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North Korea: The Anti-Theocracy

John on November 16, 2005 at 1:50 pm

Frank Rich of the NY Times and others of his ilk have expressed concern about a creeping theocracy in America. His April 10, 2005 column ends with a disparaging reference to the “apocalyptic right’s growing theocratic crusade.”

Despite the fact that there hasn’t been a witch hunt in Europe for 350 years, Frank is just sure another inquisition is right around the corner. But while Frank frets about something which seems as likely to hit Manhattan as snow in July, he never seems to notice that the opposite — anti-theocracy– is alive and well in the world. Anti-theocracies are practicing their own form of inquisition now. Here’s what an anti-theocratic inquisition looks like:

Five middle-aged men who were accused of running an illegal church were brought to an army compound. They were forced to lie on the ground and were crushed by a steamroller, said a 30-year-old North Korean defector, who added that he witnessed the incident while he was in the army.

Read the whole thing. I give credit to the LA times for covering this (they may still be trying to make up for the laughable puff piece they ran on North Korea earlier this year).

In any case, I won’t hold my breath for anyone at the NY Times to mention that the inquisition is alive and well and being run by people whose assesment of theism has a lot in common with the views of their own Frank Rich.

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