Wednesday, 27 August 2008

South Korean Government Discriminates Against Buddhists

I thought that I could take a break from reporting on fellow Buddhists having to protest at their governments treatment of them but no, now it's the turn of the South Korean administration of Lee Myung-bak!

Discontent among Buddhists has been brewing for months over Lee's alleged favouritism toward Christianity. Buddhists have criticized Lee, a Presbyterian, for filling most of his cabinet and top presidential posts with other Christians.

The evangelical zeal of Lee, a Presbyterian, is well known; he provoked controversy as Seoul mayor when he dedicated the metropolis to God.

An estimated 60,000 South Koreans, including 7,000 monks, gathered at City Hall in Seoul to protest.

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