Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Korean Buddhists Complain About Treatment From Christian President

Today's Korea Times reports that Buddhists in South Korea are complaining that Korea's president, Lee Myung-bak, is responsible for disrespectful treatment of Buddhists. Lee, who took office in February 2008, is a Christian. In June, the Minister of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs apologized after it was discovered that a travel information service his ministry provided did not include the location of Buddhist temples. The latest incident came yesterday as police insisted on searching the car of a Buddhist leader at the gate of Jogye Temple in Seoul. The Temple has been under police surveillance since organizers of a protest against US beef sought refuge there to avoid arrest.