And it happened in the Dirkson Senate Office Building two months ago. The story was first reported by John Gorenfeld, a writer for Salon.com, and it finally appeared today in The Washington Post and the more specialized paper The Hill.
Sun Myung Moon is the leader of the Unification Church and owner of the right leaning newspaper The Washington Times, affectionately known within the Beltway as The Moony Times. Moon’s ‘coronation’ appears roughly timed to correspond to the 50th anniversary of the church’s founding.
This quote is from The Hill.
It appears that at least some lawmakers were drawn to the event unaware of what would happen and who would be there. Others who the organizers claim were present say they were not.
The Rev. Sun Myung Moon, former felon and current owner of The Washington Times, was the man in the spotlight, declaring himself humanity’s “savior, Messiah, Returning Lord and True Parent.”
The event, which took place March 23, was sponsored by the Washington Times Foundation and the International Interreligious Federation for World Peace (IIFWP), a Moon-led group. Present at different points during the event were Reps. Danny Davis (D-Ill.), Curt Weldon (R-Pa.), Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.) and Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Sen. Mark Dayton (R-Minn.).
One of Moon’s claims that evening was that “Hitler and Stalin have found strength in my teachings, mended their ways and been reborn as new persons.”
About 300 people attended the reception. Of those, the event organizers flew in about 100 honorees to recieve state and national peace awards. Many of the Congressmen listed as attendees or sponsors have distanced themselfs from Moon and/or the investment ceremony. On Gorenfeld’s web site you can see that Davis was, in all likelyhood, part of the investment ceremony. A Senator must sponsor an event in the Dirkson Building—the sponsor or sponsors of this one have not been identified. At one time the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace (IIFWP) Web site had photos of the reception showing some of the attendees but that page has been cleared.
The full text of Moon’s remarks at the ceremony can be viewed here.
Does the President now have to consult with the Rev. Moon?