Last week the “Church” of Scientology opened a new national office in Washington, DC and managed to get several members of Congress and executive agencies, from both parties, to show up and sing the praises of the “church.” And there’s a familiar name on the list:
Lawmakers in attendance were Texas Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Indiana Republican Rep. Dan Burton and Illinois Democratic Rep. Danny Davis. Liz Gibson, Senior Program Manager at the Federal Emergency Management Agency was also in attendance.
You’d have to be a longtime reader of this blog and have a really good memory to recall that Danny Davis was also the guy who helped crown Rev. Moon the “king of peace” in a bizarre ceremony in a Senate office building back in 2004. At an event with a couple dozen legislators and government officials in attendance, it was Davis who actually put on white gloves, carried a crown on a silk pillow and placed it on the Rev. Moon’s head. John Gorenfeld has the details here. So now Davis has apparently gone from praising one religious fraud to another. And he wasn’t alone:
Jackson Lee applauded the organization.
“I want to thank L. Ron Hubbard for recognizing that courage is not rewarded but it is valued,” said the congresswoman. L. Ron Hubbard was the church’s founder.
“And to be able to have the wonderment of people coming together and ensuring that people come together for peace. That’s what I see in the Church, that you have come together for peace. I welcome and support that,” she said.
Burton and Davis lauded the church’s efforts in pushing Congress to pass legislation targeted toward child medication and the criminal justice system. Gibson praised the disaster relief the Church of Scientology has provided in times of crisis.
Well that’s a bit of a skewed picture, don’t you think? This new office is right by the former office of AINN. I used to walk past it often when I was in DC.