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뉴욕 타임스, 오랫만에 바른 기사 실었다
  
  
  뉴욕 타임스 지의 데이비드 커크패트릭 기자가 텍사스 주 미들랜드에서 8월 5-6일 열린 “록 더 데저트”란 기독교인들의 큰 음악회에 내려가서 특종을 했다:
  
  “기독교인들이 북한에 관하여 부시 대통령을 압박하다-Christian Groups Press Bush About North Korea.” 오늘 뉴욕 타임스 A-12 면에 3분지 2를 차지한 이 기사에는 김정일의 생체실험 모형 사진과 [북한 대학살 전시회], 탈북자 강철환 씨의 사진이 대문짝만하게 실렸다. 한 미국인 소녀가 전시회를 보면서 너무나 끔찍해서 입을 가리는데 문국한 선생이가 뒤에서 사진을 찍는 모습도 실렸다.
  
  오늘만큼은 뉴욕 타임스 신문이 신문답게 보인다. 데이비드도 기자답게 보인다. 여러 해 사무실에서 배달을 받다가 몇 해 전부터 뉴욕 타임스가 부시를 작심하고 씹어대는데 울화통이 치밀어서 배달 사절을 했던 뉴욕 타임스 지를 다시 구독해볼 마음까지 생겼지만 아직은 조금 더 두고 볼 참이다.
  
  기사 발췌 번역문:
  
  “기도場과 금욕 권고場을 돌아다니던 독실한 기독교인들이 난데 없이 끔찍한 사진들이 걸린 텐트에 눈을 돌렸다: 이곳이 바로 [북한 대학살 전시회-North Korea Genocide Exhibit] 이다. 탈북자들이 그린 북한에 있는 기독교인들의 고문 장면도 있고, 지난 3월에 일어난 북한의 공개처형 비디오도 보인다.”
  
  “또 한 군데에서는 피투성이의 마네킹과 인형이 샤워 박스로 만들어진 생체실험실 안에서 노란 유황 가스에 숨막혀서 죽어가는 장면도 재현되고 있다.”
  
  “이 전시회는 최근 미국의 보수파 종교인들이 들고 일어나서, 백악관에게 북한의 인권을 외면하지 말라고 밀어부치는 추세의 일부라고 볼 수 있다. 이들은 그동안 수단의 인권으로 백악관에 들어간 부시 대통령에게 수단 인권에 관하여 건의해오다가, 지금은 북한인권에 적극적으로 나섰다.”
  
  “이 전시회나 이 행사에 참석한 연사들은 앞으로도 계속 미국과 유럽의 교회와 대학 캠퍼스들을 순회할 예정이다.”
  
  미국무부 관리들이 북경에서 김정일과 핵만 갖고 기싸움을 하고 있을 때, 부시 대통령이 자라난 마을 텍사스의 미들랜드에서는 기독교인들이 어릴 때 친구 부시에게 북한 인권 챙기라고 야단들이다. 그래서 미국이란 나라가, 답답할 정도로 갈지자 걸음을 걸어도 종국에는 옳은 길로 가게 마련이다.
  
  8월 1일 동경에서는 북한인권에 관해서 한-미-일-몽골 국회의원들이 모여서 북한인권 챙기자고 큰 회의를 했다. 그동안 북한인권에 관해서 열심히, 열심히 일해오던 김문수 의원, 에드 로이스 하원의원, 마사하루 나카가와 중의원들이 모여서 북한인권에 관해서 열변을 토하고, 미국 하원에서는 하원의장 해스터트 의원까지 참석했다.
  
  남한에서 노무현이, 주사파가, 국가인권위원회가 아무리 북한 인권을 가리려 해도 바깥 사람들이 그냥 내버려 두지 않는다. 왜냐! 사람들이 매일 떼죽음을 하고 있기 때문이다. 북한 인권을 가리려하는 수작은 손바닥으로 해를 가리려는 수작과 다름이 없다. 인권은 절대이다. 인권은 공기같다. 인권은 기본이다. 인권없는 민족공조는 사기극이다. 인권없는 평화통일은 반역행위이다. 인권없는 민주화는 가짜 민주화다.
  
  그동안 북한과 이라크로 내 속을 벅벅 썩이던 뉴욕 타임스가 오늘만큼은 내 속을 시원하게 해줬다. [북한 대학살 전시회]는 이번 주말 텍사스 주 휴스턴으로 가고, 내주 말에는 카나다 토론토로 날라갈 것이다. [북한 인권]에 관심있는 곳은 지구 끝이라도 좇아가서 김정일의 대학살을 고발할 것이다.
  
  2005년 8월 9일
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  Christian Groups Press Bush About North Korea
  By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK
  
  Published: August 9, 2005
  
  
  MIDLAND, Tex., Aug. 8 - Tens of thousands of fans of all ages gathered over the weekend for the annual three-day Rock the Desert Christian music festival screamed for hit bands like Mercy Me and Pillar and kicked Hacky Sacks by a creek renamed the Jordan River and a small pond called the Dead Sea.
  
  
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  Deborah Fikes at a mock gas chamber in Midland, Tex., part of an effort to call President Bush's attention to abuses in North Korea.
  
  
  
  
  Kevin Moloney for The New York Times
  
  Miki Rodriguez, 11, of Abilene, Tex., reacted to sulfurous gas.
  
  
  
  
  Between the Prayer Tent and an abstinence-promotion booth, however, worshipful revelers also stumbled into a more sobering pavilion, the North Korea Genocide Exhibit.
  
  Inside, Kang Chol Hwan, a North Korean defector recently summoned to meet President Bush, signed copies of his memoir of 10 years in a prison camp. Drawings by defectors depicted the torture of North Korean Christians. A video, available free on DVD, showed shaky, grainy footage of two public executions.
  
  In another exhibition, based on a defector's account of a deadly medical experiment, a bloody mannequin and baby doll leaned against the walls of a mock gas chamber made from a shower stall that at one point was filled with sulfurous yellow gas.
  
  The displays were part of a growing movement by conservative Christian groups to press the White House on human rights in North Korea, much the way they drew attention to the civil war in Sudan and kept pressure on Mr. Bush after his first days in office.
  
  Many of the speakers and exhibitions will travel to churches, campuses and events in the United States and Europe.
  
  'God has picked us to be their voice,' Deborah Fikes, executive director of the Midland Ministerial Alliance and the main organizer of the Korean display, told a cluster of children gawking at the gas chamber figures. 'Christ commands us to be their voice.'
  
  Last month, Ms. Fikes joined dozens of other people from the National Association of Evangelicals, the Southern Baptist Convention and groups like the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism for a meeting in Washington, where they signed a declaration of principles that laid out their goals.
  
  Their aim is to goad the administration to block trade or unrestricted aid to North Korea until it opens its borders and begins to reform human rights, no matter how much that demand might complicate the talks to stop Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program or irk China or American allies like South Korea that favor a less confrontational approach. Although Japan has raised the question of the North Korean abduction of several Japanese decades ago, a broader discussion of North Korean human rights has not been a part of the talks.
  
  Ms. Fikes and her allies picked the Rock the Desert festival in part because it coincided with the six-nation weapons talks, now in recess.
  
  'We are doing it now because they are going back to the table,' she said.
  
  It is also no accident that the festival was in the oil town where Mr. Bush grew up. Since his election, Ms. Fikes and the Midland Alliance have capitalized on that connection to put themselves at the forefront of conservative Christian efforts on behalf of persecuted believers and human rights around the world.
  
  The group even notes the connection to the president on its letterhead, and members sometimes boast that supportive local parishioners like Charles and Frances Younger are close enough to Mr. Bush to send him messages directly when needed.
  
  'We play the Bush card,' said the Rev. Jon S. Stasney of Christ Church Midland, a member of the group.
  
  Senator Sam Brownback, the Kansas Republican, who has worked closely with the alliance and stayed at Ms. Fikes's house, said he believed that the group had helped form Mr. Bush's view of North Korea.
  
  'They are in George Bush's hometown, and he knows those folks and they know him,' Mr. Brownback said, 'and they have used that connection to press him on Sudan and North Korea.'
  
  Some in Midland prefer to say Mr. Bush naturally shares their view of the world.
  
  'God has put a man in office who has a heart for the nations, and for the pain and suffering that is happening all over the world,' Ms. Younger said near a 'sponsor's tent' as she recalled a talk with Mr. Bush about Mr. Kang's book when she visited the White House early last month.
  
  Because the president's 'hands are tied' at times, she added, 'we are his arms reaching out to the nations.'
  
  
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  James Brooke contributed reporting from Tokyo for this article.
  
  Christian Groups Press Bush About North Korea
  Published: August 9, 2005 (Page 2 of 2)
  
  
  
  
  To help press the human rights case, Ms. Fikes and a delegation from Midland traveled to Seoul in June, where they met the leaders of both major South Korean parties, they said, and invited several ministers and human rights advocates back to Midland for the concert.
  
  The festival was a showcase for their efforts. Before the music began on Saturday, Mr. Kang spoke to the crowd through a translator about his decade in a prison camp.
  
  The daughter of a Korean-American missionary, the Rev. Phillip Jun Buck, said her father had been arrested in China for trying to help North Koreans. 'I know that president Bush and his community cares for cases like my father,' she said.
  
  Later, the festival screened part of a documentary, 'Seoul Train,' about North Korean refugees. The protagonist, the Rev. Chun Ki Won, told the audience through a translator a secondhand account of a North Korean Christian whose fingers were cut off by authorities demanding the names of other believers.
  
  It was such accounts of persecution - though in southern Sudan - that first moved the Midland Alliance, once a strictly local group, to take an interest in foreign affairs. Ms. Fikes invited a group of refugees to address the 2002 Rock the Desert festival, where they worked with a Christian group for troubled teenagers to build a copy of a Sudanese village. They burned part of it in a mock raid to demonstrate the refugees' plight.
  
  Soon after, Ms. Fikes, a former schoolteacher, decided to advertise on the alliance letterhead that Midland was Mr. Bush's hometown. She learned that foreign embassies were suddenly quick to respond.
  
  Before long, she was traveling monthly to Washington and entertaining the Sudanese ambassador at her house. In the months leading up to the January peace agreement that ended the civil war there, Ms. Fikes and her group held private talks with both sides.
  
  Her husband, an oil entrepreneur, pays for her travel.
  
  'The Midland Alliance has had a major impact in the Sudan,' Gen. Lazaro Sumbeiywo, a Kenyan who helped mediate the peace, wrote last week in an e-mail message.
  
  'I believe the saying that 'the closer to the bone, the sweeter the meat' is quite effective,' General Sumbeiywo said. 'It has therefore made a major difference - a positive one - to have their letterhead identified as the home of President Bush.'
  
  Just how many people practice Christianity underground in North Korea or are persecuted for it is impossible to determine, rights groups say. Communist North Korea has treated Christianity as treason for decades. But missionaries and defectors say they have heard reports of tiny underground churches.
  
  Until recently Mr. Kang was not very religious, and until the addition of a new preface his memoir did not mention the subject.
  
  'He is not really all gung-ho about prayer, prayer, prayer,' and he was initially 'flabbergasted' at the hero's welcome and shower of prayer here, the Rev. Douglas Shin, his friend and translator, said.
  
  Mr. Kang is quickly learning to emphasize faith to his new American evangelical allies. Preparing for the festival, Mr. Shin helped Mr. Kang write a speech emphasizing 'the love of Jesus Christ' and quoting the biblical 'commission' to 'make disciples of all the nations.'
  
  Mr. Kang shook his head in astonishment at the depth of concern evident on Saturday, especially at the mock gas chamber. He had never seen such a thing.
  
  'In South Korea,' he said, 'people are generally ignorant or they don't even care. It is amazing to learn that American youth have this knowledge and they care to build a replica to show other people!'
  
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