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S Korean pastor and his wife arrested after killing three of their ‘demonic’ children

A SOUTH Korean Christian pastor and his wife, who clung to the Biblical proverb that reads “Do not withhold discipline from a child”, are in custody following the death of three of their children.

Named only as Park and Cho, the couple reportedly confessed to beating their three young children to death with a belt and a fly-swatter in an attempt to rid them of illness and demonic possession.

A police statement said the children, aged five, eight and 10, were found with their heads shaved and their parents kneeling beside them in a house established as the Hyungjae (Brother) Church by Park, 43. He and his wife, Cho, 34, were found in Boseong, a village in the south, last Saturday.

This illustration was borrowed from the Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, where Mother Melania explains the difference between demonic possession and insanity, and insists that “if we aren’t saints, we’re insane”. Click on pic for the “facts” in full.

A police official at Boseong said:

The exact cause of the death has not been established yet, but we suspect the children passed out due to shock during the time they had been locked up and hit by their parents as they had weak immunity due to sickness.

South Korean media reports said the “pastor” and his wife had a congregation of 10 followers and said they had locked up their children – two sons and a daughter – on January 24 after they came down with colds.

Police said the man and woman shaved the children’s heads because they believed it would force evil spirits out of them. They also beat each child with a belt and fly-swatter 39 times in the morning and 39 times in the evening. The children – who had been starved too – had their hands bound.

According to police, the pastor said he was “following scripture” when he confessed to killing the children.

The couple told police they believed that had fallen ill as a result of being invaded by evil spirits after eating too much on Lunar New Year.

All three died on February 2, the first around 2 am, the second at 5 am and the third at 7 am.

The bodies were found nine days later by Park’s brother-in-law. Police said the couple was praying in the hope of resurrecting the children. Their 8-month-old daughter who survived has been taken into care, police said.

Note: This report was distilled from accounts given here, here and here.

Hat tip: Leo Igwe

 

20 Responses to “S Korean pastor and his wife arrested after killing three of their ‘demonic’ children”

  1. Pete H says:

    Shows the extent of delusion that religion can lead you to.

    “No, they haven’t got colds, they’re POSSESSED, and we must beat the evil spirits out of them!”

    I wonder where the number 39 comes from, I assume it’s relevant.

    Police said the couple was praying in the hope of resurrecting the children.

    Absolutely away with the fairies.

  2. DC78 says:

    Evil bastards and further proof that ‘scripture’ is nonsense. Isn’t the line in Proverbs after “Do not withhold discipline from a child” something like “they won’t die from it”?

  3. AngieRS says:

    Poor kids.

  4. barriejohn says:

    The couple told police they believed that had fallen ill as a result of being invaded by evil spirits after eating too much on Lunar New Year.

    No wonder Eric Pickles comes out with such garbage!

  5. Don says:

    As far as I know pretty much all major christian denominations accept exorcism and the casting out of spirits, although some emphasise it more than others. So unfortunately we can’t just write this off as a tragic case of mental illness.

    In principle they were acting within approved christian beliefs, they just made a mistake in the ritual.

  6. Pete H says:

    In principle they were acting within approved christian beliefs, they just made a mistake in the ritual.

    I bet now they think that they should’ve only beat them 38 times – d’oh! I bet they were red-faced when they realised!

  7. Carl says:

    In response to: “I wonder where the number 39 comes from, I assume it’s relevant.”

    …my guess would be the 39 lashes allegedly sustained by Jesus at the hands of Pilate.

  8. Trevor blake says:

    These Christians should move to Oregon, USA. Child sacrifice is legal here.

  9. Broga says:

    Doesn’t Ratzi employ official exoecists? Maybe Warsi could have a chat about that with him.

    I wonder how much the driving out of spirits goes on in the UK with the government taking care to look the other way. Or how much Female Genital Mutilation? And Warsi has the impudence to get worked about about aggressive secularists. What do any of us ever do anything as remotely cruel as these religious bigots? All we want to do is see the law of the land applied and a democratic government e.g. no unelected bishops in the House of Lords.

    I note that the Queen has been supporting religion and the Church of England. This is a woman who is allegedly an enthusiast for homeopathy as is our next King if we are unlucky enough to have one.

  10. Tony says:

    Totally insane behaviour. Praying in the hope of resurrecting their children. The mind boggles.

  11. remigius says:

    Pete H.

    The 39 lashes comes from 2 Corinthians 11:24. In Mosaic times according to Deuteronomy 25:3 it was against the law to give a man more than 40 lashes. To negate for any error in counting this was kept to 39. In practice they would use a 3 stranded cat-o-nine-tails and hit the lucky fella 13 times.

  12. Pete H says:

    Cheers remigius, I figured it’d be something like that.

    Makes perfect sense. If you’re a religious nutcase, obviously.

  13. ZombieHunter says:

    Wow south korea has nutters too :O

  14. Stephen Turner says:

    I’m a bit disappointed by the Queen’s remarks. That’s the last time I vote for her, then!

  15. One Internet source said that the 39 lashes came old Roman law/tradition that said forty lashes were a death sentence. In Roman times, it was deemed that if a flogger were to appropriately administer a punishment, he should be able to kill a man with forty lashes.

  16. Broga says:

    @Stephen Turner: That made me laugh. You are clearly a keen student of politics and the working of the UK constitution.

  17. 1859 says:

    Long live the Queen and the Christian regime….How I long to hear a radical, secularist voice from somewhere high in the Establishment — someone who is not afraid to smash this stifling intellectual ceiling beneath which we scurry about and squeek!

  18. 1859 says:

    Those poor, poor kids…

  19. Heather says:

    Death in the name of religion! This is how ppl. are murdered and wars are started! This is why i dont have a religion!

  20. Ken says:

    There is not a verse in the New Testament to justify what happened in this tragedy, this so-called pastor was not ‘following scripture’. remigius – the verse you quote does indeed refer to receiving 40 lashes less one, but it was the apostle Paul on the receiving end of this at the hands of unbelieving Jews – 5 times, no less. Taken in context, it is utterly irrational to twist this into being a christian practice or claim they were ‘acting within approved christian beliefs’.

    Surely this kind of event ought not to be used for religious point scoring by either side in this debate, all the more so if the critique is so highly inaccurate, and I think it would be wrong of me to say any more on it either.