Sin City isn’t normally thought of as a haven for marriage and conservative mores, but there is mounting evidence that the Reverend Sun Myung Moon is seeking to make it just that. Chances are that if you drive into Las Vegas any day for the next couple of months you will see Rev. Moon’s smiling face on baby-blue billboards along Interstate 15.
The founder of the Unification Church has said on several occasions that he would like the culture of Las Vegas to shift dramatically toward the family-friendly side of the entertainment scale, and he is doing his best to turn the culture of the city around. The billboards are advertising his autobiography, As a Peace-Loving Global Citizen, which was first introduced in the United States in October, 2009. Mrs. Kaye Yamaguchi, a leading church activist in Las Vegas, had a vision a few months ago that the billboards should be set up, and she initiated a fundraising campaign to purchase them, according to Rev. Staffan Berg, the Unification Church minister responsible for the state of Nevada. Rev. Moon has noted at one of his early morning talks that he would love see similar billboards in all 50 states, Rev. Berg adds.
Even if you don’t drive into the city, you are liable to meet Unification church members offering you a free copy of Rev. Moon’s autobiography at shopping center parking lots, at stoplights, and out in front of businesses. If you live in Las Vegas, there is a good chance a missionary will offer you a book at your door step.
The Student Peace Initiative in association with the Universal Peace Federation presents the ‘God and Sex in Las Vegas’ Conference to address the issue of sin in ‘Sin City’ on April 26.
“We have between 20 and 25 members giving out books on week days, and on weekends, we have as many as 50 volunteers. Between 1,000 and 2,000 books are given out every day. Currently we have given out about 65,000 copies,” Rev. Berg tells Familyfed.org.