Saturday, July 03, 2004

Reverend Moon's Senate 'coronation'

I think that Rev. Moon's 'coronation' in the Senate office building is both wacky and emblematic of how both parties kowtow to religious crackpots if they have money. But what realy slayed me is that Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R) was quoted as saying of Rev. Moon's newspaper, the ultra-conservative Washington Times, "I'm delighted that we have a middle-of-the-road paper in Washington." Now I know that the man is insane. If the Times is centrist, Ghengis Khan was a communist.

Keep an ear to ground on this story; a Senator was required to sponsor the event under Senate rules, and the name of that sponsor has not yet been released. That information belongs to the public and will come out. Then we'll see who the real wack-job in the Senate is.


At 6:44 PM, Blogger K. Gordon Neufeld said...

Moon has long sought to influence American politics, going back to when he first arrived in the United States to stay in 1972. When Nixon became caught up in the Watergate scandal, Moon took out full page ads urging Nixon not to resign and begging Americans to "forgive, love, unite!" During the 1980s, through a front group called CAUSA (it doesn't really stand for anything, or at least, it didn't at the time), Moon gave seminars to congressmen, senators and prominent individuals in which he claimed that the sole antidote to the Communist threat was an ideology he called "Godism", which was really just a watered-down version of his own religious teachings. But Moon's most influential move was to launch and sustain the money-losing Washington Times, which has been a anchor of arch-conservatism in that city, though not popular among newspaper buyers. I'm a former follower of Sun Myung Moon and I'm very familiar with his deceptive tactics. To find out what it was like to be a "Moonie" for more than a decade, I suggest you look at my book, Heartbreak and Rage: Ten Years Under Sun Myung Moon, A Cult Survivor's Memoir, a sample chapter of which can be read by visiting my website,


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