North Korea to try two US tourists after one ‘left a Bible behind in hotel room’

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North Korea is preparing to try two American tourists on charges of “perpetrating hostile acts” against the country – one apparently because a Bible was left behind in his hotel room.

US citizens Jeffrey Fowle and Matthew Miller were both detained after visiting the Communist dictatorship as part of separate tours in April, the state-run Korean Central News Agency reported.

It added that the decision to bring the pair before a court came after investigations into evidence and their own statements “confirmed suspicions” about their acts, which remain unspecified.

Diplomatic sources reportedly said that Mr Fowle, 56, was detained for leaving a copy of the Bible in his hotel room.

He arrived on 29 April, and was stopped when he tried to leave the country.

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2 thoughts on “North Korea to try two US tourists after one ‘left a Bible behind in hotel room’”

  1. What ever happened to common sense?
    North Korea now has a disaster PR on their hands. All because they do not tolerate religions?
    I think we should send them a few Moslems and a few Korans there.
    If that doesn’t work, maybe a few Budhist documents? Or Hindu documents? I think the count is a little low. There must be at least a thousand or more religions on the planet. Including ones that set someone up as a god.
    This is a so called Christian? Asking for asylum? What did he do that he needs political asylum from any country? Why wasn’t the Bible confiscated at the border if it is forbidden within the country?
    The common sense thing to do is to send him home without any fuss. The stupid thing to do is to attempt to set him up as a martyr for his belief system. That is where people all over the world will notice. The emperor has no clothes. (But that parable is for another place and time.)
    It is expensive to put someone on trial. It is expensive to keep them. It also draws attention that no one in their right mind would want to have.
    Is this leadership of North Korea so embarrassing to the Chinese that they have to divert attention to some nut case? The traditional punishment is to send them back to where they came from. But that would be too much like common sense.
    I have nothing against the Christian faith. I consider myself Christian. I have a whole lot of questions about this particular Christian’s motivation for stirring a pot that needs no stirring. It will eventually become one of the most strong Christian faiths in North Korea. Why? Because that is what happens when martyrs are generated by stupid people. It has nothing to do with established churches in other areas of the world. It has a lot to do with telling people they cannot do something.
    I am assuming that ignorance rather than stupidity is the circumstance happening here. Those that do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
    Even the Devil knows what really works and what doesn’t. He must be having fit over this ignorance that will cause him to lose many people.

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