Very similar situation to that in India where our pseudo secular leader kowtow to minority sentiments. Once Christians reach a certain strength we are doomed, just like the Korean Buddhists who once were masters of their land and now cry for sympathy — from the ‘religion of love’ . Buddhists in Korea are now doomed
Korean Buddhists rally against ‘pro-Christian bias’
Seoul, August 28, 2008
TENS of thousands of South Korean Buddhists rallied in central Seoul yesterday in protest at the alleged pro-Christian bias by the Government of President Lee Myung-bak.
A crowd estimated by police at about 55,000, including thousands of grey-robed monks, packed the City Hall plaza for the rare protest, which began with the beating of a giant drum.
Organisers said Buddhist temples across the country simultaneously rang bronze bells.
“Buddhists united to stop religious bias,” read one banner.
“This is only the beginning of our struggle,” said Jinhwa, a monk acting as spokesman for the organisers.
“This is the first time that all 27 (Buddhist) orders have held a rally,” he said, reiterating demands for an apology from the President, as well as for the resignation of police chief Eo Cheong-soo and legislation formally banning religious discrimination.
Buddhists have been uneasy over what they see as Christian bias since Mr Lee, a Presbyterian church elder, came to power in February.
They were unhappy when he included members of his church network in his first cabinet.
An online map published by two ministries, showing Seoul’s churches but not major Buddhist temples, also sparked anger.
Early last month, seven activists wanted by police following protests against US beef imports took refuge in Seoul’s Jogyesa temple.
Tensions grew late last month when police stopped a car carrying Jigwan, head monk of the Jogye Buddhist order, outside the temple and searched the boot.
Police chief Eo apologised and disciplined two of his senior officers.
But Buddhists accused police of treating the head monk like a criminal and called for his resignation.
The Government has tried to placate Buddhists, with Culture Minister Yu In-Chon expressing regret on Tuesday at the dispute. He said regulations would be introduced to ban religious discrimination by government officials.
Mr Lee has urged his officials not to make any controversial remarks on matters of faith. But Buddhists were not appeased.
Jinhwa said that if their demands were not met, they would hold more protests across the country.
Official figures show South Korea has about 10 million Buddhists and 13.7 million Christians.
“This Government is trying to evangelise the whole country and turn it into a Protestant state,” said protester Suk Jin-heung, carrying a banner demanding the resignation of the police chief.
He said many Protestant leaders were under the illusion that the country became a Protestant state when Mr Lee was elected.
“But Lee must know he is not President only for Protestants but for Buddhists and Catholics too, and unbelievers as well.”