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.
The thing I’ll remember most about him is his follower Moonies asking for donations and handing out flowers in airports back in the 70s.
He’ll find himself in deep kimchi...
(w/o the apostrophe)
(Of course, back in the 70s I was traveling primarily in dress uniform. The Moonies seemed to shy away from Marines.)
It was only later on that I read about sleep deprivation and slave conditions being one of the main ways the Moonies kept their people under total control. I can't really comprehend how anyone could become ensnared in a cult. The feeling in that house was palpably evil (I had the same sense and same reaction when I got dragged by a friend to a TM meeting) but it is frighteningly common and the methodology they all use very similar.
Should have mentioned ... that happened around 1973, when the “Moonies” were just entering their heyday.
Just glad you didn’t post a pic of “some young moon”.... I still have that poster btw.....
What’s going to happen to his 200 gold-plated Rolls-Royces?
If he ties to take it with him it will be melted for scrap where he's headed.
IIRC, the “golden calf idol” didn’t work out so well for those folks who were traveling with Moses, either. That con-man crook has a lot to answer for.
He’s treading lava in the Lake of Fire now.
Good catch, DM. I’d forgotten all about that. I guess one in the “Plus Column” is better than nothing at all.
“I might have confused those photos from the crowning ceremony with the GOP convention”.
What does that mean?
At UCLA back in the 1970’s a young man came up to me at a bus stop and invited me to a “spaghetti dinner” and “discussion” at an off-campus apartment. I knew something was wrong when he looked at me with a weird smile and eyes glazed over, like he was on drugs. But he wasn’t. He was a Moonie.
There was a group there at that time called CARP (Collegiate Assoc. for the Research of Principles). It was a front for the cult. I told him I was busy, he handed me a flyer and left.
The CARP table was often set up on Bruin Walk, the main thoroughfare on campus. I can’t imagine how many young, impressionable minds they ensnared.
RE: I might have confused those photos from the crowning ceremony with the GOP convention.
What does that mean?
It means that RaisingCain is a Democrat Troll who very recently joined FR to raise trouble.
“What does that mean?”
What do you think? “Mitt Romney will RAISE this country!”
In all fairness, I will defend Moon solely on the grounds that he was not only a strident anti-communist, but put his money where his mouth was for decades and became and major pain in their rear end.
He was a big supporter of the Taiwan based World League for Freedom and Democracy, and CAUSA International (”Confederation of the Associations for the Unification of the Societies of the Americas”), and did a lot to get both evangelical and fundamentalist Christians working in an organized manner against communism throughout the Americas as well. He quietly countered a lot of the radical Catholic “liberation theology” in South America as well.
Even the North Koreans respected his clout, knowing that he could even reach to Pyongyang if they ticked him off.
Yes, Christians were well advised to keep a suspicious eye on him, because he did have an awful lot of wacky going on, but he was a big supporter of conservative Republicans in the US, and did much to give all religions influence in the UN, steering it away from communist oriented atheism.
All told, the immense good he did behind the scenes makes up for a lot of the weirdness.
Thanks for posting this and I hope a lot of FReepers take this opportunity to give it a listen.
Very politically incorrect and multiculturally insensitive—that’s why I love it!
Perfect FReep music.
The liberals have their own anti-war Asian cult leader who’s been giving speeches around the world since the 70’s. Google “Prem Rawat” he’s on YouTube also.
I encountered the CARP folks too. They appeared to have been taught that I Thessalonians 5:2 stated that the Lord would come as a thief in the night (as if the Messiah would be unrecognizable at first) rather than that the day of the Lord would come as a thief in the night.
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