A gay Slovak says he has had enough of the Moon cult after marrying five different women in nine years.
Braňo Rozkob, 38, told the weekly magazine Plus 7 Dní he was finished with the Moonies after splashing out thousands in the hope that he would see his homosexuality 'fixed'.
"In other religious societies homosexuality was a problem. But in the Moon religion it wasn't. I was told that my saviour was Reverend Myung Moon, the living God on earth. On the basis of his personal spiritual wisdom he would choose an ideal partner for me, bind us in marriage and the homosexuality would be gone," said Rozkob.
But Rozkob, who thought the Moon religion could give him the child he wanted, went through five marriages and a chilling and violent programme to exorcise him of demons before he realized he would never be heterosexual.
After marrying and divorcing two women and then not touching his third wife for a year and a half he heard about a special treatment regime in South Korea which he thought could help him: it got rid of evil spirits which possessed people.
After undergoing 'treatment' that he says involved men and women literally beating the supposed demons out of each other, he got on a plane, took one look at a handsome young man and realized that he had wasted the $1,000 he had forked out for the course.
" 'You have won. Go and tell the world about the miracles that you found here' said the lecturer as he put the certificate in our hands. The smell of coffee brought me back to reality on the plane. A few hours after I got home I talked frankly to my wife about my problem. She said it was a perversion," he said.
But two marriages later, including a final one where the knot was tied via a satellite link to New York, Rozkob decided it was time to give up on the sect.
"Everyone was looking forward to my new marriage. It didn't last very long though and I soon found myself falling in love with a man again."
Rozkob said he had now definitely quit the cult. "It was like being in prison," he said.
17. Dec 2001 at 0:00 | From press reports of TASR and SITA