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  •  Moon brainwashed the entire right wing. (4+ / 0-)

    From The Rev Sun Myung Moon obituary

    After Moon's release from a US prison after serving 13 months [for tax fraud] he was still welcomed by the great and good. At various times he met or received support from the British prime ministers Margaret Thatcher and Edward Heath, ex-presidents Gerald Ford and George Bush Sr, Canadian ex-premier Brian Mulroney, US senators Strom Thurmond, Jesse Helms, William Fulbright and Orrin Hatch, Reagan's defence secretary Caspar Weinberger, the former Nato chief general Alexander Haig, former US education secretary William Bennett, Boston University president John Silber, Christian Coalition ex-chief Ralph Reed, and the rightwing Christian leader the Rev Jerry Falwell.
    Robert Parry details how Moon bailed out Falwell's failing Liberty University:
    Covertly, Moon helped bail out Liberty University through one of his front groups which funnelled $3.5 million to the Reber-Thomas Christian Heritage Foundation, the non-profit that had purchased the school's debt.
    . . .  in January 1995, Reber and Thomas were completing their purchase of about one-half of Liberty University's debt, much of it for a fraction of the face value. The big losers included 2,500 bondholders who invested in the Texas-based Church & Institutional Facilities Development Corp., which had owned $12 million of the school's debt. Reber and Thomas scooped up the bonds at a bankruptcy fire sale for about 20 percent of their value, or $2.5 million.

    Many bondholders were "mom and pops cashing in their IRA money because their local minister and Falwell's letters said they'd be doing God's work," recalled Doug Hudman, a lawyer in the case. "The true victims are the mom-and-pop believers who think their money was going to a good cause. All it was doing was going to fund Mr. Falwell's continued indebtedness. It's kind of sickening."

    Moon also bailed out Richard Viguerie .  
    When he fell on hard times in the late 1980s, Moon directed more business his way and had a corporation run by Moon's lieutenant, Bo Hi Pak, buy one of Viguerie's properties for $10 million. [ Orange County Register, Dec. 21, 1987 / Washington Post, Oct. 15, 1989]

    With Moon's timely intervention, Viguerie survived financially and remains an important fixture in conservative political campaigns to this day.

    Moon supported Oliver North and helped fund the Nicaraguan contras.

    Moon paid Bushdaddy millions for speaking to Asian audiences.

    Where would the Republican Party be today if it hadn't been for Reverend Moon?

    •  Interesting question............. (0+ / 0-)
      Where would the Republican Party be today if it hadn't been for Reverend Moon?
      I've always considered political conservativism to have cult-like-features.

      "If it were up to me, I'd take away the guns."--Cheryl Wheeler

      by lyvwyr101 on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 12:43:58 PM PDT

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