Christians Persecuted in Saudi Arabia
By Alexander Samuels
According to Jeff King, director of the Interfaith Christian Concern, who was quoted in an article this week from Agape Press, the Islamic government of Saudi Arabia has undertaken one of the worse purges of Christians, Bibles and religious materials in recent memory. Reports indicate that Christians in Saudi Arabia have been . . . arrested, tortured and jailed for just being in possession of a Bible. The Saudi government, by the way, is denying that this crackdown on Christians is going on.
In the United States, however, it is not unusual, for instance, to see an established mosque or one under construction in many cities here. Here, Muslims are free to buy, sell or give away Islamic religious materials as they please. Am I the only one who sees a problem with this double-standard?
Not too many years ago, U.S. military troops were welcomed in Saudi Arabia to hold back an Iraqi invasion. As long as we served their purpose, everything was OK. Now that they don't need our military, they want us out, and Christianity, as well. Why should we continue to support Saudi Arabia financially and otherwise when they have proven time and time again that they are no friends to human rights, other religions or the United States? The Saudi princes are simply using their money and religion to hold power and appease the radical Islamic factions who believe that persons of other faiths must repent and turn to Allah or die. The persecution of Christians in Saudi Arabia will continue as long as we have leaders in the United States who refuse to stand up to the Saudis and say, "No more!"