Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Religious liberty

We have a First Amendment, guaranteeing religious liberty. Not everyone does. An interesting story from the Washington Times points out what should be an example of appropriate reciprosity:
The Saudis have recently asked permission to build a mosque in Moscow, a city where there are only four mosques and 2 million Muslims. The Russians, however, are saying they want, in return, an Orthodox church in Saudi Arabia. ....

Not only are hapless Christians terrorized and jailed for daring to hold private prayer services in Saudi Arabia, but God help them should they try to convert someone to their religion. And that's for a fellow People of the Book: One can only guess at what the treatment of Buddhists and Hindus must be like.

Wouldn't it be so ironic if the Russians were the first Christian body to win acceptance of the right to build a church in, say, Riyadh? ....

The image is of the minaret of the Islamic Center in Washington D.C., where religious liberty is protected by law.

A Russian church for a Saudi mosque? - Duin - Religion Commentary - Washington Times

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