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Thursday, October 28, 2004

Bad Moon Rising

Connect the dots: Nazi Klaus Barbie, Bolivia's Cocaine Coup, weird sex rituals, George H.W. Bush. Okay, a few more hints: The Washington Times, Korea, mass weddings, Capitol Hill coronations, the title of this post. Now, if you worked for the Pentagon's Office of Special Plans, you'd come up with the same answer you always did: Saddam Hussein. Otherwise, you probably guessed, correctly, that the dots are connected by the extremely strange person named Sun Myung Moon.

I just finished reading this book:

The book traces the various Republican scandals of the past 32 years and their intricate relationships with the two George Bushes. The book is full of interesting stuff, including a section on the Bush 2000 campaign's elaborate preparations for attacking the electoral college, since their polls were indicating that they might win the popular vote over Al Gore, but lose in the electoral college (in fact, they lost in both). But the most fascinating sections to me were the parts about Reverend Moon. Since you really should read the whole book, I won't give you large selections that will really inform you, but selected sentences and paragraphs to entice you. Fortunately, there is an article online which has much of the stuff I'm leaving out. As for the stuff I'm putting in:
Sun Myung Moon may have the distinction of being the most unusual person ever to wield substantial influence in the capital of the United States.

Known for crowning himself at lavish ceremonies and ranting for hours in Korean about the proper use of sex organs, Moon demonstrated how almost anyone can secure something akin to respectability in Washington if he's willing to spend enough money. In Moon's case, the ticket to influence in Washington was purchased at the price of hundreds of millions of dollars.
-- p 77
According to Pak's book, Moon taught that Jesus was intended to save mankind by having sex with six already-married women who would then have sex with other men who would pass on the purification to other women until, eventually, all mankind would have pure blood. [or HIV--ed]

Pak contended that Moon took on this personal duty as the second Messiah and began having sex with the "six Marys."
-- p. 78
"Here's a man [Moon] who says he wants to take over the world, where all religions will be abolished except Unificationism, all languages will be abolished except Korean, all governments will be abolished except his one-world theocracy," said Steve Hassan, a former church leader.
-- p. 84
In 1989, published reports disclosed that Moon had declared that one of his sons, Heung Jin Moon who died in a car crash in 1983, had come back to life in the body of a church member from Zimbabwe. The muscular African--known inside the church as the "black Heung Jin"--then compelled church leaders to stand before him and engage in humiliating self-criticism, sometimes making them sing songs.

During one of these rituals in December 1988, the Zimbabwean severely beat longtime Moon lieutenant Bo Hi Pak, who was then publisher of the Washington Times. Pak reportedly suffered brain damage and impaired speech from the assault, which church sources told me had been sanctioned by Moon after Pak had fallen out of favor.
-- p. 240
"History will make the position of Reverend Moon clear, and his enemies, the American population and government will bow down to him," Moon said, speaking of himself in the third person. "That is Father's tactic, the natural subjugation of the American government and population."
Yep. That's the guy who has supported the Bush family for years, the guy who was crowned humanity’s “savior, Messiah, Returning Lord and True Parent” in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on March 23 of this year.

How's your Korean?