North Korean Ex-Detainee Was Told His ‘Hostile Act Against Regime’ Was Prayer

(World Watch Monitor) One of the American citizens who was released by North Korea and returned to the United States last month was told by his captors he was detained because of the “hostile act” of prayer.

Kim Hak Song was arrested on a train from North Korea’s capital Pyongyang to China in May last year for allegedly having committed hostile acts against the North Korean regime.

He told his home church, the Oriental Mission Church in East Hollywood, Los Angeles, on Saturday, June 2 that when he asked the authorities what he had done wrong, the answer was that he committed the crime of prayer, reported Religion News.

Officials had records of an email he had sent to his church asking them to pray for the people of North Korea, and they knew about the fact that he had led morning prayers for a worship group, he said.

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  • Odd that I don’t see any comments here. Have evangelicals become conflicted–cognitive dissonance?

    You see what Kim Jong-un is–a brutal tyrant who commits human rights abuses, forces citizens to obey and praise him, and kills dissidents and political enemies (including a member of his own family)–but then, your own Dear Leader Donald Trump lavishes him with praise and finds no fault at all.

    Evidence?

    BAIER: Kim Jong Un is “clearly executing people.”

    TRUMP: “He’s a tough guy. Hey, when you take over a country, tough country, tough people, and you take it over from your father … if you could do that at 27-years old, I mean, that’s 1 in 10,000 that could do that.” (via FOX).

    Since Trump has been praising Putin as well, evangelicals seem to have warmed to the KGB agent as well. So, is Kim a good guy now? Or is being a brutal dictator just fine, but imprisoning people for praying going too far? Agree with Trump or not?

    • james blue

      His supporters believe literally everything trump says. No matter how much evidence to the contrary.

      • Quite true, James. All we hear on this thread are crickets. Kind of funny, in a dark way.

        • Mark

          Your little book is 8,006,961 on Amazon.

          Instead of spewing your malice at Christians, why don’t you go learn to be a real writer?

          • Are you proud of yourself for talking down to others and being a part of the problem rather than have the personal integrity and intellectual honesty to engage in constructive, civil debate? Are you a great example of a Christian who is steadfast in his following of Matthew 25:32-46?

            And how is your book selling?

            Do you feel better about yourself when talking down to others? You think that makes you more popular among others on this blog?

            Why not engage me? Convince me that Trump is right to sexually assault women and habitually bear false witness (a cardinal sin)? Tell me why he is right to have small children ripped from their mother’s arms and sent to a detention center? Tell me why, in what you probably call a Christian Nation, those innocent children are being traumatized, some no doubt for life by Session’s and Trump’s brutality. Can you not imagine being 4 years old and see armed men take your mother away and you are locked up where is is forbidden for any “caretakers” to touch and comfort you?

            Tell me why it is a good thing to take healthcare away from millions adults and children who can’t afford it. Tell me why its fine with Trump and you to have Russia help him get elected by electronically attacking the U.S. and flooding the Internet with propaganda. Tell me why Trump praises tyrants and disparages close allies. Tell me why he gives big tax cuts to billionaires but poverty wage workers very little and cuts help for millions of children.

            Tell me where your moral compass resides.

          • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            You really are going way off topic, man.

    • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      This is probably something new to you, but it’s not new to Christians at all. Korean Christians have come to our fellowships to inform us about this for years. We have been praying, worldwide, for our persecuted brethren in North Korea. Trump’s negotiations with Kim Jong-Un might very well be the beginning of answers to our prayers.

  • Plainsrabbit

    Totalitarians have always regarded themselves as gods. That’s why they hate Christianity. They don’t like competition.