Monday, December 09, 2002

Moonie Monday

For those who doubt the Reverend Moon's long connection to prominent conservatives, here's some fun facts.

Thurmond helps Moon overcome immigration obstacles.

Moon came to the United States in 1971 due to the intervention of Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-SC) who helped the Korean religious leader overcome immigration obstacles.(67) Thurmond had spoken at a 1970 World Anti-Communist League convention sponsored by Shokyo Rengo.(67)

CAUSA has helped fund the World Anti-Communist League (WACL), and the Unification Church is one of four main elements within League.(1,6) Moon claimed that he raised $1.4 million for the 1970 WACL conference at which Sen. Thurmond spoke.(67)

Lott and Hatch Support Unifcation Church Holiday

On July 27, Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) took the floor of the Senate to urge his fellow lawmakers to support "True Parents' Day," to be celebrated the following evening by the Women's Federation for World Peace, which is funded in large part by the Unification church. According to the Congressional Record, Lott pontificated that "the breakdown of the family is a major factor contributing to the rise of crime, teen pregnancy, educational decline, substance abuse and suicide among our nation's youth" and that "[p]arents, by their example of sacrificial love and transmission of moral and cultural values, play a crucial and determinant role in the development of youth." But he didn't mention that the holiday had beenlong celebrated by Unificationists, or that Hak Ja Han Moon had founded the Women's Federation and still serves as its international president. The following evening, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) introduced Mrs. Moon to an audience of approximately 200 gathered in a Senate meeting room at the Dirksen Office Building. The Rev. Moon himself sat in the front row.

(thanks to Dooley for the links).

Look forward to Special Bonus Moonie Tuesday Tomorrow!