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Pastor apologizes for anti-Buddhist slur

Stephen Hong, Seoul

Stephen Hong, Seoul

Updated: October 27, 2010 10:59 AM GMT
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Protestant students apologize to the abbot of Bongeunsa Temple
Protestant students apologize to the abbot of Bongeunsa Temple
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A Protestant pastor has apologized to all Buddhists for his students’ video clip praying for the treading down of a Buddhist temple in Seoul. "This place (Bongeunsa Temple) will be demolished and God will win it back....Useless idols (Buddha’s statue) here made me really sad," the student said in the clip. Reverend Choi Ji-ho and students from the Church Equipping Worship School went to Bongeunsa Temple on Oct. 27 to formally apologize for the clip that appeared on YouTube. "We sincerely apologize to the temple and Buddhists. I beg your pardon for my misguiding the students," said Reverend Choi. Reverend Myoungjin, head of the temple, said in a press release that he accepts the apology, with hope that the incident serves a good chance to resolve the religious conflict and develop better communication and harmony between local Protestantism and Buddhism. He said Buddhism has long been excluded from Korean Protestant churches and defamed as idolism. The monk proposed for a public meeting and cautioned “if Protestants don’t change their self-righteous attitude, disastrous effect will be inevitable.” Related report Buddhists Accuse Government Of Favoring Christianity KO11750.1625

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