In the continued pursuit of its secular socialist state and its rejection of religion, North Korea, according to human rights groups, has stepped up its execution of Christians.
The communist country, the world’s most closed society, views religion as a major threat.
Only the founder of the country, Kim Il-sung, and his son, Kim Jong-il, may be worshipped, in mass public displays of fervour.
Despite the persecutions, it is thought up to 30,000 North Koreans may practise Christianity secretly in their homes.
They are correct – Christianity is a threat to their society. In spite of the ludicrous caricatures presented by proponents of the secular (in the sense of “godless” or “purged of all religious beliefs”) state, North Korea’s leaders have recognised, like Stalin and Pol Pot did, that Christian faith and the values that it promotes threatens to undermine the dictatorship they embrace.