Persecution of the Day
Posted by Godefroi on August 11, 2007
In our ally Saudi Arabia:
Traveling Americans threatened with Bible confiscation
National airline warns also about ban on crucifixes, Stars of David
Saudi Arabia has launched a series of initiatives to lure tourists, but the Muslim kingdom continues to prohibit Jews and Christians from bringing in Bibles, crucifixes and Stars of David, threatening to confiscate them on sight.
“Items and articles belonging to religions other than Islam are also prohibited. These may include Bibles, crucifixes, statues, carvings, items with religious symbols such as the Star of David, and others.”
An official at the Saudi Consulate in New York, who declined to give her name, also confirmed “you are not allowed to bring that stuff into the kingdom.”
Cambodian government bans door-to-door evangelism
According to Voice of the Martyrs (VOM), the Ministry of Cults and Religions has ordered that Christian groups can no longer take part in door-to-door witnessing. The government directive also says the distribution of religious material should take place only in church buildings.
Karnataka: authorities back anti-Christian violence
The frequent acts of violence against Christians in Karnataka are carried out with “the tacit support of the administration,” this according to Fr Doming Dias, principal of the Sacred Heart Junior College in Shimoga, a Catholic school that has been threatened and attacked in the recent past.
“This academic year began in June and the school textbook sports the image of the Sacred Heart to protect and guide the school. [But] on July 23, Hindu extremists from the Bajrang Dal stormed my office and ordered me to remove the image from the books within three days. They shouted false accusations that I had converted people to Christianity. I told them that it was only the image of our patron and that we had the right to put it on the cover. But they just repeated their ultimatum.”
Sadly for Father Doming “such incidents are commonplace. Many Protestant clergymen have been beaten up and their prayer meeting disrupted with the tacit support of the administration.”
Mgr Gerald Lobo, bishop of Shimoga, said he was worried about “the recent spate of anti-Christian violence in Shimoga.
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