I've been wondering what the Moonies thought of a South Korean becoming UN secretary-general, if Ban Ki-Moon gets the job as expected. Sun Myung Moon has been trying to take over the UN for a decade or more. Arch-conspiratologist Wayne Madsen reckons, without any firm evidence, that Ban Ki Moon is a Unification Church ally [his emphases].
Sun Mying Moon [sic], who was excommunicated by the Korean Presbyterian church for preaching heresy, claims he is the Messiah and intends to take control of the world. The South Korean government, which has close ties with Sun Myung Moon's organization, has used its considerable public relations machinery to convince the Security Council members to elect Ban Ki-moon as the next Secretary General. Only a veto by one of the four other permanent members -- France, United Kingdom, Russia, or China -- can derail the possibility of a Unification Church ally from becoming the next UN Secretary General.
BKM's biography states that he's a 'non-denominational Christian'. Madsen writes,
Some informed UN sources are concerned that Moon lists his religious affiliation as "non-denominational Christian," a code word often used by the "Moonies" for the Unification Church.
I don't know whether that's true or not (if anyone knows, please leave a comment). There are many Korean churches that would describe themselves as 'non-denominational', and it's far more likely that BKM belongs to one of those. How his religious beliefs might influence his work seems to me to be a pertinent question, though, and I hope journalists ask him about it. Is he expecting Christ to return soon, for example? What does he think of Sun Myung Moon? And what does Sun Myung Moon think of the possibility of having a Korean in the top job? Would he see it as a sign that the day is coming when the world will recognize his Messiahship? Would he expect favours from Ban Ki Moon? Would a Unificationist, or an evangelical Christian, be the right person to helm the UN at a time of religious strife? If it was Asia's turn to source the next secretary-general, couldn't a Muslim from Malaysia or Indonesia have been found instead?