The answer is North Korea.
With his preposterous haircut and his penchant for coerced adulation, North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un is often portrayed by the Western Press as a comic figure; as an incorrigible bad boy of the Pacific Rim perhaps, but one who constitutes a wanna-be bad guy rather than an actual villain. In some Western media, he is dismissed as a blowhard who is all talk and very little action. The actions of Kim Jong-un, however, are those of a Marxist tyrant, cast in the bloody mold of Lenin, Stalin and Pol Pot. And like those communist leaders before him, the brutal persecution of Christians has been a hallmark of his despotism.
Open Doors USA, an organization that monitors the worldwide government oppression of Christians, considers North Korea to be “the most oppressive place in the world for Christians.” Worse than Sudan, worse than Syria, worse than Iraq, worse than anywhere. Considering the anti-Christian violence of our age, that’s quite an indictment.
There is not even a pretense of religious freedom in North Korea. Ultimately, there is one being who is permitted to be worshiped in the communist nation: Kim Jong-un himself. But more than permitted, that worship is mandated.
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