Former President George H.W. Bush sent videotaped remarks to the Dec. 13 event, and his son, current President George W. Bush, sent written remarks. Moon himself delivered a rambling keynote address in Korean that attendees listened to via simultaneous translation.
The event, “Building Our Common Legacy Centered on God,” took place at the Marriott Wardman Hotel, with a kickoff breakfast that drew more than 2,000 attendees. It was sponsored by four Moon front groups: the American Family Coalition, the American Clergy Leadership Council, the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace and The Washington Times Foundation.
According to an account that ran in the Moon-owned Washington Times, current President Bush sent a welcome that was read by Mark Anderson, an Arizona state senator.
“As pastors and community leaders, you are part of the armies of compassion who help to change lives one heart and one soul at a time,” the Bush message read in part. “I applaud your dedication and your commitment to serving others.”
The elder Bush, who has been paid to speak at Moon events in the past, saluted the group for its emphasis on “faith, family, freedom and peace centered on God.”
Dole, making note of partisan divisions in the country, called on Americans to “acknowledge a higher power to which we must call for an answer.”
Moon himself delivered a lengthy lecture centered mostly on his Unification religious doctrine. According to Moon, Eve’s sin in the Garden of Eden was sexual: She engaged in an act of intercourse with Satan and thus marred humanity forever.
“As a result, Adam and Eve built their family on a conjugal relationship that centered not on God but on Satan, the fallen archangel,” Moon said. “Consequently, all human beings, because we are descended from Adam and Eve, have inherited Satan’s lineage.”
Although Moon has been active in conservative politics for years and has funded various Religious Right organizations, his agenda is quite controversial. He claims to be the messiah sent by God to complete the failed mission of Jesus Christ and seeks to unite all religions and governments under his leadership.
Members of Congress were present last year when Moon and his wife were crowned at an event in a congressional office building. The March 23 coronation, replete with royal robes and gold crowns, supposedly honored Moon’s contribution to world peace, but followers said the ceremony recognized Moon as king of America.
Moon’s remarks at the most recent D.C. event were not overtly political. He claimed that his movement “is bringing an end to the history of division between Cain and Abel” and called on the United States “to take on the role of the elder brother, representing the free world, and lead all nations toward the fulfillment of God’s will.”
At an evening banquet held in conjunction with the gathering, Moon was again crowned in an elaborate ceremony.
Speakers at the day-long gathering included: the Rev. Floyd Flake, a former member of Congress, the Rev. Walter Fauntroy, former Washington, D.C. delegate to Congress; “Christian nation” advocate Peter Marshall and Chung Hwan Kwak, a top Moon operative who runs the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace.
The Breakfast Summit’s Invitational Committee included several state and local elected officials, clergy and heads of “faith-based” organizations.