Thursday, April 3, 2008

Religious Persecution in North Korea

A religious watchdog group has tracked religious persecution against Christians for years and for the past six years, North Korea is the top offender. They are calling for action as the persecution turns into a huge refugee problem.

Carl Moeller, President/CEO of Open Doors USA, says: "It is certainly not a shock that North Korea is No. 1 on the shame list for the sixth year in a row. There is no other country in the world where Christians are being persecuted in such a horrible and systematic manner."

Leader Kim Jong Il is said to demand the worship of himself from citizens. It is reported that despite incredible hunger and poverty in the country "nearly 40 percent of the country's budget is spent on Kim-family deification" and "there are some 30,000 monuments to the current leader."

Tightly ruled Northern Korea has made Christianity illegal except through the State, a system identical to China's. Its regime has been brutally cracking down on believers, imprisoning them and sending them to forced labor camps. They estimate hundreds of thousands of North Koreans have escaped as refugees to China, a country not well-known for its friendly treatment of the religion either.

Open Doors has organized a call for letters to U.S. Representative urging them to co-sign a letter with Congressman Frank Wolf to President Hu Jintao asking for these North Korean refugees to be protected. The petition letter can be sent here. For now it seems only the refugees can be protected... Heaven help those suffering in North Korea.

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