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Coronation at the Capitol

This Moon has his heads in the stars.

by Richard 'Mr. Moo' Moore
June 27, 2004

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It could be said that Sun Myung Moon has some big cojones. And if someone did say that, they would be right.

During a ceremony on Capitol Hill in late March that was made public this week, Moon declared himself the Messiah of humanity while some members of Congress participated and others watched. In a written translation of Moon’s prepared remarks, he said emperors, kings and presidents had "declared to all heaven and earth that Reverend Sun Myung Moon is none other than humanity's Savior, Messiah, Returning Lord and True Parent."

One of the most involved members of Congress during the ceremony was Congressman Danny K. Davis (D-IL). You see, Davis was one who donned white gloves and carried a pillow holding one of two ornate gold crowns that were placed on the heads of Mr. Moon and his wife, Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon at the ceremony. Congressman, what in the wide, wide world of coronations were you thinking? Davis said he knew of Moon’s affiliation to the peace foundation, but he thought the ceremony was to "recognizing Mr. and Mrs. Moon as parents. They call it true parents, as parents who provide parental guidance or parental direction."

And if Rep. Davis wasn’t thinking straight, what about Roscoe Bartlett, (R-MD)? When questioned about the ceremony, Bartlett said, "I remember the king and queen thing, but we have the king and queen of the prom, the king and queen of 4-H, the Mardi Gras and all sorts of other things. I had no idea what he was king of."

Moon, who is 84, is best known to the general public for his officiating of mass weddings and his affiliation with the Unification Church. He is better known in Washington DC circles as the owner of The Washington Times newspaper and the wire service, United Press International. The ceremony dubbing Moon the Messiah of humanity was held in the Dirksen Office Building by a group called the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace, an arm of the Unification Church. The ceremony was dubbed as recognition for "Ambassadors for Peace." Invitations were sent to all members of Congress, according to the New York Times, to honor Moon and his wife for their work in the area of peace.

Barry Lynn, the executive director of Americans United, an organization devoted to preserving the separation of church and state, said Moon has a history of courting members of Congress. Lynn also said he was disturbed by the "flimsy excuses" of the attending Congressman adding, "You had what effectively amounted to a religious coronation in a government building of a man who claims literally to be the savior."

But some folks don’t see this as a big deal. One such religious leader is Archbishop George A. Stallings, pastor of an independent African-American Catholic church in Washington. Not only is Stallings surprised at the fuss, he was one who helped coordinate the reception. "From his spiritual perspective," Stallings said, "that is how he sees his role, as ordained by God." He later said: "This is not the first time the man has been on Capitol Hill." But with all the hoopla, it may be the last time Moon will be there for a public function.

A Senate committee is reviewing the application for use of the building to see if there were any oversights or violations of rules. Let’s hope they find something. Better yet, they should have found the problem prior to granting usage permission. If no problems are found, I will be happy to forward your personal requests for your coronations to your Senator. My request will be first in the pile. King Moo. I like the sound of that.

But truth be told, it sounds like I would have to write about myself the following week. Addressing more bull from the heartland.

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