“Reverend” Sun-myung Moon is Dead

The Wall Street Journal reports:

1920—2012

SEOUL—Rev. Moon Sun-myung grew up in a Korean nation torn by colonialism and communism, started a church with himself as savior, built it into a world-wide movement known for its mass weddings and sprawling business empire—and despite preaching a doctrine of love and unity, often sparked divisiveness and controversy.

The Rev. Sun-myung Moon, as he was often known, died in a hospital in Gapyeong, where the church has a large community, following complications from pneumonia, officials from his church, known as the Unification Church, said, according to the Associated Press. He was 92.

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  • Enkidum

    Good riddance.

    • http://cfiottawa.com Eamon Knight

      Beat me to it.

  • JonLynnHarvey

    Just about one of the craziest preachers of the 20th century tied with Jim Jones, David Koresh.

    I saw in speak (for free) in Philadelphia in the mid-1970s and his body language was like Charlie Chaplin’s parody of Hitler.

    He also had a weird theory about John the Baptist betraying Jesus or being the anti-Christ or something which made Jerry Falwell seem sensible by comparison.

    A year later I went to a (free) get-together plug for the Unification Church. Most of the presentation was standard evangelical fare, but in just the last 2 minutes they slipped in something unconventional and said that if you wanted to learn more about that come to some weekend retreat.

  • Randomfactor

    Wait, doesn’t he have three days to come back?

  • mikespeir

    Another god bites the dust.

  • consciousness razor

    “Reverend” Sun-myung Moon is Dead

    I don’t get the point of the scare-quotes, if you don’t do it for all of them consistently. Are you implying he wasn’t a real, legitimate reverend, unlike someone like Fred Phelps? Or is it saying something about your assessment of his personal character, that he acted irreverently (despite his title), as if that were a bad thing? Or do you always use the scare-quotes, and I’ve just never noticed?

  • ‘Tis Himself

    Now we know Moon Sun-myung wasn’t a god. He died. Gods don’t die (it’s in their contract).

    • http://freethoughtblogs.com/camelswithhammers Daniel Fincke

      Some gods die. They just don’t stay dead.

  • http://www.stupiddinosaurlies.org/ Crazyharp81602

    Here’s a quote from a musician that clearly shows what a dangerous cult leader he really was.

    “I played in a “pick-up” (free lance) orchestra at the Unification Church headquarters a few times. Oh, the machine guns that were on hand behind the scenes when the Rev. was present! And the glassy eyes of the participants in the Unification Church. I did NOT eat anything from the buffet that was provided…”

    (in response to another friend from Facebook who was referring to the infamous Kool Aid saga) “Oh, no! But that was a different place with Rev. Jim Jones. However, I’m not joking about the food. The “church members” (read: religious prisoners) really had a doped up gaze. They looked like they were under the influence of serious tranquilizers to keep them under control. Those of us from “the outside” remarked on it constantly.”

    And another Facebook friend goes,

    “Went to grad school at University of Colorado *(Boulder)* in late 60′s early 70′s. Saw lots of orange robes and glassy eyed folks on the “hill”…….they kinda scared me at the time……but i’d never even *smelled* marijuana until going there. I was sheltered down on the prairie !”

    A total dangerous crook he was.

  • janeymack

    Good riddance to bad rubbish!

  • obscure1

    If they had given “Reverend” Sun-myung Moon an enema before he died, they could of buried him in a match-box. (apologies to “Hitch”)

  • arbor

    Glad he’s gone.

    Cue the next monster…

  • http://timgueguen.blogspot.com timgueguen

    Ban Ki-moon isn’t likely to be happy, as he’ll likely have to spend much of the next week or two explaining he’s in no way related to the late reverend.

  • http://aceofsevens.wordpress.com Ace of Sevens

    So who gets all the church’s swag? Is that laid out in their theology?

    • grumpyoldfart

      The grandchildren probably got that sorted out even before they started on the funeral arrangements.

  • Lizz

    We shouldn’t be glad someone has died, but in this case I will make an exception, at least for myself. He was one of the nuttiest of the bunch, a hypocrite, phony and deceiver. May he go where all such people end up.

    • John Morales

      IOW, a very successful businessman.

      (He was in the entertainment business)


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