Seoul’s churches, nightlife shut after covid cluster among anti-government congregation
It also exposed the challenges South Korea’s many independent churches and religious sects pose for the country’s health authorities, who have been hailed around the world for successes in controlling covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, and tracking cases.
In February, a fringe religious group, Shincheonji Church of Jesus, became the center of South Korea’s outbreak, with more than 5,000 cases linked to the church. Earlier this month, the church’s leader was arrested on charges of obstructing the government’s infection-control measures by withholding necessary information.
In the current case, the Sarang Jeil Church’s pastor, the Rev. Jun Kwang-hoon, tested positive for the virus on Monday. He had defied health rules to hold services and anti-Moon protests, including one on Saturday attended by thousands of demonstrators.
Jun has been rallying right-leaning Christians under the slogan that Moon is “communizing” South Korea with policies such as outreach to North Korea. Jun’s speeches are often filled with controversial and sometimes outlandish claims against Moon’s government.
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[Source: Washington Post]