Aga Dongsan Cult Requests Netflix To Take Down Their Episodes On “In The Name Of God: A Holy Betrayal”
One of the cults shown in Netflix‘s In the Name of God: A Holy Betrayal applied for an injunction to ban the screening of their episodes.
In the Name of God: A Holy Betrayal is a documentary series that highlights four cult leaders in Korea who claimed to be the Messiah and took advantage of their followers by sexually harassing, manipulating, assaulting, and threatening them.
Episodes 5 and 6 of the series showed Aga Dongsan, a cult led by Kim Ki Soon. Kim Ki Soon called herself “aga,” which means “baby” in Korean, and referred to herself as a baby without sin. The cult leader bought land and created a “farm,” which she called Aga Dongsan, where she made the members of the cult work day and night and treated them like slaves.
The episodes also revealed that she created laws of celibacy that everyone had to abide by—everyone except her. She regularly assaulted young and good-looking boys of the cult who believed that God was blessing them and did not speak up. Also, anyone who did not abide by her laws was punished severely or even murdered.
On March 13, a Netflix official stated that “an application for a temporary ban on broadcasting was submitted to the Seoul Central District Court by Aga Dongsan.” Feeling that the docuseries spread false information and violated Kim Ki Soon’s personality, Kim Ki Soon and her followers asked for the episodes to be taken down—or for ₩10.0 million KRW (about $7,570 USD) in compensation every day if the broadcast continues.
This is not the first time the series received an injunction to stop broadcasting. The cult JMS requested an injunction to ban the broadcasting of their episodes on the docuseries but was rejected.
In a previous press conference, Cho Sung Hyun, the director of In the Name of God: A Holy Betrayal, predicted something like this would happen: “I think an application for an injunction against the screening will happen again.”
He also said that he hopes people watch the episodes as soon as possible in case it is taken down.
I hope you watch it now even if it’s hard to watch because the broadcast might be taken down. You can see how scary gaslighting and cult religions are.
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