With all due respect to Cher and Nicolas Cage, the Phoenix New Times’ is reporting on a bizarre love story between “Congressman-turned-lobbyist-turned-Congressional candidate” Matt Salmon’s and his connection to the Unification Church. The Unification Church or the Moonies as they are called, are a new age church with some very strange beliefs.
How strange? Well for one, their leader and his followers believe he is the Second Coming of Christ.
According to the New Times, Salmon’s connections to the Moonies run deep and a strange video highlights the relationship complete with a goatee-sporting, gold chain-loving Matt.
The New Times reports:
The video at the top of Salmon rambling on about Moon’s United Peace Federation group is odd enough, but Salmon also gave a glowing review of Moon that got its own spot in a book about Moon:
“Over the past fifteen years, I have become intimately aware of the efforts of Rev. Moon to address world peace with a multi-faceted agenda. I have been thoroughly moved and impressed with each meeting I have had with Rev. Moon and his efforts to unite people of all faiths, nationalities, and cultures toward a common goal. In the political arena, it is common to meet people on the world’s stage who have hidden agendas. Many people speak, but their actions do not speak those words. Rev. Moon is a refreshing exception, in that I have always believed his motives to be pure, his faith unwavering, and his uncommon work ethic to be unsurpassed.”
Can this story getting any stranger?