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Rotavele October 21st, 2014 7:04pm

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?

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mountainmafia Boston
10/23/14 6:26 pm

Ummm yeah...no shit. Despite how stupid they might be.

ThomasK
10/23/14 10:01 am

Their country, their laws. Pretty sure we want to be able to arrest foreigners that break our laws in our country.

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MrWalrus Undergrid
10/23/14 4:53 am

If living there yes, if visiting no.

JDoe Its a gift
10/23/14 10:55 am

So, you wouldn't expect visitors to the U.S. to follow our laws?

iMatter2 I Used to Love H.E.R.
10/23/14 12:35 pm

Are you saying laws should only be respected by that nation's residents and not by its visitors?

jamichl Seattle
10/22/14 10:47 pm

Not having a bible. The crime was leaving it behind (presumably to recruit some poor innocent later.)

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Halfrikaan
10/22/14 8:37 pm

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.

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corino Utah
10/22/14 6:49 pm

Holy Crap! they're less crazy than ISIS!

iMatter2 I Used to Love H.E.R.
10/22/14 4:05 pm

Yes, definitely. It is the responsibility of any traveler to become educated on that nation's laws.

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Zod Above Pugetropolis
10/22/14 3:09 pm

The answer to that would be... Well duh!

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IsleOfCannon Salt Lake City, UT
10/22/14 1:57 pm

If someone from another country comes to the U.S. And breaks the law they are held accountable.

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thebarr
10/22/14 12:41 pm

In general, yes. But since this law was flagrantly unjust and should not exist anyway, then no, not in this case.

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iMatter2 I Used to Love H.E.R.
10/23/14 12:27 pm

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.

suppressedID That is my secret Cap
10/22/14 8:57 am

If you don't like it, stay at home.

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catpillow Florida West Coast
10/21/14 10:18 pm

In Trinidad you can be arrested for wearing camouflage patterned clothing.

chickencookie It really is
10/22/14 12:27 pm

St. Lucia too. They tell you this before you go.

FacePalm That Trick Never Works
10/21/14 6:27 pm

Why not? We arrest them!

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GlockMan1 Alabama
10/21/14 5:04 pm

Welcome to an atheist utopia. Talk about JESUS or bring in a Bible and you end up in jail.

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droo Santa Barbara
10/21/14 6:21 pm

You're a dumbass.

Rotavele Alabama
10/21/14 7:06 pm

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.

GlockMan1 Alabama
10/21/14 7:52 pm

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.

Rotavele Alabama
10/21/14 9:21 pm

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.

DuckAndCower
10/22/14 3:34 pm

I wouldn't really call NK atheist. They seem to worship the Kims in a pretty religious fashion.

TigerShark47 Missouri
10/21/14 2:10 pm

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.

Rotavele Alabama
10/21/14 3:55 pm

They don't have or allow religion :P

TigerShark47 Missouri
10/21/14 6:20 pm

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.

grizzy Kansas
10/21/14 1:17 pm

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.

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Arananthi Literal Ninja
10/21/14 12:22 pm

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.

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mikeey1962 on SOH where else
10/21/14 12:17 pm

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!

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Rotavele Alabama
10/21/14 12:22 pm

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.

MrMilkdud
10/21/14 12:15 pm

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.

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droo Santa Barbara
10/21/14 12:27 pm

At least, while you're visiting, a just country should excuse such legal crimes.

However, NK is hardly a just country.

magicalgirling
10/21/14 12:05 pm

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

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FemmeAdamWest in the Tardis library
10/21/14 12:09 pm

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

FemmeAdamWest in the Tardis library
10/21/14 12:10 pm

expect help when you get yourself caught.

magicalgirling
10/21/14 12:10 pm

I definitely agree with that

iMatter2 I Used to Love H.E.R.
10/23/14 12:34 pm

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.