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Wednesday, June 23, 2004  

Oh, that Rev. Moon!

This is just making its way to the “mainstream media”?

The Washington Post today reports on some strange goings-on at the Capitol in late March (“The Rev. Moon Honored at Hill Reception,” by Charles Babington and Alan Cooperman):

More than a dozen lawmakers attended a congressional reception this year honoring the Rev. Sun Myung Moon in which Moon declared himself the Messiah and said his teachings have helped Hitler and Stalin be “reborn as new persons.”

At the March 23 ceremony in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-Ill.) wore white gloves and carried a pillow holding an ornate crown that was placed on Moon’s head. The Korean-born businessman and religious leader then delivered a long speech saying he was “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.”

Details of the ceremony -- first reported by writer John Gorenfeld [“Hail to the Moon King”] -- have prompted several lawmakers to say they were misled or duped by organizers. Their complaints prompted a Moon-affiliated Web site to remove a video of the “Crown of Peace” ceremony two days ago, but other Web sites have preserved details and photos.

White gloves?

Carried a pillow?

(By the way, for “other Web sites,” read weblogs.)

More from the Post:

Some Republicans who attended the event, including Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett (Md.), said they did so mainly to salute the Washington Times, a conservative-leaning newspaper owned by Moon’s organization. “I had no idea what would happen” regarding Moon’s coronation and speech, Bartlett said yesterday.


And, holy cow, Roscoe Bartlett is still in Congress?

Lovely town, Frederick, Maryland. Strange voters.

[Bonus from the Gorenfeld article: Pennsylvania Republican’s dishonesty exposed: “Rep. Curt Weldon, R-Pa., whose office maintained he did not attend the event until I provided photographs of him there[,] spoke beside a photograph of himself pinning an American flag on Libyan leader Moammar Khadafy, back when President Bush was praising him for abandoning WMD programs and before he was suspected of trying to kill the leader of Saudi Arabia.”]

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