. ISBN 0-89526-196-0. 
  23. ^ Russell, Robin (November 6, 2004). "People of faith, not politicians can reduce terrorism". The Dallas Morning News. 
  24. ^ ICSA staff (June 2004). "Conference 2004 AB - Draft Agenda". International Cultic Studies Association (www.cultinfobooks.com). Retrieved 2009-11-06. 
  25. ^ CESNUR staff (April 2008). "The 2008 International Conference". CESNUR (www.cesnur.org). Retrieved 2009-11-06. 
  26. ^ Fefferman, Dan (February 16, 2009). "What values are shared?". The Washington Times (News World Communications). Retrieved 2009-11-09. 

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