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North Korean Christians call Park Geun-hye gov’t ‘Satan’s gang,’ calls for ‘holy war’

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.

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  • Bob Bobbs

    ‘South Korea…a place where fascists run riot’

    Apt description, really.

  • Stephen

    Sounds like these are the only “Christians” that won’t be persecuted.

  • RElgin

    The PRC has co-opted the Catholic Church and other protestant denominations. It is only natural that the DPRK would co-opt a protestant sect. I wonder how they work the teachings of Jesus into the Kim dynasty legacy and Juche Philosophy.

  • bigmamat

    What? Obama isn’t the anti-Christ? Damn I guess Beelzebub is an equal opportunity employer.

  • Sinister

    You have to give it up to the NK lot! They’re the craziest people on the planet, who get ‘news’ out. Madness every time, with a guarantee of crazy. It’s rather entertaining. One of the few places in the world where ‘crazy stuff’ is taken remotely seriously. It’s not a good joke, but it has been a long one.

  • m0l0k0

    now that all the RO has been dismantled, they seem desperate, and looking forward to some christian jihadi

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    North Korea is like Andy Kaufman. There comes a point where it doesn’t make sense to break character. Too much is already invested in the joke.

  • Sanshinseon

    One of the few places in the world where ‘crazy stuff’ is taken remotely seriously.

    yep, right along with the American House of Representatives.