November 23, 2007
Saudis: Don't Ask Us to Touch Any JewsTopics: Middle East News and Perspectives
In what is clearly NOT a promising sign of Saudi open-mindedness and earnestness in trying to find common ground between the heavily Wahhabist-influenced Saudis and the Israelis, "our friends" - the Saudis, have announced they will attend the Annapolis "peace in our time" conference, but don't ask them to shake hands with any evil Jooooozzzz ... HT - LGF)
The kingdom of Saudi Arabia is an Islamic theocratic monarchy in which Islam is the official religion; the law requires that all Saudi citizens be Muslims. Religious freedom is virtually non-existent. The Government does not provide legal recognition or protection for freedom of religion, and it is severely restricted in practice. The public practice of non-Muslim religions is prohibited. As a matter of policy, the Government guarantees and protects the right to private worship for all, including non-Muslims who gather in homes for religious practice; however, this right is not always respected in practice and is not defined in law. The Saudi Mutaween (Arabic: مطوعين), or Committee for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (i.e., the religious police), enforces the prohibition on the public practice of non-Muslim religions. The Government claims to recognize the right of non-Muslims to worship in private; it does not always respect this right in practice.
... The Government bases its legitimacy on governance according to the precepts of the rigorously conservative and strict interpretation of the Salafi or Wahhabi school of the Sunni branch of Islam and discriminates against other branches of Islam. Neither the Government nor society in general accepts the concepts of separation of religion and state, and such separation does not exist.Suggested reading: 'analysis Wahhabism'
... The legal system is based on Sharia (Islamic law), with Shari'a courts basing their judgments largely on a code derived from the Qur'an and the Sunnah.
Posted by Richard at November 23, 2007 4:02 PM
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