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Former Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was murdered as a result of he had hyperlinks with the Unification Church. The killer cited this as a motive for his deadly taking pictures. Yamagami, 41, has instructed investigators that he killed Abe as a result of the latter was selling the spiritual motion. Yamagami’s mom was a member of the Unification Church, and the killer was blaming the motion for a “big donation” she made to the church greater than 20 years in the past that had crippled the household’s funds, per his assertion.
When a radicalized Muslim kills a Christian for being a Christian, we’re immediate to name it a terrorist assault. What’s totally different right here? A radicalized “anti-cult” killed an individual for his hyperlinks to the Church of Unification. What’s related? A radicalized individual killed one other for his spiritual affiliation. In truth, Abe was in no way a member of the Church of Unification. However he had participated to a few of their occasions and praised their work for world peace. His killing sends a terror message: don’t acquaint with the Moonies (the Church of Unification has been based by the Korean Reverend Solar Yung Moon, and its followers are derogatorily referred to as “Moonies” by its opponents), otherwise you’ll be killed. That’s terrorism.
In Japan, a lawyer’s consortium has been created years in the past to combat in opposition to the Church of Unification within the nation. They’ve been described by the Journal Bitter Winter as “grasping legal professionals who tried to influence family of those that had donated to the Unification Church to sue asking to recuperate the cash”. One in all these Japanese attorneys, Yasuo Kawai, declared after the homicide occurred: “I clearly don’t approve of the killer’s gesture, however I can perceive his resentment”. It might be stated that such a justification of the homicide borders on the apology of violence. It’s condoning terrorism.
Precisely as unstable minds might be influenced by hate-speech by Muslim extremists in opposition to different denominations (and even different Muslims), anti-cult propaganda because it exists in Japan, but in addition in Europe (see right here about the affect of the FECRIS, an “anti-cult” umbrella group from Europe, on the struggle in Ukraine), can affect unsound thoughts because the one in all Yamagami Tetsuya, Abe’s killer.
We should always by no means decrease the affect of hate speech on individuals. And positively, we must always not apply double normal primarily based on which spiritual affiliation are the killer and the sufferer. Terrorism is terrorism. Abe’s homicide has a terrorist element and the hate speech directed for years on the Unification Church by some anti-cult teams could definitely be considerably liable for what occurred, no matter private grievance the killer would have had.