Wednesday, September 15, 2004


Religious Freedom for Non-Muslims in Saudi Arabia?

BBC NEWS | Americas | US blasts Saudi 'religious curbs':

"According to its annual report, freedom of religion in Saudi Arabia does not exist either in practice or in law."

"The US report said that "freedom of religion does not exist" in Saudi Arabia, where an austere form of Sunni Islam known as Wahhabism is the official religion.

Christianity and all its symbols - including crosses and Christmas trees - are strictly banned, as are all places of worship except mosques.*

The report said those groups who did not adhere to the officially sanctioned strain of Islam were facing "severe repercussions" at the hands of the religious police in the desert kingdom."
(*The emphasis in boldface characters is mine)

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