Sunday, 29 November -0001 18:42

Two Men Deported From Saudi Arabia for Owning Bible, Christian CDs

Written by Rev. H.A. Bergsma
According to a press release from Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), two Filipino men who were caught in possession of a Bible and some Christian CDs when police raided their room in March 2001 in Saudi Arabia have been deported to the Philippines. A local court had sentenced Filipino Christians, Danilo de Guzman, 38, and Benjamin Diaz, 40, to a month's imprisonment in April 2001. A higher court increased their sentence to include 150 lashes in January 2002. CSW reports that de Guzman was not given a lawyer and that only his company liaison officer was present during the hearings. In addition, de Guzman paid fines for the pocket Bible and each CD. The men were spared the lashes, but were deported last week instead. The public expression of religious belief other than Islam is forbidden in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, reports CSW, but senior Saudi officials have repeatedly stated that non-Muslims are free to practice their faith in the privacy of their own homes. Over the summer months of 2001, 14 expatriate Christians were detained in connection with their Christian faith in a spate of arrests. The last of these detainees was finally deported at the end of March this year. According to CSW, three men suffered 80 lashes each, even though none appeared before a court and they were not formally charged with any crime. (Source: Christian Solidarity Worldwide)

The Muslims should be as tolerant of Christians as we are told here to be tolerant of the Muslims! It seems that tolerance and sensitivity is a one-way street.

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