Religious Left Resents a Free South Korea

Mark Tooley is President of the Institute on Religion and Democracy (www.theird.org) and author of Methodism and Politics in the Twentieth Century. Follow him on Twitter: @markdtooley.


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For decades groups like the World Council of Churches, the National Council of Churches, the United Methodist Church and other U.S. Mainline denominations, often with the left-leaning South Korea Council of Churches, have denounced the “militarization” of Korea, which they equate with the U.S. presence, and for which they have long sought a quick end. They have routinely advocated reunification of the Koreas without specifying whether that entails North Korea dismantling its monstrous communist police state.  Which should model a new, unified Korea, the democracy in the south or the totalitarian tyranny in north?  These church groups are loath to say.  They are also serenely quiet about North Korea’s quixotic nuclear weapons program, not to mention its years of terrorism and belligerent threats.

Religious Left histories of the Korean conflict usually fault the U.S. for dividing Korea. They of course do not fault the Soviet occupation in the north or its creation of the unprecedented, cruel Kim dynasty, now the world’s only communist monarchy, having transmitted power across three generations.

Thanks to South Korean and U.S. military might, part of which will find refuge at Jeju, South Korea has evolved into a successful, prosperous democracy where Christianity has thrived.  Its enemy is an impoverished slave state where a few token Christians are sometimes showcased for religious tourists, while most of the other believers are starved, beaten or killed out of sight.

The South Korean naval base at Jeju will help to ensure that South Korea stays free.  A democracy that protects Christianity and helps millions of poor people escape poverty is almost by definition troublesome to the international Religious Left.   Presumably most South Koreans, including its Christians, will not be persuaded by the protests on Jeju Island.  But those misguided protests and their confused global supporters should remind everyone that the struggle to defend freedom is unending.

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  • Looking4Sanity

    This is completely understandable when you consider how Communism spreads. Just take a look at any South American country. The Communists infiltrate the churches and schools first. They come straight for your soul and your children. Once they have that? You'll do whatever they tell you to do.

  • Dead space

    It’s 60 years past due for SK to conquer NK.

    • jm323

      How can South Korea do a d*mn thing to North Korea without its own nuclear strike capability. Look at how America stands there and does nothing when one of South Korea's naval vessels is sunk by a Nork submarine or when they shell a South Korean island near the De-militarized Zone. American administrations (both Democrat and Republican) have ordered South Korea to desist whenever they conduct research on potentially weapons grade plutonium.

      In my opinion, the next U.S. president ought to INSIST that South Korea become a nuclear power; and if for any reason they refuse, we should scrap our mutual defense treaty with them and go home. Just the psychological blow of that fact (a nuclear-capable South Korea) might cause the North Korean military to seriously consider doing to Kim What's-his-name what the Romanian Army did to Ceausescu back in '89.

      (I served there as an 11-Bravo in 2nd I.D. at Camp Casey and Hovey in the mid-Eighties.)

  • http://www.facebook.com/introvert321 Shmuel Malov

    There can be only one answer to all this. South Korea needs to deport every Leftist they have to North Korea so that these Leftists can better protect their beloved Communist friends.

  • Rifleman

    Hey maybe they'll be handy the next time a nork tunnel under the DMZ is found. They can go in first to check it out and make sure there's no "potential for war" or "military power" down there. If they were really in a "fight against" those, and "a privileged few," wouldn't they be protesting in North Korea? Posers…

  • Ghostwriter

    it's long past time that the Kim dynasty falls. It's a blight on both Koreas.

    • jm323

      The most plausible way this could come about is a revolt by the most powerful institution in that country: it's military. Considering all of the starvation and general collapse of its economy (along with the attendant deterioration of much the military's equipment –aircraft, tanks, etc.), why hasn't the military done this yet? Well, it enjoys prestige and the highest priority of resources under the Kim regime. But, it was necessary for Kim Jong-il to do something more to retain the support of the generals –hence the enormous investment in its nuclear weapons program. The prestige of the North having its own nuclear strike capability was something needed for Kim Jong-il to retain face in the eyes of his military.

      That's why it is essential that we get South Korea to immediately develop its own nuclear capabilty. It will cause the North Korean generals to ask the obvious question: What the heck has this Kim dynasty really done for us? Especially if our military is now outclassed by the South's?

  • ratonis

    The religious left is a disgusting counterfeit of Christianity.

  • pyeatte

    There is no such thing as the religious left. If anything it is the anti-religious left. Don't be fooled by these vermin.

    • jm323

      "anti-religious left"? I'm sure some highly educated friar of the Dominican, Franciscan or Jesuit orders, one adhering to "Liberation Theology", would be happy to explain to you that Jesus of Nazareth was a (little "c") communist.

      Ever see that hippy-inspired movie, "Brother Sun, Sister Moon"? Okay, it's on the life of St. Francis; but St. Francis modeled his life (and his philosophy) on that of Jesus. If Jesus were to come back today, wouldn't he just take his place among the OWSers?