ev. Sun Myung Moonís life-long work is all about building world peace and creating a global family of humankind. He aims to build a world where people of all nations, cultures, races and religions may rejoice together. From his early years, he had to take the path of a pioneer, bearing the burdens of reconciliation to break down the many hardened walls of division. In all, he was jailed six times, by Japan, North Korea, South Korea and the United States. Yet, he never recoiled from his suffering but regarded it as the will of Heaven, the will of God, with a profound sense of mission and great historical purpose. In building peace among nations, which is Rev. Moonís greatest legacy so far, he sets the living example of loving and embracing the enemy and "living for the sake of others."
Although he is first and foremost a religious leader, he has always been on the front line of the struggle to end war, injustice, poverty and environmental degradation. For this purpose, we consider him one of the great prophets of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
Having known firsthand the dehumanization caused by Communism, he organized CAUSA in the 1970s and 1980s, a worldwide movement which articulated a critique and counterproposal to the God-denying Marxist-Leninist ideology. In the 1980s, CAUSA played a role in my own country, in the Philippines, in helping protect the Philippines from the threat of Communist insurgency through its educational materials.
Also, Rev. Moon met the great Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev in 1990 and urged him to allow full religious and economic freedom to his people. He met with North Korean President Kim Il Sung in 1991 to discuss peace on the Korean peninsula. Rev. Moon traveled to Pyongyang to make his appeal for peace and unification. Until today, one of his foremost dreams to which he has committed his life is the dream of a unified Korea.
When the Cold War was at its apex in 1982, Rev. Moon launched the prestigious newspaper, The Washington Times, utilizing the tool of a moral media to protect and promote God-given human rights and dignity and to fight against immorality. The Washington Times is now helping popularize the values of family and faith in America, and thus helping to arrest moral decline.
One of the great missions of Rev. Moon is to see how we can bring about a unification of the great religions of the world, for we have all descended from Adam and Eve and Jews, Christians and Muslims all come from Abraham. Today, gathered here, are the great leaders of Buddhism, of Islam, the Jews of the world, the Roman Catholics, the Confucianists, and the Hindus. All are gathered here in this great hall of the people.
Iím happy to report to you that, as a result of the lifelong work of Rev. Moon, and of the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace (IIFWP) under the chairmanship of Rev. Chung Hwan Kwak, and as a result of the mutual pioneering efforts of the Philippines, Iran and many nations in Europe, Asia and Africa, and under the leadership of Rev. Moon, I had the privilege to present to the UN Security Council a resolution for a dialogue among religions, among civilizations and among cultures. I am happy to report to you that on November 8, 2004, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously approved our resolution calling for an interfaith dialogue among the great religions of the world.
As part of the process, the IIFWP did something pioneering, courageous and imaginative by bringing together thousands of participants from all over the world to the war-torn land of Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip on a World Peace Pilgrimage to extend a hand of peace and reconciliation among leaders of the three Abrahamic religions: the Jews, the Christians and the Muslims. It is the first time this has ever been attempted in history.
Today, the fighting faith, the marching faith and the battle cry of the IIFWP and of similar-minded organizations around the world have launched the idea of focusing on the family, freedom, unity and faith under God. No less than President George Bush of the United States of America is putting an essential focus on the need for freedom, family and faith under the aegis of God.
Rev. Moon is a great teacher and prophet of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. We the delegates gathered here believe this is the formula for bringing together the great religions of the world. This is the formula for bringing together the great civilizations and the great cultures of the world. This is the formula for bringing together the great nations, the great tribes and the great peoples of the world.
When we speak of Father Moon, we see the sun, the stars and the moon. We see the blazing searchlight of the sun, and in the evening, even in the midst of darkness, the moon gives light.
Based on what we know of the remarkable life of Father and Mother Moon, it is my great honor and privilege, on behalf of the delegates from 185 nations from all over the world, from one end of the earth to the other, to ask that we affirm and nominate Father and Mother Moon, the True Parents, as King and Queen of Peace.