The Korean Christian Federation—North Korea’s official Protestant association—slammed the Park Geun-hye administration yesterday and called on their South Korean coreligionists to rise up in a “holy war” against the government.
Or so said the KCNA. Re-reported by Yonhap.
A spokesman for the federation said (and I’m translating here), “Christians of conscience must boldly rise up in a holy war of righteousness to drive out Satan’s gang, which is turning all of South Korea into a place where fascists run riot and driving the disaster of nuclear war towards Korea while blocking Korean reconciliation and unity.” Or something like that.
In particular, the federation criticized what it called Seoul’s repression of certain dissident religious groups, and in particular the leftist Catholic priest who’s facing charges for, among other things, justifying North Korea’s 2010 shelling of Yeonpyeongdo (a case that probably deserves its own post).
Being a cup-half-full sort of guy, I’ll overlook the irony of North Korea bitching about the persecution of religious groups and instead focus on how this represents a moving example of Protestants and Catholics overcoming their differences to join hands for a common goal.
And a completely unrelated note, Christopher Walken is awesome.