“Mutantism on the March”: Chapter 21 “Rufus Moonhead Exposed.”

One chilly fall day it was announced a special committee of the House of Representatives was being formed to study the issue of granting tax incentives to churches engaged in business activities. With amazing speed, so uncommon to the American government, it had prepared the legislation for a reading on the floor. If it passed through the Senate and was not vetoed by the American President it would be law. Garth was alarmed by the smoothness of the operation almost as if the whole legislative process was pre-planned.

In the legislative process several Moonheadies had revealed specific cases of brutality and exploitation.  Parents of these healthy middle class American children revealed concern about the flocking of their children to the Moonies. They had testified when they visited their children they appeared to be in some catatonic state. This behaviour had characterized the behaviour of the early Opposite Party members in Zorollia.

Reseudo had completed his own investigation and concluded that Moonhead was not to be trusted with the youth and apple pie of America. Garth discovered that Moonhead had no formal religious training. Moonhead had been a member of the Romanian Workers Party and had been suspended for hawking bootleg vodka. Garth relayed the information to Arf Needer and his army of eager volunteer law students expanded the investigation which resulted in the exposure and humiliation of Moonhead. Moonhead owned several Cayman Island and Jersey bank accounts and safety deposit boxes. It would be logical to conclude there was a huge financial bilking of the members of the Moonhead Church of International Love.

How disturbing it was perceived when Moonhead’s secret contracts with the Bulgarian and Polish governments revealed they had hired Moonhead to raise capital for the construction of dachas on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast which were going to be used as summer retreats for prominent government officials and high ranking communist party officials. The money raised was easy money as to become a member of the Church you had to “donate” all your worldly goods and then work in Moonhead’s business enterprises for free. As a result Moonhead was literally swimming in capital to be used to build the dachas and funnel some proceeds to Warsaw and Sofia. Moonhead would receive “incentive payments” for the construction of the dachas.

As if this news wasn’t damaging enough many of the “donated goods” were being smuggled out of the United Staters and were being sold in the Iron Curtain countries via the black market. Most disturbing was the fact that several American senators had received “political donations” from the shipping companies moving the soon to be black market goods out of the United States. There were possible acts of bribery of American customs officials. The American public was outraged and the Senate in shambles and Rufus Moonhead slipped out of the United States and his Cayman Island and Jersey accounts and safety deposit boxes were frozen.

Reseudo’s popularity soared. Even the American evangelist preacher Billy Grahamcracker praised Garth. Garth received many death threats from disgruntled Church members and those that were benefitting from his corrupt schemes. After being tipped off by the FBI that there were several contracts out on his life he slipped through the Canadian border from Vermont and ended up in Quebec.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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