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Crime of Passion

South Korean starlet Ok So-ri was convicted of adultery yesterday in a case that challenged the constitutionality of Korea’s stance on extra-marital affairs. Ok, who admitted to a brief affair with an opera singer, was sentenced to a suspended 8-month jail sentence, which means she will serve no time; which is fair, considering her name contains a built-in apology (think about it). I really don’t think this is a big deal, but it is kind of unfortunate that someone gets punished for a borderline blue law.

Despite decades of Western influence, South Korea remains deeply conservative and is influenced by a Confucian heritage. Those convicted under the anti-adultery law face prison sentences of up to two years, though few serve time.

Supporters of the adultery ban say it promotes monogamy and keeps families intact. Opponents argue the law violates privacy. Complaints have been filed with the Constitutional Court three times in 1990, 1993 and 2001 to abolish the law, but the court has upheld it every time.

What’s more surprising to me is the fact that all those people who believe in “protecting the sanctity of marriage” back home in the States haven’t latched onto this law and ridden it for all it’s worth. If they’re going to decry gay marriage for eroding the meaning of marriage, shouldn’t they also stand tall against adulterers. Seems to me that if these people were smart they would quickly try to adopt this Korean law before the divorce rate climbs any higher. While their at it, why not take it one step further? If we just follow their train of thought to it’s next logical point, how bout all people convicted of adultery never be allowed to remarry. I dunno, just sayin’ is all.

Read the whole article here.

Related Listening: “Your Cheatin’ Heart” – Hank Williams


The Art of The Interview: Jon Stewart

Daily Show host Jon Stewart may call himself a comedian, but he just so happens to be one of the most talented interviewers on television. Unlike the vacuous talking heads which other stations trot out to debate hot-button topics via split screen, Stewart actually sits down with his guests to ask insightful, thought-provoking questions that most other political talk shows seem to miss, or are simply too afraid to pose. And the best part? He always manages to find a faint glimmer of humor while doing so – no easy feat to be sure. All of this begs the question: why is some of the best political journalism coming from a fake news show?

Yesterday’s interview is an excellent example of Stewart’s skill, as he sat down with former Republican Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee for a candid discussion about gay marriage. The resulting dialogue is truly amazing, with Stewart managing to highlight several contradictory points in Huckabee’s logic as it pertains his book is currently shilling.

Standout quotes from Stewart include:

“You write in your book that all men are created equal, and yet for gay people you believe that it is corrosive to society to allow them to have the privileges that all humans enjoy.”

“Gay people don’t choose to be gay. At what age did you choose not to be gay?”

“I think it’s a travesty that people have forced someone who is gay to have to ‘make their case’ that they deserve the same basic rights.”

While it’s true that gay marriage proposisitons nation-wide did not find support last election day, I have no doubt that if there is more open and thoughtful debate about the topic in the future, gay marriage can and willbe a reality. Watch the whole interview. It’s a good one. And if for some reason Youtube disables the video, watch it here.