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The event was sponsored by the Interreligious and International Peace Council, a Moon front group that claims to build bridges between Christianity, judaism and Islam. In reality, critics say the organization pursues Moon's longstanding dream of merging religion and government under his authority.
Moon's group was able to get access to the Senate building thanks to an influential friend: U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton (D-Minn.), who attended the event. Also attending were six members of the House of Representatives: Reps. Roscoc G. Bartlett (R-Md.), Christopher B. Cannon (R-Utah), Curt Weldon (R-Pa.), Danny K. Davis (D-IlL), Harold E. Ford (D-Tenn.) and Sanford D. Bishop Jr. (D-Ga.).
The House members were listed as "Congressional Co-Chairs" of the event on invitations. "Invitational Committee" members included U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), former U.S. Sen. Larry Pressler (R- S.D.), U.S. Rep. Phillip M. Crane (R-IlL), U.S. Rep. Thomas M. Davis (R-Va.) and U.S. Rep. Eddie B. Johnson (D-Texas).
During his remarks at the Senate ceremony, Moon claimed that dead world leaders have endorsed him from the "spirit world."
"[M]any other leaders in the spirit world, including even Communist leaders such as Marx and Lenin, who committed all manner of barbarity and murders on earth, and dictators such as Hitler and Stalin, have found strength in my teachings, mended their ways and been reborn as new persons," Moon told the crowd. "Emperors, kings and presidents who enjoyed opulence and power on earth, and even journalists who had worldwide fame, have now placed themselves at the forefront of the column of the true love revolution.... They 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."
(Moon officials have asserted that within the past few years, Moon has been endorsed by every deceased U.S. president at a series of "spirit world conferences.")
- Sun Myung Moon Crowned 'King Of America' At U.S. Senate Building, Church & State, USA, May 1, 2004
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