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-Saudi Arabia: 27 Arrested for Secretly Practicing Christianity in Home

by Dr. D ~ September 10th, 2014

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The Saudi religious police raided a home and arrested 27 people for secretly conducting a Bible study and Christian worship. Practicing any religion besides Islam is prohibited in Saudi Arabia with potential jail time or even physical beatings for violators. Here’s the story from The Blaze:

Saudi authorities raided a home Friday and arrested 27 people inside, accusing them of using the premises for Christian services, Saudi media reported.  …

The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia), with police backup, arrested those inside and seized Bibles and musical instruments.

“The Haia members who stormed the house found the men, women and children engaged in religious rituals in one of the rooms,” the Saudi Gazette reported.

Response: It will be interesting to see what actually happens to these folks especially the children. Christian caught in the past worshipping in their own homes have been subjected to lashes and prison.

Saudi Arabia is supposed to be an ally of the USA and most Americans do not realize how radical the Kingdom is when it comes to Islam and sharia law. At the dawn of another 9/11 anniversary it should be noted that al Qaeda started in Saudi Arabia and most of the 9/11 terrorists were from the Kingdom.

There is no religious freedom of any kind in the country. Some foreign workers over the years have gotten away with informal Bible studies and worship in their own homes within worker compounds. But those living in regular residential areas are subject to the religious police.

Some Westerners have even complained that their personal Bibles have been confiscated when flying into the country. However I have had friends in to past who worked for a while in the Kingdom and were able to bring their own religious material into the country and found other Christians to informally worship with in a home as long as they kept the numbers down to less than a dozen and weren’t too obvious.

In this case there were 27 folks along with instruments worshiping in a regular residential area. One of the neighbors turned them in and now they are facing some terrible consequences for their faith. Not nearly as severe as faced by Christians living in ISIS territory but serious persecution none the less.             *Top

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