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Monday, June 21, 2004

Davis shoots the Moon, redux

More on Sun Myung Moon and my soon-to-be ex congressman, Rep Danny Davis, from John Gorenfeld of Salon Hail to the Moon king
"You probably imagine your congressman hard at work in the Capitol debating legislation, making laws -- you know, governing. But your newspaper probably didn't tell you that one night in March, members of Congress hosted a crowning ritual for an ex-convict and multibillionaire who dressed up in maroon robes and declared himself the Second Coming.

On March 23, the Dirksen Senate Office Building was the scene of a coronation ceremony for Rev. Sun Myung Moon, owner of the conservative Washington Times newspaper and UPI wire service, who was given a bejeweled crown by Rep. Danny K. Davis, D-Ill. Afterward, Moon told his bipartisan audience of Washington power players he would save everyone on Earth as he had saved the souls of Hitler and Stalin -- the murderous dictators had been born again through him, he said. In a vision, Moon said the reformed Hitler and Stalin vouched for him, calling him "none other than humanity's Savior, Messiah, Returning Lord and True Parent."

To many observers, this bizarre scene would have looked like the apocalypse as depicted in "Left Behind" novels. 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 crowned "King of Peace" by congressmen once said, according to sermons reprinted in his church's Unification News: "Suppose I were to hit you with the baseball bat to stop you, bloodying your ear and breaking a bone or two, yet still you insisted on doing more work for Father."

Over a week now, with no response from Danny Davis' office explaining why he is involved with coronation procedures with this nutjob, Moon. It's like he hopes by ignoring the issue, nobody will notice.

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.

Read more at Salon (watch a brief ad if you aren't a subscriber)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank You JOHN GORENFELD!!!!!!!! I have been reseaching the political agenda of Moon Man for over three years. I got intested when I met a recently x moonie (of 20 years!) and heard her defending Moon ...saying "he's an old man, why don't they just leave him alone"

Now this man(MOON) stole 20 years of my new friends life...and she was DEFENDING his behavior... of course the conversation got heated and the last thing she said to me was " well, you just don't know ANYTHING about Rev. Moon" with that challange I set out to learn all I could about the MOON man..a la cart!

I spent days and nights...totally absorbed and a little possessed, I must say. Just like most people I could not believe what I was reading...but the net is full of almost anything you want to know and I kept checking fact after fact and soon realized that the issue was a whole lot bigger that just trying to understand my new friend.
Moons political agenda is really quite frightening. The lack of media coverage is suspicious at best. But I don't need to tell you any of this. I am just writing to tell you how grateful I am for your journalism effort in bringing this important issue to the public. I listen to Washington Journal (CSPAN) every morning and I am always disgusted with how many Washington Times editors and writers are on this show to give "their"(moon's) opinion about this or that. I am more appauled that they Quote the WT every morning as often as the NYT &WP. I wrote them a letter asking them if there were any moonies running the station ...because they quoted the Washington Times so much ... got no reply , of course.
Anyway, I got your page because I was trying to get to Danny K. Davis's office to tell him what I think of this little situation with Moon Man in the Senate Building.(and a Democrat to boot!) I still want to know who gave the ok for the Moon organizers to set up that meeting. In one of your articles you said that question was "shrouded in mystery"

I think that is a very important piece of the pie.

I would like to encourage you to follow through and keep this in the news until the story is out there, every one is talking about it, and EVERY American knows who REV. SUN MYUNG MOON is and What the hell he's up to. ...Pictures of Bush Senior shaking hands and being on stage with Moon would be a good place to start, Don't you think?
Sincerely and keep up the good work.

2:09 PM, June 27, 2004


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