Saudi Arabia has again shown its institutional intolerance of other religions with the arrest of Hamoud Bin Saleh, 28, who wrote about how he converted to Christianity from Islam. The arrest of the blogger followed the killing of the daughter of an official in the Kingdom’s religious police who also wrote about her Christian faith.
What is fascinating is that the Kingdom does not try to disguise its attacks on free exercise and free speech. The government admits that Bin Saleh was arrested “because of his opinions and his testimony that he had converted from Islam to Christianity.” The government has also blocked his website, fearful that other Muslims will be exposed to the discussion of religion.
Bin Saleh gave a detailed account of how he started to question Islam after watching the beheading of three Pakistanis convicted of drug charges. He concluded that they were executed because they were poor and became critical of Sharia law in general.
Five months ago, a Saudi official with the Commission for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice killed his daughter for converting to Christianity by first cutting the tongue of the girl and then burning her to death.
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