It’s nearly impossible to openly be a Christian in a Middle Eastern Muslim nation, and now, one country has made it much more difficult for civilians to hold tight to their faith.
Unconfirmed reports show that the Saudi Arabian government has established a new law that will make it incredible dangerous for Bibles to enter the country.
The punishment for smuggling in any type of Christian literature will be death, particularly by beheading.
Heart Cry, a missionary organization, reports:
In actuality, the new law extends to the importing of all illegal drugs and “all publications that have a prejudice to any other religious beliefs other than Islam.” In other words, anyone who attempts to bring Bibles or Gospel literature into the country will have all materials confiscated and be imprisoned and sentenced to death.
Even practicing a religion other than Islam has long been illegal under Saudi Arabia’s Sharia law, but the new legislature raises religious persecution to a new level.
Several Christian missionaries said they were seeking to confirm a recent report by the Virginia-based Heart Cry Missionary Society that a new death penalty law has been adopted citing an “official statement” in Arabic on a Coptic Christian website called CoptsToday, according to WND.
The typical punishment for reading or distributing religious material other than that of Islam used to be dismemberment of the perpetrator’s hand, or even disfigurement.
Saudi Arabia has long been one of the most dangerous countries for a Christian to live in since an Islamic state does not allow the practice of any other worship without punishment, yet the U.S. continues to fund the nation with billions of dollars.
A 2005 report from the Saudi Kingdom states:
“Customs officials routinely open mail and shipments to search for contraband, including Sunni printed material deemed incompatible with the Salafi tradition of Islam, Shi’a religious materials, and non-Muslim materials, such as Bibles and religious videotapes. Such materials are subject to confiscation, although rules appear to be applied arbitrarily.
“Sunni Islamic religious education is mandatory in public schools at all levels. Regardless of which Islamic tradition their families adhere to, all public school children receive religious instruction that conforms to the Salafi tradition of Islam. Non-Muslim students in private schools are not required to study Islam. Private religious schools are not permitted for non-Muslims or for Muslims adhering to non-Salafi traditions of Islam.”
Courtesy of Mad World News