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Monday, May 02, 2005

Saudis Arrest Christians

The New York Sun reports that, on the eve of Crown Prince Abdullah's visit to President Bush, Saudi police raided a Christian service and arrested the worshipers. Link.
Just days before Crown Prince Abdullah showed up at President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, to declare that "tolerance must extend to those of all faiths and practices," Saudi police stormed a clandestine church in a suburb of Riyadh and arrested 40 Christians for proselytizing.

Saudi state-controlled newspapers reported on April 23 that two days earlier, security forces rounded up 40 men, women, and children of Pakistani citizenship who were worshipping at an abandoned villa in western Riyadh, according to translations provided by American-based Saudi monitors.

Al-Riyadh newspaper quoted a security official as saying that the Christians were arrested for "trying to spread their poisonous religious beliefs to others through the distribution of books and pamphlets," the Saudi Institute in Washington, D.C., said in a report.

That the arrests occurred just hours before Mr. Abdullah flew to Texas for a friendly meeting with Mr. Bush underscored the gap between Saudi pledges to the White House and its actions at home.

Talk is cheap, but that is usually all that westerners look at in judging the Arab world. The MSM used to give front page play to what Arafat said in English, without a word on what he said to his own people in Arabic. Saudi intolerance toward all other religions, and even toward other branches of Islam, is the elephant in the living room that nobody wants to talk about. The Saudis have done more to fund world-wide Islamic terror than any other nation. This administration has been more critical of Saudi policies than any other administration of the last sixty years or more, but it is still timid in its criticism. How about proposing a UN resolution condemning Saudi Arabia for its religious persecution?

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