Trump praises Christian-fascist Unification Church leader at “Rally of Hope” conference

Trump praises Christian-fascist Unification Church leader at “Rally of Hope” conference

On September 11, Donald Trump addressed a virtual rally organized by the Unification Peace Federation, an offshoot of the Christian-fascist Unification Church. During the event, which featured speeches from several one-time heads of state, including former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Trump, the keynote speaker, praised the late founder of the church, Sun Myung Moon, for establishing the far-right newspaper the Washington Times. Trump also celebrated the church’s current leader, Hak Ja Han Moon, calling her a “tremendous person.” “In just a few decades,” Trump said, “the inspiration they have caused for the entire planet is unbelievable and I congratulate you again and again. In less than one lifetime, they took a war-torn land and turned it into one of the great nations and great democracies of the world, while standing as America’s friend and ally.” Rev. Sun Myung Moon, left, and his wife Hak Ja Han, are shown during the traditional invocation of a blessing at a mass wedding in Seoul’s Chamsil gymnasium where 6,000 couples from about 80 countries were married on Oct. 14, 1982. (AP Photo) The online event, dubbed the “Rally of Hope,” purported to focus on the “peaceful reunification of the Korean Peninsula.” Followers of the Unification Church, which was established in 1954, are commonly referred to as “Moonies.” The church’s teachings are a blend of anti-communism and Christianity. Core tenets of the movement include pre-arranged marriages, no homosexuality or divorce, and supreme devotion to the “True Parents.” In addition to praising the leaders […]

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