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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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