Modern American Mistrials: The Salem Witch Trials

Modern American Mistrials: The Salem Witch Trials

Today I read the play by Arthur Miller titled, “the Crucible.” It retells the story of the Salem witch trials in which many people were prosecuted for witchcraft based on the accusations of a group of young girls. 50 people confessed to witchcraft to escape capital punishment while 19 were hanged refusing to confess to witchcraft before the trials were finally discontinued. The historical event took place in 1692, but the play was written in 1952. The 1950’s were also was a critical time in American history because it was amidst the McCarthy hearings in which countless Americans’ careers and reputations were on the line in fear of being labelled Communists.

It is generally thought that the author was commenting on the injustices of his times by writing such a play and it is for the injustices of my time that I sought out to find and read this American classic. Continue reading

Help, I think my child might be joining a cult!

Help, I think my child might be joining a cult!

Recently my child has begun attending a new church and they are displaying some unusual behavior. They are waking up extremely early for prayer, attending church often, and is constantly sharing ideas about the bible that seem radically different than traditional orthodox religion.

Should I be worried?
– Concerned Parent
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Christians on Trial: Pastor Joshua Jeong Myung Seok

Christians on Trial: Pastor Joshua Jeong Myung Seok

Pastor Joshua Jeong Myung Seok is one of the most publicized Christians in Asia. He founded Providence Church which quickly became one of the fastest growing churches of the 20th century. The church has grown fastest in Korea (known as Sumni Church) and in Japan (known as Setsuri church). The church has grown to 50 nations and continues to spread through the world.

But in May 2007 while in China [where Christianity is illegal] he was arrested and thrown into prison. While he was suffering the inhumane conditions of the Chinese prison, accusations against him spread throughout public broadcasts. The church was labeled a cult in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan and members of the church all over the world began experiencing extreme persecution from friends, family, and each by their own nation.

After a year of imprisonment and interrogations China found him innocent of all charges and released him. Before his release he was asked if he would like to stay in China or face charges in Korea. He chose to go to trial, but his trial was far from fair. To hear first hand accounts of the trial and the final decision read the full article,

Christians on Trial: Pastor Joshua Jeong Myung Seok

Christians on Trial: Pastor Joshua Jeong Myung Seok

Jung Myung Seok Case Needs Retrial

Jung Myung Seok Case Needs Retrial

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 Continue reading