Saudis Top Religious Violators

(Washington Times) Julia Duin - Saudi Arabia was cited as the top violator Tuesday in an annual report issued by the U.S. Commission on Religious Freedom on the status of religious liberties worldwide. Commissioners called on Saudi Arabia to let non-Muslims at least practice their religion in private and criticized the kingdom for "harassment, detention, arrest, torture" and deportation of foreign Christians employed in the country. The commission also noted "offensive and discriminatory language" disparaging Jews, Christians, and non-Wahhabi Muslims found in government-sponsored school textbooks, in Friday sermons preached in prominent mosques, and in state-controlled Saudi newspapers.

2003-05-15 00:00:00

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