August 2, 2014 8:22 pm -

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

21 responses to U.S. Tourist Arrested In N. Korea For Leaving Bible In Toilet

  1. Eric Trommater August 2nd, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Could have been worse. He could have been smuggling Twilight novels or something.

  2. fancypants August 2nd, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    Huckabee isn’t going to like this but jeff is going to be spending some quality time with KJU and his kangaroo court system

  3. tiredoftea August 2nd, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    An atheist would have something useful, porn mags.

    • M D Reese August 2nd, 2014 at 9:04 pm

      Or a fresh roll of TP.

    • Carla Akins August 2nd, 2014 at 9:28 pm

      I think that’s illegal there as well. The difference being, I doubt it would be turned over to the authorities.

  4. KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker August 2nd, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    What a freakin’ fool.
    Hope the superstitious idiot enjoys his stay.

  5. M D Reese August 2nd, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    I hope that we do not make any effort to get him back. Evangelizing should be illegal under international law.

    • Anomaly 100 August 2nd, 2014 at 9:20 pm

      Except for that freedom of speech thing.

      • M D Reese August 3rd, 2014 at 12:39 pm

        In my opinion, evangelizing is inciting to riot.

        • Anomaly 100 August 3rd, 2014 at 12:46 pm

          I my opinion, what he did was wrong because he broke the laws of another country. That’s ridiculously stupid. I traveled extensively and always adhered to the laws in whatever country I was in. It’s called respect.

    • Carla Akins August 2nd, 2014 at 9:27 pm

      The problem is that he intentional violated the law of another country, regardless of how awful its leadership may be or how stupid the law may seem to us. If a foreign tourist in this country, knowingly and willfully breaks the law they typically go to jail.The larger issue is that folks like him, make it more difficult to get the jailing country to return a citizen when honest mistakes are made.

      • fancypants August 2nd, 2014 at 9:41 pm

        wrapping a bible in newspaper in nk calls for a defense jeff cant afford in the united states. Lets send him a care package instead Like ben gay after those long hours he will put in at KJU’s labor camps.

      • M D Reese August 3rd, 2014 at 12:38 pm

        True–And the even larger issue is that religious coercion has pretty much made the world the fucked up mess that it is. We’ve got a bad case of “My god’s bigger than your god”. We’d be much better off to throw all the gods on the trash heap of history and grow the hell up.

    • R.J. Carter August 2nd, 2014 at 10:31 pm

      If the United States banned a book, there would be crowds of look-alike Guy Fawkes masks depositing copies of it hither and yon.

    • tiredoftea August 2nd, 2014 at 10:48 pm

      Think of this as a fundraising opportunity for the religious right. Not that that is redundant or anything.

      • M D Reese August 3rd, 2014 at 12:34 pm

        Well, this IS the department of redundancy department…

  6. R.J. Carter August 2nd, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    I’d make a comment about how this is the type of religious intolerance that separates North Korea from the United States.
    But then I read the comments.

  7. Tommy6860 August 2nd, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    You’d think that with just about every foreigner visiting that country has the highest risk of never being able to leave it, that people wouldn’t go there. Does not the US warn its citizens about these possibilities?

    • tiredoftea August 2nd, 2014 at 10:58 pm

      Listening to the State Department is actually not very high on an Evangelical’s list of reference sites.

  8. MIAtheistGal August 3rd, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Who says to themselves “I could use a nice vacation” and picks North freaking Korea?! A say stupid is as stupid does. Interesting the rest of his group was pissed at him for putting them all in danger, as they should’ve been.

    • Carla Akins August 3rd, 2014 at 8:15 am

      No one, absolutely no one. He chose to commit a deliberate act, in the course of his faith. He knew he could be making a martyr of himself if caught, well he succeeded.