Late Sun Myung Moon Had Deep Washington Connections

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WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Reverend Sun Myung Moon died at the age of 92 on Sunday. He passed away in South Korea from complications of pneumonia.

Moon was a man with deep Washington connections and a widely varied career including the founding of the Unification Church in 1954 and the Washington Times in 1982.

Nearly 60 years after it began, the Unification Church remains mostly known for the mass weddings that Reverend Moon presided over, during which the thousands of brides and grooms wore nearly identical clothes.

It was one of things that led many people to suggest that the church was, in actuality, a cult. Church members were often referred to as "moonies" and Revered Moon was often seen as a mysterious fringe figure.

Over the years, however, his founding of the Washington Times, a daily newspaper with a decidedly conservative bent, lent some legitimacy to Reverend Moon, though a conviction for tax fraud in 1982 and his proclamation that he was the messiah didn't help his reputation or, now, his legacy.

In a statement, the president of the Washington Times said, "Rev. Moon had a remarkable sensibility about the influence and power of the media on culture and politics when he founded The Washington Times in 1982. We're grateful for his determined insight and support, and plan on continuing a legacy of credible and optimistic journalism in the nation's capital during a pivotal time, and in a changing world. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Moon family for their loss."

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