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April 25, 2005

Saudis arrest 40 Christians for praying

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives

What do the "religion of peace and tolerance(sic), and Saudi Arabia, have in common? Answer - no peace or tolerance for non-Muslims, particularly Christians.

In a pamphlet provided by the Saudi Arabian  government, "Anyone in Saudi Arabia is entitled to his       own beliefs and practices. But Saudi Arabia cannot allow       the public practice of any religion which contradicts       Islam. Saudi Arabia is a special place; it is the cradle of       Islam and the Prophet Mohamed declared it a preserve       of Islam. A lot of so-called dissidents want all non-       Muslims thrown out of Saudi Arabia. But the government       takes a far more moderate stance." These are the       reasons given by the Saudi government for forbidding       public worship by other religions.

- Reuters via
Riyadh - Saudi Arabia has detained 40 Pakistani Christians for holding prayers at a house in the Muslim kingdom, where practicising any religion other than Islam is illegal, newspapers said on Saturday.

A group of men, women and children were attending the service in the capital Riyadh when police raided the house, Al Jazirah newspaper said.

It said authorities also found Christian tapes and books.

Another Saudi daily, Al Yaum, said the raid took place on Friday while a Pakistani preacher was delivering a sermon. It was not clear what measures might be taken against the group.

Saudi authorities were not immediately available to comment.

Hat tip - Jawa Report

Other coverage - Solomonia

Posted by Hyscience at April 25, 2005 6:41 PM

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