Dozens of Ethiopian Christians, mostly women, have been detained in Saudi Arabia after attending a worship service in a private home. The Christians – 46 women and six men including three church leaders – were arrested last Friday, February 8, said the well-informed Religious Liberty Commission of the World Evangelical Alliance, or ‘WEA-RLC’, which represents evangelical believers worldwide. There is zero mention of these arrests in the American media and there will be no condemnation from the White House.
But our guest and Chairman of the Religious Freedom Coalition is working to get the news out:
Congressmen must speak out against Saudi arrests of Christians for praying by William J. Murray
Below is a petition demanding that congressmen speak out against the arrest and brutal treatment of Christian quest workers in Saudi Arabia. In February 53 more Ethiopian Christians were arrested as they held a prayer meeting at a private home. In the past Christians working in Saudi Arabia have been tortured. Christian women arrested have been subjected to sexual tortures. The Religious Freedom Coalition has arranged through FaxCongress.com for the petition to be faxed free of charge to your congressman asking him to speak up against the arrest and torture of Christians in Saudi Arabia. By entering your zip code in the form provided at FaxCongress.com the petition will go to your congressman with your name at the bottom.
Subject: Saudi Arabia Persecution of Christians
Dear [Your Congressman Name Inserted Here]
This petition is to respectfully ask you to join Congressman Jeff Fortenberry in speaking out against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for its brutal treatment of Christians, and especially those who are African. In February, 53 Ethiopians attending a prayer and Bible study meeting were arrested and jailed when Saudi religious police stormed a private home. Please use your influence to call for their release, because they are in great danger of torture and sexual abuse while in jail. That was the experience of another group of 29 Ethiopians who were released last year after months of abuse in jail, for the same “offense” – private Christian worship.
Of course the Saudi Kingdom is so intolerant that it has no known Christian citizens, yet there are many Christians among its over six million guest workers, and they are persecuted for their faith. Such radical intolerance will not stay within the borders of Saudi Arabia because the country has so much influence in the world. Recently their Grand Mufti called for all Christian churches to be destroyed in the whole Arabian Peninsula. And let us not forget that Saudi Arabia was the birthplace of 15 of the 19 hijackers of 9-11 and also of Osama Bin Laden.
For Congress to remain silent and ignore cases in which people are hunted down in their homes just for private worship, will only make the situation more dangerous by encouraging the religious police in Saudi Arabia. Please speak out for religious freedom and human rights. Call for a Resolution condemning this Saudi Arabian intolerance and violence toward Christians.
[Your name here]
- Saudi Arabia arrests 53 Ethiopian Christians (religiousfreedomcoalition.org)
- Saudi religious police arrest Ethiopian workers for practicing Christianity (foxnews.com)
- Obama sees no Saudi evil (religiousfreedomcoalition.org)
- Shock: 7 Saudis Set to Be Executed by Crucifixion and Firing Squad for Juvenile Jewelry Heist (theblaze.com)