Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Price of Martyrdom

"Parents of a Christian missionary, who was abducted and killed in 2007 by Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan, filed a suit against the government, demanding 350 million won ($294,860) in compensation, a Seoul court said Wednesday," reports Park Si-soo — Damages sought for murdered Taliban hostage. Just to clarify, they're suing their own government.

The murdered hostage's parents "claimed the government breached its duty to prevent its citizens from leaving for the war-torn Islamic state," yet "the missionary group including the victim Shim Sung-min left for Afghanistan despite a kidnapping alert issued by the foreign ministry."

I'm not a Protestant proof-texter, but I don't remember reading anything in the Great Commission about suing your own government if the heathen don't respond.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I offer odds of 10:1 that such a litigous denomination has a North American background.

11:02 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

It probably does, as do almost all Korean Protestant denominations.

At the same time, there is a Korean sense that the State must be the ultimate protector of the individual, even from himself. Koreans serve as a constant reminder to me that the Anglo-Saxon norms of libertarian individualism and civil society are anything but universal.

11:09 PM  
Blogger Procopius said...

Not universal, but just as eminently logical within their proper scope as Confucian familialism

12:26 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Exactly. That's their tradition. I respect it for what it is and acknowledge it may be best for them, but prefer my own.

12:29 AM  
Blogger Procopius said...

"within its proper scope" was the key word Joshua, I would submit this this particular case is a deformation of Confucian ethics.

2:10 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

And I would agree. I just wanted to take a chance to take a swipe at a certain perverted universalism among fellow libertarian-minded Anglo-Saxons.

2:29 AM  

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