Saturday, June 18, 2005

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!"

4 Comments:

At Saturday, June 18, 2005 3:09:00 PM, Blogger Chewie said...

"Am I the only one who sees a problem with this double-standard?"

Um, no. It's quite the topic of conversation, and has been for decades.

"Now that they don't need our military, they want us out, and Christianity, as well."

It's not a recent, post-Gulf War I phenomenon. They've never welcomed the practice of religions other than Islam, in part to throw a protective shroud around the holy cities of Mecca and Medina.

"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?"

Oil. If you don't like U.S. policy, complain to George Bushes Jr. and Sr. But don't expect them to listen, as friendship with the Saudis has proven to be grossly lucrative for their family.

 
At Monday, June 20, 2005 3:46:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yo Chewie,

Name for me one modern-era president that did not have a friendship with the Saudi family. Do some research and find out who has paid for all of the presidential libraries.

Should the Bush's have a bad relationship with the Saudi's? When 280 million citizens rely on oil does it really take a mental giant to figure this one out?

Personally, I'd like to make a parking lot out of the place but in the interim, I don't think the brightest idea is to strain a relationship just to make the chewie's of the world happy.

the Heckler

 
At Monday, June 20, 2005 4:26:00 PM, Anonymous Alex Samuels said...

Sounds like from these two comments that we don't want to get involved in keeping Christians from being persecuted or murdered in Saudi Arabia and , besides, it has been going on for years anyway. We don't want to mess with anything that might keep the oil from flowing and Americans from living the good life. But this is the moral standard of politics in America today: No Moral Standard!

 
At Monday, June 20, 2005 4:53:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not sure how you got that out of mine, Alex. But Christians in Saudi Arabia have a choice to be there or not or to make their faith known or not. God bless those with the courage to admit their faith and their attempt to preach the gospel.

The solution is to eliminate our need for these people. It's unfortunate that we are in this predicament but the solution is not to go cold-turkey with these guys and run our economy into the ground. The effects would spread world-wide.

I'd love to see Bush call their bluff and tell them that we are no longer going to do business with them over their treatment of Christians! The only problem is that the Saudis know what cards we hold. They know the liberal party in this country will nix any agenda that calls for any drilling or refineries in our country.

If we use military force to arrest those who mistreat Christians the liberals would go nuts, call Bush a war-monger and the "precious" international community would gang up to remove him.

There's nothing he can do to appease the left or the rest of the world. As such, this ain't a Bush problem-it's a liberal problem.

 

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