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Rev. Moon Dies

The Rev. Sun Myung Moon is dead from pneumonia. Let me be blunt: Good. He was a fascist and a con man who fleeced millions of people and caused incalculable damage to untold numbers of lives. The world is a far better place without him.

The Moon-owned Washington Times amusingly said that he “led [a] religious movement to help promote world peace.” Wrong. He led a totalitarian cult and a network of corrupt, mafia-like businesses all over the world. And he helped fund the worst of the American right wing for the last few decades through a sham “newspaper” and a slew of front organizations. And his minions are saying:

A comment was not immediately available from Unification Church International President Hyung Jin Moon, his youngest son and appointed successor of the religious movement. But Rev. Joshua Cotter, vice president of the Unification Church USA, said Sunday that “the Reverend Sun Myung Moon, revered by millions as the Messiah and True Parent, who was born in Korea but who lived more than 40 years in America … has ascended.” …

“His vision of sacred marriage, of the formation of ideal families and a world of peace has been taken up by millions of people around the world and a second and third generation of Unificationists,” Mr. Cotter said.

Thomas P. McDevitt, president of The Washington Times, said Sunday that “words cannot convey my heart at this time.”

“Rev. Sun Myung Moon has long loved America, and he believed in the need for a powerful free press to convey accurate information and moral values to people in a free world. The Washington Times stands as a tangible expression of those two loves,” he said.

Talk about spraying gold paint on a turd. Now the question is one of succession: Who will take over this truly evil empire? Scoobie Davis, who has probably done more to get out the truth about Moon than anyone else (save perhaps John Gorenfeld), says there may be a dispute between two of his sons.

Comments

  1. ArtK says

    So, any bets on how long it takes for the “True Father will rise again!” myths to start? After all, he was supposed to rule the world.

  2. slc1 says

    We might also point out that Rev. Moon was a convicted felon who spent 13 months in a federal slammer for income tax evasion.

  3. d cwilson says

    When I was a kid back in the late 70s/early 80s (I know I’m dating myself), I read articles and saw TV specials about the “Moonies” as this bizarre cult that had mass marriage ceremonies and annoyed people at airports.

    Somewhere over the past thirty years, Moon managed to buy his way to respectability, especially in conservative circles like the Bushes. Like L. Ron Hubbard, he discovered that nothing rakes in the ducats like religion and money can bury a lot of bullshit.

    But if his worshipers believe he’s the Messiah, how can he have a successor?

  4. d cwilson says

    After hitting Submit on my comment, I realized, of course, he’ll have a successor. His empire is far to lucrative for his family to let something trivial like cognitive dissonance to derail it. I just wonder why kind of doctrinal gymnastics they’ll come up with to prepare people for his second (Third?) coming.

  5. says

    slc1 wrote:

    We might also point out that Rev. Moon was a convicted felon who spent 13 months in a federal slammer for income tax evasion.

    To me, that’s like bothering to point out that Adolf Hitler once cheated on a math test.

  6. Michael Heath says

    slc1 writes:

    We might also point out that Rev. Moon was a convicted felon who spent 13 months in a federal slammer for income tax evasion.

    Ed responds:

    To me, that’s like bothering to point out that Adolf Hitler once cheated on a math test.

    It’s better than that if the reader immediately considers how the law also brought Al Capone down for income tax evasion, which was how I read what slc1 posted.

  7. says

    I mean, it would be funny if Moon turned out to be god, wouldn’t it? After all, it’s just as likely as jesus or smith or mohammed or any of the others…

  8. says

    Marcus Ranum:

    My being afraid of fathering unwanted children are long behind me but if I could go back in time I think I would name a son, Jesus S. Mohammed democommie–it would be like naming a boy, “Sue”, except that guyz nicknamed Jesse, Smitty or Moe are all less likely to be jumped on the playground.

  9. typecaster says

    But if his worshipers believe he’s the Messiah, how can he have a successor? – d cwilson

    I did read your followup on how this movement will have a successor. But every movement has had (at least) one successor, or it vanished. For Christianity, it was James (within the Jerusalem community), or Paul (for the gentile-based part of the movement that survived the Revolt). Islam was split several times over fights about who the true successor was. There’s any number of other examples. It’s as natural as hurricanes in the Gulf. The problem, of course, is that the new boss could well be worse than the old boss.

    Even in this case.

  10. laurentweppe says

    The world is a far better place without him.

    I’m not so sure: his financial empire endures.

    ***

    We might also point out that Rev. Moon was a convicted felon who spent 13 months in a federal slammer for income tax evasion.

    Proof that he was a genuine “job creator” by tea-party standards

  11. Alverant says

    #5
    Sorry Ed, I have to disagree. Tax evasion is a felony and you don’t serve prison time for cheating on a math test. He is a felon and the fact his followers were willing to look past that says something more than if they were overlooking something trivial.

  12. leonardschneider says

    L. Ron Hubbard has been dead for twenty-six years now, yet the specter of Scientology lumbers on, with its Sea Org thugs and effluvial mass of lawyers.

    Things have slowed down for them though: Hubbard’s hand-picked successor, an asthmatic munchkin named David Miscavige, is just as big of a megalomaniac and control freak as Hubbard, only minus the charisma, imagination, and (believe it or not) basic humanity of his mentor. As big of a dick as Hubbard was, he could talk up a storm and capture the imaginations of his eventual victims. Miscavige just runs around screaming at everyone.

    My guess? In a hundred years, both the Moonies and the Scientologists will have dwindled to near zero, an historical artifact like the Shakers.

    The internet gained the Church of Scientology the attention they craved… But for all the wrong reasons. The general populace recognizes them for the thieving swine they are, long-term members are blowing on a daily basis, and with the exception of T. Cruise and J. Travolta, their vaunted celebrities are C-grade hacks. (Think about it: when was the last time you heard anyone talking about Beck or Chick Corea?)

    It’ll take the Moonies even less time. I foresee a titanic power struggle at the top now that ol’ Football-Face is croaked off — something Hubbard prevented by installing Miscavige before he died. Over the next twenty years or so, the Unification Church will probably split and fragment into clique-like subgroups, each one claiming to be the True Church, dammit.

  13. grendelsfather says

    My introduction to the Washington Times was a free copy left outside the door of my hotel room in DC many years ago. I picked it up waaay to early in the morning and began reading it. I initially assumed it was the Washington Post, but after reading a few paragraphs, it clearly was not. I finished a couple of stories, and it dawned on me that it must be some kind of parody, like The Onion, only not nearly as funny. Finally, as the caffeine from my second cup of coffee kicked in, I came to the horrific conclusion that these fuckers were serious.

  14. John Hinkle says

    Huh. I didn’t feel the earth shake, or notice the sky darken, or see fissures in the earth, or see birds fall from the sky, or whatever else the hell happened when Jesus died.

    And they’re saying Moon ascended? Already? Shouldn’t he have waited a few days, then let 500 men see him, and then float off into space?

    I tell ya, I’m beginning to question his Messiahness.

  15. says

    Notice how practically NO ONE is mentioning Moon’s death? There’s a lot of Moon allies who have a lot to hide, and the last thing they want is any sort of “retrospective” bringing it all back to light.

    Seriously, I’ve never known of any famous or revered person whose death got so little attention. The natural, universal human response in such cases is an outpouring of grief and at least a brief burst of attention, buzz, commentary and rememberance. But nothing for Moon, despite his fame and power in at least THREE countries. That’s creepy, and deserving of scrutiny in itself.

  16. Chiroptera says

    Let me be blunt: Good. He was a fascist and a con man who fleeced millions of people and caused incalculable damage to untold numbers of lives. The world is a far better place without him.

    I doubt that. If the death of every scumbag meant one less scumbag in the world, we would have run out of scum bags long ago.

    I’m guessing that he (and perhaps his organization) will be replaced by something just as bad, and the world will end up just the same.

  17. Didaktylos says

    In my non-serious moments I sometimes say that the fact that people like these rat-turds live to such ripe (and I do mean “ripe”) old ages could be advanced as evidence for the existence of God: He clearly postponed for as long as possible the moment when He had to give house-room to the bastard.

  18. says

    My entry for the Ratfucking Moon Limerick contest*

    There once was a man, Sun Myung Moon
    A grifter, a con, a liar, a loon
    And if that faker
    Really HAD had a Maker
    He’d be burning in hell and quite soon

    * And, thus far, it’s sole entry.

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