Dying for a bible

Recent reports out of North Korea indicate the harsh and brutal treatment of Christians there continues.  In June a woman accused of distributing Bibles, a book banned by the communist government, was publicly executed for her“crime.”  Executed!  She was 33 years old and the mother of 3 children.  According to The Investigative Commission on Crime Against Humanity report, the woman’s husband, children and parents were sent to a political prison the day after her execution. An estimated 6,000 Christians are jailed in “Prison #15”  in the north of the country, with the religious prisoners getting the worst of treatment.  So much for the claim some atheists make that “religion is the cause of all the world’s ills.”  If executing a mother of three children for giving away Bibles isn’t ill — I’m not sure what is.  
In Seoul, South Korea, activists denounce North Korea's policies on religion.

In Seoul, South Korea, activists denounce North Korea's policies on religion.

Once again, the words of Dr. Alister McGrath ring true.  In his book, “The Twilight of Atheism:  The Rise and Fall of Disbelief in the Modern World, McGrath [Christian theologian with a background in history, science and molecular biophysics] writes the following historical observation regarding atheism:

The 20th century gave rise to one of the greatest and most distressing paradoxes of human history; that the greatest intolerance and violence of that century were practiced by those who believed that religion caused intolerance and violence.

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