A former colleague of Aijalon Mahli Gomes says the English teacher-turned-honored guest of the DPRK was really big into that Jesus thing:
Gomes came to South Korea about two years ago to teach English. Fellow American Jered Lyons says he taught in the same town as Gomes from October 2008 to July of 2009. He describes Gomes as deeply religious. “Aijalon was always, he was the type of guy that kind of wanted to share the Gospel, if you will, share his faith,” he said. “He would always invite me to church with him, and always wanted to have Bible studies and stuff like that. So, I think he had a deep passion for bringing people to Christianity.”
Lyons says Gomes did not always relate easily to other people. “Overall, he was a nice guy. He meant well. He was a little socially awkward. I mean, yeah, I would say he didn’t do groups well,” he said.
As I said before with Robert Park, as far as acts of religious devotion go, sneaking into North Korea is probably a lot better than blowing up a passenger plane. It’s also a lot less likely to, ahem, drastically lower your carbon footprint than sneaking into Afghanistan. Still, I really hope this doesn’t turn into a fad…
UPDATE: Hey, maybe this is why Gomes went up there!
“A few women entered the room where Robert was held in North Korea. They touched, groped him… and a very humiliating, indescribable thing happened,” Mr Jo said. “North Korea knows human weakness so well.”
You know, Bob, a lot of men actually pay for that sort of humiliation. Human weakness, indeed.
Yes, I know, I know… one should make light of such things. Still, all I could think of was this:
UPDATE 2: Gomes also reportedly attended anti-North Korea rallies in South Korea.