Atheist state continues to threaten war

According to wiki: “North Korea is officially an atheist state in which much of the population is nonreligious.”

This atheist state has used science to acquire nuclear weapons and is now threatening war. From CBS News:

North Korea is urging all foreign companies and tourists in South Korea to evacuate or find out where they can take shelter because it says the rival Koreas are on the eve of a nuclear war.

Some say we can’t consider the North Korean’s to be non-religious, for according to Wiki:

Despite these official religions, much more attention is paid to the personalities of the deceased “Great Leader” Kim Il-sung and the “Dear Leader”, his late son Kim Jong-il. Their portraits are omnipresent in streets, schools, public buildings and all private homes. The ideological statements and scriptures produced by the two leaders are the main basis of education for both children and adults.[citation needed] The story of the Kims’ descent is surrounded with mythology. At public events, songs are sung that depict the leaders as saviours of the country as well as of each individual citizen.[citation needed]
This cult of personality, together with the doctrine of juche (self-reliance), has resulted in a deliberate replacement of the religions that flourished in the North before the rise of stalinism.

The cult of personality argument might have had some bite if it wasn’t for the New Atheist movement. But given the cult of personality that surrounds people like Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens, we would have to argue that their followers were not true atheists. And that doesn’t fly.

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2 Responses to Atheist state continues to threaten war

  1. Crude says:

    Yeah, funny how North Korea is rarely described by people as an atheist state, or even a secular state. In fact, there are many, many ‘secular’ regimes (Saddam’s, etc) that no one every throws that label to.

  2. Sam says:

    An atheist state? Jerry Coyne claims something different about N.Korea:

    http://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2013/04/10/whats-up-with-north-korea/

    “The state is in many ways a theocracy, with its three last leaders seen as gods.”

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