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South Korean Election Scandal Brings Three Religions Together

Written by Lee Yoo Eun On 27 December 2013 @ 16:00 pm | No Comments

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Opposition against the current administration's election manipulation scandal [1] grows stronger every day, even enough to inspire conservative Protestant Christian groups to join the protest movement [2] [ko] following the trails of Catholic leaders [3] and Buddhist monks [4]. On Christmas, this rare scene took place: in front of a Christmas tree which stood in the Jogye Buddhist temple, leaders from different religious groups held a joint prayer meeting/service lamenting the current political situation and denouncing the government bodies' systemic interference [5] on the latest presidential election. South Korean net users in major online venues shared this running joke; President Park has achieved something that no other previous heads of the state were able to pull off– the ‘grand slam of unifying the three major religions [6]‘ [ko] (of South Korea) for a shared purpose.

In front of a Christmas tree, at the Jogye temple where the Buddha(‘s statues/relics) are kept, held a joint religious service demanding the government to halt clampdowns on railway workers and labor groups. This truly is a scene of ‘grand unification'.

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[1] current administration's election manipulation scandal: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manipulation_of_public_opinion_by_National_Intelligence_Service_during_2012_South_Korean_presidential_election

[2] join the protest movement: https://twitter.com/soonhearim/statuses/413282984922722304

[3] Catholic leaders: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2013/11/28/south-korea-retaliates-against-outspoken-catholic-priest-with-pro-north-accusations/

[4] Buddhist monks: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2013/11/28/south-korea-thousand-buddhist-monks-join-protests-against-election-manipulation/

[5] systemic interference: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2013/11/25/south-koreas-spy-agency-military-sent-24-2-million-tweets-to-manipulate-election/

[6] grand slam of unifying the three major religions: http://blog.ohmynews.com/jaywmunblog/511419

[7] pic.twitter.com/M3gafYIHXJ: http://t.co/M3gafYIHXJ

[8] December 25, 2013: https://twitter.com/answer1219/statuses/415778017898528768

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