- The Washington Times - Friday, February 4, 2000

Faith, family, freedom and community service were the shared values that brought more than 300 persons together at The Washington Times Foundation's American Century Awards on Wednesday night.
It was a night for greeting old friends as well.
"You look younger," a congratulatory Alexander Haig exclaimed as he greeted Rev. Sun Myung Moon and his wife, Hak Ja Han Moon, in the receiving line at the Cannon House Office Building Caucus Room.
"We're soul mates you know," Mr. Haig said, recalling their experiences during the Korean War as Rev. Moon stepped forward to embrace the former secretary of state and NATO commander in a bear hug.
Among the other VIPs in the crowd were former British Prime Minister Edward Heath. Mr. Heath expressed delight at the proceedings as he surveyed a room sprinkled with more than 60 persons honored for outstanding achievements in advancing the cause of freedom; pioneering faith-based services for the good of the community, state or nation; encouraging and protecting the traditional family or encouraging community-building and racial harmony.
"It's time we [in Britain] caught up with these progressive Americans and gave each other some splendid prizes," Mr. Heath said.
For those who didn't receive prizes, there was time to talk about politics with other guests: Sens. Strom Thurmond and Orrin G. Hatch, Chinese dissident Harry Wu and members of the House of Representatives (led by Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert), including Reps. Henry J. Hyde, Floyd D. Spence, John Thune, Christopher Cox, Gil Gutknecht, Anne M. Northrup, Tom Tancredo and Dennis J. Kucinich.
The number of guests from Capitol Hill was impressive because many members of Congress were across town at the annual dinner of the Washington Press Club Foundation.
The awards were presented to each recipient by a member of Congress from the winner's state. Following the presentations, former Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger lauded their work in, as he put it, overcoming man's inhumanity to man.
Special recognition awards also went to Charles and Frances Ballard, co-founders of the responsible fatherhood movement in America; the Rev. Jerry Falwell, chancellor of Liberty University, for his religious work; Sen. Thurmond, the senior member of the Senate; Mr. Weinberger, for his distinguished career of public service; and Robert Woodson, founder of the National Center for Neighborhood Enterprise.
The Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award for Freedom, Faith and Family went to Rev. Moon. "I have lived my entire life with the earnest desire to solve the many problems related to manifesting God's ideal of creation," Rev. Moon said. "When I came to America in 1972, I saw that this country was facing a severe crisis that affected the world. On my first evangelical tour of all 50 states, I declared that America must take responsibility to solve God's three major headaches: the threat of communism, the lack of cooperation among religious people against evil, and the moral crisis afflicting youth. Our responsibility as human beings requires that we meet God halfway and fulfill what God has asked us to do in the areas of freedom, faith and family."

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