Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Is GOP captive to a pact with the devil?

The Gadflyer: Tear Down the Cross:
"Last week, leaders in this radical cause presided over a Washington prayer breakfast featuring messages of thanks from the presidents [Bush pere et fils]. Former Senator Bob Dole came in person."

So writes John Gorenfeld on gadflyer.com - website of the New Progressive Institute, Inc. - describing an event sponsored by affiliates of "Rev." Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church. Gorenfeld goes on to cite some of the activities of Moon's various front groups including an Easter 2003 program to get churches to throw away the crosses in their sanctuaries and the symbolic burial of a cross in Israel.

Most astounding was the March 23, 2004 ceremony at the Dirksen Senate Office Building where various members of Congress participated in Moon's coronation as America's king. Leaving aside the religious aspect for a moment, didn't we fight a war to get rid of monarchy?

Participants in the ceremony are alleged to have included Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD) and Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-IL) who were among the six House members listed as "Congressional Co-Chairs" of the coronation sponsored by the Interreligious and International Peace Council whose address is the same as that of the Moon-owned Washington Times newspaper. The program also shows 17 individuals as a partial listing of the "Invitational Committee" which included one current and one former US senator, three more House members, one former and three current state senators, a former ambassador and a deposed Catholic bishop. I regret to say that I knew at least two of these people when I was active in GOP politics in Virginia about 30 years ago and that I have met at least two others. See how many you know: Host Committee

Ever since the founding of the Washington Times, I have had qualms about the fact that it is owned, even subsidized, by the Moonies. Early on though, I was assured by conservatives whom I trusted that the cult, whose billionaire leader had been variously described as a megalomaniac and a Korean Central Intelligence Agency operative, was not slanting the general news coverage of the paper. If Gorenfeld is correct in the charges he levels, including that over a million dollars has flowed into Bush 41's pockets as a result of Moon's beneficence and that one of his fronts got a half million dollar grant from the US government under Bush 43, I will never be able to look at that paper in the same way.

Moon's fronts are poised to ride high on the general public revulsion toward gay marriage by trying to get out in front of the parade to pretend to lead it. They also make hay out of their alleged commitment to strong marriages, although among their members all marriages are arranged by the cult. As with Scientology, there have been ex-members complaining of psychological coercion and even unlawful detention of would-be defecters.


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