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FTR #84 George Bush, “Reverend” Jerry Falwell and “Reverend” Sun Myung Moon

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These seg­ments doc­u­ment the close pro­fes­sion­al rela­tion­ship between for­mer Pres­i­dent George Bush (for­mer direc­tor of the CIA), Jer­ry Fal­well (founder of the so-called “Moral Major­i­ty”) and Sun Myung Moon (the head of the Uni­fi­ca­tion Church). Bush has been doing lucra­tive speak­ing engage­ments for Moon and his orga­ni­za­tion for some time. Most recent­ly, a Bush speak­ing tour on behalf of Moon in Latin Amer­i­ca was instru­men­tal in launch­ing Moon’s new Latin Amer­i­can news­pa­per. Crit­i­cism and oppo­si­tion to the paper’s found­ing had been wide­spread and vehe­ment. Bush’s endorse­ment neu­tral­ized that oppo­si­tion. Moon’s orga­ni­za­tion is the finan­cial patron of Fal­well’s Lib­er­ty Uni­ver­si­ty. When that Evan­gel­i­cal insti­tu­tion was threat­ened with bank­rupt­cy, its exis­tence was sus­tained by mon­ey from Moon. Labeled as a threat to U.S. nation­al secu­ri­ty by ele­ments of Amer­i­can intel­li­gence, Moon and his orga­ni­za­tion have been vocal­ly anti-Amer­i­can, while attempt­ing to paint them­selves as pro-Amer­i­can at the same time. His­tor­i­cal­ly allied with Japan­ese fas­cists and war crim­i­nals from World War II, Moon’s out­fit may very well be an exten­sion of the Japan­ese Patri­ot­ic Soci­eties, even though it is super­fi­cial­ly Kore­an. These orga­ni­za­tions helped to pave the way for the rise of fas­cism in Japan pri­or to the Sec­ond World War.