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    is a scary SOB ... and has been an ardent supporter of the Bush family for many years. Haven't heard much about THAT in all of these stories, have you? That their alliance is part and parcel of the Bush Dynasty's use of Religion to cement power:


    There were a few ominous hints of what Messrs. Bush and Rove may intend during one of the Washington gatherings that celebrated the Bush inauguration. At an enormous prayer luncheon held in the Hyatt hotel ballroom on Capitol Hill on Jan. 19, the featured speaker was none other than John Ashcroft, then in the midst of those difficult hearings concerning his nomination as Attorney General. The former Missouri Senator who wrote the first federal charitable choice legislation a few years ago told the assembled multicultural divines that he had just been endorsed by a street musician who played Amazing Grace.

    The luncheon was also addressed by Stephen Goldsmith, the former mayor of Indianapolis appointed to oversee the Office of Faith-Based Initiatives. This is an administration that will clear out the regulation problems, clear out the legal problems, he vowed. What made Mr. Goldsmith pledge slightly eerie was the luncheon sponsorship by the Washington Times Foundation. The foundation is yet another tentacle of Sun Myung Moon, the would-be messiah who went to prison for federal tax evasion and illegal commingling of his business and spiritual interests. At the luncheon, the Unification Church leader received an award for his work in support of traditional family values (which presumably did not include spiriting young people away from their homes to serve his cult). Before returning to whatever palatial compound he currently inhabits, Mr. Moon reminded his fellow ministers that religions tell us to fast, to serve others, to be sacrificial.

    In keeping with that injunction, Mr. Moon runs charitable organizations along with his huge media and industrial holdings. So does Jerry Falwell, the partisan Baptist preacher who in recent years has become a virtual adjunct of the Moon empire. And like his Korean benefactor, Mr. Falwell has long been a loyal promoter of the Bush family's political causes.

    In fact, all of the attention on Democrats, especially Black Congressional Caucus democrats, smacks of Karl Rove. Remember when Fortunate Son, an unauthorized Bush biography came out? Rumor had it that one of the author's main sources was Rove, who then impeached his reporting with leaks about past criminal behavior.

    Since 2000, Fortunate Son: George W. Bush and the Making of an American President has been the most talked-about Bush biography, weathering a fierce storm of controversy and suppression. After original publisher St. Martin’s Press received threats from Bush campaign lawyers, and saw their author destroyed in public, they withdrew their edition of 70,000 from stores with promises to burn them. Soft Skull republished the book, but ran into corporate media (like 60 Minutes, and media "watchdog" Brill’s Content) intent on attacking the author. A Texas lawsuit shut down distribution of this critical, fair, revealing biography. Hatfield’s life became the bigger story, and the message he was trying to send seemed destined to remain unheard

    Ethics backfires, I call them ... "Maybe we're bad, but so are they ...."

    The world is on its elbows and knees, It's forgotten the message and worships the creeds. Armageddon days are here again Matt Johnson

    by Madman in the marketplace on Thu Jun 24, 2004 at 08:14:16 AM PDT

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