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

Despite Tribulations & Persecutions

Despite Tribulations & Persecutions

The Earliest Persecutions of Christianity

2,000 years ago Christianity was considered nothing more than a “sect” of Judaism referred to in Paul’s day as “The Way.” But Jesus’ apostles boldly testified for Jesus despite the many negative rumors that had spread about them. They began in Jerusalem but quickly spread as far as Europe and Asia. St. Andrew carried the gospel as far as Scythia (Ukraine and southern Russia) and was crucified in Achaia (southern Greece). Phillip evangelized as far as modern day Turkey and Asia minor before being martyred there at Hieropolis. Simon (the Zealot) went as far as North Africa and Persia (Assyriean empire which is modern day Iraq) where he was killed along Continue reading

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