Connect with us


Religious leaders defend Shincheonji church founder

Religious Leaders Speak Out Against South Korea’s Scapegoating of Church after Members Test Positive for Covid-19



Religious leaders and NGOs in association with the United Nations around the globe have raised their voices on the need to correct inappropriate persecution and human rights violations against a South Korea religious group, Shincheonji Church of Jesus.

From Southern Africa, fourteen (14) religious leaders from the Christian, Islam, Hindu, the Church of Scientology, Hare Khrishna, and the Bruma Kumaris submitted video messages and open letters to the Korean Government urging the state to drop the charges and lawsuits against church leader, Man Hee Lee.

Spiritual leader, Rabbi Moshe Silberhaft of the African Jewish Congress wrote, “I implore you to rather channel your energy and effort in working to find the cure for this deadly virus, rather than to focus on direct anger at Chairman Lee who through his efforts is bringing unity, respect, tolerance and most importantly peace in the world.”

In a video recording Reverend Mathias Tsine, Secretary-General of Federation for Indigenous Churches of Zimbabwe stated, “We are peace messengers, we support his vision, we advocate for freedom of religion as contained in the UN Charter”. The Reverend also added, “Mr. Lee never used HWPL to pursue the interest of the church as falsely reported by critics bent on putting his personality into disrepute.”

Since the COVID-19 outbreak in February 2020, the Shincheonji congregation members have been singled out by the government as being responsible for a coronavirus outbreak in the country. Recent developments in an ongoing court case against the religious group have led to an $82 million lawsuit, confiscation of buildings, and arrests of some church officials.

National President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at  South Africa, Mansoor Zahid wrote, “I wonder how a government of the Republic of Korea try to persecute and ban the activity of such a peaceful person and his church, it is actually a disgrace to humanity and it is against religious freedom.”

In his statement Swami Vedanand Saraswati of Durban, South Africa, shared, “I firmly believe that the Chairman, a man of great integrity, has done and continues to do all in his power to aid in fighting against the COVID-19 virus, and assist the relevant authorities where possible.”

The leader and founder of Shincheonji, who has publicly apologized for the part that the church played in spreading the virus, has committed to doing everything to help and cooperate with authorities. As a token of goodwill, 4,000 Shincheonji members who have recovered from COVID-19 committed to donating their blood plasma for research for therapies to treat the novel virus. From the 13th to the 17th of July, 500 Shincheonji members will start the donations at the Gyeongbuk University Hospital in South Korea.




  1. Renier

    July 20, 2020 at 8:50 am

    Thank you for this article it is very enlightening. Let’s stand together for world peace, and speak out against injustices!! We cannot stay silent any longer!

  2. CC

    July 21, 2020 at 1:18 am

    Thank you so much for reporting on this. I think it’s so encouraging to see how leaders come together to make their voices heard. It really is unfortunate to see Chairman Lee and his church being accused like this.

  3. Jack

    July 21, 2020 at 4:50 pm

    Thank you for this article and bringing awareness to such a great story. It has been enlightening.

  4. Noks

    July 22, 2020 at 12:06 am

    Thank you for this article , it is very sad to read about such issues in this day and age where we are all suppose to have freedom ,Covid 19 is affecting all of us so to accuse one church and its leader for the spread of it not fair.hopefully this will change soon

  5. Vaness

    July 22, 2020 at 11:00 am

    More positive news like this should be written and I hope action can be taken to stop this scapegoating.

  6. Emily

    July 22, 2020 at 10:14 pm

    Thank you for this insightful article, and shedding light on this matter. This is sad to hear 1 man Mr Man Hee Lee and His church, being blamed for a worldly pandemic.The whole world is suffering from this pandemic.It is beautiful seeing all religions uniting as one against this injustice.

  7. Qaphela

    July 23, 2020 at 12:09 am

    Great to see that this situation is being brought to light.The mistreatment of Shincheonji Church of Jesus and Chairman Lee must come to an end, justice must be served.

  8. Denise

    July 23, 2020 at 10:56 am

    It is so good to see how people across the world from such different backgrounds are uniting to support each other and stand for basic human rights such as religious freedom. I’m glad I came across this article and I think the world should be shown more stories like these through the news, especially while we are all facing this pandemic together.

  9. David

    July 23, 2020 at 6:02 pm

    It’s quite encouraging reading positive news in this turbulent time.

  10. Ndumi

    July 23, 2020 at 7:58 pm

    Thank you for the article. It’s amazing to see people of different faith standing as one. Also very brave of them to donate plasma. It’s very clear to me they’re innocent. Praying this will be resolved soon.

  11. Xolisa

    July 23, 2020 at 11:01 pm

    Its great to see global leaders uniting to speak against discrimination of the religious minority and violation of human rights. Thank you for publishing this enlightening article.

  12. Brandon

    July 25, 2020 at 2:59 pm

    More people should be made aware of the Human Rights Violations that are taking place in South Korea. I hope the government drop the charges that is made against Man Hee Lee and his church.

  13. LM

    July 27, 2020 at 11:09 pm

    It is encouraging to see that people are uniting to vocalise the injustices that Shincheonji church is facing.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *