Soft on Saudis

Persecution | Saudis arrest 40 Christians but get all-clear from the Bush administration
by Priya Abraham
Posted 5/14/05, 12:00 am

As Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia jetted to the United States with a five-plane entourage, his religious police took care of business at home. In late April that meant raiding a Riyadh apartment and arresting 40 Christians.

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Tough love

Persecution | Despite cooperation in the war on terror, Saudi Arabia earns U.S.
by Priya Abraham
Posted 9/25/04, 12:00 am

For years, Saudia Arabia was one of only two countries where religious freedom outright "does not exist" in the annual U.S. religious freedom report. While the State Department always went on to brand the other country, North Korea, as one of the world's worst religious persecutors, Saudi Arabia escaped censure. Until this year.

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Terror's next target in Iraq

Church Attacks | In the first coordinated assault on one of Iraq's most important minorities, Islamist insurgents murder 12 and injure 60 Christians at worship.
by Mindy Belz
Posted 8/14/04, 12:00 am

Most churches in Iraq hold services Sunday evening for a simple reason: Here, as in the rest of the Muslim world, the Christian Sabbath is a workday. So the coordinated attacks that struck the Christian community on Aug. 1 arrived in time for maximum carnage.

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