April 25, 2005
Saudis arrest 40 Christians for prayingTopics: 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 iol.com
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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