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Abusive Korean pastors 
27th-Dec-2006 10:52 pm
신도를 ‘사탄’으로 모욕한 목사에 벌금
(Pastor fined for calling a member ‘Satan’)


수원지법 형사14단독 권오석 판사는 자신의 의견에 반대하는 신도에게 '사탄'이라고 한 혐의(모욕죄)로 불구속 기소된 목사 손모(51)씨에게 벌금 70만원을 선고했다고 28일 밝혔다.

재판부는 판결문에서 "여러 신도들이 있는 자리에서 피해자에게 `사탄', `마귀'라고 한 것은 모욕죄에 해당한다"고 밝혔다.

경기도 안양의 한 교회 목사인 손씨는 지난 3월 교회 회의 중에 신도 이모씨가 손씨가 교회 간부를 임명하는 것에 반대하며 `근거를 제시하라'고 요구하자 20명의 신도들이 있는 자리에서 이씨에게 "멍청하고 무식하면 용감하다", "사탄, 마귀의 두목이다"라고 말한 혐의로 불구속 기소됐다.

A Korean district judge of a criminal court sentenced a Korean pastor to pay a fine of about $700 for calling a church member ‘Satan’.

Pastor Shon was having a meeting with his church members last March. During the meeting, Mr. Lee who was a member of the church disagreed with Pastor Shon about the appointment of a church officer. Mr. Lee asked for ‘reasonable ground’ for the appointment. Then Pastor Shon responded to Mr. Lee’s request by calling him “Satan, the chief of the devils” in front of 20 other church members and he also said that Mr. Lee was “emboldened by ignorance and foolishness.”
28th-Dec-2006 05:04 am (UTC)
I don't understand why Korean pastors like to call anyone 'Satan'. They seem to consider anyone 'Satan' who raises a question against their opinions. This kind of bad practice is now being exported to all over the world through UBF. UBF teaches that all other local churches are the work of 'Satan'.

Calling others 'Satan' in UBF and other Korean churches doesn't seem to have anything to do with defending the work of God from 'Satan'. It has more to do with defending pastor's authority and protecting church business.
29th-Dec-2006 06:12 pm (UTC)
Another tactic UBF abusers use to protect themselves is their interpretation of Matthew 12:30-32. Anyone who sees some good work that UBF has done, but criticizes some practices of UBF or says UBF is "cult-like" is in danger of blaspheming the Holy Spirit.
30th-Dec-2006 09:43 pm (UTC)
I hope that no judge in the United States would ever issue such a fine. As repulsive as the pastor is, freedom of speech must still be protected, otherwise we would be in danger of fines for slandering UBF.

It is good that this behavior is considered abhorrent in Korea. If one of the UBF members was on the bench, he would have agreed with the rebuke and made the victim pay a 50% tithe to the church and walk barefoot through the streets of Seoul as repentance.
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