I really thought the Republican Party couldn’t get any worse than their standing ovation for Marjorie Taylor Greene — you know, the newly-minted Congressperson (Q-GA) who (among other things) believed that the Sandy Hook massacre of children was a “false flag operation” and that the California wildfires were caused by Jewish space lasers to “make way for a high-speed railway for the Rothschilds.”
Boy, was I wrong. I had forgotten sci-fi grandmaster Robert Heinlein’s maxim, “Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.” The crown belonging to the world’s most idiotic organization is not resting so easily on Q’s head, for now he faces a serious contender in the form of “Happy Science”, a Japanese religious cult.
See the guy on the right above? That’s Hiroaki “Jay” Aeba, one of the speakers at this week’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC-USA) in Orlando, Florida, the yearly schmooze-and-booze-fest beloved by right-wing media, late-night talk-show hosts, and local perusers of the hornier sections of Craigslist.
Mr. Aeba is the chairman of the Japanese Conservative Union and was the keynote speaker at last year’s CPAC-Japan 2020. Yes, Japan also has a CPAC, as do both Australia and Brazil. It is unknown whether any efforts are underway to vaccinate the rest of the planet to prevent further spread.
In CPAC-USA’s introductions of their speakers, Mr. Aeba is described in glowing terms, for all he has done for economic, military, and nuclear policy development for Japan and for Asia in general. In fact, he is held in such high regard by CPAC powers-that-be that he is the speaker immediately following the heir-apparent to leadership of the Republican Party, Donald Trump, Jr. This year will mark Mr. Aeba’s tenth appearance at CPAC-USA.
In fact, Mr. Aeba carries with him a qualification that is becoming increasingly central to success and advancement among the conservatives of the world: insane religious beliefs coupled with an apparent total disregard for fact, accuracy, and documented history. You see, he is one of the most influential members of “Happy Science”. And no, “Happy Science” does not refer to either spiritual Viagra or God-given winning Lotto tickets. It’s worse than that. A lot worse.
Ready to choose between the red pill and blue pill? Here’s an incomplete list of the more outré beliefs and positions of the “Happy Science” cult:
- The founder of “Happy Science”, Ryuho Okawa, claims to have channeled the spirits of Quetzalcoatl, Bashar al-Assad, Natalie Portman, Freddie Mercury, Barack Obama, Steve Jobs, and Margaret Thatcher, among others.
- Mr. Okawa also claims to be the Messiah, and that he is the current incarnation of a millions-of-years-old “creator god from Venus named El Cantare who had been reincarnated over the years as deities and enlightened masters, like Hermes, Thoth from Atlantis, Odin, Buddha, Yoda, and an Incan king named Rient Arl Croud.” (One wonders if Mr. Okawa claimed all this just to troll the Scientologists). “El Cantare”, btw, means “the singer” in Spanish. And yes, the cult’s website describes El Cantare in detail.
- In a videotaped lecture, Mr. Okawa claimed that “because there are Wookiees in Star Wars and Na’vi in Avatar, George Lucas and James Cameron have both definitely come into contact with creatures from outer space.”
- Mr. Okawa claimed that COVID-19 was a Chinese bioweapon, and later claimed it was released by a UFO to punish the communists. The cult also claims Mr. Okawa’s sermons have “immune-boosting power”, and, in what seems to be a nod to Catholic indulgences of centuries ago, in Japan one can purchase COVID-related blessings for only $100–$400.
- The cult appears to hold Donald Trump to be the reincarnation of George Washington.
- “Happy Science” is also a far-right, strongly-nationalist organization that promotes Japanese military expansion and denies that the Japanese Imperial Army ever had “comfort women” as sex slaves during WWII. It should be noted that in 2018, a “Comfort Women denial group” named Nadeshiko Action protested against a Comfort Women memorial in Brookhaven, GA, and later gave a speech at the Stone Mountain Confederate Memorial lionizing both the Confederacy and the WWII Japanese Empire. (It should also be noted that the speech at Stone Mountain was given on April 19th, 2018. April 19th is a day near-and-dear to the hearts of militia extremists, white supremacists and neo-Nazis, given that it was the date the Nazi assault on the Warsaw Ghetto began in 1943, the beginning of a siege of a white supremacist militia in Arkansas in 1985, the assault on the Branch Davidian cult in Waco, Texas in 1993, and the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995. It’s hard to imagine that any far-right gathering at Stone Mountain on April 19th is coincidental in the least.)
There’s more, but suffice to say that “Happy Science” is Looney Tunes on grape Kool-Aid-flavored LSD washed down with shots of COVID-killing bleach. It’s almost as if the far-right religions and politicians of America and Japan are competing to see who can accept and promote the most idiotic and insane sets of beliefs.
But what should deeply trouble every reader is how such far-right religions with straitjacket-worthy beliefs have become so very influential among the conservative cognoscenti of both America and Japan. We can only hope that the majority of the voters will be able to prevent these religions from installing their preferred candidates in positions of power.
Thankfully, Trump lost by 6M votes last year, but he still got 75M votes, and (should he choose to run) is already the presumptive GOP nominee in 2024. Trump is not guaranteed to lose in the general election. And Mr. Aeba of “Happy Science” is the one speaking immediately after Trump’s oldest son and heir.