"Academic and Administrative Building (Happy Science University)" by Abasaa / Public Domain

Inside the Fringe Japanese Religion That Claims It Can Cure Covid-19

Apr 16, 2020

By Sam Kestenbaum

When New York went into lockdown last month, emissaries of a religious group called Happy Science showed up in a ghostly Times Square to deliver a peculiar end-of-days gospel. They wore ritual golden sashes and huddled in a semicircle.

“Doomsday may seem to be coming,” a young minister said.

“But the greatest savior,” he continued, “our master, is here on earth.”

One or two passers-by lingered, taking in the gloomy scene. Of the few people who were on the street, most rushed past.

None of this was as haphazard as it seemed.

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