The government is considering a ban on born-again missionary work in the Middle East after increasing numbers of evangelical Koreans were arrested or expelled by Islamic countries where missionary activities are outlawed. Christians are up in arms, saying this infringes on their fundamental rights.
But the government says their fervor could make other Koreans the target of terror attacks. "In the last two months, more than 80 Korean Christians were expelled from Islamic countries due to their missionary work," an official said. "Some countries conveyed their protests to our government through diplomatic channels, and therefore not only missionaries but ordinary tourists could become targets for terrorists."
The official added, "We are doing our best not to violate constitutional rights, but it is inevitable to restrict some rights for the safety of all Koreans."