Seoul-winning Christians


The Korea Times reports…

“Korea’s annual gay pride festival faced opposition over the weekend as conservative groups blocked a parade running through Sinchon, northwestern Seoul.

Some 300 members of the Korea Parent Federation and other conservative Christian groups showed up for the annual Korea Queer Festival (KQF), which held its main activities on Saturday in the university enclave.

“Repent…homosexuality is a sin,” read one banner. “Our children must be raised within a moral culture,” said another.

A third sign suggested that it was not an appropriate time for sexual minorities to celebrate their community: “There are still 14 missing in the cold Jindo Sea,” it read.

The situation came to a head around 5:30 p.m. when many of the festival’s 5,000 participants began a scheduled, two-kilometre march from Sinchon Station to Yonsei University.

Witnesses said that protesters jumped in front of floats being used in the parade, forcing the march to stop after some 30 minutes.

“A huge crowd of middle aged Christian men came out shouting on top of their lungs while holding big crosses,” said a 26-year-old American who asked not to be named. “They performed baptism rites and pushed the float backward.”

Camille Paul Felizat, a 25-year-old student from France, added: “It was chaotic with protesters praying, crying, singing, and laying on the floor. They occupied the street for a good part of the night.”

Felizat said many participants managed to have a good time despite taking the protests with the grain of salt. “They weren’t affected at all,” he said.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people say the KQF is a rare chance to express solidarity in a country where harsh stigmatization makes “coming out” exceedingly difficult.

The country’s conservative Christian lobby has been the most vocal opponent of LGBT rights, blocking legislation that would protect gays and other groups.

This year’s festival — which opened last Tuesday and runs through June 15 — aims to promote solidarity between the sexual minority groups in Asia and broaden public understanding of gay rights.

The American, French and German embassies are all supporting the event.

Steve Miller, host of the podcast “Asia News Weekly,” was present at the festival with his wife and spoke to The Korea Times over the phone. He said he witnessed many of the protesters launch verbal attacks on participants.

“It’s a sad thing that people still have to still fight for equality, for being simply who they are,” he said. “Despite their ‘love’ chant, what the church groups were preaching was hate.”


One thought on “Seoul-winning Christians

  1. You’ll find that there is very little support for gay marriage in Asia. That’s indisputable.
    Support is increasing, but it’s mainly due to the influence of outsiders. Hence in any demo there are always lots of Americans and other foreigners. And then there’s the pressure from the embassies.

    Not saying which is right or wrong, but simply that in this article there were statements from two westerners and the point was made about embassies. So once gay marriage finally becomes law everywhere in western countries, the gay mafia will try to impose their views on Asian countries by saying that the advanced western countries all this so Asia needs to catch up.

    While the main visible action was from “middle aged Christians” for those who are unaware, not many middle aged Koreans would want to go to or be involved in such a demonstration. But if you think non-Christian Koreans would be happy for their children to come out and marry someone of the same sex, you don’t know Korean culture very well.

    But, its very normal for the gay mafia to try and force gay marriage on Asians and attack Christianity in the process. Koreans and Japanese will only accept gay marriage if they feel they are losing face by not being as modern thinking as America. Oh, no. I just have the gay mafia a hint!


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