Saudi Arabia: Muslim Father Kills Daughter for Converting to Christianity

Thursday, August 14, 2008

The Price of Teaching and Exporting Hate

Washington, D.C. (ICC) -- The Washington-DC based human rights group, International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that a Saudi Arabian man cut out the tongue of his daughter and burned her to death after finding out that she had converted to Christianity.

The girl came to know about Jesus Christ through the internet, according to Gulf News. Her father found about her conversion and killed her “following a heated debate on religion” the source indicated. The man is currently in custody. There is no indication as to the killer’s identity or the date of the crime except “that the killing happened recently.”

The killer works for the mutaween (Commission for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice), an arm of the government that enforces religious purity and is the government’s face of persecution to Christians in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is intolerant of Christianity and non-Muslim faiths. Its education curriculum openly inculcates hatred against Christians and other non-Muslims through their textbooks and teachers.

The Saudi Arabian officials are using their huge oil wealth to export Wahabbism (the most intolerant version of Islam) to other countries including in the United States. In its recent press release regarding the Saudi government school in Northern Virginia, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom indicated that, according text books at the school “It is permissible for a Muslim to kill an apostate (a convert from Islam)”.

From Ethiopia to Indonesia, Saudi Arabia’s oil money is fueling the killings of Christians and destruction of their property.

ICC’s president, Jeff King, said that “Saudi Arabia has to treat Christians with the same respect that it wants Muslims to be treated in other countries. It has to stop exporting hate and persecution against Christians in other countries.”