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November 12, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Kenneth Bae’s release: When proselytizing, church should rescue captives

It is great that the men being held in North Korea got to come home [“Kenneth Bae is finally home after months of painful uncertainty,” Opinion, Nov. 10]. Their families must have been heartsick with worry for them. I am concerned, though, that other people will feel compelled to visit countries without religious freedom and expect to be rescued when the trip goes wrong.

If a member of an intelligence agency working abroad gets discovered, it is the responsibility of that agency to get them back. If a civilian decides to proselytize in a country that doesn’t allow it gets detained, it seems only fair that the person’s church get them back.

Or, they could accept the punishment and use their prison term ministering to the other prisoners.

To get arrested doing something illegal in a foreign country gives that country propaganda power and causes the State Department and the president to waste time and resources dealing with the situation. Don’t do it.

Cindy Blake, Edmonds

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