Monday, June 21, 2004

Over the Moon

John Gorenfeld of Salon.com has the lowdown on the coronation of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon.

On March 23, the Dirksen Senate Office Building was the scene of a coronation ceremony for Rev. Sun Myung Moon, owner of the conservative Washington Times newspaper and UPI wire service, who was given a bejeweled crown by Rep. Danny K. Davis, D-Ill. Afterward, Moon told his bipartisan audience of Washington power players he would save everyone on Earth as he had saved the souls of Hitler and Stalin — the murderous dictators had been born again through him, he said. In a vision, Moon said the reformed Hitler and Stalin vouched for him, calling him “none other than humanity’s Savior, Messiah, Returning Lord and True Parent.”

To many observers, this bizarre scene would have looked like the apocalypse as depicted in “Left Behind” novels. Moon, 84, the benefactor of conservative foundations like the American Family Coalition — who served time in the 1980s for tax fraud and conspiracy to obstruct justice — has views somewhere to the right of the Taliban’s Mullah Omar. Moon preaches that gays are “dung-eating dogs,” Jews brought on the Holocaust by betraying Jesus, and the U.S. Constitution should be scrapped in favor of a system he calls “Godism” — with him in charge. The man crowned “King of Peace” by congressmen once said, according to sermons reprinted in his church’s Unification News: “Suppose I were to hit you with the baseball bat to stop you, bloodying your ear and breaking a bone or two, yet still you insisted on doing more work for Father.”

Read the rest here (subscription/Day Pass). Far be it from me to knock someone else’s religion – as John Lennon noted, “whatever gets you through the night” – but there’s evidence that Moon and his troops have been spending a lot of money to back their friends in Congress. Again, it’s probably not illegal, but you’d think that whoever’s taking the money would want to know that their benefactor is an anti-Semitic, homophobic whack-job with delusions of grandeur, not to mention the cosmic e-mail box for Hitler and Stalin.

Oh, wait…I forgot. Clinton’s book is out. All the real journalists are covering that.