And didn't SGI-USA (back when it was NSA) do the same thing with the Liberty Bell? Back in the 70's, youth division members, dressed in clothing of the 1700's, offered to bring a replica of the Liberty Bell into schools? Again, they didn't really say clearly that they were part of SGI -- and most schools didn't ask. God knows how many front groups SGI has out there
I do remember the Liberty Bell thing - I believe it was the early 80s when I was first exposed to NSA. I remember that there was a very negative article in the Boston Globe which had a lot of people upset and on the defensive.
I wore one of the ill-fitting tri-corner liberty hats and handed a tourist the rope so they could ring the bell. 2 or 3 other stoicly smiling YMD and The bell was on a large platform with red, white and blue Patriotism smattered all over it. When our leader was asked "What is NSA?" he looked a little uncomfortable and replied that it was a World Peace Organization.
Regarding the "ill-fitting tri-corner liberty hats", the cult must recycle some of those American Revolution/Bicentennial [www.sgi-usa.org
] /Minute Men uniforms and garb, because I remember having to don the full regalia from head (hat) to toe (black, gold buckle shoes). I couldn't stand it and felt like a fool. Wore it in the brass band for some nameless and numberless cult gig. Also remember thinking to myself at the time, wtf(!?!) am I doing this for?!?
Cult clown uniforms were common place: Saturday Night Fever white polyester 80's NSA suits (with emblem & name tags), sequined pants and bright neon red "official" brass band coats - later with fringes hanging from the arms, blue "SS"oka-han coats, milkman whites for "YOUTH!" meetings and guarding the castle gajokai, and Uncle Sam hats from my Junior Pioneer (cult club for the kiddos). I even remember those huge blue and white striped YMD shirts that everyone used to wear for building those Cousin Rufus pyramids on roller skates and stuff (those became favorites for many a poor ymd who couldn't afford any other clothes; it looked like they practically live in those shirts, wearing them every time you saw them).
Yup, definitely been there, seen and done that, too. Send in the clowns for Cousin Rufus and The Dear Phantom Leader.
"Together always we must fight
Together we must win.
Happy together side by side,
sharing tears of happiness.
Shining within our hearts,
Hope for all mankind.
Tomorrow's golden dreams,
Always higher than the sky.
Higher than the sky."
Nobody crying tears of happiness, yet?
Next cult song: [www.youtube.com
] VICTORY!! "Peace is the BATTLE CRY!!"
Cue in Cult Mini-Master Leader Mr. Williams/Sadanaga with golden fan, to the front of the stage, swinging right arm back-n-forth, up-n-down!
NOW you've got tears in your eyes and are all pumped up!!
AAO!! Washoooooi! Shi-Shi Fun Jin! RAH! Shakubuku all the way!!!
See you at the next cult meeting! (Will advise as to next mandatory cult uniform to be required.) ;-)
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/19/2012 06:26AM by Hitch.