Posted by: becketfund | September 9, 2008

South Korea: President Regrets Alleged Religious Bias

SEOUL – South Korean President, Lee Myung-bak, has apologized to Buddhist monks who have accused him of appointing a primarily Christian cabinet, the AP reported on September 9. Of the fifteen cabinet members, twelve are Christian and one is Buddhist. In August, the Buddhists monks held a protest rally that drew 60,000 people.  During the rally, the monks called for the President to apologize and for the country’s police chief to step down for discriminatory practices.  In televised comments, President Lee said, “It is deeply regrettable that the heart of the Buddhist society has been hurt by words and deeds by some officials that could cause misunderstanding.”  The government has also since revised the code of conduct for public officials to include a clause that they should maintain religious neutrality when carrying out their duties.

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