What It’s Like to Grow Up in a Cult


#TIA – This would be just another cautionary tale if there weren’t so many cults still out there. There really were moonies all those years when we weren’t paying attention.

n July 1, 1982, the summer between her freshman and sophomore year of college, Lisa Kohn watched her mother get married. The wedding, held at Madison Square Garden, was not solely her mother’s own: Mimi, as Lisa called her, was one half of more than 2,000 couples being wed in a mass ceremony, the pairings handpicked by Reverend Sun Myung Moon, the founder of the Unification Church. Lisa and Mimi were members. They were, as it’s known colloquially, “Moonies.”

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