Bible Treated as Pornography in North Korea

North Korea had 80 people executed on Nov 3

North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un had 80 people publicly executed on November 3, according to Korea’s Joongang Daily News. It’s the first known public executions since he took power after his father’s death.

In seven cities across North Korea, people who had watched South Korean videos, “pornography” or possessed Bibles were killed. The executions took place in Wonsan in Kangwon Province, Chongjin in North Hamgyong Province, Sariwon in North Hwanghae Province and Pyongsong in South Pyongan. According to the newspaper, about ten people were killed in each city.

The newspaper reported:

“In Wonsan, eight people were tied to a stake at a local stadium, had their heads covered with white sacks and were shot with a machine gun, according to the source.

According to witnesses of the execution, the source said, Wonsan authorities gathered some 10,000 people, including children, at Shinpoong Stadium, which has a capacity of 30,000 people, and forced them to watch.

“I heard from the residents that they watched in terror as the corpses were riddled by machine-gun fire that they were hard to identify afterwards.”

The Wonsan victims were mostly charged with watching or illegally trafficking South Korean videos, being involved in prostitution or being in possession of a Bible. Any family members or “accomplices” were shipped off to prison camps.

Kim Jong-un appears to be attempting to stamp out opposition by holding public displays of such violence. Any hint of sympathy toward South Korea or its western style government is brutally enforced. South Korea has a large population of Christians, and is host to the largest church in the world, an instant intimidation factor for Kim Jong-un.

Dr. David Paul Yungi Cho, or Paul Yonggi Cho, is Senior Pastor and founder of South Korea’s Yoido Full Gospel Church, the world’s largest congregation with a membership of over 1,000,000. According to Wikipedia, “Cho still conducts two services of the seven the church holds a day; they are so heavily attended that people often must arrive an hour early to have a seat.”

With massive numbers like that it’s no wonder that the Communist dictator views Christianity as a threat. Back in August of 2013, MisguidedChildren reported that the North Korean regime strictly prohibits the possession of Christian videos and Bibles, often calling them “pornography.”

It is deeply saddening to see that the citizens of North Korea can be murdered for trivial offenses. It is also troubling that this dictator can force 10,000 people to watch the horror in person.

Source, HERE.

Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

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