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Nov 18 2013

Is Moon’s Empire Crumbling?

The Rev. Sun Myung Moon died last year, prompting a war within his family for control of the multi-million dollar religious, corporate and criminal enterprise that comprises the far-flung Unification Church. The New Republic has a very long article about that and the whole sordid history of Moon’s criminal cult. I encourage you to read the whole thing. But I want to focus on the very first comment left by a Moonie:

I am a “second generation” Moon follower who was raised in the church and does not associate with it anymore in the way most church members do, but I have and will always revere Sun Myung Moon and his wife. If this article says “it happened”, I believe it happened. However, the attitude that this article holds on “what happened” (the typical uninformed attitude that propagates the idea that Reverend Moon is a businessman or a right-wing fundamentalist) is quite easy to overcome for anyone who would have an actual heart – for *most* of the events allegedly deemed “true” by this article. There are only a few – perhaps three or four – events described by the article that are too challenging to simply “explain away,” even to people who have heart; especially the report about the “sex cult”. But, it makes no sense to get into scuffles with strangers – or in fact, *anyone* who is thoroughly skeptical or considers themselves “disillusioned” – on the Internet (of all the crummy places to converse *truth*) about grave matters of a deep spiritual nature. I am not insulting their intelligence; only suggesting it’s clear their real-life experience (no matter how entrenched they used to be in the church) has not given them the kind of love that would allow the gateway for a different “logic” to become available to them in this case. They would need to have a living experience of someone who **actually understands** Reverend Moon in the real world to be able to change their attitude, which one can’t provide them through a computer screen or phone, and it’s highly doubtful one can provide it to them over a **brief** span of time in person, either. In this case, what I would like to say is, though I don’t claim to know everything about the “spiritual world,” I would invite any second or third generation sibling of mine who has read the article and still has faith in our True Parents – but is confused about or struggling over the contents of the article – to feel free to discuss its contents with me in a sincere way. Send an e-mail to [email protected] with “Moon Article” as your heading, and after some initial questions I’d be glad to share my thoughts with you to give you back some strength if you believe this article to have sapped some from you. I am willing to converse through e-mail at least initially, since you have a foundation “of heart” with me through our True Parents. I am 28 and my name is Joe.

It’s gibberish, of course, but it’s exactly the kind of rationalization that is created to protect the beliefs and affiliations that one is emotionally connected to and dependent on from being undermined. To a rational person not wedded to Moon’s warped ideology, the claim that one needs “the kind of love that would allow the gateway for a different kind of ‘logic’ to understand” what’s really going on is simply laughable. But when you have a deep emotional attachment to that ideology, when it forms the entire basis of your view of the world and of yourself, the lengths to which we will go to insulate those beliefs from critical examination are nearly unlimited.

And it doesn’t have to be religious. We do it in relationships, excusing away behavior that we should be confronting. We do it in politics, finding justifications for an action when done by someone we agree with politically even while mocking similar justifications when offered by our opponents. We do it as sports fans. It’s a very human tendency.

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  1. 1
    Félix Desrochers-Guérin

    Blockquote fail?

  2. 2
    Modusoperandi

    Félix Desrochers-Guérin “Blockquote fail?”
    No! Moonie power!

  3. 3
    raven

    The Rev. Sun Myung Moon died last year, prompting a war within his family …

    And not a little celebrating from the rest of us.

    The Moonie cult was based on the idea that Moon was Jesus Christ the second. Jesus Ii was a divorced ex-con among other things.

    There was some speculation that as a cult of personality it wasn’t going to survive his death. Unless he resurrected himself. Jesus II doesn’t seem to be anywhere near as powerful as Jesus I.

    We will just have to wait and see. If it does collapse it could take a few generations. The hard core aren’t going to leave, they are going to die of old age. It could just split into a few dozen pieces.

    When HW Armstrong died, his Radio Church of god fragmented into so many pieces no one even knows how many there are. They are still around and some of them are even uglier than Armstrong’s original cult.

  4. 4
    leskimopie

    There was some speculation that as a cult of personality it wasn’t going to survive his death. Unless he resurrected himself. Jesus II doesn’t seem to be anywhere near as powerful as Jesus I.

    Sailor Moon on the other hand DID get resurrected. And using special logic from knowing in your heart the things with which knowing comes from the heart of true parents knowing, she’s way more believable anyway.

  5. 5
    Chiroptera

    Ha ha ha! I keep reading the headline: Is the Moon’s Empire Crumbling?

    At last, freedom for Earth-people!

  6. 6
    Pierce R. Butler

    The Rev. Sun Myung Moon died last year, prompting a war within his family for control of the multi-million dollar religious, corporate and criminal enterprise that comprises the far-flung Unification Church.

    Talking Points Memo started to poke around in all that, then dropped the topic as suddenly as if they’d found a horse-head on their pillow. That in itself convinced me that someone still had firm control of the organizational machinery, pushing buttons and pulling levers just like the old days.

  7. 7
    Sastra

    And it doesn’t have to be religious.

    True. But religion has turned insulating one’s beliefs from reality into an art form — and a test of character. When people in politics, sports, or relationships are accused of having a religious faith and fervor in their pet ideology or delusion, it’s actually an accusation.

  8. 8
    Trebuchet

    Blockquote fail?

    Yeah, the last two paragraphs appear to be Ed. He’s done that several times lately. I’d criticize the Moonie for the wall of text but sometimes internet commenting systems do that to you, deleting all the paragraph breaks to save space.

  9. 9
    busterggi

    The Moonies introduced me to chocolate covered pretzels and that’s better than anything Christianity introduced me to.

  10. 10
    Area Man

    Here’s a great collection of warped footage from Moon and clan:

    http://www.newrepublic.com/article/115559/reverend-moon-family-videos-weirdest-footage

    The best is the 4th one down, where Moon’s son Steve goes all apeshit while high on cocaine in front of horrified parishioners. You can’t make this stuff up.

  11. 11
    Moggie

    Ugh, that Moonie comment has a whiff of North Korea about it – particularly the creepy elevation of leaders to ‘True Parents’.

    Area Man:

    The best is the 4th one down, where Moon’s son Steve goes all apeshit while high on cocaine in front of horrified parishioners.

    Steve? When you claim to be Jesus 2.0, I think you ought to take a little more care about naming your kids. No offence intended to any other Steves, because it’s a perfectly fine name, but it’s not exactly messianic, is it? Not very numinous.

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