Skip to comments.Sun Myung Moon dies at 92; Washington Times owner led the Unification Church
Posted on 09/02/2012 1:16:23 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Sun Myung Moon, a self-professed messiah who claimed millions of religious followers in his Unification Church and sought to become a powerful voice in the American conservative movement through business interests that included the Washington Times, has died. He was 92.
The Washington Times reported that Mr. Moon died in South Korea early Monday morning (Sunday afternoon in Washington). Unification Church spokesman Ahn Ho-yeul told the Associated Press that Mr. Moon died at a church-owned hospital near his home in Gapyeong, northeast of Seoul. He had been under treatment for pneumonia.
Mr. Moon, the son of Korean farmers, created a sprawling empire at the intersection of religion and business and became one of the worlds most enigmatic and polarizing public figures.
His stated ambition was to rule the world and replace Christianity with his own faith, which blended elements of Christianity, Confucianism and Korean folk religions. A leading symbol of the 1970s cult wars in America, he attracted a great deal of attention and ridicule for holding mass weddings for Unificationist couples whom he had paired, often without the prospective partners ever having met.
But his success in business and involvement in American politics demanded that people who could care less about his peculiar doctrinal views pay attention to him, said James Beverley, a professor at Tyndale University College and Seminary in Toronto who has studied Mr. Moons church since the late 1970s.
As a young man, Mr. Moon was twice jailed in the 1940s when his sermonizing attracted the attention of authorities in what is now North Korea. Emerging as a staunch anti-communist, he built the foundations of what became a global business network with labor provided by his devotees.
He made his most strident inroads into American culture in the 1970s.
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And now he’ll meet God - and it won’t be him.
One more to go.
It’s good to be a Moon!
They always go in threes.
goofier’n Skittles turds
And didn’t croak on the night of blue moon?
If they weren’t obviously Koreans, I might have confused those photos from the crowning ceremony with the GOP convention.
Well, Old Buddha was a man and I'm sure that he meant well
But I pray for his disciples lest they wind up in hell
And I'm sure that old Mohammed thought he knew the way
But it won't be Hare Krishna we stand before on The Judgment Day.
No, it won't be old Buddha that's sitting on the throne
And it won't be old Mohammed that's calling us Home
And it won't be Hare Krishna that plays that trumpet tune
And we're going to see The Son not Reverend Moon!
I was just now googling on that ceremony. Who were these congressmen who attended that farce of a crowning ceremony? I saw photos of Jews and Muslims apparently calling the Messiah a “true parent of humanity,” but didn’t see any congressmen.
I thought the church was a partial owner of the Times.
“They always go in threes.”
Now picture these three chatting in a celestial elevator that is zigzagging sideways before plunging to drop off one one on a Jupitor moon.
You doubters just wait three days after they roll away the stone!
No, just add Greek columns and that could have been Bøzø and Møøchelle.
Rev Some Young Loon...no wait, Some Old Loon...Some Dead Loon.
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