Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Pat Boone, Amway and Rev. Moon

Holy crap. Reader jpf found this song called “I was Amway” by Pat Boone, praising the company that I consider to be a cult. He’s also emceed events for the Rev. Moon. Is there any limit to what Pat Boone will whore himself out for as long as there’s money in it?

Comments

  1. #1 Russell
    January 31, 2007

    Well, now, I have to point out there is a clear pattern. That doesn’t suggest that Boone is promiscuous. It suggests he has a thing for mind-control cults.

  2. #2 Martin Wagner
    January 31, 2007

    Pat’s a has-been pop star from the fifties — that’s half a century ago. Any wonder he’s grabbing whatever gig comes along? I mean, seriously, to whom is this guy the least bit relevant, other than blue-haired elderly ladies who watch TBN in the assisted-living home?

  3. #3 Ed Brayton
    January 31, 2007

    On second thought, I don’t know that I can blame him completely. Faced with a choice of pimping myself for Rev. Moon or doing gigs in Branson, I don’t know what choice I’d make. But suicide would look awfully tempting.

  4. #4 carlsonjok
    January 31, 2007

    Listen, just be glad he is keeping busy. You wouldn’t want him to be cutting any more heavy metal albums, would you?

  5. #5 Martin Wagner
    January 31, 2007

    I understand there’s good money to be made playing the blue-hair circuit in Branson.

    And hey, carlsonjok, at least In a Metal Mood was funny!

  6. #6 realisticphish
    January 31, 2007

    Honestly, the quickest way to brighten my day is to play Boone’s “Enter Sandman” cover.

  7. #7 jpf
    January 31, 2007

    I thought you’d like that.

    Boone’s Wikipedia article says he joined Amway in the early 1990s, but there’s this quote from an anti-Amway site that puts him as a “rally speaker” in 1979:

    “Amway rally speakers have included Ronald Reagan, Robert Shuler, Pat Boone, Dale Evans, Bob Harrington, all well-known for their evangelical conservatism. DeVos himself was involved in a political initiative called ‘The Plan to Save America,’ with other evangelical ‘Far Right’ adherents like Bill Bright of Campus Crusade and former Arizona Rep. John Conlan (Sojourners, April 1976). The plan, among other things, was designed to help elect ‘real Christians’ to government and, according to DeVos, ‘get rid of those so-called liberal Christians like Mark Hatfield’ (a Republican Senator from Oregon and an outspoken evangelical).”
    –”Giving God ‘the business’”, Mennonite Brethren Herald, 9/14/79

    I vaguely remember Ed posting this video exposing the Moonies before (or maybe it was another similar video), but at the 1:46 mark you can see a snippet of Pat emceeing an Moonie meeting (source of that “Mr. Boone meets Mr. Moon” audio in that link I gave before).

    Some other interesting Boone trivia:

    In 1982 Boone was on the Board of Governors of the Council for National Policy, a secretive theocratic organization founded by Tim “Left Behind” LaHaye that has (had?) a lot of sway over the Republican party. Rich DeVos, co-founder of Amway, once served as CNP president. Also, there’s apparently ties between the CNP and both the Moonies and Scientology. (Nuts come in clumps, I guess.)

    Boone also worked for the short lived Nicaraguan Freedom Fund, which was started by Oliver. It received money from the Moonies, naturally.

    (Should I even mention the photo of him posing with his dick stuck in a box that someone found in his trash and sold to Larry Flynt who published it in Hustler? WARNING: Not Safe For Eyes!)

  8. #8 jpf
    January 31, 2007

    should read: Oliver North

  9. #9 jpf
    February 1, 2007

    (Yes, I’m apparently obsessed with Pat Boone today. New episodes of Lost don’t start ’til next week so the wacky, neverending conspiracy world of Pat Boone will have to do instead. My theory: Pat’s in Purgatory. Or maybe I am.)

    From the whore department: Boone’s a member of the “Steering Committee” for Working Families For Wal-Mart (a grassroots pro-Wal-Mart advocacy group partially funded by Wal-Mart, of course — no word yet on Moonie involvement, but give Pat time to steer). In his WorldNutDaily article “What Christmas ‘slump’?”, he defends Wal-Mart’s holiday sales figures against those nattering nabobs of negativity in the America-hating MSM. He also draws a line in the sand for those stores thinking of waging war on Christianity:

    And while I’m at it, I’m glad Wal-Mart is advertising “Christmas sales” this year, and not just meaningless, vapid “Holiday sales.” Don’t know about you. It’s a free country, but if I see an attractive bargain offered in a store that’s ashamed, or too intimidated, to refer to the season as “Christmas” – I’ll find a store that knows what the season, the holiday, is about.

    When not working as a greeter at Wal-Mart, Boone’s also the spokesperson for the 60 Plus Association, a “Conservative alternative to AARP”. Besides helping them campaign to repeal the estate tax by leaning at jaunty angles, he has an op-ed article on their site defending the “Under God” line in the Pledge from that vocal minority petulant enough to disagree with the 86% of Americans who consider belief in God central to their lives:

    While they’re certainly entitled to their views, maybe it’s time to tell the 14 percent to “shut up” and get over it. While the Constitution guarantees their right to hold and express whatever views they wish, the Constitution also guarantees majority rule. We have rights too, even if a minority of Americans objects.

    It’s good that the majority can “self-impose” their rights on the minority. If you don’t like it, shut up. That’s the American way.

    If you were lucky, Pat might have imposed himself telephonically on you last November. During the elections, he was doing recorded political phone calls (“robo calls”) aimed at seniors, presumably for the 60PA. How fortunate for Pat that you can’t tell a recording to shut up.

    But were those recorded messages made with his knowledge? He certainly wouldn’t have any problem if they weren’t:

    I don’t care personally if some governmental agency listens to our family’s phone calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We have nothing to hide. The surveillors may expire from boredom, but that would be their problem.

    (That’s enough Pat Boone for me. Good night.)

  10. #10 Joe Max
    February 1, 2007

    Ed, you’re absolutely right, it IS a cult. I had a housemate once who was infected with Amwayism. They have the slick publications, the rallies, the speeches, the “training tapes” that border on brainwashing… I never knew it was that radical until I saw and heard the stuff myself. Luckily my housemate withdrew from the brink before it was too late.

  11. #11 celcus
    February 1, 2007

    A great way to deal with an Amway cultist is to insist that it is not the EEC, but Amway itself that is the Beast described in Revelation. Just spout off a few pseudo Bible quotes and play the part to the hilt…It is quite entertaining to see them completely disarmed, falling silent as they rack their brain to remember something from their training that covered this sort of thing. Best closing is to ask for their name and address so that you can get them some information to them(to save them from the clutches of Satan)…After that they never contact you again.

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