(AgapePress) - In Washington, some members of Congress who attended a reception to honor the head of the "Moonies" cult say they were duped by the organizers. But one of those organizers is not buying that excuse.
The Washington Post reports the March 23 reception, held at the Dirksen Senate Office Building, was attended by more than a dozen members of Congress. The report reveals that during the ceremony to honor the 85-year-old Sun Myung Moon, Democratic Congressman Danny Davis of Illinois wore white gloves and carried a pillow holding an ornate crown that was placed on Moon's head.
According to the newspaper report, Moon delivered a long speech in which he claimed to have been "sent to Earth ... to save the world's six billion people .... Emperors, kings, and presidents ... have declared to all Heaven and Earth that Reverend Sun Myung Moon is none other than humanity's Savior, Messiah, Returning Lord, and True Parent." He also stated that his teachings have helped Hitler and Stalin be "reborn as new persons."
Rev. Sun Myung Moon, founder of the Unification Church, which owns the Washington Times, at a ceremony in a Senate office building in the presence of several members of Congress who said they were duped into attending; Moon’s speech was given in Korean and later translated (Washington Post, June 23)
There will be a purge on God’s orders, and evil will be eliminated like shadows. Gays will be eliminated, the three Israels will unite. If not, then they will be burned.”
The Rev. Sun Myung Moon, fresh from his coronation in the U.S. Senate office building, today was named to the new "Messiah" cabinet position in the Bush Administration.
"I figure if I saved Hitler and Stalin and turned them around, I can do anything," Moon said in an interview shortly after President Bush swore him into office.
Moon met with enormous opposition, but has become a VIP among national-level Washington, D.C. politicians, who have crowned him the "King of Peace" in ceremonies on Capitol Hill.
Sun Myung Moon has been imprisoned six times: twice in North Korea, three times in South Korea, and once in the United States. Members of the Unification Church generally consider these examples of religious persecution. He was jailed by North Korea for preaching Christianity, forbidden by the communist government. Police beat him and left him for dead, but a disciple nursed him back to health.
The second time, Rev. Moon got a five-year sentence in Heung-Nam labor camp, where prisoners were routinely worked to death on short rations. After serving 2 years, 10 months of his sentence, he was liberated when UN troops advanced on the camp and the guards fled. In South Korea, Rev. Moon was imprisoned three times, one of which was for using North Korean money during the civil war. He was released when one of his old schoolteachers vouched for him. He was also charged with draft evasion; these charges were eventually dropped.
The sixth time Rev. Moon was imprisoned was in the United States on charges of tax evasion and conspiracy to obstruct justice. Congressional investigators such as Robert Boettcher discovered what they described as breathtaking financial misdoing, including a scheme to raise money for a church PR fund that disguised itself as a fundraiser for sick children. Congressman Donald Fraser also investigated the church's aggressive recruitment practices.