North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is an unhinged maniac. He executed a former girlfriend and 11 others by firing squad. The claim was they were distributing pornography. The truth is they had Bibles in their possession.
Kim Jong un is a monster. Just like his father before him, Kim Jong Il, he is following the exact same path. North Korea is abysmal, one of the worst places on earth to have to live. The atrocities committed by Kim Jong un are too great to mention. Food shortages, torture, famine, and heinous executions are the norm in the dire country that is North Korea.
But when it comes to persecution, there is no country on earth with a worse track record for persecuting Christians than North Korea. This includes Iran, Syria, and all other Islamic countries. And also China an Russia, who have horrific human rights records.
To prove how steadfast and brutal the persecution is against Christians, Kim Jong-un reportedly had an ex-girlfriend executed by firing squad. In a brutal attack that also included 11 other persons, the vile dictator showed his merciless intolerance for anything Christian. The report from North Korea was that the ex-girlfriend, named Hyon Song-wol, a North Korean pop star, and the others were executed for violating the country's strict policies regarding "pornography."
If having a Bible on your person is considered violating laws of pornography, then this is almost rational. But this is hardly accurate. They were detained after being "accused of making videos of themselves performing sex acts and then selling the recordings." But yet, they also had Bibles. Which reason seems the most logical?
Christianity is a threat to a fascist dictator. And in the case of North Korea, "Christians are classified as hostile and face arrest, detention, torture, even public execution." They represent open rebellion against a totalitarian regime, and especially to a leader who demands the same reverence as a god.
Kim Jong-un committed the ultimate atrocity in viciously executing Hyon, his ex-girlfriend of ten years. There is another theory that Jong-un's wife, Ri Sol-ju, convinced him to execute her out of spite. She was also a member of Hyon's band at one point, and was threatened by their relationship.
But this scenario seems unlikely. Considering twelve people were executed, the likely reasoning would be that they were considered "political dissidents" because of their possession of Bibles. The persecution of Christians is growing daily in all parts of the world. In North Korea, it is a singular constant and it raises few eyebrows. But worldwide, Christian martyrs are receiving less attention than ever before. The hatred for Christians is growing stronger and the media ignores the reality of its existence. But the media is not on the side of Christians, so it gets no coverage.
In the case of Hyon and the others who were brutally murdered, “They were executed with machine guns while the key members of the Unhasu Orchestra, Wangjaesan Light Band and Moranbong Band as well as the families of the victims looked on,” said a Chinese source reported in the newspaper.
It is hard to imagine the horror of being forced to watch an execution in this manner. The report stated that, "The onlookers were then sent to prison camps, victims of the regime's assumption of guilt by association."
Kim Jong-un had Hyon and eleven others killed because they had Bibles. There is no other reason. This alone would explain the atrocity of the killings and the viciousness with which the executions were committed. And also the imprisonment of those associated with them. Given North Korea's extreme persecution of Christians, this is the only plausible explanation. Hyon Song-wol and the 11 died as martyrs for the faith. They paid the ultimate price for Christ. And for that they will surely receive the Crown of Life for their suffering.