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Saudis Persecute Christians Because Islam is Weakening
June 28, 2002
CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS
'Islam Weakening', So Saudis Jail Christians
By Stan Jeter
CWN Senior Producer
Saudi prison officer admits, "We are afraid Islam is getting weak."
CBN.com – A Filipino Christian who was jailed in Saudi Arabia is asking U.S. lawmakers to help protect the religious freedom of Christian foreigners living and working there.
Dennis Moreno was one of an estimated 500,000 foreign Christians working in that Muslim kingdom, until Saudi police arrested him last August. He asked his Saudi interrogator why they took him to jail.
Moreno said, "There are many criminals outside. Those who make whiskey, who gamble, do prostitution. There are many criminals, a lot of thieves. Why did you arrest us?"
Moreno went on to say, "And he, Major Alamudi said, 'The government is afraid Islam is getting weak'."
Moreno's voice still showed his astonishment as he replied to the major, "What?! To which Alamudi said again, 'We are afraid Islam is getting weak'."
Moreno responded, "I said to him, that's not our problem, you raised up your own preachers."
But, Moreno continued, "Even so, from that time on, they still forced us to name other Christian leaders and Saudi Christians."
Moreno was one of 14 Christians jailed at that time. He had to wait seven months to be sent back to his home country, the Philippines.
A smuggled camera captured his living conditions at the Breman Deportation Prison in Jeddah, which were cramped and deplorable. In with over 1,000 inmates, Moreno was on his feet for two days before finding a place to sleep.
Moreno also says he witnessed Saudi guards beating three Ethiopian Christians who were kicked, suspended with chains and lashed 80 times with a steel cable wrapped in plastic.
Moreno credits his release to the work of Washington-based International Christian Concern, and the American government.
During his visit to Washington, Moreno warned Americans how Saudis are taught to hate all Jews and allies of Jews-especially Americans. He also expressed concern for the thirteen foreign Christians still held as prisoners in Saudi Arabia.
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