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North Korea is widely considered to be a Stalinist dictatorship. The country's government styles itself as following the Juche ideology of self reliance, developed by Kim Il-sung, the country's first president. The current leader is Kim Jong-il, the late president Kim Il-sung's son. Relations are strongest with other officially socialist states, Vietnam, Laos, and especially China, as well as with Cambodia and Burma. Following a major famine in the early 1990s after the collapse of the Soviet Union (previously a major economic partner), leader Kim Jong-il instigated the "Military-First" policy in 1995, increasing economic concentration and support for the military.
From a sociological point of view, juche delivers a full range of what a religion is supposed to deliver in society, the website says, explaining its rationale for classifying North Korea's state doctrine as a religion. In fact, the site has a separate link devoted wholly to explaining painstakingly in multiple pages the theoretical and sociological basis of what makes juche count as a religion.
This view, however, is not necessarily shared in North Korea, which is after all a communist country and officially atheistic. The Pyongyang government promotes juche as a state ideology but does not outwardly endorse it as a religion. North Koreans actually use the term juche sasang, meaning the "juche ideology".
On Dec. 10, 2002, North Korea announced it would restart plutonium production and eject the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors who monitored North Korea's compliance with the Agreed Framework. On Jan. 10, North Korea withdrew from the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), an international accord prohibiting the acquisition and proliferation of nuclear weapons.
The 2006 North Korean nuclear test was the detonation of a nuclear device conducted on October 9, 2006 by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
The director of America's Central Intelligence Agency has said that the test was a "failure" and that the U.S. does not regard North Korea as a nuclear state. North Korea announced its intention to conduct a test on October 3, six days prior, and in doing so became the first nation to give warning of its first nuclear test. The blast is estimated to have had an explosive force of less than one kiloton, and some radioactive output was detected. United States officials suggested the device may have been a nuclear explosive that misfired.
Originally posted by undo
If the society has no respect for women, the problem gets worse from there.
Atheism claims to champion the rights of women, but that's only here, in America and in a few other parts of the western world. If the western world changes, the way women are treated will change with it. And without a moral guideline to follow this will become a cesspool as well.
Originally posted by AshleyD
I mentioned Buddhism as well on the very first page of this thread. See: HERE.
Sure, Buddhists might not believe in a deity but it is still considered a religion, belief system, philosophy (or what have you) that is being persecuted by secular atheistic states in the East.
It's very, very sad.
Originally posted by Bigwhammy
I contend that Atheists, specifically radical Atheists led by Richard Dawkins, are conspiring to air brush history to conceal the connection between Atheism and the worst atrocities of world history.
Originally posted by Clearskies
Anyone can SAY that God spoke to them and told them to do something.
Originally posted by madnessinmysoul
why are the buddhists in tibet being oppressed? is it because china is some evil atheist empire bent on wiping out religion or is it because they want more control in tibet and see the buddhist presence as a threat to that?
Originally posted by an3rkist
Are atheists conspiring to re-write history? No. Richard Dawkins simply posed a theory, (notice how the "Root of all Evil?" has a question mark throughout the movie...) He came up with a theory, posed it to the public, and that's all he's done. Does he believe his theory is sound? Probably.
The larger issue is the 'airbrushing' done by Dawkins and others like him who claim religion and faith is essentially the cause of all that is wrong with the world and the cause of conflicts.