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Obama, Tell the Saudis to Stop Oppressing Christians

On Friday, President Obama will travel to the intolerant, feudal land of Saudi Arabia for consultations of some sort. Instead of bowing again to the local satrap, he should be getting in his face about his country’s oppression of Christians.

According to Nina Shea, director of the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom, Saudi Arabia is uniquely hostile, even among Muslim nations, to its Christian population and any Christians who happen to find themselves there.

From an article Shea wrote in the Wall Street Journal:

Saudi Arabia is the only state in the world to ban all churches and any other non-Muslim houses of worship. While Saudi nationals are all “officially” Muslim, some two to three million foreign Christians live in the kingdom, many for decades. They have no rights to practice their faith. The Saudi government has ignored Vatican appeals for a church to serve this community, despite the fact that in 1973 Pope Paul VI approved a proposal for the Roman city council to donate city lands for a grand mosque in Rome. The mosque, opened in 1995, is among the largest in Europe.

Christian foreign workers in Saudi Arabia can only pray together clandestinely. Religious-police dragnets against scores of Ethiopian house-church Christians, mostly poor women working as maids, demonstrate the perils of worshiping: arrest, monthslong detention and abuse, and eventual deportation.

Distributing Bibles in Saudi Arabia is illegal.

The fanatical intolerance of everything Christian extends to a crackdown on red roses on Valentine’s Day. Visiting European soccer teams with cross logos must blur the icon on team jerseys. At one holiday party in the American school in Riyadh, a Santa Claus had to jump through a window to escape religious police, according to Mr. Eid’s account.

The Saudis need us more than usual right now. They are paralyzed at the notion that Iran will obtain nuclear weapons, as they should be. Obama should prey on their fear and inform them that they must stop the oppression of Christians and allow them to worship and build churches.

Obama upon arriving in Saudi Arabia will have just alighted from the Vatican. Hopefully, the Pope will remind the president of his stipulation, made just last month at the National Prayer Breakfast, that “promoting religious freedom is a key objective of U.S. foreign policy.”

Unfortunately, I’d wager the man who did this in 2009 is unlikely to arise and start twisting Saudi arms.

20 Responses to Obama, Tell the Saudis to Stop Oppressing Christians

  1. Even if he did try to press the issue–which he won’t–he’s got no moral standing to make that argument. Glass houses, you know?

    He is running, arguably, the most anti-Christian administration in American history.

    Pot, kettle.

  2. Nice thought, but that’s not going to happen. If MrO presses the Saudis on anything it will be his obsession with gay-rights. He cares nothing about the Christian faith that he claims as his, because if he did he would never approve of, or endorse abortion.

    I disagree that the Saudis feel they need us for anything. When we saved their miserable butts from Sadam Hussein, I don’t recall any kind of thank you, or here’s some cash to offset your losses America.
    Miserable ingrates, privileged beyond comprehension and as vile as Sadam Hussein.
    We should have let Iraq have S.A., we could always control him or as it turned out, oust him from office.

    • Now I’m really fired up.
      MrObama could bring the Muslim “war on women” to the King’s attention, too. They could start to end that war by allowing women to put aside their hideous fabric covering and give them the same rights as men.
      Maybe, he could bring up the question of citizenship for all the poor foreigners they use like slaves there in Saudi Arabia. How about the sex trafficing thing.
      There isn’t a single Islamic-run country that is honorable or worthy of one second of our President’s time.

      • srdem65, you are fired up. Remember Obama telling the Russian Ambassador when he thought he was off camera, that if Putin would just go along with him until after the reelection , he would be able to be more flexible? He was referring to Poland’s request for an anti-missile defense system which was denied by Obama. No wonder Putin has no respect for Obama, he is a Puss. If he had any balls, he would now supply Poland those defensive weapons!

  3. Well at least there’s plenty of sand for Obama to draw a line in if they don’t. I only expect more bowing and scraping.
    The day, the very day that Obama bowed, America lost it’s prestige and any influence on world events. And it continues to this very day, more empty rhetoric, more apologies, more nothing.
    Unless it’s a fundraiser, vacation or round of golf. IMO

  4. in other news, Obama excoriated Israel for not caring about the human rights of the oppressed Palestinians.

    a note from our lawyers: unfortunately, this almost IS a real quote.

    • Israel intercepts a cargo shipment on the high seas containing missiles and rockets headed for Hezbollah (coming from Iran) and Obama meets with the leader of the Palestinian Authority the following week. And the majority of US Jewish community voted for Obama. I don’t get it, the world is turned upside down. Israel, Obama is not your friend and he will not come to your aid, get it through your thick skull!

  5. The Vatican’s Chief Justice has just pre-empted any attempt by St. Barack to wear his halo while visiting the Vatican and then lecturing the Saudis on Christianity the next day. The Pope is expected to give him an earful:

    Vatican Chief Justice accuses Obama of trying to ‘restrict’ Christianity.

    His policies have become progressively more hostile toward Christianity. He appears to be a totally secularized man who aggressively promotes anti-life and anti-family policies. He is fine with ‘freedom of worhip but restricts what Christians may do outside their churches. (Hobby Lobby).

  6. Lol. What happened to Obama’s “crusade” (sorry) for “fairness”? Seems like the Christians in Saudi Arabia are not being treated “fairly”. Where is the outrage?

  7. USA – from Puritans to Impure-itans

    Any connection between beautiful New England and predicted disasters?
    Take same-sex marriage. I would have guessed that a “sin” city (San Francisco? Las Vegas?) would have been the first to legalize it.
    Oddly it’s been America’s birthplace that’s wanted to be the first place to end America and its values! It’s been a Nor’easter of Perversion (helping to fulfill Luke 17’s “days of Lot”) that began in (you guessed it) Boston in 2004!
    New England has gone from the Mayflower Compact to the Gay Power Impact, from Providence to decadence, from Bible thumpers to God dumpers, from university to diversity to perversity, and from the land of the Great Awakening to God’s Future Shakening that’ll make the Boston bombings look like Walden Pond ripples by comparison!
    The same Nor’easter has been spreading south and as far west as Washington State where, after swelling up with pride, Mt. Rainier may wish to celebrate shame-sex marriage by having a blast that Seaddlepated folks can share in lava-land!
    The same Luke 17 prediction is tied to the Book of Revelation which speaks of the cities that God will flatten because of same-sexism – including American cities – a scenario I’ll have to accept since I can’t create my own universe and decree rules for it.
    I’ve just been analyzing the world’s terminal “religion” that has its “god,” its accessories, its “rites,” and even a flag. It’s an obsession that the infected converts are willing to live for, fight for – and even die for!
    Some claim that Jesus never mentioned homosexuality. Well, when gays have birthdays they don’t say what they don’t want but say positively what they do want.
    Likewise Jesus didn’t get negative and mention every sexual variation that He knew mankind would invent, but stated positively that marriage involves only a man and a woman!
    Want more facts? Google “God to Same-Sexers: Hurry Up,” “Government-Approved Illegals,” “FOR GAYS ONLY: Jesus predicted,” “Filthy Still Club (Rev. 22:11),” and “The Background Obama Can’t Cover Up.”


    Here are some Bible verses that Pres. Obama avoids:
    Proverbs 19:10 (NIV): “It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury – how much worse for a slave to rule over princes!”
    Also Proverbs 30:22 (NIV) which says that the earth cannot bear up under “a servant who becomes king.”
    And Ecclesiastes 5:2-3 (KJV) advises: “let thy words be few…a fool’s voice is known by multitude of words.”
    Although Obama is not descended from slaves, he may feel that he’s destined to become a black-slavery avenger.
    Or maybe an enslaver of all free citizens!