Populist Pastor Leading a Conservative Revival in South Korea
NY Times By Choe Sang-Hun
Nov. 8, 2019
SEOUL, South Korea — Supporters credit him with “Moses’ leadership and Solomon’s wisdom.” Detractors invoke labels like “narcissistic demagogue” and “fake prophet.”
Whatever else the Rev. Jun Kwang-hoon may be called, there is no denying that the 63-year-old Presbyterian pastor has become a force to be reckoned with in South Korea, spearheading a conservative pushback against President Moon Jae-in. Once dismissed as a crank, Mr. Jun has attracted huge crowds to his rallies in central Seoul in recent weeks, forcing Mr. Moon’s justice minister, Cho Kuk, to step down. He is also demanding Mr. Moon’s resignation, calling it “an order from the Lord.”
I did write up related to this character and far right extremism and dictator reverence in South Korea Oct. 3:
(Source- JTBC News, 10.3) Jeon Gwang Hoon, executive director of the United Christian Conference, calls for the impeachment of Moon Jae-In, “effective immediately.” He also blasted “those expletive deleted illegally impeached Park Geun Hye and instigated the press” (against her). Minister Jeon was criticized for soliciting contributions for himself citing the biblical rewards in store for contributors, while proverbial “men in black” stood guard nearby.