Thursday, December 16, 2010

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas on the Demilitarized Zone

"The South Korean government has decided to allow, for the first time in seven years, Christmas lights to be erected on a hill just three kilometers away from the border with North Korea," reports Chris Green — Christmas Comes Back to DMZ. Said a defense ministry official, "As we have resumed psychological warfare since the North's attack on the Cheonan, there is no reason to block a religious group from turning on Christmas lanterns there."

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Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

Fortunately, the ACLU is not active in South Korea! Otherwise, anything celebrating Christmas would be banned from government property, and there would be no Christmas lights in the DMZ.

6:34 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Yes, here in South Korea, Christians light up public places for Christmas, Buddhists do so for Vesakh, and no one complains.

9:00 AM  
Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

That's the best approach -- let a thousand flowers bloom. Instead of having a public square devoid of faith and reduced to Soviet levels of religious expression, allow each religion its day in the sun, so to speak, to celebrate its traditions with public acknowledgment. Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, etc.

Government non-endorsement of religion doesn't mean government hostility to religion. It simply means that the government isn't going to play favorites. Allowing each religion to express itself in the public square, instead of prohibiting all expressions of faith, should be just fine.

Glad to see that the Korean government is wise enough to know this.

9:29 AM  

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