“Is there any more useless and ridiculous organization on the planet than the World Council of Churches?”

Moral Equivalence on the Korean Peninsula

Is there any more useless and ridiculous organization on the planet than the World Council of Churches? (That’s a rhetorical question, byWCC the way–no need to debate the relative merits of the UN and Episcopal Church in the comments, please.) Seems that Cat Stevens is in the house at the Geneva looney bin:

A Peace Train has recently started its journey from Berlin, Germany through Russia and China to northeast Asia and the World Council of Churches (WCC) 10th assembly in Busan, Republic of Korea.

The train, which aims to raise awareness about the 60-year division of the Korean Peninsula, will travel through Moscow, Irkutsk, Beijing, Pyongyang and Seoul, and will finally arrive in Busan around the beginning of the assembly on 30 October.

Yes, we need the WCC to “raise awareness” that the Korean peninsula is divided. And what will this pointless journey achieve?

Some 130 people from around the world are travelling on the Peace Train and include church and civil society representatives. They will arrive in Busan on 28 October and share their experiences at the WCC assembly. The theme of the assembly is “God of life, lead us to justice and peace”.

The train will highlight the importance of achieving peace on the Korean peninsula, cooperating with the churches of those countries which participated in the division of the Korean peninsula in 1953.

On the “Peace Train” web site, we’re told this about their mission and aims:

AIMS: The “Peace Train” project aims to inform the world of the agony of a 60-year division of the Korean peninsula and the importance of peace and unification in lessening the tension between South and North Korea and all over the world.

MISSION: The Peace Train stresses the importance of achieving a peace system on the Korean peninsula and cooperates with churches of countries, which participated in the division of the Korean peninsula in 1953, and thus has the opportunity of contributing to peace on the Korean peninsula, Northeast Asia and the world.

And about the stop the train will make in North Korea, they say this:

It will be most meaningful that the Peace Train go to Pyongyang, as we recognize that the matter of the Division of Korea is not only the issue of both Koreas but it is also significantly related to peace in the world.

Crossing the border of the North and the South will express the joy of both nations.

Notice what’s missing it all that gibberish? Any mention of the reasons for the division of Korea, the history of North Korean aggression, the human rights catastrophe that is North Korea, or the threats that the North has made toward the South as well as Japan and the U.S. In Geneva, the only problem on the Korean peninsula is the division, and the only solution is reunification. An official press release, dated October 2, simply reinforces this immoral myopia. Personally, I think that the delegates to the WCC General Assembly, being held in Busan, South Korea later this month, should be required to live for one year in North Korea–six months in a remote rural setting, six months in a prison camp with some of their fellow Christians–before they make another statement about the “necessity” of Korean unification.

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