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I just put that into Google Translate some 11 years after it made the above translation. Curious to see the difference - I've made no edits for grammar and readability:

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Face up to manipulation sects invade the campus

Pastor Hu Chi Wai

The origins and development of Protestantism in Christ have always been pluralistic development and sectarianism, and the number of newly established churches is constantly increasing. Because the organization is different from Catholicism, Christianity does not have a pope or the Vatican Central who controls everything; therefore, there are many branches of Christianity, and there are also many Christian flags. Their leaders manipulate the believers in all their lives. Only judging from the doctrines the authenticity of Christian religious beliefs has become more and more difficult in the current generation. Some scholars have pointed out that it is necessary to measure whether or not there is a problem with the religion itself. Orthodox churches can hardly believe that believers may have problems in their beliefs, but sectarians with a "manipulative" nature certainly have problems.

The common characteristic of the “manipulative” sect is that the members of the organization claim to have unique religious abilities, knowledge, or experience that other orthodox churches do not have. Its leaders often make the believers feel the "love bombardment" of the person concerned through their personal contact, and they are very admired by the leaders. All listen to the dictates of the leaders or sectarians. The "Manipulative" sect believers must devote themselves fully to sectarian activities, gradually distancing themselves from relatives and friends of the original family, and completely isolated from the personal relationship network. Apart from the sectarian intercourse, the personal life schedule and rhythm are all dictated by the sect. These sects never encourage believers to think independently, and any rational question is seen as an expression of disobedience. The autonomy of believers, such as the workplace, residence, or marriage, is gradually handled by the denomination. If a believer leaves the sect, it may be openly convicted. As long as believers continue to remain in sects, they feel safe and even proud.

Recently, there are manipulative sects from South Korea that are invading elite schools on Hong Kong Island. Their missionary means are through the core members of their recruitment, especially those who come from skills such as music and sports. The core members use their professional identities or skills. Enter the campus to identify students who are in love with classical music or who are musically introverted, and invite individuals to participate in sectarian activities. Even better, the sect also formed the "Global Association of Culture and Peace" ("GACP") or the "International Cultural Exchange", which promotes international cultural exchanges so that people do not know the details. Into its snare. It is precisely because of the Korean sect that they are dedicated to universities and prestigious universities. The cleverness and precision of their means is that such institutions, or those from the upper middle class or other families, prefer to be obstinate and do not dare publicity or media reports for their own reputation. Controlling sects can constantly hunt victims.

It is indeed difficult for the school to cope with the manipulation of sectarianism; perhaps an effective method is to strengthen preventive education so that teachers and students in the school have a basic understanding of such manipulation sect. The cognition is not to know which name or organization, but to understand the control methods commonly used by the organizations concerned; when more people are alerted, it is much more difficult to control the sect to fall. Regarding this sect, the victim in South Korea has reported and prosecuted his leader. If there is a similar victim in Hong Kong, he or she may also report it to the police or seek help from a church organization (such as the “Symposium”). Church organizations are willing to assist non-church schools, distinguish orthodox churches, or give explanations or give advice. As a religious worker, I hope that more people in Hong Kong will have a better understanding of health beliefs and live a correct and beneficial religious life; avoid improper beliefs, poison the soul, and trap people into religious traps! (This column is published every Friday) (Wenhui Forum)

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A nice allusion to the above courtesy of Korea Times columnist Jacco Zwetsloot as he reminisces over his experiences with Korean religions.

May 13: My Life at a Korean Law Firm Part 18 (The Korea Times)

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In the early 2000s, I was looking for work as a freelance English-to-Korean translator. That was before I learned that I was not cut out for that kind of work (a story for another time). One job advertisement that kept appearing was looking for someone to translate the sermons and writings of an apparently famous pastor into several languages, so that his teaching might be made known to the outside world.

Skeptical and cautious, I checked on Google and found that not only was he controversial, but his own church network had been kicked out of the Christian Council of Korea for heresy in 1999. I decided not to pursue that work offer after all. That was probably for the best; the minister now stands accused of multiple charges of rape.

Nevertheless, somebody definitely did translate his texts, because this paper has reported several times over the last decade in what one might generously call an uncritical way about this particular pastor publishing books in more than 70 languages, and leading healing and conversion crusades in countries around the world.

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Pleasantly surprised to see The Korea Times, courtesy of intern Jin Yu-young, mention Jaerock Lee in a piece that wasn't penned by his own followers:

May 7: Buddhist Monk, Pastor Embroiled in Sexual Scandals (The Korea Times - Archived)

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Lee Jae-Rok & The Manmin Chungang Sungkyol / Lee Jae-rock Arrested
« on: May 08, 2018, 12:16:22 AM »
May 4: 성폭행 의혹 이재록 목사 구속 Rev. Lee Jae-rok Arrested on Charges of Sexual Assault

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Lee Jae-rok, minister of the Korean Central Church, has been arrested. It has been 24 days since allegations surfaced that she sexually assaulted women. The court issued an arrest warrant on May 3, claiming that the minister was summoned to commit a crime and that there was a risk of destruction of evidence and flight.

Reverend Lee Jae-rok, who was summoned and investigated by the police two times earlier, reportedly denied the charges. The Church of Korea has argued that Lee never committed sexual assault. According to police, Lee sexually assaulted about 10 women from 1995 to 2015. Six of the affected women sued the minister.

Exdous Manmin, who has teamed up with the women, said, There is still a long journey but is a valuable first step. I sincerely appreciate those who have given my support with interest.

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Yoo Byeung-eun's cult is in the news again via allegations of that some leading figures in the K-pop industry are members. I really have no idea if those allegations are true; nonetheless, the allegations and responses are interesting. Also, it seems that The Korea Herald has deleted its first article which contained a promise to take legal action if the allegation proved false

May 1: Park Jin-young Refutes Reports About Ties with Religious Group (The Korea Herald via Internet Archive after Article Deletion)

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“I will share a document of my testimony, so that you can scan it carefully. If it contains anything against the law or morality, your (reporters’) coverage is legitimate. But if it doesn’t, you will be liable for any damage caused to us.”


The Full Story Behind JYP & The Cult Linked To Sewol Ferry Disaster (Korea Boo)
K-pop Heavyweight Park Jin-young Denies Preaching for Religious Cult (Yonhap News)
JYP Entertainment Shares Nosedive on Cult Religion Reports (The Korea Herald)

May 3: Bae Yong Joon Denies Being Part Of Religious Cult (Korea Portal)
Dispatch Revealed Park Jinyoung (JYP) & Actor Bae Yongjoon Involved with Cult (Reddit)

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Obvious comparisons to JMS highlighted in this piece


April 26: 저항 못 할 세뇌'…같은 혐의 'JMS 정명석'은 징역 10년
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'Brainwashing that can not resist' ... JMS Jung Myung-seok was charged with 10 years in prison
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In the meantime, it was the case of Jeong Jung-seok, JMS, who came up the most in the way of people among the religious leader's rape. The victims believed Jung as a god and were raped in an irresistible state. Jung was sentenced to 10 years in prison for rape, and this is the same allegation he applied to Lee Jae - rok 's investigation.

It is a reporter.

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In 2009, JMS Chief President Jung Ju Jung was convicted of raping four goddesses and sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment at the Supreme Court.

Semi-rape differs from rape accompanied by violence or intimidation.

It applies mainly when the victim is sexually assaulted in a state where he or she can not resist being drug or alcohol.

At that time, the court ruled that "Jung was believed to have been brainwashed by victims who believed in God."

Police believe the victims who claimed to have been raped by Lee Jae-rok were in a similar situation.

[Damage claim A: This person is God, and I feel that it is a sin to speak and judge like this. ]

The claims of victims of the Minmin Church are similar.

[Claimant B: My heart is God's heart. So I did not choose you. God has chosen it.]

The JMS victims who were raped overseas were isolated from their families and their immediate surroundings.

The victims of the people also insisted that Lee constantly forced them to block him.

[Damage assertion Mr. C: I told him to cut off his normal family and thoroughly cut off all the people around me, and I really lived in the dark.]


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April 26: 신도 성폭행" 만민교회 이재록 목사, 경찰 기습출석

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Rev. Jaerock Lee of the Manmin Central Holiness Church, accused of sexual assault, appeared to police one hour earlier than scheduled. It seems to be intended to minimize exposure to the press.
  
Lee was present at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Department as a suspect at 8:04 am on March 26. The original investigation time was 9:00 am.
  
He headed to the investigation room, receiving the support of the church staff, without responding to the reporters' questions such as' Do you acknowledge the charges of sexual assault 'or' Have internal staff claim damage '.
  
This pastor has been accused of raping ten people of the Goddess of the Central Church of Manmin through several years.

Six of the victims filed a complaint with the police earlier this month, raising public questions. The damage was claimed to be from 2015 to the late 1990s. This pastor is suspected of committing sex crimes, saying 'God's instructions' and 'God's choice'.
  
Police have banned the minister from leaving the country because of the specific and consistent statements of the complainants, and have recently completed the complainant investigation. It was reported that about 10 victims were killed if they did not sue but joined the other shrine who stated the damage to the police.
  
Police said the minister had committed sex crimes by making the deacons virtually unenforceable by using the power relations within the church and applying the rape charges. The attorney 's lawyer asked for a complaint, but the police did not provide it because the minister had the possibility of persuading or persuading the minister to agree.
  
The Manmin Central Holiness Church is a large church located in Guro-gu, Seoul, which is said to have reached 130,000 people.


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2017
Dec. 21: Top Court Acquits Korean Air Heiress in Nut Rage Case (The Korea Times)

2018
March 27: Nut Rage Cho Set to Make Comeback (The Korea Times)

April 13: Police Looking into Water Rage Incident (The Korea Times)

April 14: Police Take Up Bottle Rage Incident (Korea JoongAng Daily)

April 15: Korean Air heiress Returns Home to Barrage of Criticisms & Probe for Violence (The Korea Herald)
With Nut Rage Sisters, Korean Air is Nowhere to be Seen (The Korea Times)
Recording Reveals Korean Air Water Rage Heiress in New Angry Outburst (The Korea Times)

April 16: Korean Air Heiress Lawyers Up (The Korea Herald)
Nut Rage Sisters Feared to Fan Anti-Biz Sentiment (The Korea Times)

April 17: Police Seek Travel Ban for Korean Air Heiress (The Korea Times)

April 18: Korean Air Faces Complaints Over Its Corporate Title & Identity (The Korea Herald)

April 19: Rage Probe: Police Search Korean Air Headquarters (The Korea Times)

April 20: Water Rage’ Scandal Escalates into Customs Probe (The Korea Herald)
How Korean Air's Cho Family Smuggled Their Stuff (The Korea Herald)
KAL Owners Used Planes to Smuggle Private Goods (The Korea Times)

April 22: Korean Air Rage Sisters Removed From Management (The Korea Times)

April 23: Korean Air Ousts Nut Rage Heiress & Her Sister (CNN)
Korean Air Chief's Wife Under Probe Over Assaults (The Korea Times)
Korean Air Family Under Siege Despite Father’s Apology (The Korea Herald)

April 25: Officials Seek Evidence of Alleged Tax Evasion by Korean Air Owning Family (The Korea Herald)
Mother’s Violent Outburst Raises Pressure on Chos (Korea JoongAng Daily)
Korean Air Chairman Accused of Excessive Disciplinary Action (The Korea Herald)

April 28: Korean Air Heiress to be Questioned Tuesday (The Korea Times)

April 30: Ex-Korean Air Heiress in Infamous Nut Rage Case Faces Divorce Battle (The Korea Herald)
Korean Air Workers to Rise Up in Arms Against Abusive Chairman Family (The Korea Times)

May 2: Korean Air Heiress Denies Assault Allegations (The Korea Times)

May 4: Ediya Coffee Terminates Contract With Korean Air Heiresses (The Korea Herald)

May 14: Korean Air Purser Booked for Slapping Security Guard Out of Irritation (The Korea Herald)

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General Discussion / Re: Violence Against Women in Korea
« on: April 21, 2018, 10:17:03 PM »
April 3: Woman Hyundai Motor Executive Resigns Amid #MeToo Wave (Reuters)

April 4: Kim Saeng-min Resigns From Shows (Korea JoongAng Daily)

April 7: Society Slowly Starting to Change After MeToo (Korea JoongAng Daily)

April 9: Hushed Voices Frantically Look For Ways to Get Out of Trouble (Korea JoongAng Daily)
Protesters Show Support for #MeToo Victims (The Korea Times)
#MeToo Hits Universities (The Korea Times)
Korean Drug Rape Suspect Repatriated from Vietnam (The Korea Times)

April 10: Sex Offender Fled Abroad While Wearing Ankle Monitor (The Korea Herald)

April 11: Man with Anklet Evades Security at Incheon (Korea JoongAng Daily)
Korean Soccer Player Accused of Sex Assault Allowed to Leave Guam (The Korea Times)
Prosecutor Convicted of Sexual Misconduct (The Korea Times)

April 14: Top Court Focuses on Victim in Harassment Case (Korea JoongAng Daily)

April 15: Scream Detection Devices Fraught With False Alarms (The Korea Herald)

April 16: Korean Murder Accused Dies in Custody in Hong Kong (The Korea Times)

April 18: Court Arraigns Ex-Prosecutor to Decide on Arrest Warrant (The Korea Herald)
Sexual Harassment: Hongdae a Hotbed of Secret Cameras (The Korea Times)

April 19: Star Baduk Player Accused of Rape (Korea JoongAng Daily)

April 20: Despite Ankle Monitors, Ex-Cons Fly Under Radar (Korea JoongAng Daily)

April 22: Nationwide Rally Rekindles #MeToo Movement (The Korea Times)

April 23: Professor Accused of Sexual Assault Sues Student for Defamation (The Korea Herald)

May 3: Over 200,000 Sign Petition for Harsher Punishment to Child Rapists (The Korea Herald)

May 4: Assaulted & Insulted Firefighter Loses Her Life (Korea JoongAng Daily)

May 12: Short Track Coach Banned for Assaulting Athlete Lands China Job (The Korea Herald)

May 13: Man Gets 25-year Sentence for Beating Woman to Death (The Korea Herald)

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Shinchonji / Re: Shinchonji in Australia and New Zealand
« on: April 16, 2018, 12:42:04 PM »
On Reddit, an account of Shinchonji recruiting in Sydney's CBD:

April 14, 2018: Korean "Christian" Cult Targeting Town Hall and Pitt Street, Sydney (Reddit)

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2015
Jan. 27: Human Rights Activist Park Yeon-Mi Wants to Help NK Refugees (B.Pritchett's Blog)

Jan. 31: NK Video Takes on Yeonmi Park's Claims (NK News)
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“North Korea’s Uriminzokkiri is a garbage channel that doesn’t merit a response,” said  Lartigue, director for international relations at Freedom Factory in Seoul. “Their Western sources cited in the video will eventually see that they rushed to judgment about Yeonmi, and I hope they will be honorable enough to apologize at that time.” North Korea analyst Mike Bassett, one of those quoted in the video as criticizing Park recognized its propagandistic nature but also said it had some truths to it.

“It’s obvious that certain elements were constructed and crafted very thoughtfully, such as the presence of a healthy fat baby and plants, and her aunt; who might’ve incurred a similar psychological impact on Yeonmi Park as Shin Dong-hyuk’s father had on him,” he said to NK news.

Feb. 3: Yeonmi Park Hits Back at North Korean Video (NK News)
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Park said previously that she and her mother defected with her father, but now says her father crossed over later on. When asked about her inconsistency, she answered that she hadn’t wanted her mother to seem “odd.”

“It was a defection and also human trafficking and I wanted to hide it,” she said. “Since I was worried that my mother might be seen as odd I said that my father defected with us…But after doing lots of interviews with foreign press, I decided to be honest so I corrected that my father crossed the river after we defected.”

March 15: The Woman Who Faces the Wrath of NK (Maryann Vollers via The Guardian)
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As soon as we began working together, I noticed there were some minor discrepancies in the articles written about Yeon-mi, a jumbling of dates and places and some inconsistent details about her family’s escape. Most of these issues could be explained by a language barrier – Yeon-mi was giving interviews in English before she was fully fluent. But Yeon-mi was also protecting a secret, something she had tried to bury and forget from the moment she arrived in South Korea at age 15: like tens of thousands of other refugees, Yeon-mi had been trafficked in China. In South Korea – and many other societies – admitting to such a “shameful” past would destroy her prospects for marriage and any sort of normal life.

She had hoped that by changing a few details about her escape she could avoid revealing the full story. But after she decided to plunge into human rights activism, she realized that without the whole truth, the story of her life would have no real power or meaning. She has apologized for any discrepancies in her public record, and is determined that her book be scrupulously accurate.

April 23: 21-Year-Old NK Defector: Kim Jong Un Doesn’t Like Me at All (NY Times)

July 15: Yeon-Mi Park Selected as One of BBC's Top 100 Women (News Wire)

Sept. 4: Yeonmi Park: Interview (The Bookseller)

Sept. 25: My North Korean Childhood (The Telegraph)

Sept. 27: After Escaping NK, Freedom Is Seriously, Deadly Hard (NPR)

Oct. 1: Five Surprising Facts About NK Defector Yeonmi Park (NY Times)

Oct. 2: Yeonmi Park Tells How She Was Nearly Raped by Trafficker Who Smuggled Her Out Of NK (Daily Mail)
Yeonmi Park: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom (The Korea Society):

Yeonmi Park: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom

Oct. 4: Yeonmi Park: I Hope My Book Will Shine a Light on the Darkest Place in the World (The Guardian)

Oct. 5: Tonight's Ubben Lecture by Yeonmi Park: What It Means to be Free (The Depauw)
Yeonmi Park Brings Kresge Auditorium to Tears as the First Ubben Lecture Speaker of the Year (The DePauw)

Oct. 7: This is Paradise: Author Who Escaped North Korea (Toronto Sun)
A North Korean Speaks: Yeonmi Park's Fierce Desire for Freedom (John Stossell for Fox News)
NK Defector Yeonmi Park on Her Traumatic Escape & Adjusting to a New Life (National Post)

Oct. 8: NK Defector Breaks Down Talking About Hermit Kingdom Dictator (New York Times)

Oct. 11: Kim Jong-un is No Joke Says NK Defector (The Guardian)

Oct. 12: What It’s Like to Escape From North Korea (Time)
NK Defector Yeonmi Park: I Believed My Dear Leader Could Read My Mind (International Business Times)


Oct. 14: North Korean Defector Trafficked, Raped At 13 Hopes Her Story Raises Awareness (Gospel Herald)
NK Defector Chronicles Escape, Struggle To Find Freedom

Oct. 17: In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom by Yeonmi Park (The Times)

Oct. 19: A Harrowing Escape From North Korea (Irish Times)

Oct. 26: Young NK Defector Shares Story of Pain & Hope (King 5)

Nov. 9: North Korean Defector Yeonmi Park Shares Her Harrowing Story (Huffington Post)

Nov. 13: In Order to Live: Yeonmi Park's North Korean Defector Story: (Note to self: Transcribe from around 20:00)


Nov. 20: NK Defector Yeonmi Park Criticises West for Laughing at ‘Funny’ Kim Jong-un: He is a Murderer (The Independent)

Dec. 28: The 15 Books We Couldn’t Put Down This Year (The New York Times)

Dec. 29: Book by Ubben Lecturer Yeonmi Park on NY Times Year-End List (Depauw)

Undated: BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week
Shining a Light into the Dark Corners of Life in NK (CTV News)

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