The Newsletter 54 Summer 2010

Ultimate concerns: religion, the state and the nation in Korea

Boudewijn Walraven

The summer of 2008 saw protests in Seoul against the perceived lack of laicité of the administration of President Lee Myung-bak. A permanent protest centre was established in the city centre with panels informing the public about the transgressions of the government. The climax was a large demonstration in which as many as 200,000 people took part. However, as Boudewijn Walraven reveals, the protest was not inspired by Korean followers of Richard Dawkins and not at all directed against religion itself.

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