November 13, 2014
For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. -I Timothy 6:10-11
Coronation of Rev. Sun Myung Moon in Dirksen Senate Office Building
Charlie Black, a Washington lobbyist and McCain top advisor and confidant, lent his name to the March 23, 2004 coronation ceremony for Rev. Sun Myung Moon, and even invited a few friends, according to newly disclosed e-mails which were obtained by RAW STORY. The ceremony was held in the Dirksen Senate office building.
"What is clear is that top McCain advisor, Charlie Black, admitted that he helped plan, and would have attended an event where a convicted tax fraud would have been crowned King of America and declared himself the Messiah--all on U.S. Government federal property," wrote author Cliff Schecter on his blog. In the e-mails, Black said he became involved because of his relationships with executives at the Washington Times, the conservative, Moon-owned newspaper, and its charitable foundation.
In fact, Black, as the head of the extremely influential lobby shop BKSH and Associates, is one of Washington's most powerful influence-peddlers. In the Washington Post story of February 22, 2008, about the lobbyists that populate the upper ranks of McCain's campaign, Black is listed as working for AT&T, Alcoa, JPMorgan, and U.S. Airways. He works and has worked for far more companies than that, however.
There's surely nothing new about indulging messianic conceits on Capitol Hill (think of the president). But a dozen or more lawmakers allowed power fantasies to overstep the bounds when they honored invitations to the bizarre self-coronation of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, as Messiah, at a Senate reception room in March of 2004. News leaked of this absolutely bizarre event. The attendees fled from the record of the crowning as if it were a burning building. ''I had no idea,'' said one in post-coronation remorse. Moon grandly donned scarlet robes and a golden crown at the Dirksen Office Building. ''I am God's ambassador, sent to earth with his full authority,'' he announced. Here is a video (at about 7 minutes into the video) of the crowning and the attendees. Note the packed room!
Sun Myung Moon was given this bejeweled crown by Rep. Danny K. Davis,
D-Illinois. After the coronation, Moon told the audience of Washington
power players he would save everyone on earth just as he had saved the
souls of Hitler and Stalin. He stated the murderous dictators had been
born again through
him. Can you believe the utter narcissism, chutzpah and heretical doctrine?
Salon writer, John Gorenfield wrote about this insane happening in his June 21, 2004 article:
Moon, 84, the benefactor of conservative foundations like the American Family Coalition -- who served time in the 1980s for tax fraud and conspiracy to obstruct justice -- has views somewhere to the right of the Taliban's Mullah Omar. Moon preaches that gays are "dung-eating dogs," Jews brought on the Holocaust by betraying Jesus, and the U.S. Constitution should be scrapped in favor of a system he calls "Godism" -- with him in charge. The man was crowned "King of Peace" by US congressmen.
What, exactly, drew at least a dozen members of Congress to Moon's coronation? The event was the grand finale of Moon's coast-to-coast "tear down the cross" Moonification tour, intended to remove Christian crosses from almost 300 churches in poor neighborhoods -- the idea being that the cross was an obstacle to uniting religions under Moon. Yet the Dirksen ceremony was sold as a celebration of world peace. According to a cheery promotional video released by Moon's International and Interreligious Federation for World Peace, the ceremony marked the dawn of "the era of the Eternal Peace Kingdom, one global family under God." Moon's coronation also cured God's pain, the announcer explains.
By all accounts, most of the congressmen in attendance didn't expect a coronation. Instead, they thought they were heading to an awards dinner honoring activists from their home states as "Ambassadors for Peace." A flier for the event claimed an impressive who's-who of organizers, including Republicans Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Rep. Roscoe Bartlett of Maryland and Charlie Black, a top Republican strategist. Democrats were named, too, like Rep. Harold Ford of Tennessee, who, incidentally, claims to have not even heard of the event.
And then there was Rep. Danny K. Davis, D-Ill., the only congressman who has publicly expressed pride in the crowning ceremony, who praised Moon for bringing religious leaders together in his Ambassadors for Peace tours to Jerusalem and beyond. Davis, it was revealed this week in the Chicago Reader, took money from Moon-organized fundraisers, who also gave to a charity of his choice. Davis told an Anglican magazine that Moon's remarks were "similar to a baseball team owner telling team members that 'we are the greatest team on earth'" to get them fired up.
The Crowning Ritual
The entire affair began as a normal awards ceremony. Medals were given to Representative Bartlett and others. Representative Curt Weldon R-Pa., spoke beside a photo of himself pinning an American flag on Libyan leader Moammar Khadafy. He denied he was at this "coronation" until Salon Magazine produced photos.
So, Moon and his wife are crowned at this Ambassador's of Peace ceremony, but there were widespread reports, even within the Moon's cult itself, of allegations that in 1989, he allowed brutal inquisitions to take place. Apparently Moon had a man who he believed was the reincarnation of his son acting as the inquisitor. Allegedly, this inquisitor was encouraged to tie people to radiators and beat them. As a result, Moon's number one man and trusted lieutenant, Bo Hi Pak, who was also in charge of the Washington Times, actually suffered minor brain damage. Pak also attended the funeral of Kim il Sung in North Korea in 1994. Yet, Moon claims to be anti-communism.
Moon's daughter-in-law, Nansook Hong, wrote a tell-all book entitled, In The Shadow of the Moons: My Life in the Reverend Sun Myung Moon's Family, wherein she documents her 14 years of abuse. In the book, she states, "Sun Myung Moon seemed to take pleasure in the reports that filtered back to East Garden of the beatings being administered by the Black Heung Jin (the reincarnation in a black man of Moon's 17 year old son, who had died in a car accident). He would laugh raucously if someone out of favor had been dealt an especially hard blow." Sounds like a real man of peace, doesn't he? Here is the 60 minutes interview with Nansook Hong.
Bush's Faith Based Initiative
Remember Bush's Faith Based Initiative? Moon operatives pushed hard for this initiative which most folks assumed would go to more traditional organizations. Only a few Americans raised the alarm knowing the truth of where our tax dollars would be spent. Moon's organization benefited from the program. Free Teens, a celibacy program run by high ranking Moon officials received a $475,280 grant for abstinence education. Service for Peace received $80,000 to provide support projects to coincide with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.
of Moon's other front groups received funds for "marriage improvement,"
to "purify our sex-corrupted culture," and to "rid the
country of gays." And get this, to top it off, James
Towey, Director of the White House on Faith Based and Community
Initiatives, spoke at a conference sponsored by the Interreligious
and International Federation for World Peace (Link),
another Moon front. At this conference he announced that Bush's faith-based
initiative was "the centerpiece of the president's domestic policy."
Knowledgeable Americans knew what this legislation would do and how it
would ultimately support cults and in reality was unconstitutional.
How ingrained Moon was in Republican politics becomes obvious when in 2003, Bush appointed David Caprara, a Moon operative from Moon's American Family Coalition, to head AmeriCorps' anti-poverty program, VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America). American Family Coalition was founded by Sun Myung Moon in 1984, and funded by the Washington Times Foundation. It was formerly presided over by David Caprara, Director of the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives for the federal government's Corporation for National and Community Service.
Caprara was a former aide to now deceased, neo-con Trotskyite, and CNP member, Jack Kemp, and founded a pro-faith policy group called the Empowerment Network. It claimed Sens. Rick Santorum and Joseph Lieberman as leaders, though their names disappeared from the site back in 2003. (Lieberman’s spokesperson told Salon Magazine, the senator had never been formally affiliated with the Empowerment Network; Santorum’s office didn’t return calls.) The site’s Resources Directory section includes links to both Free Teens USA and the Pure Love Alliance — a now seemingly defunct, openly Moonie entity that was discovered in 2000 to be operating in 61 Chicago public schools before being shut down.
Then, another Moon front, the Universal Peace Federation (UPF), gave $1 million to Bush's Points of Light Foundation. And from their website, "UPF is an NGO (non-governmental organization) in special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, UPF works to support and supplement the great work of the United Nations."
As well, Moon's Washington Times Foundation purchased education materials from Ignite Learning, a company owned by Neil Bush which benefitted from Hurricane Katrina through donations "earmarked" for his products. The Moon/Bush ties are everywhere, even with North Korea.
According to Defense Intelligence Agency documents, Moon's business empire paid North Korea's communist leaders millions of dollars in the early 90s, at a time when the North Korean government was desperate for cash. Moon even gave a $3 million dollar birthday present to communist leader, Kim Jong-il, as well as offshore payments to the previous communist leader, Kim Sung-il, amounting to tens of millions of dollars. The duplicity of Moon's Washington Times was shown when the Times attacked Clinton for failing to be more aggressive in defending the country against North Korea's missile program, when in fact, Moon's monies may well have helped start that very program.
As mentioned in Part 16 of this series, there is no debate as to the closeness between Moon and the Bush family. This included a reunification of Korea under fascist rule, and undoubtedly South Korea knew this. [Link]
Federation for World Peace, inaugurated 1991, was the precursor to the Inter-Religious International Federation for World Peace. Following Rev. Moon's first meeting with President Mikhail Gorbachov and Raisa Gorbachov in Moscow in 1990, the Federation for World Peace was inaugurated to bring together society leaders, including current and former heads of state, to discuss solutions for world problems and routes to peace. The inaugural meeting in August 1991, was attended by twenty five current and former heads of state, along with 1000 representatives of governments, non-governmental organizations and grassroots organizations from more than seventy nations. What Moon was selling was really One World Religion, under him as the godhead. [Link]
Moon always alleged that he was virulently anti-communist, yet he had no problem with strong affiliations with the communist United Nations, and with communist North Korean leaders, and his meeting with Gorbachev for "world peace," is in itself a joke. We know what Gorbachev is: From the website, Mikhail Gorbachev, Creatively Marketing Global Communism, comes this statement regarding Gorbachev's State of the World Forum, "Former Soviet Communist Party boss Mikhail Gorbachev, founder of the State of the World Forum six years ago, used a $5,000 per person gathering of the world's political and business elite to plea for the United Nations to adopt a Soviet-style "central authority" to manage the world's business and environmental concerns."
Here is a list of Unification Church affiliated organizations...organizations the phony rightwing and our former presidents, politicians, and clergy, had no problem being involved with and accepting money from Sun Myung Moon and his operatives.
In Part 18, we'll discuss a few of the top rightwing movers and shakers and their close affiliations with Rev. Sun Myung Moon. As well, I'll link to a 1997 interview with researcher Chey Simonton on Moon's many connections to the Council for National Policy.
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Kelleigh Nelson has been researching the Christian right and their connections to the left, the new age, and cults since 1975. Formerly an executive producer for three different national radio talk show hosts, she was adept at finding and scheduling a variety of wonderful guests for her radio hosts. She and her husband live in Knoxville, TN, and she has owned her own wholesale commercial bakery since 1990. Prior to moving to Tennessee, Kelleigh was marketing communications and advertising manager for a fortune 100 company in Ohio. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, she was a Goldwater girl with high school classmate, Hillary Rodham, in Park Ridge, Illinois. Kelleigh is well acquainted with Chicago politics and was working in downtown Chicago during the 1968 Democratic convention riots. Kelleigh is presently the secretary for Rocky Top Freedom Campaign, a strong freedom advocate group.