In America Christbots be like “god and country” where Atheists be like “world fucking peace!” (Anonymous: not my quote) but I did post the meme on my page and received the following response:

Damien, that’s why north Korea is an atheist country. World would be better if everyone practices their faith in its true form and ignore the falsehood stuff written in some of scriptures as far as I know Guru granth sahib is the only scientifically correct and peace promoting religious scripture.

My response, No, North Korea has the religion of “Juche”, North Korea states, is a “man-centered ideology” in which the “man is the master of everything and decides everything”. Religion in North Korea: Juche (64.3%), Korean shamanism (16%), Chondoism (13.5%), Buddhism (4.5%), and Christianity (1.7%). Juche, usually translated as “self-reliance”, is the official political ideology of North Korea, described by the regime as Kim Il-Sung’s “original, brilliant and revolutionary contribution to national and international thought”. One more a kind of political ideology is now today no longer just an ideology, but a full-fledged religion that worships Kim Il Sung as god, and his son, Kim Jong Il as the son of god. Whether or not Kim Jong Un is now worshipped as the grandson of god remains to be seen. Besides this the sole organized religion that has an official status is Chondoism, which is represented in politics by the Party of the Young Friends of the Heavenly Way, and is regarded by the government as Korea’s “national religion” because of its identity as a minjung (popular) and “revolutionary anti-imperialist” movement but still religious.

Moreover, Guru Granth Sahib is the central religious scripture of Sikhism, regarded by Sikhs as the final, sovereign and eternal living Guru. That alone is stupid thinking but even more Sikhs have done and do violence. Sikh traditions and violence is understood within the context of the shifting sands of India’s religious history the reverence for certain Sikh gurus as being linked with martyrdom and violence, and relates this history of religious violence to the militant drive for a Sikh homeland—Khalistan—in recent decades. Sikhism is among the youngest of the global religions. The struggle for Khalistan was a resistance movement against the Indian state and a political movement aimed at sovereign rule, but also provided a conflation of “militancy” with “violence” in the Sikh tradition in the modern world, adding to “Sikhs as terrorists”. The Khalistan movement is a nationalist political liberation movement, which seeks to create a separate country called Khalistān (“The Land of the Pure”) in the Punjab region of South Asia. The territorial definition of the proposed country ranges from the Punjab state of India to the greater Punjab region, including the neighboring Indian states. They put forward the idea of Khalistan, envisaging it as a theocratic state covering a small part of the greater Punjab region. The Khalistan movement reached its zenith in the 1970s and 1980s, flourishing in the Indian state of Punjab, which has a Sikh-majority population and has been the traditional homeland of the Sikh religion. Various pro-Khalistan outfits have been involved in a separatist movement against the government of India ever since. There are claims of funding from Sikhs outside India to attract young people into these pro-Khalistan militant groups. In the 1980s, some of the Khalistan proponents turned to militancy, resulting in counter-militancy operations by the Indian security forces.

Lastly, here are the actual atheist majority countries not believing in any sort of spirit, god, or life force: France 40%, Czech Republic 37%, Sweden 34%, Netherlands 30%, Norway 29%, Germany 27%, Belgium 27%, Slovenia 26%, United Kingdom 25%, Luxembourg 24%, Denmark 24%, Finland 22%, Hungary 20% it keeps going but here is North Korea 15% so your arguments are invalid.

As atheists we generally don’t believe things unless supported by valid or reliable reason and evidence. Whereas, religionists believe because of tradition, holy books, personal conviction and faith.

By Damen Marie AtHope

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