On this day in 1985: The Rev. Sun Myung Moon, founder of the Unification Church, receives an honorary doctorate from Shaw University Divinity School in Raleigh.
Although school officials cite Moon’s humanitarianism, his resume also includes $60,000 in donations. “Anyone who makes a contribution has a right to be honored,” one board member contends.
Moon’s wife accepts the degree in his behalf; her husband is serving time in federal prison for tax evasion.