The wife of Yukio Hatoyama, Japan’s new prime minister, is a nut.
“While my body was sleeping, I think my spirit flew on a triangular-shaped UFO to Venus,” wrote Miyuki Hatoyama. “It was an extremely beautiful place and was very green.”
The space-bound spouse has also been a musical actress, cookbook writer, designer and TV personality — and says that she was friends long ago with Tom Cruise, whom she knew in a previous life when he was Japanese.
“I eat the sun,” Miyuki says, raising her arms as if to tear pieces off an imaginary sun. “Like this: yum, yum, yum. It gives me enormous energy. My husband has recently started doing that too.”
How this wasn’t news before Hatoyama was elected, I don’t know. In America, we would’ve learned this sort of this well before the primaries.But it raises a question: What would hurt a candidate running for public office more: A spouse who believed in “new age” bullshit, or a spouse who didn’t believe in God?
The answer is obvious in America — the spouse’s atheism would be made public and that would likely doom the candidate. Meanwhile, our elected officials still have problems accepting evolution… the “new age” stuff would be mocked but the candidate could still get elected.
His wife’s crazy beliefs didn’t hurt the new PM in Japan… I don’t know whether atheism would have been better or worse there.
What about other countries?
(Thanks to Wayne for the link!)