(As of Sunday, February 17th there is zero mention of these arrests in the American media and there will be no condemnation from the White House. The contrast to ignoring persecution of Christians by our Saudi “ally” is the universal condemnation by our government and press when naked lesbians in Russia were arrested for demonstrating on the steps of an Orthodox Church. According to our government and press this “free expression” should be allowed by Russian, but arresting Christians in Saudi Arabia for praying in a private home is not problematic at all. – Editor)
RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA (BosNewsLife)– Dozens of Ethiopian Christians, mostly women, have been detained in Saudi Arabia after attending a worship service in a private home, BosNewsLife learned Wednesday, February 13.
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.
It said the three church leaders – two of them women – were produced in an Islamic court in the eastern city of Dammam on charges of converting Muslims to Christianity.
Authorities were expected to release two of the Ethiopian Christians who have residential permits, but the others were due to be deported, Christians said.
“We call on Saudi authorities to treat all those arrested with dignity, and release them immediately as there is apparently no evidence for any offense against them,” said Godfrey Yogarajah, WEA-RLC’s executive director. Read more