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June 02, 2005

Eight Christians arrested in Saudi Arabia

From WorldNetDaily:

Saudi Arabia's religious police arrested eight Christians, including one who was beaten in front of his 5-year-old son, according to a Washington, D.C.-based human rights group.

International Christian Concern says Chittirical John Thomas, an Indian national, was pulled from work in Riyadh by Saudi Muttawa authorities, dragged to his home and beaten.

In addition, seven other Indian nationals were arrested in similar fashion while they slept Saturday night. ICC identified them as Valiakalail Samuel Daniel, Koil Pillai Vijaykumar, Mutham Plackal Mathai Thomas, Pathivadathil James George, George Matthew, Biju Thomas and Saji Varghese....

The Muslim kingdom bars all public expression of religion, except for its strict Wahhabi interpretation of Islam. No church buildings are allowed, and religious police crack down at times on worship in private homes.

At least one of the prisoners arrested Saturday has been abused -- forced to continuously stand -- and was beaten with his hands bound behind his back.

The arrests are believed to be the result of the detention Jan. 24 of another Christian, Samkutty Varghese, who had in his possession names and numbers of people in his Assembly of God group.

Saudi Arabia, of course, is a member of the UN Commission on Human Rights. To our disgrace, the US has also lowered itself to be a member of such a farce.

 Coverage: Dhimmi Watch

Posted by Danny Carlton at June 2, 2005 09:05 AM

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