(King Abdullah: Wikipedia)
The Saudi Arabian authorities have just declared that from now on all atheists are considered ‘terrorists’ in their country and subject to as much as 20 years in prison.
Here’s the story from the UK Independent:
Saudi Arabia has introduced a series of new laws which define atheists as terrorists, according to a report from Human Rights Watch.
In a string of royal decrees and an overarching new piece of legislation to deal with terrorism generally, the Saudi King Abdullah has clamped down on all forms of political dissent and protests that could "harm public order".
The new laws have largely been brought in to combat the growing number of Saudis travelling to take part in the civil war in Syria, who have previously returned with newfound training and ideas about overthrowing the monarchy.
To that end, King Abdullah issued Royal Decree 44, which criminalises "participating in hostilities outside the kingdom" with prison sentences of between three and 20 years, Human Rights Watch said. …
Article one of the new provisions defines terrorism as "calling for atheist thought in any form, or calling into question the fundamentals of the Islamic religion on which this country is based".
Response: So ‘terrorism’ in Saudi Arabia is defined as calling into question or denying the Islamic religion. For once myself and all Christians are in the very same category as atheists?
There is no freedom of religion or thought in Saudi Arabia. Now even absence of religious beliefs and personal atheist philosophy is not tolerated? There are no churches and neither are home Bible study groups or Christian worship in ones own home officially allowed in the Kingdom.
The one unofficial exception is that foreign workers living in Western compounds are substantially left alone. I have known some folks in the past who worked and lived for a while in the Kingdom. They would get together for Christian worship in homes but were very careful to keep it low key and not to even mention it to Saudi co-workers. Some Christians have even found that it was difficult to bring their own personal Bibles into the country. *Top