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Below is an article about the ceremony that included 144,000 clergy in which the plaintiff participated:
Unification Church leader Sun Myung Moon's latest attempt at wedding himself to Christian leaders is, literally, through weddings. On April 27th he presided over a mass wedding ceremony in which some 700 clergy and their wives renewed their wedding vows. The Washington Times, reporting on the event, stated,
In a "marriage blessing and renewal ceremony" presided over by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, the group of mostly Christian pastors exchanged rings and declared that despite differing theologies a lifelong family commitment is the common thread of all religions. (The Washington Times, April 28, 2002)
The ceremony was broadcast to all fifty states and other countries. Clergy meetings were also held in other cities across the country, including Mobile, AL. A similar meeting was held in Birmingham on April 13th (see the article "Unholy Matrimony" in this issue).
Rev. Michael Jenkins, a Unification Church minister, "said the general aim of the 'blessing' was to include 144,000 clergy worldwide to fulfill a biblical image of the faithful 'being sealed' by God and representing 'all nations, tribes, peoples and tongues.'" (The Washington Times, April 28, 2002) While there is certainly nothing wrong with clergy renewing their wedding vows and affirming their commitment to family, it is troubling that they would do so under the auspices of the false god and the false messiah of the Unification Church or its affiliates.
For example, in the course of the wedding ceremony Moon, "declared that the couples were 'committed to becoming true husbands and wives.'" (The Washington Times, April 28, 2002) In Moon's theology one can only become a "true" husband and wife through being associated with the "True Parents" (Moon and his wife). It is through that connection that salvation comes. Thus, while this may be a renewal of wedding vows to those clergy who participate, to Moon it is an affirmation and acknowledgement of his messiahship.