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It amazes me how many religions are in stark opposition to Christianity; and they do not even have God as their leader. In fact, they are just empty philosophies being advanced by empty followers.

While members of Congress looked on, Rev. Sun Myung Moon declared himself the Messiah. In a ceremony that took place in Washington’s Dirksen office building on March 23, 2004, Moon wore what appeared to be a white silk stole and a red velvet robe for the coronation.

The senators and Congressional members present had been invited to attend what was called a "peace awards banquet." Those who attended did so to witness the honoring of a constituent. Some lawmakers said they left prior to the ceremony and were unaware it had taken place. Others who stayed were uncertain as to its meaning.

The 83-year-old Moon is the founder and leader of the Unification Church. Moon also owns the Washington Times newspaper and the United Press International wire service.

The ceremony included the placement of ornamental golden crowns upon the heads of Moon and his wife, Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon. The New York Times summarized Moon’s speech after being crowned. "Emperors, kings and presidents had declared to all heaven and earth that Reverend Sun Myung Moon is none other than humanity’s Savior, Messiah, Returning Lord and True Parent."

(Citation: John Beukema, Western Springs, Illinois; source: Sheryl Gay Stolberg, "A Crowning at the Capital Creates a Stir," NYTimes.com (6-24-04). From a sermon by Timothy Dolan, Lives of Worship, 5/22/2012)

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