YOU MAY NOT KNOW IT YET, but a pair of
Messiahs is among us, and has
recently been crowned as such at a federal building in the nation's
One U.S. Congressman, Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-Illinois), helped to crown
Unification Church leader Rev. Sun Myung Moon and his wife as "True
Parents" of mankind at a March 23 banquet held at the Dirksen Senate
Building in Washington D.C.
Photos from a video of the event produced by Moon's church show Rep.
Davis as one of the two people carrying a crown toward the Rev. Moon
wife, as a prelude to their dual coronation.
When interviewed by The Christian Challenge, Davis confirmed his role
in the event. He said, "I was attempting to provide an accolade to the
Moon and his wife for promoting visions of world peace," as well as for
"visions of family structure." He added, "From my vantage point, it did
not have anything to do with religion. I am a practicing Baptist, and
a Protestant all my life."
Not all participants were so willing, however.
Moon's organization claimed that two U.S. senators and nine U.S.
representatives were involved in, and supportive of, the coronation
gathering. But it is evident that the organization was not totally
about its intentions for the event, and has its own view of what
For starters, the gathering was billed as a function of the
and International Peace Council--which, however, is one of Moon's
As of June 15, 2004, the Challenge had interviewed staff for one
and spoken to seven representatives (or their employees) said to have
backed the event. Only one, Rep. Danny Davis, supports Moon; TCC found
rest of the legislators whom the "Moonies" claim as backers want
nothing to do with
him or his cult-like church.
A knowledgeable source on Capitol Hill said that some legislators
attended the March 23 banquet without knowing the real sponsorship and
the gathering. "There was a mass exodus from the event as soon as folks
realized that it was a Rev. Moon event, and that he was there," the
The Moonies claim in a video of the banquet that, in all, "81 U.S.
senators and members of Congress...26 ambassadors to the United
some 450 leaders from various fields...came to participate in an
Peace Awards...and Crown of Peace Ceremony." If this is true, it would
account for the "mass exodus" when assembled legislators realized whose
party they were unwittingly attending.
Moon has been promoting himself and his wife as "the Messiah and True
Parents of all humanity" since August 1992. (His conviction and
imprisonment in the 1980s for tax evasion in the U.S. evidently was not
disqualification for this exalted role.) According to a Moon follower,
the couple's role
is to finish the mission that Jesus failed to complete.
When Moon and his spouse were "crowned" as "True Parents" on March 23
at the Dirksen Building, Moon claimed that even infamous deceased
Lenin and Hitler had found strength in his teachings and been reborn.
He told the Dirksen gathering that: "A new era has arrived today. The
number of people around the world who have received my teaching and are
standing resolutely for the sake of building the Kingdom of Peace is
leaps and bounds...
"But in the context of Heaven's providence, I am God's ambassador, sent
to earth with His full authority. I am sent to accomplish His command
save the world's six billion people, restoring them to Heaven with the
goodness in which they were created. The five great saints and many
leaders in the spirit world, including even Communist leaders such as
Lenin, who committed all manner of barbarity and murders on earth, and
such as Hitler and Stalin, have found strength in my teachings, mended
ways and been reborn as new persons.
Emperors, kings and presidents who
enjoyed opulence and power on earth, and even journalists who had
fame, have now placed themselves at the forefront of the column of the
Together they have sent to earth a resolution expressing their
determination in the light of my teaching of the true family ideal.
They 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. This
been announced on every corner of the globe."
Rep. Danny Davis told the Challenge that he heard this speech, but "the
notion of a decreed Messiah is a little bit out of context. I don't
believe that there are earthly Messiahs; the only Messiah that I know
is Jesus the
Davis added that Moon's speech "was similar to a baseball team owner
telling team members that 'we are the greatest team on earth'" just
game. Davis' reason for supporting Moon is that "if we try to bring
from different races, religions, and ethnic groups back together, this
becomes good for the world order...I don't agree with many of the
social positions of
Washington Times," which is owned by Unificationists, "but I don't
think that is a reason to distance myself from them," Davis said. "I
have never had one
of Moon's organizers try to convince me of positions contrary to what I
would take myself."
According to a document issued by the Unificationists, the six
"Congressional co-chairs" for the "Host Committee" of the March 23
banquet at which
Moon was crowned included Davis, Rep. Harold Ford, Jr. (D-Tennessee),
Bartlett (R-Maryland), Curt Weldon (R-Pennsylvania), Chris Cannon
Sanford Bishop (D-Georgia).
On March 24, the Washington Times coverage of the event listed the same
six Congressmen, as well as Sen. Mark Dayton (D-Minn.), as "assisting
When contacted by The Christian Challenge, one senator and three
congressmen acknowledged attending part of the event, but they (or
firmly denied that they were involved in planning the event, or that
in advance of Moon's planned coronation, or that they attended the
coronation ceremony itself, or that they accepted Moon's messianic
One, Rep. Ford, denied attending the event at all. Only one, Rep.
Davis, acknowledged supporting Moon; he said that he has seen other
legislators "at events of this kind."
At press time, the Challenge had not yet received a reply to its
questions from the office of Rep. Cannon.
Sen. Mark Dayton's press secretary, Chris Lisi, said that the senator
attended part of the banquet because some "very distinguished people
from our state were being honored there." She said that the meeting
planners "were not
being up front as to who was sponsoring the event. We would never have
there if we knew what the event really was."
Michael Conallen, the chief of staff for Rep. Weldon, said Weldon was
at the banquet for "5 or 10 minutes" to speak about his recent trip to
Weldon neither saw Moon at the event, nor witnessed the coronation, nor
his Messianic speech. About Moon's purported Messianic status, Conallen
said, "in no way does Congressman Weldon share that belief."
Rep. Bishop said that he received an "international peace award" at a
banquet, but got there late, "just before it was dismissed." Bishop
added, "The Messiah in my life is Jesus Christ...I am not a Moonie, and
I do not
believe that Mr. Moon is a messiah. The Washington Times has never
spoken to me;
they have no authorization to say that I am affiliated with this."
Rep. Bartlett's press secretary, Lisa Wright, said that Bartlett
received an "Ambassadors for Peace Award" from the Washington Times
his work in Congress, and attended part of the banquet. She added,
was the sum total of his participation...His attendance in no way
endorsement of what the Rev. Moon said or did at that event, or at any
Mark Schuermann, a staffer for Rep. Ford, said that Ford did not attend
the event, and did not participate in planning it. Schuermann also said
that if Rep. Ford was on the Host Committee, "he was not aware that it
had any affiliation with the Unification Church," and that Ford "does
accept Moon's claims to be messiah."
The Moonies' Interreligious and International Peace Council claimed
other prominent sponsors for the March 23 event, those whom they listed
members of the "Invitational Committee." These dignitaries included Dr.
Covey, a well-known motivational speaker who has also made
presentations for the
State of the World Forum, Rep. Philip M. Crane (R-Illinois), Rep.
Davis III (R-Virginia), Rep. Eddie B. Johnson (D-Texas), and Sen.
Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina).
As of this writing, the Challenge had interviewed employees of two of
the four federal legislators that the Moonies claimed were on the
"Invitational Committee." Both denied any involvement whatsoever in the
John Townsend, a staffer for Rep. Johnson, said, "They contacted us"
didn't even go."
Tami Stough, a staffer for Rep. Crane, said, "We have checked [Crane's]
schedule, and he was nowhere near the Dirksen Building" at the time of
the banquet. She added, "we can say without equivocation that Rep.
Crane was not
there, and had no knowledge" of it, nor was he (as the Moonies claimed)
on any invitational committee.
Other Capitol Hill sources say that it is a common practice among
special interest groups in Washington DC to invite VIPs to events, and
claim - without further evidence of support - that the invitee endorses
special interest group's agenda.
The Christian Challenge has not yet been able to confirm or refute
investigative reporter John Gorenfeld's report in mid-April that Rep.
Charlie Rangel (D-New York) wrote a statement hailing Moon.
Reportedly, Rangel wrote that: "I, CHARLES B. RANGEL, Member of
Congress, 15th Congressional District, by the power and authority
vested in me,
this 16th day of April, 2004, do recognize you as 'True Parents'
self-giving service and leadership and of 'King of Peace' in the key
areas of reconciliation and peacemaking over 50 years."
-Left And Right-
WHILE MOON NOW SEEKS followers on the left and right, the Unification
Church until recently had a reputation as a right-wing organization. It
was a staunch, hawkish opponent of Communism during the Cold War. It
endorsed Republican politicians in the U.S., and military rulers in
Honduras, and the right-wing nationalist Jean-Marie le Pen in France.
own the conservative Washington Times, as earlier noted, and Tiempos
a major Latin American paper based in Buenos Aires. The church and its
allies have created a bewildering array of front groups, each with its
own acronym; several of these organizations promote interfaith dialogue.
One of his groups, the World Alliance of Non-Governmental Organizations
(WANGO), gave an "Interreligious Cooperation Award" to Episcopal Bishop
William Swing of California and his United Religions Initiative (URI),
October 2002. Members of Moon's church have been active in URI's local
The day after his March 24 coronation in the Dirksen Building, Moon
told members of his church, "Yesterday the Crowning Ceremony was a
historical turning point." His lamentation about moves toward gay
he called "Satanic," was apparently the inspiration for his insistence
was "time for women to go to the front line"; that "192 nations must
one" and that "Christianity must rise up and embrace Islam and
"God loves Christianity, Judaism and Islam. America must stand up to
unite these three...Yesterday the Senate and House together offered the
as Peace King to True Parents," he said.
Last year, Moon also blamed the Jews for the Holocaust, demanding they
follow his form of "Christianity": "Who are the Jewish members here,
your hands! Jewish people, you have to repent. Jesus was the King of
Through the principle of indemnity Hitler killed 6 million Jews. That
God could not prevent Satan from doing that because Israel killed the
Parents. Even now, you have to determine that you will repent and
follow and become
one with Christianity through Rev. Moon."
Despite Moon's animus toward homosexuality, an ecclesiastical member of
the "Invitational Committee" for the March 23 crowning event was
G. Augustus Stallings, who has a colorful past. As Jason Berry, an
on the Catholic sex-abuse scandal, reported: "In 1989, The Washington
began coverage of the flamboyant George Stallings, who quit the
rather than follow Cardinal Hickey's request to enter a treatment
after abuse accusations by former altar boys. He, too, was never
Stallings launched his own religion, with drums, dancing, and
sermons that bestirred a tongue-in-cheek profile by 60 Minutes's Morley
Accusing the Roman Church of racism, Stallings founded the Afro-centric
Temple in 1989 in Washington D.C. He is, among other things, the
chairman of the Executive Committee of the American Clergy Leadership
(ACLC), a Unificationist organization. Stalling and the group have
involved in a
crusade, inspired by Moon, to remove crosses from Christian churches,
partly as an interfaith gesture and because of its alleged negative
Unificationist spokesmen claimed that 300 Christian congregations had
removed the cross from their churches between April and August 2003.
Moon claims to have had the late North Korean dictator Kim Il Sung
among his supporters. According to the Unification Church, "Risking his
Reverend Moon traveled to North Korea in December 1991, and met with
Kim Il Sung, under whose regime he had been tortured and sent to a
… The North Korean ruler, who had suppressed religion for 40 years,
completely welcomed Reverend and Mrs. Moon."
Since then, Moon has strengthened his ties with the Stalinist regime -
including establishing an automobile plant in North Korea. A South
Korean newspaper reported in August 2003 that there is a "strong
the North Korean government and the Unification Church, or Family
Federation for World Peace and Unification. The church, which owns
Pyonghwa and such
companies as the Tongil Group, the Washington Times, and UPI news
others, has had close ties with the North. The church and its business
have engaged in not only North Korean business projects, but also many
cultural exchange programs since the early 1990s. They have held
inter-Korean art exhibitions, scholarly exchange programs and sports
Recently, the Moon empire has established a hotel, a park and a church
in the North."
You may now clearly see how easily can the masses be manipulated - no
matter how outlandish the lies of the manipulators are - and how
politicians can be misled and their names used without their permission.
The problem is that once the "news hit the streets", even if retracted
the next day the memory that remains with most will be the initial
(1) This article comes
from The Christian Challenge (http://www.challengeonline.org) and the
URL for this story is
http://www.challengeonline.org/article.php?storyid=38 . However, as of
15, 2017, we see that the challengeonline.org account has been
suspended although it
is listed as "registered and active website".
Credit is also due to John Gorenfeld, a San Francisco-based
reporter who first brought the March 23 event to public attention. He
provided valuable links and documentation about the Moon cult at his
web log , http://www.gorenfeld.net/blog/. As of June 15, 2017,
that log is also no longer available.
This story is based on an excerpts from the book by Lee Penn, False Dawn: The United Religions
Initiative, Globalism, and the Quest for a One-World Religion.