North Korea released an American that was convicted of having a bible. Do you believe that when visiting another country, they should be able to arrest Americans not following their countries laws?
Ummm yeah...no shit. Despite how stupid they might be.
Their country, their laws. Pretty sure we want to be able to arrest foreigners that break our laws in our country.
If living there yes, if visiting no.
So, you wouldn't expect visitors to the U.S. to follow our laws?
Are you saying laws should only be respected by that nation's residents and not by its visitors?
Not having a bible. The crime was leaving it behind (presumably to recruit some poor innocent later.)
Yes, but make sure they know the rules before they break em. It's just not fair if they didn't know it was a law and get arrested for breaking it.
Holy Crap! they're less crazy than ISIS!
Yes, definitely. It is the responsibility of any traveler to become educated on that nation's laws.
The answer to that would be... Well duh!
If someone from another country comes to the U.S. And breaks the law they are held accountable.
In general, yes. But since this law was flagrantly unjust and should not exist anyway, then no, not in this case.
who determines whether a law is unjust and shouldn't exist? If laws were respected based on opinions of how just they were, chaos would be inevitable.
If you don't like it, stay at home.
In Trinidad you can be arrested for wearing camouflage patterned clothing.
St. Lucia too. They tell you this before you go.
Why not? We arrest them!
Welcome to an atheist utopia. Talk about JESUS or bring in a Bible and you end up in jail.
You're a dumbass.
What? That really is how NK is :P. They believe Religion is responsible for so many bad things in history so they want nothing to do with it.
And the ATHEIST leaders kill or suppress anyone who should Rock their little boat. If it's such a great place to live perhaps you would like to move there.
Me? I'm explaining their reason. I don't blame religion for it, I blame people who twist religion to fit the agenda. They are the cause of it. You know how it is, guns don't kill people.
I wouldn't really call NK atheist. They seem to worship the Kims in a pretty religious fashion.
It really depends on the law. For not following their religion? No. But for normal laws I think people should be respectful of other country's policies.
They don't have or allow religion :P
People really should take that in to account before traveling somewhere. Not that I agree with the law, but other countries aren't going to make exceptions just because your home country has different rules.
What is a "normal" law?
Yep, no jews in Arab land for one.
I wouldn't mind a world-wide religious tolerance policy, but I think that if you are visiting another nation, you are obliged to follow their rules or face their consequence. You can't go to Canada, murder someone, and be pardoned as a tourist.
Umm...if we expect to be able to arrest them for breaking our laws on our turf, we have to extend them the same privilege.
They killed 80 of their own for owning a bible, poorrichardsnews.com/post/66939125595/north-korea-holds-public-execution-of-christians-who, guess he can count himself lucky!
He had a ton of special treatment because they didn't want him to go back to the United States and tell them what the labor camps look like. The other guy is in a camp and he's most likely not going to live even with the special treatment.
It's impossible to know all of a foreign country's laws. It's impossible to know all of this country's laws!
Short of murder, theft, rape, or some other widely accepted standard, breaking a country's laws should result in deportation, not detention.
At least, while you're visiting, a just country should excuse such legal crimes.
However, NK is hardly a just country.
I think countries should be able to arrest you for breaking their laws, while you're in that country. But that law sounds soooo ridiculous
I agree. I believe this law is super ridiculous, but I believe a person should learn the laws of whatever country they go to, even temporarily, and follow them. If you can't handle/don't agree with their laws don't go there. And especially don't
expect help when you get yourself caught.
I definitely agree with that
It could be argued that the drinking age being 21 is a ridiculous law when service in the military branches can begin at 17. My point: everyone will have opinions of the law, they have the choice to abide or violate it and deal with the consequences.