Reading Robert Spencer’s PJ Media article of July
1th, “Chattanooga
Shooter Marinated in Self-Pity Over ‘Islamophobia,’
” and Pamela Geller’s
Atlas Shrugs article, “Chattanooga
Jihadi’s Anti-American Diary: Wanted to be a Suicide Martyr for Islam
” of
July 20th, I was struck by the similarities between the empty vessel that was Muhammad
Youssef Abdulazeez and the average Moonie.
What is a Moonie?


Mohammad: “Upon this rock I will bang
my head.”


A Moonie is a member of the Unification
Church of the United States
, a religious or cult-like movement that was
imported to the U.S. from South Korea by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon (1920-2012).
Here is some background
on Moon and his religion.
When
he was 15 years old [in 1935], at Easter, he believes that Jesus Christ
appeared to him in a vision, charging him with the responsibility of completing
the work in the world that Jesus had started. During his adult life he has had
trouble with legal authorities, having been arrested for practicing capitalism
(a crime in North Korea), charged (but not convicted) in South Korea of other
activities, and convicted of tax evasion in the United States. During 1948, the
Presbyterian Church of Korea felt that his views were incompatible with
traditional Christianity; they excommunicated him. 
If you thought Islam had a bizarre and utterly
irrational set of tenets, try on the Unification Church’s for size.
While many of the
beliefs of the Unification Church are identical to those of other conservative
Christian groups, there are some major differences:
They view God as a
single being with “perfect intellect,
emotion and will
.” They reject the traditional Christian concept of the
Trinity. God contains within himself positive (male) and negative (female)
aspects, which are in perfect harmony with each other.

This is basically Islam’s Allah but without the transgendering.
The Moonie God can also know everything, and be able to do anything, any time. It’s
the old omniscience vs. omnipotence card trick. However, I don’t recall in my
Islamic readings that Allah was said to possess an intellect, perfect or
imperfect. After all, if you can know everything, and do anything, at any time,
you really don’t need an intellect, do you? That is, you don’t need to think.
You don’t need to posit an argument for why everyone should bow and scrape to
you. You just say, “Fear me, or else you’ burn in hell forever and ever. Fear
me, and obey me, and I’ll reward you with 72 raisins and all the Kickapoo juice
you want forever and ever.”

The
Holy Spirit is the feminine counterpart to God. She is not a person, but is a
form of energy that is derived from God.
In Christianity the Holy Ghost is represented by a
white dove. Which is just a glorified pigeon.
There’s some folderol about Eve first having an
affair with Lucifer, and then a roll in the hay with Adam – before they were
even married! Both episodes with the skank Eve contributed to the physical and
spiritual fall of mankind.  The
Unification Church puts much stress on celibacy until the marrying age. Teenage
sex is a non-no.
There are other bizarre tenets, but the chief one
is that Jesus was executed before he could complete his work and before he got
married. When he returns at the End of Days, he will reign over an earth that
is Paradise and he will marry.
God’s
original intent was for Jesus Christ to form a perfect marriage in order to
redeem humanity, and undo the harm perpetrated by Adam and Eve. Since Jesus was
executed before accomplishing his mission, it will be up to a third Adam in the
present day to form this perfect marriage and complete Jesus’ task.
Like Islam, sex and women have important roles in Moonie-ism.
Women are still second-class citizens in Moonie-ism, but they aren’t the
natural subjects of beatings, rape, polygamy, and the whole “walk behind me”
tradition to be found in Islam. Also, in Moonie-ism female garb isn’t
prescribed. Bikinis may be optional.
Finally, the Unification Church has its own version
of the Thirteenth Imam, the one who’s supposed to herald the End of Days and
send everyone rushing to queue up for a trip to Paradise or Hell.
They
believe that the third Adam was born in Korea between 1917 and 1930. (The first
Adam was the individual described in Genesis; the second Adam is Jesus). The
third Adam will be recognized as the second coming of Christ, the perfect man.
He will marry the perfect woman, and will become the “true spiritual
parents of humankind”
. Many members of the Unification Church regard
Rev. Moon and his second (and current) wife Hak Ja Han as these parents.
This puts Moon in the running as being Moonie-ism’s
own “prophet Mohammad,” as well. I have no idea whom the Moonies regard now as
the Third Adam since the original Moon died from pneumonia in 2012. The thrust
of this column is that, like Islam, Moonie-ism requires a certain degree of
selflessness in an individual to join the movement, together with a level of gullibility
that hovers near clinically defined imbecility.
One chief difference between Moonie-ism and Islam is
that most Muslims are born into their religious environment and so their minds
are “captured” by the ideology before they can even begin to think about whether
or not it makes any sense. Still, they choose to remain “captured.” Being born
into an insane religion and ideology and not thinking about it doesn’t let the average,
Friday-go-to-prayers Muslim and convenience store operator off the hook for
passively accepting the same ideology in whose name his more obsessed and activist
brothers kill and destroy. “Moderate” Muslims come a dime a dozen. But then so
did “moderate” Nazis and “moderate” Communists and “moderate” Shintoists All
three of the latter creeds produced brutal armies of adherents.
The Moonies have not. Muslims can coast along
quietly in their creed and make a show of clucking their tongues publicly at
the depredations of their rampaging religious brethren. Moonies can also stand
at the sidelines when the latest child abuse scandal brings down some Catholic
clerics.
But they don’t form armies or wear suicide vests or
march on cities or villages or invade editorial offices and slaughter the
staff.
Most Moonies, however, choose to become Moonies. They’re
not mentally enfeebled. Dysfunctional in terms of their epistemology and
metaphysics, yes. They make that choice in their teens or early adulthood after
living in the real world and perhaps even after having attained a level of
financial success (the Rev. Moon required converts to sign over their wealth to
him or to the church.) Converting to Moonie-ism required an abject surrender of
one’s self and one’s livelihood. They
are looking for something “greater” than themselves (thanks to the ubiquitous
morality of altruism in the culture) to “belong” to.
More importantly for Moonies is the desire to
belong to a religion that is basically counter-culture.
They convince themselves that all the established churches (and perhaps even
Judaism) are weak institutions corrupted by the hand of Satan. The Moonie wants
to believe he “belongs” to a purer manifestation of Christ’s teachings. That makes
him exceptional. It gives him a sense of self, counterfeit though it may be. And
he’s not supposed to feel proud about it. Pride is not a virtue in Moonie-ism
just as it isn’t in Islam, except if you’ve beheaded an infidel or raped a Yazidi.
One can almost forgive Muslims for being what they
are, abject servants of Allah’s will. Muslims are taught to be selfless from
day one. Moonies, thinking they’re not altruistic enough, want to be more
selfless than they already may be. Muslims are taught from childhood on that they
are nothing here on earth but instruments of Allah’s grand plan. Selflessness and
service to the Umma (the global Muslim “community”) is a core virtue.
I think many Americans who today convert to Islam
would have converted to the Unification Church in its heyday. As with Islam,
Moonie-ism doesn’t require much thought to be devout and staying the righteous
path to God’s or Allah’s good graces. All it requires is an unquestioning
capacity for belief in any old wives’ tale or Tales from the Crypt or the
benevolent episodes from the riotous life of Mohammad, together with a  companion capacity for unreserved obedience.
Moonies have been known to be de-programmed and
released from captivity from Moonie-ism. De-programmers intervene and bring
them to their senses. As Steven
Hassan
, a former leader in the Unification Church said in a Guardian
article – and this substantiates the charge that Moonie-ism required individuals
to become committed and selfless:
Within
three months I was a cult leader. I got very deeply involved, and I got to
the point where I was being told to think about what country I wanted to run
when we took over the world.
I
was with the Moonies for two-and-a-half years. I worked 21 hours a day,
seven days a week – in prayer for between one and three hours. Then I would
spend the rest of the day doing PR or lectures for the group, recruiting and
fundraising. Everyone on my team was told they had to raise a minimum of $100 a
day, otherwise they wouldn’t be allowed to sleep, and as a good leader, if they
couldn’t sleep, then I couldn’t either. When I crashed a van into the back of a
tractor trailer, I had gone three days without sleep.
Hassan said in his Guardian article that “people
don’t knowingly join cults.” Oh, but they do, if the cult fits their particular
brand of selflessness.
The only means of salvation of a Moonie must be
initiated by parents, relatives or friends. It means sessions of
de-programming. Randall Watters
has some interesting information on how to rescue a Moonie from the clutches of
the Unification Church.

Can Muslims be de-programmed? Not in the usual
sense. Many of the most outspoken critics of Islam have been ex-Muslims:  Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Walid Shoebat, Bosch Fawstin,
Salman Rushdie, and dozens of others.
But such de-programming has been largely self-initiated when an individual allows
his rationality to delve into the “mysteries” and “internal contradictions” of Islam.
His rational faculties were not so much corroded by mysticism as crippled. Being
merely crippled, the individual was able to get back up on his feet and take
action.
But your average, non-thinking Muslim has been
psychologically immunized against reason. He has zero tolerance for it and doesn’t
even know it.  The irrational, he’s been
told by Islam, is in the natural order of things. If Allah isn’t merciful or
allows awful things to happen, that’s in the way of his “grand plan” which is
incomprehensible to mere mortals burdened with reason and the evidence of their
senses. Christian apologists also cite a similar indemnification and disclaimer
for God when it comes to explaining tidal waves that wipe out thousands,
erupting volcanoes that wipe out whole towns, and ISIS wiping out whole towns
of Christians in the Middle East.
Islam and Moonie-ism have no use for a complete
man, only for human maquettes
like Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez.