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Moonie (plural Moonies) is a term which refers to members of the Unification Church. It is derived from the name of the church’s founder Sun Myung Moon.
Some dictionaries call it offensive or derogatory, others do not.
Moonies apparently prefer the term “Unificationists”.
Try saying that after a few beers…
Unifici…Unifacti…Unificifi…oh bugger it..Moonies…
Moonie was coined in 1974 by the American media, when the Unification Church held a campaign at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
During the Sun Myung Moon tax fraud and conspiracy case in 1982, the prosecution argued that the term be banned during jury selection.
The court quite rightly denied the request and ruled that the term was appropriately “descriptive”.
I’m inclined to agree….
Well…no I don’t actually. Well I do say it…it’s the respect bit I don’t mean…..
You are barking mad.
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