A report on Radio National’s “The Spirit of Things” on Sunday showed just how far the Rev Moon and his “Unification Church” has influence with US Government and right-wing evangelical Christian leaders.
Prayer lunch with Rev Moon
In January 2001, Moon’s Washington Times foundation sponsored an inter-faith prayer luncheon for President Bush. In attendance were 7 of the top 10 televangelists, including Jerry Falwell, Robert Shuller and Kenneth Copeland.
“Many of you had reason not to accept this invitation because of, ‘Who else will be there?’” Schuller remarked when he took the podium. “And yet there is an overriding unity. And the only way I can explain it in my theology is the Holy Spirit [and that] Jesus Christ has really diversified His investment portfolio.”
Why were these Evangelical Christian leaders so willing to attend an event sponsored by a cult leader who claimed that Christ had failed, and that the Rev Moon alone was the Messiah? A cult that had such a bad name in the 70s and 80s for predatory behaviour and brainwashing of students. A cult that had a program of paying churches to remove their crosses.
Perhaps one reason is indicated by this article in the Consortium News : http://www.consortiumnews.com/archive/moon3.html
It shows how Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University was substantially bailed out of debt by funds from Rev Moon.
Exchanging the Cross for a Crown
In 2004 a coronation ceremony was held in US government offices in Washington, attended by at least a dozen members of the US Congress. Rev Moon and his wife were crowned the “King and Queen of Peace” and honored for their efforts in unifying all the world’s religions and trying to establish a new United Nations. Rev Moon said at the ceremony “I am God’s ambassador, sent to earth with His full authority. I am sent to accomplish His command to save the world’s six billion people, restoring them to Heaven with the original goodness in which they were created.”
This ceremony went largely unreported in the mainstream media, and when details leaked out later, many Senators and Congressmen were embarrassed about their participation and denied attending or speaking at the event.
How much had the almighty dollar of Rev Moon convinced both Christian and Government leaders to abandon their principles and humour the bizarre claims of a cult leader? Could this also happen in Australia? It is already beginning?
See : http://www.abc.net.au/rn/spiritofthings/stories/2008/2217464.htm