I've heard once or twice that I may get a little over the top in this space—after all, it's only politics, money, and the ever-tightening knot between the two. Sometimes I wonder myself if I don't sometimes become a little too rabid over fundamentalism in particular; maybe it's just some pet peeve of mine that's really not so dangerous as I make it out to be, after all.
Well, all right, here's a welcome to reality moment for both of us, then: see if this doesn't get your attention (I found the link at Altercation, which led me to the Alternet piece):
"The women are the problem in history," he said in 2004. "Women who don't want to have children should cut away their breasts, bottoms and love organ because the purpose for those was first for the children. If they don't fulfill that purpose, then they are not needed."
"Woman's sexual organ is like the open mouth of a snake filled with poison," he said in 1996. Men don't get off any easier. Keep pliers in your pocket, he says, "and when you go to the bathroom, once a day, pinch your love organ. Cut the skin a little bit as a warning."
Moon has even a darker vision for gay men. Moon told an audience he'd like to see them removed in a "purge on God's orders.... Gays will be eliminated, the three Israels will unite. If not, then they will be burned.
The speaker is one of the leading controllers of our mass media today—he owns the Washington Times and has a sizable chunk of United Press International. In 2004, he gave Dubya a quarter million in campaign donations. And what you just read is the tame part of his schtick—please, read the whole thing now and you'll see sex education as you've never imagined it before.
Now, ask yourself: have you heard or read of this anywhere in the mainstream media? Have you seen it on CNN, or read about it in the newspaper, or heard the story on the radio? Hmm, I didn't think so. Welcome to the blogosphere, gentle reader.
Or, come to think of it, have you heard any Congressman, Senator, or other politician mention that this may be a less than salubrious public stance to take on such matters? Hmm, I didn't think so. And why not, do you imagine? Could it be...money?
Ding! Got it in one—ten points to Gryffindor! The man is worth $10B...yep, that's ten billion dollars.
Now I'm waiting for him to open a university so John McCain can come and give a little speech to the students...