– Coronation caught them by surprise, officials say: “WASHINGTON – How did a routine stop at an awards reception on Capitol Hill turn into a bizarre coronation ceremony for a billionaire self-proclaimed messiah?

Two Maryland congressmen, facing questions about why they attended the event with several other lawmakers, say they have no idea. They never expected to see the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, the publisher of The Washington Times and performer of mass weddings who says he has redeemed Josef Stalin and Adolf Hitler.

On a busy Tuesday evening in March, say Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, a Baltimore Democrat, and Roscoe G. Bartlett, a Western Maryland Republican, they did not set out to attend what Moon’s Unification Church calls the crowning of ‘the King and Queen of the Second and Third Israel.’ “


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