| Saudi Arabia, Our Friend And Ally
| Tuesday, August 22, 2017
|Jihad Watch : The State Department has just issued its annual report on religious freedom around the world.
Saudi Arabia, to judge by the language of the report, vied with North
Korea as the worst offender. The Saudis, Rex Tillerson said, ought to
“embrace greater degrees of religious freedom for all of its citizens.”
He cited criminal penalties — but did not explain that for some of those
“crimes” the penalty is death — for apostasy, atheism, blasphemy, and
insulting the Saudi state’s interpretation of Islam, as well as
discrimination against, and attacks targeting, Shi’ite Muslims.
He did not mention the ferocious warfare now being conducted against
pockets of Shi’a resistance to the Saudi Wahhabis, that receives so
little attention, though he might have produced videos of the complete
flattening, in recent weeks, of the Musawara district, with its 400-year
old buildings, in the Shi’a town of Awamiya, which can be seen here.
And while limits on the religious freedom of foreigners was
mentioned, the report did not go into the details of how, in Saudi
Arabia, the observation of Christian worship, no matter if held behind
closed doors, is strictly forbidden and severely punished. A few years
ago, four Korean women were singing Christmas carols softly in their
rooms, far from any Muslims. The matawain, or religious police, who are
always on the prowl, overheard them, hauled them away, and they were
promptly deported for their caroling sins.
They may have been lucky; the
usual punishment for singing carols is 1000 lashes, which can prove
fatal for some. And before there were the Korean women, there were
British nurses, also caught celebrating Christmas behind doors. And that
1000 lashes is also the punishment prescribed for wishing anyone Merry
Christmas in the thoroughly Islamic state of Saudi Arabia.
Nor did the State Department report take up the perennial problem of
Saudi textbooks which preach hatred of Christians and Jews, about which
discussion has been going on for more than a decade, with the Saudis
constantly reassuring the Americans that they are making all the
necessary changes. In fact, those textbooks continue to include lessons
describing the Jews “as the sons of apes and pigs,” and of Infidels as
the “most vile” of creatures (which is just a quote from Qur’an 98:6,
though the State Department may not realize it). It has always been
State Department policy to work quietly with the Saudis on this textbook
But more than a decade of unhappy experience with suave Saudi
assurances of changes that are always just about to be made, but somehow
never are, or where the changes made are so slight as to be only
cosmetic, make clear that only a public discussion of these textbooks,
holding their contents up to widespread public view, and shaming the
Saudis in Western (though not of course Muslim) eyes, might have some
Read it all here...............
|posted by D Swami Gwekanandam @ 7:54 AM