Saudi Arabia: 27 Arrested on Suspicion of Practicing Christianity in Home Church
Carrie DedrickReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2014 Sep 11
A home in Saudi Arabia was raided by authorities last Friday (Sept. 5); authorities arrested 27 people in the house, accusing them of practicing Christianity.
Saudi Arabian law prevents the practice of any religion other than Islam.
The Saudi Gazette reported, “The Haia members who stormed the house found the men, women and children engaged in religious rituals in one of the rooms.”
Bibles and musical instruments were also seized.
A tip from a Saudi Arabia citizen accusing the house of “suspicious activities” prompted the raid.
“The raid is another part of an ongoing harassment campaign directed at Christians at the exact same time that the Saudi kingdom is making a major ‘interfaith outreach’ push internationally,” Patrick Poole of P.J. Media said.
Representative Frank Wolf said that he hopes the U.S. “will speak up” about the house raid and subsequent arrests.
Publication date: September 11, 2014