Billings Ward 1 Councilman Mike Yakawich

Billings Ward 1 Councilman Mike Yakawich


Well, one of them anyway. Ward 1 Councilman Mike Yakawich is a bona fide card-carrying member of the Unification Church, better known as the “Moonies,” in honor of their founder and savior, the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon.

My other Ward 1 councilman, Brent Cromley, is probably a Lutheran or a Catholic or a Baptist or something. Meh.

Mr. Cromley voted for the recent Non Discrimination Ordinance in Billings. Mr. Yakawich voted against it.

This strikes me as odd, since Pastor Mike belongs to a controversial sect who believe they are a persecuted minority.

Originally called the “Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity,” the cult’s church’s present formal name is the “Family Federation for World Peace and Unification.”

Moonies became notorious in the 1970s and 1980s through their odd public behaviors, which including clouds of teenagers aggressively panhandling. In addition there mass weddings, where thousands of complete strangers were assigned a life partner after they were “celestially chosen” for each other by the Rev. Moon, that is.

Moon became notorious for how he made money: By exploiting children, many of them homeless, in the US and Europe, but especially in Asia.

Moonies believes Jesus Christ was a nice guy but a failure. He failed to get himself a wife and have a family. Instead he got himself crucified to forgive everybody’s sins. What a loser.

Luckily, members of the Unification Church believe Father Moon is the second coming of Christ.

After all, like Jesus on the cross he suffered too. And not some measly three days on the cross, but 13 months in the federal pokey for tax evasion.

It seems odd that someone who belongs to such a controversial cult church should have the stones to throw at others people’s lifestyles.  But this is Billings and we don’t discriminate?

More importantly, we should discriminate between good and bad.