Prayer and politics

"Prayer and politics" Continued...

Issue: "Taking a scalpel to the First Amendment," Feb. 9, 2013

For all the strife, Horowitz said as a Jew, “When I’m with the Koreans, I feel at home.” Both communities endured defeat and tragedy, he said, yet found strength and courage to bounce back stronger and dedicated.

But an emphasis on prayer is not good enough or fast enough. For every prayer vigil held, Horowitz sees minutes ticking while North Koreans waste away: “These kids would take a trip to D.C., the church community will look good, nobody would listen to them, and nothing ever happened!” he yelled, the last word scraping hoarse. 

As a veteran of the Soviet Jewry movement and the fight against South African apartheid who also helped pass the Prison Rape Elimination Act, the Sudan Peace Act, and the North Korea Human Rights Act, Horowitz believes his strategies are tried and true. 

Horowitz also remembers the heavy price of passivity. He remembers asking his father, who was a leader at a synagogue, what he did when the Jews in Europe were being persecuted during World War II. His father’s answer didn’t satisfy him. Today he says, “When North Korea finally becomes free, will your generation be able to look at the next generation in the eye and say, ‘Yes, I did all that I could’? If your answer is no, you have to be very careful. I say to every young Korean: Will your children respect you?”

But was it really his expert policy strategies that crumbled the Soviet Union and South African apartheid? Horowitz might say yes, but a lot of Christians were praying too.

Sophia Lee
Sophia Lee

Sophia is a features reporter for WORLD Magazine. She graduated from the University of Southern California with degrees in print journalism and East Asian language and culture. She lives in Los Angeles with her cat, Shalom. Follow Sophia on Twitter @SophiaLeeHyun.


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