Sun Myung Moon, the Korean-born founder of the Unification Church and self-proclaimed messiah who built a secretive global business empire that sells cars, guns, newspapers and sushi, has died. He was 92.
He was convicted in May 1982 of failing to report $162,000 in income on his tax returns and served 13 months in the medium- security federal prison in Danbury, Connecticut, and a halfway house……Moon had problems in other countries as well. He was banned from entering the UK from 1995 until 2005 on the grounds that his presence wouldn’t be “conducive to the common good for reasons of public order.”
The evangelist was also labeled a bigot. He referred to homosexuals as “dirty, dung-eating dogs” and said Jews were to blame for the Holocaust because they betrayed Jesus by handing him over to the Romans. He claimed to have personally helped the spirits of Hitler and Stalin become “reborn as new persons.” — Bloomberg
The leader of the ubiquitous Moonies and self-proclaimed “humanity’s savior, messiah, returning lord, and true parent” amassed a personal fortune — a true Republican bootstraps success story! Remember, too, he foreshadowed Rupert Murdoch’s approach when he purchased the Washington Times in 1982 and converted it to a right-wing mouthpiece. It remains a favorite source of disinformation and quotes for wingnuts and teabillies to this day.
In other news of dangerous, invasive reptiles, an 11 foot python was spotted in Marathon. Good thing they grabbed it — I’d be tempted to attribute that sighting to a bad case of the DTs.