Poem: Tiger Who Refuses to Fight

Poem: Tiger Who Refuses to Fight

January 26, 2011  |  Perspectives  |  No Comments

The tiger who had no rage he found himself in a cage.

Instead of trying to hunt, he instead tried to save.
He preached love but they returned only hate.

They take gold and paint it over
throw it in the trash and slander.
They think they can darken the sun
and hide it’s light in a box.

They uphold the status quo,
and try to keep the morals low.
Their foolishness is plain to all
yet so boastfully go they to their fall.

They claim they’ve tamed a beast
cause he’s lying in a cage.
They think the bars can hold him,
they don’t know he controls his rage.

He only waits for his moment,
you can see it in his face.
Calmly he waits, his thoughts far beyond this stage.
They don’t know his freedom is on its way.

These fools they make a show
boasting of all that they don’t know.
Still quietly he waits cause he knows they’ll get theirs on judgement day.

That moment it has not come,
who knows the day or hour?
No one knows what month,
but you can’t hide forever from the sun.

His beauty you can behold
even here he shines like gold.
Magnificient and mysterious
he cannot help but your attention hold.

Tiger tiger burning bright, how long will you remain without a fight?
Why must you contain your fury?
Will you not pass judgement without waiting for the jury?

Today I pray for thee and pity those who think they can see.
For your glory I behold, your value much greater than gold.

Don’t worry – I’ll release you for I believe I’ve found the key.
There is a love much greater than freedom
discovered only by those who believe.
With this love I will release you
and I eagerly await your embrace.

And finally these fools will see you – their last days they will face.

 

Photo by Mladen Janjetovic

Christians on Trial: Pastor Joshua Jeong Myung Seok

Christians on Trial: Pastor Joshua Jeong Myung Seok

Hear the inside story from first hand accounts of the trial to the final decision, as well as his current situation.

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30 Lessons: Providence and its Teachings

30 Lessons: Providence and its Teachings

January 27, 2010  |  Addressing Controversies  |  Comments Off on 30 Lessons: Providence and its Teachings

Bible Study: Providence 30 Lessons

Providence conducts a bible study all over the world referred to as the 30 lessons or Principles. The bible study is not like any other bible study you might have experienced. It’s a series of lectures that are progressive, meaning you have to learn the beginner lessons to understand the intermediate lessons, and based upon that foundation of principles we teach a few advanced lessons that help the reader to understand how the prophecies of the Old Testament and New Testament apply to this advanced time period.

Misunderstandings caused by tabloids

There is a common misunderstanding among outsiders who were exposed to media broadcasts about Providence back in 1999-2005. At the time the news portrayed the organization as a cult that worships it’s founder as a god. The broadcast called the organization JMS, an acronym  which members had used to mean, “Jesus Morning Star,” but the news acted as though JMS stood for the initials of the founder’s name thus making it look as though members worship him. JMS has never been used officially by members to refer to the organization. Members refer to the organization as, “Providence.” Pastor Joshua Jung Myung Seok often preaches only God and the Lord Jesus Christ can be considered, “Lord,” and that any person that claims to be Jesus, God, the Holy Spirit, or the Lord of second coming is false and idolatrous. These contradictions between public perception and the organization’s actual teachings have caused problems for members in the past.

Providence 30 lessons teach both about the Physical & the Spiritual

The Providence 30 lessons are based on a fundamental understanding of the difference between the physical and the spiritual. One can see that Jesus did the same in his sermons as he often preached in parables about the, “kingdom of Heaven.” Many traditional interpretations of the bible center only on the physical world and thus try to apply principles of the physical world to scriptures that refer to strictly spiritual phenomena. These strict literal physical interpretation are what have caused so many apparent contradictions between science and religion over the past century.

Art, science and medicine has made a lot of progress ever since the Renaissance. It was during that time that we began translating and printing the bible into spoken languages. The world also began implementing literacy for the masses as the world of academia transferred from religious scholars to the secular domain. So we have been reading the bible for ourselves for over 400 years, yet our interpretations of the bible have not really changed since the reformation. Unlike fundamentalist Christian theology, this bible study does not introduce interpretations that require one to disregard recent advances in science. If God created the world, then we should be able to resolve the conflicts between science and religion by considering both the laws of the physical world and the principles of the spiritual world which which only the domain of religion can teach.

Resolving contradictions contained within traditional bible interpretation

Pastor Joshua Jung Myung Seok’s teachings address many of the unresolved debates held within Christianity over the past 2000 years. In the Providence 30 lessons, there are lessons that specifically address the confusion over Creationism, Adam & Eve, Noah’s flood, Predestination, the humanity and divinity of Jesus, what constitutes heretical teachings, what happens after we die, and how the prophecies of the bible will be fulfilled in the last days.

The key Providence teachings center on the Lord’s imminent second coming. The most common theme is that the most critical thing to do in this time period is to be prepared spiritually by living a life of faith while physically alive in the body. Another common theme is that believers should raise their level of love for the Lord to that of a bride relationship of spiritual love with the Lord as preached in the Matthew 25:1-13 in the last book of the bible, Revelation.

Doctrine

Though Providence churches share fundamentally the same doctrines of salvation based on Jesus Christ as most Christian denominations our doctrines and teachings stress the importance of the effects of our daily life of faith on our spiritual life in the eternal world. Through the Providence 30 lessons, we interpret many of the aspects of the bible far less literally. Rapture, resurrection, advent, and even the Lord’s second coming are understood to have both a physical and mental aspect, but also a fundamental spiritual aspect – unlike most traditional Christian bible interpretations which teach a strictly physical resurrection, rapture, and second coming.

Providence church members are also known for their high standards of daily life which typically exclude smoking, drinking, and habitually drinking unhealthy amounts of caffeine. With more of an emphasis on nurturing the spirit through the daily life of faith members are also  known for waking up early for prayer and for regular service attendance.

One key difference between Providence 30 lessons and the typical Christian teachings about the last days is that Providence stresses that the Lord Jesus Christ absolutely will not come back in his physical body from out of the sky at the second coming, but will come  in spirit and must be received in spirit, and that He will work through people who are physically alive as God has always done in every time period.

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Jung Myung Seok continues to reveal the deep secrets of revelation hidden within the bible, and each year our doctrine expands to contain more and more about the realities of this world and the spiritual world through the Providence 30 lessons.


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In Defense of Jeong, Myeong-seok (정명석)

In Defense of Jeong, Myeong-seok (정명석)

 Jeong, Myeong-seok (정명석) is the controversial leader of a new religious movement generally known as Providence.  His Korean name is not중뮹석, as the variant Romanization (1) of his name Jung, Myung Seok would suggest, but 정명석.   His Western name is Joshua Jeong, or, using the older Romanization, Joshua Jung.  He is also known as Seon Saeng Nim (선생님), the Korean word for teacher, as R for Rabbi, the Hebrew word for teacher, or as Pastor Joshua. The following testimony was written before Jeong, Myeong-seok faced trial in Korea so if any details seem out date please understand the chronological context.

Defamation Rebuttal

Jeong, Myeong-seok has been accused of sexual abuse in South Korea, China, and Japan.  He has also been referred to as “false Messiah” and “international fugitive.”

First, where the rape charges are concerned, I cannot say it any better than an answer (2) in the faq section of providencetrial.com (3).

“To those who are familiar with the details of the allegations, there appears to be a consistent pattern that has emerged: the gathering of anonymous “victims” together in a public news conference in order to present allegations of rape. Only after the sensational details from the unknown victims have been reported by tabloid news media are any of the police agencies notified. The result is that there is no victim accountability, for when a victim’s identity remains unknown even to the police there can be never be a true investigation and the number of potential victims becomes limitless. A situation such as this provides no means for a fair trail; the news networks have already broadcast to the viewing public the sensational details of a crime for which no witnesses or evidence has ever been presented.”

Need I say more?

The Word for This Time Period

I find it perfectly believable that his word is the word for this time period.  Families, which make up the basic structure of our society, are falling apart left and right.  Sex, which used to be the cement holding a marriage together, now is its solvent (“one woman for the rest of my life – unimaginable”).  More and more children grow up in split families with disastrous consequences.  So it is not unreasonable to believe that the impetus of God’s course correction for our present society would focus on the family, and on sex.  And it is precisely because this is where our modern world has most dramatically veered off course, that Seon Saeng Nim’s teachings are so counter-cultural and so difficult to follow.

But the harsh and uncompromising nature of his word makes it convincing that Providence is a religion that does not promulgate an image of God which we created in our own minds.  It is easy to fall into the trap to cherry-pick sections of the Bible we like, and from that create a fictional image of God based on how much we understand, and then only attribute characteristics to Him that agree with the way we would prefer Him to be.  This pretty much means we ignore the Old Testament because we do not like the way God is portrayed.  In fact, Jeong-Myeong-seok’s teachings are the most compatible with both the Old and the New Testament of any denomination I am familiar with.

At the time of Jesus, a man could divorce a woman just by giving her a certificate of divorce (4).  Jesus strongly rebuked that behavior and insisted on the indissolubility of marriage (5).  In order for a person to get divorced in California,  all that is needed is a checkmark next to “irreconcilable differences,” and that is the end of it, no further questions asked.  The only difference to the time of Jesus is that both men and women are now allowed to give each other a certificate of divorce.  This is not a minor accomplishment, but in terms of indissolubility of marriage, nothing was added.  So we are right back there where we started from.  2000 years of Christianity have made no difference.

Another reason teacher Joshua’s word is so credible is its source.  Jeong, Myeong-seok is a mystic.  He spent 20 years in the mountains praying and fasting and never went to seminary.  Mystics first appeared in the Fourth Century.  The Church at that time had become a church of thinkers, not doers.  Philosophizing about theology became more important than following Jesus and living a Christian life.  The direct response to that were “confessors,” “ascetics,” and “mystics.”  They went out into the desert as hermits in order to experience God by way of fasting and praying.  Their emphasis was an experiential, rather than an academic understanding of God.  Out of this grew the monastic movement (6).

Mystics were widely misunderstood and very suspect to the official church   Mystics only became recognized for what they accomplished after they were safely dead (7).  It is not surprising that the incredible insights into the meanings of Biblical passages that Seon Saeng Nim gave us came from a mystic and not a theologian.  Mystics are not experts in theology, they are what Maxwell Maltz, in his seminal book on psycho-cybernetics, calls “inperts.” (8)  Maxwell Maltz continues that all major breakthroughs in science came from “inperts.”  They are not bound by their knowledge to only think inside of the box.  It can be very much expected that God would reveal major course corrections through mystical “inperts.”

There is a natural resistance to course corrections.  People do not like it.  People did not like what Isaiah had to say (he was sowed in half), and they certainly did not like Jesus’s word.  So, opposition is to be expected.  In fact, if there was no opposition, something would be wrong.

That the opposition would target their allegations where it could inflict the most pain in terms of discrediting Seon Saeng Nim’s teachings is also not surprising (what a coincidence!).  If the allegation had been that Seon Saeng Nim was a pick-pocket at Wol Myeong Dong, it would have been more believable.  People do not like to have all their basic assumptions questioned, that is why most of the prophets were killed …  We do not even have to go back that far:  A reporter once asked Edison: “Everybody knows that there is no future in electric light.  Why do you insist on continuing your experiments after you have already failed 5000 times?”  To this Edison replied: “I have not failed 5000 times, I have successfully identified 5000 ways that do not work.”  Or, just think of how much Sigmund Freud was ridiculed for his theories on child sexuality, not to even speak of Copernicus and Galileo …

Unification Church

It is surprising to see how hard it is for some people to believe that Mun, Seon-myeong (문선명) of the Unification Church and Jeong, Myeong-seok (정명석) of Providence could have developed similar teachings independently.  There seems to be a real danger that we will witness another Newton versus Leibniz controversy.  The argument on who should be considered the inventor of calculus engulfed the scientific communities in England and Europe for a long time, and as a result both sides suffered.  There is now general agreement that both men invented calculus independently, Leibniz in 1685, 10 years after Newton, but Leibniz published his work 20 years before Newton did (9).

Do you know who invented the automobile?  The British think the inventor was from Britain, the French are convinced that the inventor was French, and the Germans believe that he was German.  I am from Germany, so to me the inventor of the gasoline powered automobile is Karl Friedrich Benz (like in Daimler Benz).

Similarity in revelation does not mean equality.  Probably the most important characteristic of all Christian Churches is, by definition, the focus on Jesus Christ.  Everything in Providence revolves around Jesus.  The Unification Church believes Jesus was a failure and he is barely mentioned (10).

If that is not enough of a difference, I do not know what would be.

International Fugitive

Jeong, Myeong-seok (정명석) did not respond to the charges first leveled against him in Korea, but instead fled to China.  This might appear to be good cause for us to dispense with our usual conviction “Innocent until proven guilty.”  But before reaching a rash judgment let us consider the following three points:

There are many examples of miscarriage of justice in the history of humanity.  How many people were executed in the United States and post-mortem found innocent?  Great Britain, the country with the oldest and probably most reputable criminal justice system has terrible incidences of miscarriage of justice.  The Guilford Four, dramatized in the movie “In the Name of the Father,” maybe the most famous example (11).  After a media feeding frenzy it is pretty much impossible to guarantee a fair trial, everybody has already made up their mind.  That is why important trials get moved to another location for the defendant to at least have the benefit of a “fairer” trail.  Now enter Korea.  To insure a fair trial after the media pretty much decided whether somebody is guilty or not, the trial would have to be moved outside of the country.  That, unfortunately, is impossible.

Heads of state are routinely granted immunity so they have enough time running the country rather than fighting off frivolous lawsuits filed by political opponents.  In the best case scenario, fighting off charges against him made by unscrupulous detractors would have been a full-time job for Pastor Joshua for a long time.
Jeong, Myeong-seok spent the first twenty years of his life in the mountains praying and fasting (recall from the previous discussion that he is what is commonly known as a mystic).  He would have certainly surrendered to the authorities had he felt that that was what God called him to do.

I am in no position to second-guess Seon Saeng Nim’s decision.

Secrecy in Providence

New people in Providence are not routinely taught everything there is to know about Providence.  They have to learn the 30 lessons first, and pretty much in the right order, to really understand what Providence is all about and what it attempts to do, in other words, … you have to find out for yourself, just as in therapy.  Everybody who has ever visited a therapist realizes that advice given by a therapist in the form of  “This is what you need to do, 1), 2), and 3)” is worthless.

Is it fraudulent that the therapist keeps charging you money for more and more consecutive sessions even though he or she might have known since the first meeting exactly what you needed to do to get out of the rut?

Is it fraudulent for a movie theater to charge you $10.- and then not even tell you what the outcome of the movie is?  Don’t you have a right to know?  Don’t you especially have a right to know before you put down your money?  Nobody likes “spoilers.”  They are despised because they rob you of the experience.

Everybody who wants to learn statistics properly is first taught probability theory, then the student learns about probability distributions, and finally he or she finds out how these probability distributions can be used for statistical inference.  This is bottom-up education – you learn how the formulas are derived before you apply them.  A top-down statistics class just gives you the formulas and lets you plug in the numbers.  “Statisticians” graduating from that class tend to make a lot of mistakes.

So in Providence you are taught Bible interpretation from the bottom up, and not from the top down.  In a way, this is the complete opposite of indoctrination since you are constantly challenged to find out for yourself and to realize for yourself.  Nobody gives you the answers ahead of time.

Jeong, Myeong-seok as Central Figure

A central figure is the main person through which God works in a particular time period.  Noah, Abraham and Moses were central figures in the Old Testament, as were all the prophets.  In the New Testament period the central figures were Jesus, Augustine, Luther and Calvin.  Central figures are usually charged by God to implement badly needed course corrections.

Whether Jeong, Myeong-seok is a central figure is subject to debate.  Different people have different opinions.  Personally, I am certain that Jeong, Myeong-seok is a central figure beyond a shadow of a doubt.  The step from traditional Christianity (Catholic, Protestant or Orthodox) to Providence is too dramatic, his insights too profound for there to be any room for doubt.

I was raised Roman-Catholic.  So I was never told that Jesus would come back on the clouds.  The Catholic belief is that the Second Coming of the Lord will occur at the end of the world, a cataclysmic event just as Jesus coming back on the clouds (12).  We would not have to worry about missing the event, just as the Jewish people believed they could not miss the coming of their Messiah.  Jesus surprised them once, but the next time it will be different?  I cannot be that stupid anymore!

Am I going to go back to believe that the most important event in God’s history with humanity, the Fall, happened because Adam and Eve ate the wrong apple?  Or am I going back to ponder hundreds of different interpretations of the Fall, each one designed to support the particular theologian’s pet-theory?

Could I entertain the thought that at the end of the world all the dead will rise from their graves and that the earth will resemble scenes in the movie The Night of the Living Dead?

At one point science and theology will have to converge.  They describe the same reality.  Providence’s theology is the most compatible with modern science that I am aware of.  If Providence had been around at the time of Charles Darwin, he would have continued to be a devout Christian.

Am I going to go back to traditional Christianity where people place so little priority on understanding the Word of God that they do not even take notes during the homily or sermon?

Conclusions

When seen from a historical perspective, none of the arguments and charges brought forth against Jeong, Myeong-seok (정명석)  are very surprising.   Indeed, they were to be expected.

We do not live in a deterministic world.  Nothing is impossible, except for us to avoid death and taxes.  But the probability that Jeong, Myeong-seok’s revelations did not come from God is so small that I am not willing to take my chances.

About Myself

I am a transportation engineer by profession having received my Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.  I do not have any particular mission or title in Providence, I am just a regular member.

Providence Church Responds to the Question of Cults

Providence Church Responds to the Question of Cults

January 20, 2010  |  Addressing Controversies  |  5 Comments

Defending the Truth: Find out what Providence Church teaches by reading for yourself.

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Jung Myung Seok Case Needs Retrial

Jung Myung Seok Case Needs Retrial

January 12, 2010  |  Press Releases  |  5 Comments

The following is a follow-up report of an original article titled, “Why is JMS’s President JungMyungSeok carrying the cross?” by a monthly magazine in Korea called, Civil Government.

This Article on JungMyungSeok is written by Moon Il Seok on 15 Feb 2010, moonilsuk@korea.com.  (http://blog.naver.com/t15432001/130080588987)

President JungMyungSeok, founder of Christian Gospel Mission (CGM), is currently in prison. His ten-year sentence was the decision of the Supreme Court which upheld the decision of the lower court.

Now there are voices that JungMyungSeok’s trial was unfair and should be retried.

A monthly magazine, Civil Government, published an article in its February issue, under the title, “Why is JMS (CGM)’s President JungMyungSeok carrying the cross?” and listed the problems of his trials, item by item.

In the article, Cha Jin Soo reports on the original incident that led to the case at hand.

The motivation to write the article was not something that just came along recently. Cha is an active journalist who has been following this case for the past eleven years and has been frequenting police stations since 1995.

[image: Joshua JeongMyungSeok in the News]
Photo: Monthly Magazine, ‘Civil Government,’ that has followed up the case of President JungMyungSeok. © Break News

In the article, Cha reports the following:

Ever since the media began broadcasting about this religious organization, I have been going to the scene to cover the news.

In 1999, there was intense public interest in the organization because of the ongoing media coverage.

At that time, a certain broadcasting company (A Media) aired the so-called, ‘Ms Whang abduction scandal,’ claiming that some leaders of the religious organization kidnapped Whang, one of the church members. What I learned from the police, however, indicated otherwise: it was not abduction, but rather a “simple assault case.”

Assault and kidnapping are two very different charges with very different penalties. After verifying the facts, I wrote an article in Police Journal.

Then a person whom I will heretofore refer to as “the informer” called me up. (He played the role of filing complaints on behalf of the plaintiffs behind the scenes. I didn’t know at that time how he was related to the case though.) He protested in a somewhat upset voice.

He complained, “Why did you describe a kidnapping case as a simple assault case?” Since I verified the investigation details from the Chunan police station, I explained that the article was written based on the facts. He and I agreed to meet in person to continue our conversation. But the informer did not show up.

When I called and asked, “Why aren’t you here?” he gave me an irresponsible and ridiculous reply saying that he just didn’t want to meet me and that he was returning home.

After that remark, he just hung up on me. I called him later but he didn’t answer my calls.

The second problem that Cha raises is the distorted facts in A Media’s reporting. Cha discloses the following: An A Media broadcast said, “President JungMyungSeok is a leader who has sexual problems.”

A Media took an excerpt from a 1995 Sunday sermon entitled, “Life of Thanksgiving.” The Media modulated President JungMyeongSeok’s voice in the part where he says, ‘The tithe of life—evangelize one person out of ten’ to make it difficult to clearly hear what he actually says. Then the Media added a subtitle that read, ‘one woman,’ when it was aired. This quote inevitably made the viewers think President JungMyungSeok to be a leader with sexual problems. Furthermore, when the Media aired the footage of the services or events of the organization, even though both males and females are shown in the original video, the Media edited the scenes so that only females would be visible. In this way, A Media gave the audience an impression that President JungMyungSeok was a religious leader who dealt only with females.

[image: Anti-JungMyungSeok confession letters]
Photo: New evidences regarding JungMyungSeok © Break News

The third point Cha brings up is the outcome of A Media’s biased report, which was found to be legally wrongful at that time.

He indicated, “As to their biased report, the court eventually issued a decision of the advice of peaceful settlement.

The court ordered the following: 1) the media must not use one-sided material provided by the informer and others; 2) the media must inform the organization 48 hours before broadcasting; 3) the media must guarantee 5% of the broadcasting time to [the Church] so that their rebuttal will also be aired; 4) if these orders are violated, the media must pay damages in the amount of 30 million won for each violation.

The court decision acknowledging the media’s errors and biased reporting was not made widely known to viewers, while at the same time President JungMyungSeok—who was already branded a criminal by public opinion—continued to be “cut to pieces at the chopping block of the press.”

Cha’s fourth point that differs from other reports is regarding the press conference held with the four women who claimed to be sexually victimized. Cha reveals: “On April 18, 2006, ‘the informer’ held a press conference in which he made the four women who claimed to be sexually victimized speak. When the world was about to forget JMS, the conference refreshed viewers’ memory of them. The journalists wanted to hear the position of ‘the informer’ who declared that he was working for justice. But in that conference, something shocking was disclosed. Pastor Park XX, who was investigating the case in order to know its depth, told me, ‘Those who have not been harassed by the informer won’t understand how it is.’ He then added that the informer was demanding two billion won to drop the case. Upon hearing this, a reporter of ‘B Media’ figured that there was a problem with the press conference and stopped his coverage of the conference. Because of the action of the informer, other reporters who came to know that fact later also began doubting the credibility the informer who was leading ‘the anti-JMS.’

[image: Korean Magazine "Government"]
Photo: The cover of Civil Government © Break News

The fifth reason why Cha believes that the trial of President JungMyeongSeok went wrong is the part about the sexual assault. He writes: At that time, the informer publicly asserted that the sexual assault on those women was so severe and their wounds were so deep that they could hardly walk; they had a bloody discharge. But when the case was moved to the court, the attorneys of the defendant gave a different statement. They rebutted, saying, “The footage of the CCTV set at the scene shows the two women smiling—not like victims—and their walks don’t look uncomfortable at all.” Cha continues and highlights the testimony given by one of the plaintiffs to the court: “More than anything, we need to pay attention to the fact that one of these women, Plaintiff C, who filed the suit as co-plaintiffs and initially claimed that she was sexually assaulted declared that she committed perjury, and she withdrew her suit. Plaintiff C came to the court holding her mother’s hand. She reversed the statements that she had given to the police and the prosecutor’s office, and completely denied the assault allegations. Even though the court warned her, saying ‘If your testimony differs from the contents of the complaint, you could be penalized,’ C clearly said, ‘I’m fine even if I will be penalized. The truth is that I was not sexually assaulted. Plaintiff D who filed the suit with me wasn’t raped or sexually assaulted either at all. But incited by the informer, she filed a false suit and has given false testimonies until now.’”

As the sixth reason, Cha brings up a new evidence that could become a reason for a retrial on President JungMyungSeok’s case. He said, “In fact, on November 15, 1999, the informer wrote a letter of self-examination, in which he said, ‘President Jung, I deeply regret that I backstabbed you, defamed you by spreading scandals against you, and caused you a deep wound.’ He even had the letter authenticated before he sent it to the Church’s central office. He sent Mr. Jung two letters of apology on March 17 and on July 21, of 2005.

Parts of his letters read, ‘I apologize that I have defamed and insulted you until now out of misunderstanding,’ and ‘I apologize once again that for the past six years, I and the members of the group (which the informer founded) have misunderstood you, so we have slandered and insulted you.’ The letter was hand-written by ‘the informer’ himself, including his seal and photo.

Cha emphatically concludes in the article that he writes after having followed up this case, “If journalists measure religious activities with a non-religious ruler, they end up drawing a weird image. Likewise, the prosecution also should reflect on itself to see how faithful it was to the principle of presumption of innocence, which says, ‘Even if you may let go one hundred thieves, you must not unjustly convict one person.’” In addition, Cha pointed out, “To consider the closure of this case that had only ambiguous evidences and witnesses against—a severe punishment of ten year imprisonment, the court should reflect to see if the judgment of the residing judges also was clouded by their lack of understanding of religions and by the public opinions that were forcibly formed; it should examine the injustice done to President JungMyungSeok.”

In his concluding remark, Cha says, “As the testimonies in the courtroom reveal it to a great degree, since the circumstance was that the informer was demanding settlement money, it is necessary for the court to cool-headedly examine and investigate whether or not the informer deliberately created the case while controlling the plaintiffs and almost managing them behind the scene for the purpose of getting money.”

Reporter Cha analyzes the reason why the case involving President JungMyungSeok went off to a suspicious direction; he says, “Come to the point, it seems that [the informer] was taking advantage of the nature of the case (sexual assault), which complaint has to be filed by the victims; he managed those who claimed to be victims and prompted them to sue [President Jung]. Then, without letting them know, he demanded a big sum, two billion won. He might have planned to lead the case to an agreement, and, once his demand was met, they would have withdrawn the legal action, using the law of ‘no punishment against the victim’s intent.’”

As of today, on February 15, the internet site which has been used as the center of the informer’s accusation of President JungMyungSeok has a notice on its home page, which says that the ‘anti’ website will be closed and its domain also will be canceled.

In the event President JungMyungSeok’s side files a motion for retrial based on the new evidences or material that could reverse the previous finding, seeking acquittal, it is expected that this case involving President Jung, a religious leader—who founded and has led a religion according to the Constitution that warrants the freedom of religion—may be placed at a stage where it seeks a new ruling through a retrial.

However, since the prosecutor’s office and the court stand behind the accusations of the plaintiffs and the informer, with the court ruling in their favor, it is unknown whether this case can be reversed at retrial.

Jesus, the founder of Christianity, however, also was crucified after an unjust trial. Considering what Cha has disclosed based on the facts and evidences that he has tenaciously collected through his eleven-year long follow-up coverage, we may need to remember the death of Jesus.

moonilsuk@korea.com
The article posted at: February 15, 2010 [17:25:00)


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