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Good Riddance to Bad Rubbish: Sun Myung Moon Exits Stage Far Right

[1]COMMENT: Sun Myung Moon has final­ly expired, 92 years too late. Head of what is gen­er­al­ly viewed as a “cult,” Moon actu­al­ly head­ed a pow­er­ful, inter­na­tion­al fas­cist orga­ni­za­tion with strong ties to the GOP, the Bush fam­i­ly, ele­ments of the CIA.

The Moon orga­ni­za­tion appears to be an exten­sion of the Japan­ese patri­ot­ic and ultra-nation­al­ist societies–the vehi­cles for the elim­i­na­tion by assas­si­na­tion of oppo­nents of Japan­ese fas­cism, impe­ri­al­ism and mil­i­tarism. The soci­eties thus became the pri­ma­ry vehi­cle for the ele­va­tion of fas­cism in Japan.

The recent­ly rebroad­cast FTR #291 [2] sets forth some of the most impor­tant con­sid­er­a­tions con­cern­ing the Uni­fi­ca­tion Church. Listeners/Readers are emphat­i­cal­ly encour­aged to exam­ine this show and the descrip­tion for it at some length.  

(FTR #428 [3] also con­tains dis­cus­sion of the Japan­ese patri­ot­ic soci­eties, as does AFA #7 [4].)

“Sun Myung Moon Dies at 92; Led Con­tro­ver­sial Uni­fi­ca­tion Church” by Elaine Woo; Los Ange­les Times; 9/3/2012. [5]

EXCERPT: The Rev. Sun Myung Moon, the self-pro­claimed Mes­si­ah from South Korea who led the Uni­fi­ca­tion Church, one of the most con­tro­ver­sial reli­gious move­ments to sweep Amer­i­ca in the 1970s, has died. He was 92.

Moon, who had been hos­pi­tal­ized with pneu­mo­nia in August, died Mon­day at a hos­pi­tal in Gapyeong, South Korea, church offi­cials announced.
Although greet­ed as a Kore­an Bil­ly Gra­ham when he arrived in the Unit­ed States four decades ago, Moon grad­u­al­ly emerged as a reli­gious fig­ure with quite dif­fer­ent beliefs, whose move­ment was labeled a cult and whose fol­low­ers were mocked as “Moonies.” At the height of his pop­u­lar­i­ty, he claimed 5 mil­lion mem­bers world­wide, a fig­ure that ex-mem­bers and oth­er observers have called inflat­ed. Those num­bers are believed to have fall­en into the thou­sands today.

Moon offered an unortho­dox mes­sage that blend­ed calls for world peace with an unusu­al inter­pre­ta­tion of Chris­tian­i­ty, strains of Con­fu­cian­ism and a stri­dent anti-com­mu­nism. He was famous for pre­sid­ing over mass mar­riage cer­e­monies that high­light­ed Uni­fi­ca­tion’s empha­sis on tra­di­tion­al moral­i­ty.

What also made Moon unusu­al was a multi­na­tion­al cor­po­rate vision that made him a mil­lion­aire many times over. He owned vast tracts of land in the U.S. and South Amer­i­ca, as well as dozens of enter­pris­es, includ­ing a bal­let com­pa­ny, a uni­ver­si­ty, a gun man­u­fac­tur­er, a seafood oper­a­tion and sev­er­al media orga­ni­za­tions, most notably the con­ser­v­a­tive Wash­ing­ton Times news­pa­per. He also owned Unit­ed Press Inter­na­tion­al. . . .