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Thursday, August 14, 2003

A Warning from the U.S. Embassy

I just received this by email from the U.S. Embassy in Seoul:

On Friday, August 15, from approximately 4:00 p.m. into the evening, demonstrators expected to number in the thousands will gather in the area of Seoul City Plaza. Two separate demonstrations are planned, one by anti-U.S. civic groups and the other by anti-nuclear/anti Kim, Chong-il Christian organizations (pro-U.S.).

It should be an interesting confrontation. In a sense, the two sides are battling for the soul of Korea. It is also an inter-generational conflict.

The Christians spoken of in warning are undoubtedly Protestants, mostly Presbyterians (Jangnogyo), who in Korea tend to be ultra-conservative, both socially and politically. [A notable exception would be the Rev. Noh Jong-Sun, a leading advocate of Minjung Theology, which is Liberation Theology with a Korean twist.]

Korean Catholics tend to be as socially conservative as their Protestant brethren, but from my experience lean toward more "progressive" political causes.