Hwang Kyo-ahn, former leader of the United Future Party (predecessor of the People’s Power), who declared a challenge to the presidency, urged the government to “allow freedom of religion.” Religious facilities in the metropolitan area, which are under the 4th level of social distancing, are interpreted as a criticism of the situation as they can only hold non-face-to-face worship services.
Former CEO Hwang, who was visiting Daegu, said on Facebook on the morning of the 18th, “I will go to church today and hold a face-to-face worship service.” In Daegu, where the second stage of distancing is applied, face-to-face worship can be held within 30% of the occupancy of religious facilities.
While disclosing his plan to attend face-to-face worship, he criticized “a total ban on face-to-face worship is unconstitutional,” referring to Article 20 of the Constitution, which stipulates that “all citizens have freedom of religion.”
Former CEO Hwang, a devout Protestant believer, also said, “Religion is one of the people who strictly observe quarantine rules.
He continued, “Unlike other facilities, the government strictly restricts religious activities,” he complained, saying, “It is not fair, it is not fair, and it is a violation of religious freedom.”
In addition, he repeatedly emphasized that “the same is true for churches, cathedrals, and temples,” and “religious freedom must be guaranteed for everyone.”
He continued, “One day, the former floor leader of the Democratic Party of Korea said, ‘I will change the supremacy of religion.’” He asked, “Is that what you are doing now?”
In addition, he said, “The responsibility for violations of quarantine rules should be strongly held. It is because it is a betrayal of the community,” he said, “but it should not be considered as a precautionary measure even though it has not occurred, and it should not be equivalent to a total ban on restaurants.”
He further said, “I will continue to enjoy religious freedom while thoroughly complying with quarantine rules,” he said. “I will not give up my religious freedom in response to the government’s unjust orders.”
Earlier, on the 16th, the Seoul Administrative Court cited a portion of the application for suspension of execution by seven churches and pastors in Seoul to ‘suspend the effect of the ban on face-to-face worship’ against the city of Seoul so that less than 20 people could conduct face-to-face services I made a decision.
Meanwhile, in Seoul on the same day, face-to-face worship services were held at Sarang First Church in Seongbuk-gu and churches in Geumcheon and Eunpyeong-gu led by Senior Pastor Jeon Kwang-hoon. In particular, at Sarang Jeil Church, a fight broke out between public officials who tried to enter the church to try administrative guidance and field data collection, and the church’s lawyers, and the castle went back and forth.
Prime Minister Kim Bu-gyeom presided over the Corona 19 Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters meeting at the government building in Seoul on the same day, and in relation to Sarang First Church’s face-to-face worship service, he said, “The quarantine authorities should take strict measures in accordance with the laws and principles.” Please carefully review the court’s judgment on the issue and take measures so that there is no confusion with the quarantine rules.”
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