Bush Speaks for Moon

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - According to the Associated Press, former President George Bush spoke Saturday night, November 23, 1996, at a banquet sponsored by Rev. Moon of the Unification Church. The banquet was in honor of the publication of the first edition of Moon's newest newspaper in Latin America, Tiempos del Mundo.

Bush praised free trade agreements between western hemisphere nations, and predicted "The best days of this hemisphere are ahead of us" (William Heath, Associated Press, November 23, 1996). He also praised the Moon owned Washington Times "for its 'defense of liberty and democracy'" (Ibid.).

Although he was friend and host to Bush, and invited to the banquet himself, Argentina's President Carlos Menem did not attend - apparently for religious reasons. "His religious affairs secretary, Angel Centano, called Moon's Unification Church 'blasphemous and anti-Christian'" (Associated Press, November 22, 1996).

The banquet's closing address was delivered in Korean by Moon himself, a 50-minute speach "dealing chiefly with religious themes" (Associated Press, November 23, 1996).


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