“If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” This is a quote from dictator Adolph Hitler. A quote that we should pay careful attention to as we remember that Hitler was the “Führer” or “leader” of Germany at that time. I bring up this piece of history, in which religious minorities were tortured and killed, to bring light to a similar injustice in South Korea.
Shincheonji caused COVID-19!
The religious organization, Shincheonji, is a minority group that is facing severe and unwarranted punishment simply for their religion. Shincheonji is a non profit organization that just like any other church, tithes and hosts services at no cost.
However, since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Governing officials, along with the Christian Council of Korea, have been persecuting members of Shincheonji with unjust reasoning and looking for a way to put out the religious organization. The CCK is responsible for defamation against Shincheonji.
Because of their attacks against Shincheonji, members have had to hide their religious affiliation from family, friends, and coworkers.
What really happened in Daegu?
After the South Korean government kept its borders open, 30 patients were confirmed to have contracted the virus. These were all people not acquainted with Shincheonji, but the 31st confirmed patient was a member of Shincheonji. Members
However, the CCK has coaxed the media and society into scapegoating the virus outbreak on Shincheonji, completely putting the blame on the group for the virus outbreak in South Korea. After having more than enough evidence to acquit the minority group, there has been a big push to have members of the group arrested and searched with unwarranted reasoning which is a violation of human rights, and have even taken the leader of Shincheonji, Mr. Lee Man Hee, into custody.
Members of the CCK have harassed members of the minority group which has led many to fear for their lives and even caused others to take their own, all on account of their religious beliefs. They are being discriminated against and hated, to push the matter further. However, Shincheonji has always cooperated with the government.
Should this have happened? Looking ahead from the Shincheonji case
We have the rights as humans to practice our beliefs as we please. This is not a suggestion, but a law and an agreement amongst nations. We must always do our duty in protecting this law. We can not allow for governments and religious powers to make unjustified and illicit actions all because they “don’t agree”. No one is above the law, not even the law.
Governing powers and religious leaders should be held accountable for any discrimination and defamation of a religion or group especially when the provided “information” or scapegoating is proven false. If the government tells a big enough lie and tells it frequently enough, it WILL be heard. This should be the quote of oppression, the quote to advocate for and protect minority groups.
This is the time to stand, a time to advocate for and protect one another. Our governing powers are not allowed to force us to believe what they want, but it is our rights always to practice our own beliefs free from discrimination and persecution. Let us voice Shincheonji and hold the the CCK accountable for the human rights violations and crimes they have accrued. Justice for Shincheonji!!