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June 18, 2004


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Well, eventually it made it into the newspapers, but it sure was late. The New York Times and the Washington Post did finally run the story around June 21st, after which the story was widely picked up elsewhere. Even so, the story was very slow to be made public, and I believe there are two reasons for this. The conservative media were reluctant to run the story because they like the Washington Times and don't want to embarass its owner. The liberal media were afraid to run the story because it was so bizarre it might make it look like they were picking on an obscure religious minority. Certainly the "Moonies" (a term they dislike) are quick to allege bigotry whenever their church is opposed or criticized in any way. This practice goes back to Moon's conviction on charges of tax evasion and conspiracy to conceal evidence in 1984. At the time, Moon claimed that his prosecution by the unpopular IRS was due to racial and religious bigotry. In any case, primarily due to the persistence of numerous blogs, led by John Gorenfeld's in particular, the story did finally get noticed. I'm a former member of Moon's Unification Church and if you'd like to find out more about what it was like for me to be a "Moonie" for more than a decade, I suggest you read my recent book, Heartbreak and Rage: Ten Years Under Sun Myung Moon, which is available from A sample from the book may be read by visiting my website,

Rev.Moon was not crowned emporer of America, but he received the king of peace award, there where others too who received the same award, democrats as well as republican.

WND Rev. Moon holds coronation at Capitol Religious leader says
he's here to 'save the world's 6 billion people' Posted: June
14, 2004 5:00 p.m. Eastern

© 2004

Dressed in a floor-length cape, the Rev. Sun Myung Moon was dubbed the
king of peace at a coronation ceremony in the Dirksen Senate Office
Building attended by several members of Congress.

Moon is the founder of the Unification Church - currently known as The
Family Federation for World Peace and Unification.

According to columnist Bill Berkowitz, on March 23 Moon presided over
the event during which he presented the "Crown of Peace" award to a
number of honored guests.

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