I was fifteen or so years old. That was back in the old days, before everyone who was 15 was world-wise and even world weary. I was a bit world wise for my age, though, as I was living on my own and was fully supporting myself with a couple of paying jobs.
Waling home from work one day, a pretty young woman approached me, as though she was asking for directions. She was foreign and her English was poor, but I eventually came to understand that she wanted me to come over to her house later that evening for dinner. She promised a nice dinner, and she promised more. She was using words like “satisfaction” and “pleasure,” embedded in sentences that I otherwise could not understand.
A fifteen year old boy’s dreams come true … Or maybe not.
She gave me a piece of paper with her phone number on it. I took it, and continued on my way, and never called her and never went to her house because I was not as stupid as I apparently looked, and was rather suspicious. A few days later I met another woman with a very similar act, this time giving me a flower and her phone number. A couple of weeks later, it happened again. And again. And again.
But by third or fourth time, I knew what was going on. These young Asian women … soon to be augmented by young Asian men … and eventually augmented by young non-Asian women and men … were all Moonies.
And eventually, we all learned the chant: “Money for Moonies is Money for Loonies.” Yes, I and my ilk disdained them knowing their scam for what it was. But apparently not everyone got that.
Indeed, Reverend Sun Myung Moon is today one of the richest people in the world. And he comes to mind today because of word of his recent appearance with President George Bush at the Presidential Library.
Now, stop laughing … seriously … there really is going to be a President George Bush library. It must be, like, comic books and stuff, right? But that is beside the point.
The point is that Rick Casey is asking this question: Why are we (or more exactly, why is the press) going gaga over undesirable associations between a politician and a questionable (but really, essentially, mainstream) man of the cloth such as Reverend Wright, but the front page of the New York Times and the top story on MSNBC is not about the Moon-Bush hookup? Why?
Why is it OK that the man who said, “(God) is living in me and I am the incarnation of Himself. The whole world is in my hand, and I will conquer and subjugate the world.” is in bed with the sitting president of the United States? Does it matter that Moon has given one million dollars to the Bush Library? Secretly?
(Man, that is going to buy a LOT of comic books….)
But don’t take my word for it. Check out Rick Casey’s piece: At least Obama has quit Wright. Read it and weep.