- FFWPU USA statement January 10, 2021
- Context – US Capitol riot January 6, 2021 and former US President Donald J. Trump’s second impeachment
- Unification Church response to President Richard Nixon and the Watergate Crisis
- Martin Luther King Jr Day January 15
We are living in challenging times. We cannot deny what is taking place before our eyes. With growing dismay, we have watched the polarization and conflict in this country grow. The pandemic and the contentious elections only augmented this process. But with the events leading up to and those taking place on January 6 at our nation’s capital, it becomes evident that we mustn’t stand on the sidelines. The use of violent action is not acceptable. It is time for us to turn to God, our Heavenly Parent, and seek His guidance on how to come together as Americans, starting with ourselves.
Our Founders, the late Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon and Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, always emphasized forgiveness and the importance of unity. I am reminded of Rev. Moon’s plea to the American people as America was reeling from the shock of the Watergate scandal almost 50 years ago:
All thinking American people feel grave concern for the future of their country. Some even believe America has been struck a fatal blow. However, at this critical moment in American history it is disappointing and strange that no one is asking, “What is the will of God?” If America was conceived as “One Nation under God,” then the answer must come from Him. Have we stopped asking?
I bend my head and place my ear upon the heartbeat of America. I hear no one seeking the solution from above. We keep on criticizing and the nation sinks; we criticize some more and the nation falls even farther, deep into greater peril. Now is the time for America to renew the faith expressed in her motto “In God We Trust”. This is the founding spirit that makes America great and unique. God blessed America because of this spirit. Furthermore, America is fulfilling a vital role in God’s plan for the modern world. God is depending on America today. Therefore, the crisis for America is a crisis for God. An answer must come from above, from God, from the one who has the answer. I have prayed to God earnestly, asking Him to reveal His message.
The answer came. The first word God spoke was “Forgive.”(Rev. Sun Myung Moon, 1973)
To do this, we must look beyond ourselves, beyond our own opinions and our differences. There is no solution within the political or legal spheres alone. Political victories, on either side, rarely bring about understanding, mutual respect and reconciliation. While the new administration in America has an opportunity and a responsibility to lead us beyond the current level of polarization, political leaders alone cannot bring about the kind of dialogue and cooperation that is needed.
Under the guidance of Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, we are committed to work toward building greater unity, and creating one family under God. Just one month ago, at the 4th Rally of Hope, Dr. Moon called upon us to “forgive the political leaders,” and work to bring reconciliation to all people. It is our role as people of faith to promote this spirit of forgiveness, to encourage all Americans, and particularly leaders of our primary institutions of government, religion, civil society, business, the arts, the media, etc. to rise above this divide.
It is time to start healing as a nation and we must start at home. Peace Starts With Me. The anger, hurt and suffering that we see playing out on the national level is felt also in our own families. Differences in beliefs, values, and politics have created walls in key relationships within our homes and our extended families. Despite these differences in perspectives, if we turn to God as our heavenly parent, we can see that when we criticize each other and hurt each other, it pains God, just as any parent feels when their children are fighting. We are one human family and our common need is love. Instead of making sure our voice is heard, let us start with listening more. Instead of blaming, let us explore where we could take more responsibility over the situation. And if you have been misunderstood or hurt, let us try to forgive and love, just as we have been forgiven and loved by God.
We cannot do this alone. We need God, our Heavenly Parent, to tap into God’s unconditional love for all people and to give us the strength to forgive, love and reconcile. As the Family Federation, we bring people together from all backgrounds and walks of life, and we see everyone as children of God, sharing a common destiny. True faith brings love, and true love brings peace and understanding.
We hope that you will join with your local Holy Community, American Clergy Leadership Conference, and/or Universal Peace Federation chapters to engage those on the other sides of issues with a heart of understanding and collaboration to bring healing to our nation. Let us listen, let us forgive, let us love, and let us unite.
Rev. Naokimi Ushiroda
US Capitol Riot January 6, 2021
‘The storming of the United States Capitol was a riot and violent attack against the 117th United States Congress at the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021….The riot led to the evacuation and lockdown of the Capitol, and five deaths.’ (Wikipedia)
Called to action by Donald Trump, the 45th president of the United States, in an attempt to overturn his defeat in the 2020 presidential election, ‘thousands of his supporters gathered in Washington, D.C., on January 5 and 6 in support of his claim that the 2020 election had been “stolen” from him, and to demand that Vice President Mike Pence and Congress reject President-elect Joe Biden‘s victory.
‘On the morning of January 6, at a “Save America” rally on the Ellipse, Trump repeated…claims of election irregularities and urged the crowd to “fight like hell”.:01:11:44 At the president’s encouragement, thousands of the crowd then walked to the Capitol, where a joint session of Congress was beginning the Electoral College vote count to formalize Biden’s victory.’ (Wikipedia)
Here is the full transcript of Trump’s speech on the Ellipse January 6 at Aljazeera.com.
The deaths included a woman whom police fatally shot as she tried ‘to break through the barricaded doors of the Speakers’ Lobby’ (BBC); and three middle-aged rioters who died from separate medical emergencies. (CNN)
It was reported that a Capitol Police officer suffered fatal blows to the head with a fire extinguisher (New York Times). But a medical examiner’s report released April 19, 2021 ‘has ruled that police officer Brian Sicknick, who was sprayed by a chemical substance during the January 6 riot at the US Capitol, died a day later of natural causes after suffering two strokes….The DC medical examiner’s report means that Sicknick’s death was caused by disease, not other factors such as injury, and is neither a homicide nor the result of an accident.’ (Aljazeera)
‘At one point during the riot, the mob storming the building chanted “hang Mike Pence” as gallows were set up outside the Capitol.’ (Forbes)
‘According to CNN, a terrified Mr Pence and his family — his wife Karen Pence, daughter Charlotte and brother, Representative Greg Pence — could hear the chants as they were evacuated from the building, fearing for their lives.’ (News)
Mike Pence was Vice President of the United States (2017-2021). ‘The Twelfth Amendment provides that the vice president, in their capacity as President of the Senate, receives the Electoral College votes, and then, in the presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, opens the sealed votes.  (Wikipedia)
In the lead up to the January 6 joint session of the US Congress to count Electoral College votes from the November 3, 2020 election, then President Donald J. Trump convinced many of his supporters that Pence could overturn the election result in his role as the joint session’s presiding officer. He couldn’t. (cf Cass R. Sunstein, op-ed, Bloomberg)
Whilst Members of Congress were in lockdown some feared for their lives, according to New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
During the lockdown, President Trump tried to call senators to overturn election, according to a CNN report.
Also during the riot, Trump tweeted: “Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify. USA demands the truth!” (Trump Twitter Archive)
“Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!” he tweeted at 2:38 p.m.
In a video message posted on social media during the riot, Trump told the rioters, “This was a fraudulent election, but we can’t play into the hands of these people. We have to have peace. So go home. We love you. You’re very special.”
‘A DC police officer said it was ‘absolutely my pleasure to crush a white nationalist ‘insurrection’ after a video of him trapped against a door…went viral.’ (Business Insider) (cf Rev. Moon, “God is color blind.”)
Second Impeachment of US President Donald J. Trump
On January 13, 2021, the US House of Representatives passed “H.Res.24 – Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors” relating to the January 6 riot.
According to Congress.gov:
Specifically, the resolution sets forth an article of impeachment stating that President Trump incited an insurrection against the government of the United States.
The article states that
- prior to the joint session of Congress held on January 6, 2021, to count the votes of the electoral college, President Trump repeatedly issued false statements asserting that the presidential election results were fraudulent and should not be accepted by the American people or certified by state or federal officials;
- shortly before the joint session commenced, President Trump reiterated false claims to a crowd near the White House and willfully made statements to the crowd that encouraged and foreseeably resulted in lawless action at the Capitol;
- members of the crowd, incited by President Trump, unlawfully breached and vandalized the Capitol and engaged in other violent, destructive, and seditious acts, including the killing of a law enforcement officer;
- President Trump’s conduct on January 6, 2021, followed his prior efforts to subvert and obstruct the certification of the presidential election, which included a threatening phone call to the Secretary of State of Georgia on January 2, 2021;
- President Trump gravely endangered the security of the United States and its institutions of government, threatened the integrity of the democratic system, interfered with the peaceful transition of power, and imperiled a coequal branch of government; and
- by such conduct, President Trump warrants impeachment and trial, removal from office, and disqualification to hold U.S. office.
At a January 15 press conference following the House impeachment resolution, US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said:
“While we celebrate and observe Martin Luther King Day on Monday, today is actually Reverend Martin Luther King’s birthday. And as we observe it in this extraordinary time, it is important to remember his words, all of them so appropriate one time or another. Today, I remembered him saying, ‘True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.’ I particularly am drawn to that phrase because one of my favorites that I have in my office is Pope Paul VI. He said, ‘If you want peace, work for justice.’ The connection is very clear.”
US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced House will deliver Article of Impeachment to Senate on January 25.
A US Senate impeachment trial will commence in the week of February 8. (Washington Times)
“Forgive, Love, Unite”
FFWPU members around the world believe that the USA has a central role in God’s providence. When Americans, even members of his own Republican Party, were calling for President Richard Nixon‘s impeachment, FFWPU Founders, the late Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon and Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, always emphasized forgiveness and the importance of unity.
‘Reverend Moon called out for Americans to forgive President Nixon in the spirit of Christianity. He took out full-page advertising space in the principal newspapers in all fifty states and published a proclamation that called on Americans to “Forgive. Love, Unite.”(Bo Hi Pak, Messiah)
Here is Reverend Moon’s proclamation in full as it appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, and other newspapers on November 30, 1973:
Reverend Sun Myung Moon’s proclamation November 30, 1973:
My travels in America have shown me a troubled land. The moral and spiritual decline is tragic and shocking. Many people are no longer proud to he Americans. The American nation seems mortally wounded in spirit and soul by the tragedy of Watergate. We are witnessing a crisis probably unprecedented in American history. The situation is very serious.
It is more than a political, social, and economic crisis. It is a crisis of the human soul. This is not only the problem of the man in the White House; it is a crisis for all of us.
On November 10, 1973, I took two weeks out from my tour and returned to Korea. I used that time for prayer and meditation in a desperate search for an answer and new hope for America.
Today we hear so much about America’s troubles – what is wrong and who is to blame, what should be done and what cannot be done. Vicious accusation is becoming a daily staple in the American diet. Hatred and bitterness are killing the human soul. Some people cry out “Impeach the President.” Opinion is divided, and the people talk on. Should the President remain in office? Should the President resign or be tried?
We were all witnesses to America’s assassination of her President, John F. Kennedy in 1963. But today, without many realizing it. America is in the process of slowly killing her President once again.
A bullet killed Kennedy, yet the nation united in a common feeling of sorrow and repentance.
This time the “bullet” of hatred and accusation is capable of destroying not only the President, but the nation with him. in a war of hatred, no one is the winner.
All thinking American people feel grave concern for the future of their country. Some even believe America has been struck a fatal blow. However, at this critical moment in American history it is disappointing and strange that no one is asking, “What is the will of God?” If America was conceived as “One Nation Under God,” then the answer must come from Him. I lave we stopped asking?
I bend my head and place my ear upon the heartbeat of America. I hear no one seeking the solution from above. We keep on criticizing and the nation sinks; we criticize some more and the nation falls even farther, deep into greater peril. Now is the time for America to renew the faith expressed in her motto “In God We Trust” This is the founding spirit that makes America great and unique. God blessed America because of this spirit. Furthermore, America is fulfilling a vital role in God’s plan for the modern world. God is depending on America today. Therefore, the crisis for America is a crisis for God. An answer must cone from above, from God, from the one who has the answer. I have prayed to God earnestly, asking Him to reveal His message.
The answer came. The first word God spoke was “Forgive.”
America must forgive. Whatever wrongs have been done, whatever mistakes are being made, America has a noble deed to perform. America must forgive. The Watergate affair is an error: not only the error of a few men, but the error of humanity, the error of the American people. The Lord’s prayer says, “Forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors.” If we want God to forgive us, we have to forgive each other first.
The Watergate is not merely a test of the President. The Watergate is a test of America’s faith. How will this nation stand before God in the midst of moral crisis? Can this nation, which was founded 200 years ago based on Christian tradition, uphold that same tradition today? Can this nation prove its generosity and mutual forgiveness? Can it love? This is the test for the American people. Long ago the American settlers on the New England shores made many grave mistakes. But with their trust in God they came through many crises. They could then lead America to prosperity.
The Bible speaks of the time the scribes and Pharisees tested Jesus. They brought him a woman to be stoned. She had been caught in the act of adultery. Mosaic law demanded retributive justice. But Jesus’ message was forgiveness. “He stood up and said to them. ‘Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.’ … But when they heard it, they went away, one by one, beginning with the eldest, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus looked up and said to her, ‘Woman. where are they? Has no one condemned you?’ She said. ‘No one, Lord.’ And Jesus said, ‘Neither do I condemn you: go. and do not sin again.'” John 8:3-12) Nobody dared to cast the first stone!
Who among you will be the one to cast the first stone? This is no time to cast stones upon your leader. This is no time to cast stones upon one another.
I have been praying specifically for President Richard Nixon. I asked God. “What shall we do with the person of Richard Nixon?” The answer did come again. The second word God spoke to me was “Love. It is your duty to love him.” We must love Richard Nixon. Jesus Christ loved even his enemies. Must you not love your President?
What do you do when a member of your family is in trouble? Do you criticize him and tear him apart? Of course not. You guide him. You comfort him. You love him unconditionally. You belong to the American family, and Richard Nixon is your brother. Will you not then love your brother? You must love the President of the United States.
This nation is God’s nation. The office of the President of the United States is, therefore, sacred. God inspired a man and then confirms him as President through the will of the people. He lays his hands on the word of God and is sworn into office. At this time in history God has chosen Richard Nixon to be President of the United States of America. Therefore God has the power and authority to dismiss him. Our duty, and this alone, is that we deeply seek God’s guidance in this matter and support the office, itself. If God decides to dismiss this choice of His, let us have faith that He will speak.
I continued in prayer, and the third and last word God spoke to me was “Unite.” America must unite.
Let us unite in the spirit of forgiveness. Unite in the spirit of love. Now is the time for national repentance. Love is the power to unite. America once knew how to come together to create a powerful nation for goodness upon the face of the earth. America is a beautiful land to behold, a nation of all nationalities, all races, and all religions united together into one working whole. The source of power has been love and faith in God and in one another.
The crisis in America today can be overcome. We must rekindle our faith in God and reunite ourselves in love. America’s destiny is inseparable from the destiny of the world. America’s well-being affects the plan of God. God chose this nation as His champion in his modern day dispensation. With the bicentennial celebration a few years away, God is testing America through the Watergate problem. America must demonstrate unity in love and forgiveness. Let us renew our faith in God, for this has been the wellspring of America’s power. America must live the will of God. She has no alternative.
Who am I to say this to the American people? I am not even a citizen of the United States. I am a Korean, a guest.
However, I do this because I love America as much as my own country. This is a country God loves. And I love God and He is our Father in heaven. Wherever God my Father dwells, there is my country. Indeed, the Father’s country is also the son’s. America belongs to those who love it most. I am as concerned for America’s well-being as for my own. This is the foundation of my courage to speak out on this issue.
Furthermore, I waited. I waited long. I anticipated that some great American spiritual leader or evangelist would rally America around God above the Watergate at this stormy and depressing time.
However, there has been no American spiritual leader speaking out for unity. I heard no articulate voice in the wilderness crying this to Americans. By this time, God spoke to me again, “Fear not! Remember Jonah in Ninevah. Speak out!” and I obeyed.
And this is why I am doing this.
As Founder of the Unification Church International, I have declared the next 40 days, starting December 1. 1973, as a period of prayer and fasting by our members all over the world.
In this we are determined to awaken our nation to this national emergency. America must unite in her Christian tradition of love and forgiveness in the face of the grave crisis created by the Watergate. We hereby launch this National Prayer and Fast for the Watergate Crisis as the only way to heal and unite this nation.
This is indeed the day of dismay and moral crisis. Yet, this is also a great opportunity for America, an opportunity in which the American people can demonstrate America’s true greatness in faith and courage. Historically, great peoples have proved their greatness not during normal situations hut in crises.
This is the time the American people must act as a great people who put trust in God. Then this day will he a day of new hope and unification.
“In God We Trust.” In these four words lie America’s key to survival and prosperity. America must live the will of God, and God’s command at this crossroads in American history is Forgive, Love, and Unite!
(signed) Sun Myung Moon, Founder. Unification Church International
Nixon resigned at noon on August 9, 1974 and said that his resignation would begin “that process of healing which is so desperately needed in America.”
Reverend Moon said after the resignation: “We are all sinners in the sight of God, so we have no right to cast stones at other sinners. That’s why I advocated Forgiveness, Love, and Unity.” (Unification Aspects, New World Encyclopedia)
Martin Luther King Jr
North Americans celebrate Martin Luther King Jr‘s (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) life and work around the anniversary of his birthday each year.
As the US Capitol riot and President Trump’s second impeachment dominated global political discourse in the lead up to and during the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr Day, commentators for and against the former president’s impeachment cited King to support their arguments.
In a 1978 interview, the Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon was asked to give his opinion as to who was America’s greatest leader in the twentieth century. Reverend Moon replied:
I would have to say ‘Martin Luther King,’ in the twentieth century. King was God’s chosen champion to fight against bigotry and prejudice, proclaiming the equality of all races. God was saying to the American people that, in His sight, there is no black, there is no white, there is no yellow, for God is color blind. That is the most important point. God, who raised up a champion like Martin Luther King, can use the champions of all races equally well. (Unification Aspects, New World Encyclopedia)