At the risk of sounding rude I openly state that what is happening in the Middle East and Northern Africa regarding what little civil rights that are being tolerated is sickening. These nations bearing the theology of Islam are surely incompatible with humans from the West or those who simply want to worship God.
Some of the article below became available to me through FoxNews.com and Benjamin Weinthal, an inside member of The Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
As for us here at The Contemplative Thinker, we are entirely in disbelief. For those of you readers who are not aware of the antidiscrimination law suits being initiated upon just about every major school district in America; still worse, is the amount of preferential treatment given to these people of different faith and beliefs by the United States Department of Justice all the while working with CAIR a special interest and advocacy group for Muslims.
“Such actions are especially dangerous in the current situation, where the world is seeing the rise of extreme Islamist groups in Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, Somalia and elsewhere,” Shea said. “The West should demand that its strategic ally, Saudi Arabia, release the Christians at once and allow them to pray according to their own faith traditions. Otherwise, Riyadh will appear to be validating the practices of the Islamic State in northern Iraq and Syria.”
Some 28 people were rounded up Friday by hardline Islamists from the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice in the home of an Indian national in the eastern Saudi city of Khafji, and their current situation is unknown, according to human rights advocates.
“Saudi Arabia is continuing the religious cleansing that has always been its official policy,” Nina Shea, director of the Washington-based Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom, told FoxNews.com. “It is the only nation state in the world with the official policy of banning all churches. This is enforced even though there are over 2 million Christian foreign workers in that country. Those victimized are typically poor, from Asian and African countries with weak governments.”
In Friday’s crackdown, several Bibles were confiscated, according to reports from the Kingdom.
Rep. Frank Wolf, R-VA, told FoxNews.com he will press the U.S. ambassador in Riyadh and the State Department to assist the arrested Christians.
“I hope our government will speak up,” said Wolf, adding that the anti-Christian raid was not surprising given that the Saudi regime “did not want our soldiers to wear crosses during the Desert Storm” operation in 1991 to stop Iraqi jingoism.
The English-language paper Saudi Gazette, along with Saudi Arabic-language news outlets, published a news item about the mass arrests.
An article posted on the Arabic-language news website Akhbar 24 said the arrests came after the Kingdom’s religious police got a tip about a home-based church. The report further noted that “distorted writings of the Bible were found and musical instruments, noting their referral to the jurisdictional institutions.”
The Saudi media reported different compositions of the arrested Christians. Some reports said the Christians were men and women, while the Saudi Gazette wrote that children, as well as men and women, were detained. It was unclear if a court date has been set in the notoriously opaque fundamentalist court system.
Saudi Arabia has gone to great lengths over the years to re-brand its image as a tolerant advocate of multi-religious dialogue. Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah appears to be tied up in knots because of his conflicting messages to the international community about religious diversity.
Two issues come to mind immediately. One of the first part, what are the Saudi Royals and Saudi people doing by living these conflicting messages? And two, of the second part, are we reading and writing or trying to do something that will illustrate to these people that barbarism was from a different century? Do we have the kind of governmental leadership that will stop this rubbish from happening again? Or are we supposed to let this incident continue throughout the world.