When the first stage of the Evangelical program- the television rock star Evangelist stage- ran aground thanks to the Jimmy Swaggart and Jim Bakker scandals (not to mention some untoward scams from preachers like Oral "God will call me home" Roberts and others), it was the Reverend Moon's deep pockets that saved the day, and allowed the program to be phased out without too much damage done to the larger agenda. Moon later bailed Falwell's Liberty University out of its financial black hole as well.
The Reverend Moon also was key to in helping to create what is now a massive and highly lucrative hard right-wing media infrastructure when he created The Washington Times in 1982 and bought out the UPI wire service in 2000.
The Times never has overshadowed its crosstown rival The Post and has been plagued by links to extremist groups, but it set an example for networks like Fox News and the countless right-wing talk show hosts on the radio, all of whom not only rake in a lot more cash than their liberal competition, but have dominated the public political agenda in Washington since the 1994 Congressional Elections.
The fact that so many major Neoconfederate racists and Dominionist nutjobs in the Religious Right were so willing to kiss Moon's ring is astonishing, given that he saw himself as the messiah, declared Jesus' ministry to be a failure, held bizarre coronation rituals for himself, wanted crucifixes removed from churches and held mass race-mixing marriage ceremonies over the years.
Or maybe not. Moon's pockets were seemingly bottomless and his Unification Church was/is an incredibly useful laboratory for the brainwashing techniques that are being perfected in Evangelical and Pentecostal churches across the world. Techniques that bypass the rational mind, manipulate the atavistic brain functions and develop powerful neural addictions among hard-core believers.
And it's all being used to steer the believer to accepting Republican Party tenets as gospel truth. In fact, many churches spend the majority of their time indoctrinating their followers into a purely political agenda, throwing in scattered Bible verses to lend it all an air of authority. And Reverend Moon was one of the key figures in this new form of worship.
I was thinking the other day about when exactly the American worker's death warrant was signed and I realized it was when Nixon made his famous trip to China. It was all sold as a great mission of peace, but it was really about creating a new labor force for American corporations. It's no accident that the Religious Right program was unrolled under Nixon, and perhaps it all would have been a lot worse without Watergate.
A story which was broken by Moon's hated Washington Post.
UPDATE: Former Moonie on the Church:
'Moonies don't believe in democracy'
"We tried to investigate the Moonies," he said. "They don't believe in democracy. It's a Hitler-esque kind of organisation which wants to take over the world.
"After the Jonestown tragedy [in which 913 members of the Peoples Temple, a religious organisation led by radical preacher Jim Jones, died in 1978] I started to study psychological influence techniques, methods of persuasion, mind control and indoctrination to develop new exit counselling methods."
He became professionally interested in the field of social psychology, studying techniques cults use "to take away free will from people".
In his 1988 book "Combating Cult Mind Control," Hassan came up with a model of mind control or brainwashing, known as the BITE model.
According to him, the four components of mind control are Behaviour, Information, Thought and Emotional control. Cults forcibly recruit members using an extensive range of techniques, including "systematic deception, behaviour modification, withholding of information and emotionally intense persuasion techniques".