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February 20, 2014

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And now for something completely different…

A 75-year-old Australian man has apparently been “detained” in North Korea for allegedly distributing christian pamphlets.

The so-called “christian missionary” John Short was caught with the religious pamphlets which had been translated into Korean.

Mr Short entered North Korea on a tourist visa with another companion and was apparently taken to a derelict Buddhist temple where he attempted to leave the Christian literature behind.

Mr Short was arrested at his Pyongyang hotel on Sunday where a stash of christian propaganda was discovered.

His companion Wang Chong confirmed that Mr Short had left pamphlets promoting Christianity at the temple during a tour.

Mr Short’s actions are in breach of strict laws against spreading religious material.

Mr Short, from Barmers in South Australia, has been arrested multiple times while “evangelising” in mainland China, which he started visiting after the death of Mao Zedong in 1976, according to a biography on a christian website “Gospel Attract.”

He was banned from entering China for nearly two years after his second arrest in 1996.

Authorities later let him back in and he was arrested several more times for “speaking out about the brutality against Chinese Christians.’’

Short’s wife said he was visiting North Korea for the second time. His first trip was a year ago “so he knew what he was going into,’’ she said.

Presumably, being aware of the risks, he should now accept the consequences.

Mr Short could face a punishment of up to 15 years of hard labour.

Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has asked the Swedish Embassy in Pyongyang to confirm Short’s wellbeing and to seek more information.

Australia has no diplomatic representation in North Korea and is represented in Pyongyang by the Swedish Embassy. The North Korean government has not made any statements on the matter.

 

 

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28 Comments leave one →
  1. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 20, 2014 12:28 pm

    religious nutcase insisting the rest of the world has to live his mental ‘reality’
    too heavenly minded to be of any earthly good.

  2. egg permalink
    February 20, 2014 12:33 pm

    He doesn’t look very bright and his behaviour verifies that assumption.

  3. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 20, 2014 12:55 pm

    It just reinforces my view that religion is sold and marketed like a drug. if it was me, I’d rather have the actual drugs, gimme valium or heroin or whatever, at least there would be moments of lucidity and I’d sure feel good.
    People like john short are parasites, feeding on human misery, selling religion to oppressed people, how does that help their situation?

  4. Walrus permalink
    February 20, 2014 1:10 pm

    “………. gimme valium or heroin or whatever, at least there would be moments of lucidity……….”

    Clearly you are currently drug free.

    LOL

  5. February 20, 2014 1:24 pm

    “People like john short are parasites, feeding on human misery, selling religion to oppressed people, how does that help their situation?”

    I’m inclined to agree.

    Having a belief in the sky fairy requires an absence of higher intellect or critical thinking.

    Believing in the so-called “gospel” – ie that christianity is the one true religion and all others are false and/or satanic takes a special kind of ignorance and arrogance.

    Taking those beliefs to another country where that sort of proselytization is frowned upon is the height of stupidity.

    But then that’s dog-botherers for you.

  6. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 20, 2014 1:52 pm

    guess he sees it as martyring himself for his dog cause, much the same as all the other ‘one true’ religions 😉

  7. February 20, 2014 1:55 pm

    I say it’s just a stunt to get people to “pray for him.”

  8. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 20, 2014 2:04 pm

    all the prayers in the world can’t save him from himself!

  9. February 20, 2014 2:13 pm

    I hope he gets executed in a public square.

  10. Tony permalink
    February 20, 2014 3:14 pm

    Three words: silly old cnut.

  11. egg permalink
    February 20, 2014 3:20 pm

    After a few days of torture he should come to senses.

  12. February 20, 2014 4:30 pm

    I recon he just wanted a fast track to some prison rough…

  13. egg permalink
    February 20, 2014 4:46 pm

    He imagines he’s going to heaven.

  14. February 20, 2014 4:51 pm

    it seems the silly old bunt `followed` his dog to the dim-sim factory

  15. February 20, 2014 5:02 pm

    ””’I hope he gets executed in a public square.””’

    oh dog! reb, can you imagine the confected teabag outrage.

    Executing somebody `without` using a drone.

  16. TB Queensland permalink
    February 20, 2014 5:16 pm

    I hope he gets executed in a public square

    Aren’t threats of physical harm a cause for banning here … where’s Kamhal … taking singing lessons again?

    I did chuckle tho’ when I saw that Mr Short (and we know what of) comes from Barmers … 😆

    You couldn’t make this shite up … but then there’s the bible (all sixty versions) and the Qoran and the Torah and a few others

  17. TB Queensland permalink
    February 20, 2014 5:17 pm

    Apologies Mr Kamahl

  18. TB Queensland permalink
    February 20, 2014 5:19 pm

    And i just checked my copy it Quran …and Tanakh …

  19. February 20, 2014 7:15 pm

    If someone asked to come and visit my house knowing that I don’t like dog-botherers, and then decided to leave behind some dog-bothering propaganda I’d be offended too.

    How very dare these obnoxious, arrogant and condescending so-called fkn “christians” think that they have some sort of right to invade other people’s personal space and insult and offend other people’s sensibilities. It’s the height of arrogance!!

  20. February 20, 2014 7:37 pm

    Stupid North Koreans.

    Now that they’ve provoked kindly jesus he’ll probably send Dennis Rodman back for another tour.

  21. egg permalink
    February 20, 2014 7:48 pm

    The god botherer has already been banned in China, after repeated offences, its the only way to handle trolls selling snake oil.

  22. TB Queensland permalink
    February 20, 2014 7:56 pm

    The god botherer has already been banned in China, after repeated offences, its the only way to handle trolls selling snake oil.
    No defence from the usual suspects …

    A la … well he didn’t have fkn bomb strapped to him did he!

    But he was just as fkn stupid … own goal!

  23. egg permalink
    February 20, 2014 8:07 pm

    Its a Jesus thing, his cross to bare with the prospect of torture and a grisly death, then a seat next to the deity.

    In fact he will probably be sent home to avoid another diplomatic incident.

    Its heartening to see the ordinary people of North Korea standing up to the military in a non political way, intelligent and courageous.

  24. February 20, 2014 8:39 pm

    sbs2 good dog bothering episode on southpark

  25. TB Queensland permalink
    February 20, 2014 8:59 pm

    his cross to bare

    His cross to bear, egg … just in case James turns up … strangely enough I’ve never referred to James as Snacty …

  26. egg permalink
    February 20, 2014 9:01 pm

    Thanx, I had an argument with myself over that and chose badly.

  27. egg permalink
    March 6, 2014 2:08 pm

    ‘Short – who is originally from Barmera, South Australia’

    AP / Guardian

  28. egg permalink
    March 10, 2014 10:41 am

    ‘One of the world’s most respected Islamic institutions has issued a fatwa against a Hollywood epic about Noah’s Ark because it ‘contradicts the teachings of Islam’.

    ‘Russell Crowe’s £75million film Noah has also been banned in three Arab countries after religious leaders complained that it depicted the Biblical figure – who is also a holy messenger in the Koran.

    ‘Due to premiere later this month, the blockbuster will not show in Qatar, Bahrain or the United Arab Emirates and several other countries are expected to follow suit.’

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2576912/Islamic-body-issues-fatwa-against-Russell-Crowes-new-75million-blockbuster-Noah-three-Arab-countries-ban-violating-Islamic-law-depicting-holy-figure.html#ixzz2vVnsmtBr
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