It's been too long since I've had the good pleasure of hanging out with my Shinchonji friends, and they did not disappoint. Here are a few random initial ramblings...
The stated goal of the event was to destroy CBS TV over its less-than-flattering coverage that peaked last year with the airing of an 8-part expose.
The behaviour at today's event is hardly the kind of behaviour that would give CBS executives and producers reason to rethink the idea that Shinchonji is a cult. I can't exactly imagine CBS's CEO calling in those responsible and yelling: "Who is the idiot who thought those guys outside are in a cult?!" As an intimidation tactic, it was also doomed to failure and could only lead to more of the kinds of reports that SCJ (and all cults) are allergic to.
The real reason I believe was to focus attention outward ala North Korea style ala George Orwell's 2 Minutes of Hate
style from 1984. All that exhausting and dehydrating yelling and screaming is I think best described as Orwell's 2 Minutes of Hate with 4 hours tacked on at the end.
A former member recently mentioned that some recent predictions by the leader failed to eventuate - now there's a surprise. Consequently, CBS TV offers a nice juicy enemy to help redirect any internal grumblings at. It has been over a year since CBS aired it's report. It does seem a little odd to wait a year to protest such a "travesty".
Whatever the real reason or reasons, members protested in style. 2 Minutes of Hate? Today's event was 3 Plus hours of hate - all without rest and without much water on an unseasonably hot late April afternoon. Members were urged/ordered to not bring much water to limit toilet breaks. And I didn't see too many water bottles.
Earlier in the week, CBS somehow (I kind of know how^) obtained leaked instructions from SCJ to its members regarding a huge protest planned for Friday, April 29. Here's a taste of what went done beginning with a CBS report the day before the protest showing the leaked communications.Korean Articles: http://m.newscj.com/news/articleView.html?idxno=347040http://www.nocutnews.co.kr/news/4586961http://christian.nocutnews.co.kr/show.asp?idx=3535846http://christian.nocutnews.co.kr/show.asp?idx=3536182http://www.nocutnews.co.kr/news/4587002http://m.nocutnews.co.kr/news/4587057http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&oid=079&aid=0002825836&sid1=001&lfrom=facebook