World Watch List Challenge – #6 Saudi Arabia
- A Saudi court in Al Khobar sentenced a Lebanese man to 6 years in prison and 300 lashes on charges of trying to convert a Saudi girl to the Christian religion. The court also sentenced a Saudi man and the Lebanese man to 8 years in prison and 500 lashes after they were convicted of smuggling the Saudi girl to Beirut and converting her to Christianity.
- News reports surfaced out of Saudi Arabia that the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia (the top Islamic official) has declared that it is “necessary to destroy all the churches in the region”.
- The Religious Liberty Commission of the World Evangelical Alliance reported that 53 Ethiopian Christians were arrested by Saudi authorities in February of 2013. Additionally, two expatriate Christians had crosses taken from them and were told that they could not pray.
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