International Healing Foundation (IHF), the non-profit organization founded and run by ex-gay guru Richard Cohen, has been posted (scroll down) on the Freedom of Mind Center’s website under the heading of “Moon Cultural and Social Fronts.” The site further elaborates about the list in general:
This list is the latest revision of the front group list originally created in June 1981 by the Ex-Moon Organization of business names of companies owned, operated, and/or controlled by the Moon organization or Moon followers. This list is for information purposes only so the public can make an informed decision as to whether they want to do business with these companies.
Steve Alan Hassan, the man responsible for the Freedom of Mind Center, claims he is “a former member of the Moon cult” and has written books on the subject, including Combating Cult Mind Control: The #1 Best-selling Guide to Protection, Rescue, and Recovery from Destructive Cults (1988) and Releasing the Bonds: Empowering People to Think for Themselves (2000).
We believe that only you have the right to control your mind. With knowledge about how destructive cults work, awareness of the misuse of hypnosis and other mind control techniques (commonly called “brainwashing”), and effective reality-testing strategies, you will be able to determine what is best for your life.
In response to our inquiry, Richard Cohen stated:
There is absolutely no truth to this slander. The International Healing Foundation is an educational and therapeutic organization with no religious affiliations. It is a joke for anyone to say to the contrary, and all about them, and nothing to do with the truth.
According to some extensive information gathered by Dr. Warren Throckmorton, to which Hassan links, questions appear to remain unanswered surrounding the nature of Richard Cohen’s work, the IHF and Moon’s organization.
We suggest the reader peruse the Freedom of Mind Center website for other examples of their work and come to your own conclusions. They seem professional, without a particular theological bent of any kind, and have been endorsed by Philip G. Zimbardo, Ph.D., president of the American Psychological Association, 2002.