Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Non-Muslims need not Apply, Saudis Say

Washington DC - The Saudi Government said today it won’t allow non Muslims to seek its citizenship, Al-Watan newspaper reported today. Naser Al-Hanaya, Ministry of Interior Assistant for Civil Affairs, told Al-Watan that the citizenship law amended October 18 of last year won’t allow any non Muslims living in the country to seek Saudi nationality. Al-Hanaya said “Islam is the religion and non Muslims won’t be allowed citizenship.”

The US has been involved in negotiation with the Saudi government for two years on admission to the World Trade Organization (WTO). The nationality law was amended as part of these negotiations. The Saudi government bars all non Muslims including Christians, Jews, Hindus, and Buddhists from practicing their faith publicly in Saudi Arabia. It also bars them from celebrating all national and cultural holidays such as Independence Day, Christmas and New Year’s Day.


At March 08, 2005 10:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was it not Saudi Arabai that had a well advertised conference on Human Rights. So this must be what it was all about - Non-muslims need not apply for any human rights.

Saudi Arabia is the world's most corrupt, inept, uneducated, bigotted and stupid country. In fact it is hard to call it a country in any form. As they have a lot of unearned wealth, they assume that they actually deserve it, and are as a consequence suprememly arrogant. Stupidity and arrogance is generally a fatal combination. I hope, that soon this evil country and its bigotted people are brought low, and its institutions and symbols destroyed. It will be some justice for 9/11.


At March 09, 2005 3:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Didn't former President Bush say that he didn't consider atheists to be US citizens when he was in office. Sounds like the same mentality. Uneducated, bigoted and stupid sounds about right.

At March 12, 2005 12:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

An interesting perspective that appeared in the Jerusalem Post last year.


Some excerpts:
Islamic societies around the world, Arab countries in particular, have reputations for being intolerant of non-Muslims.
The solution lies in converting such societies into tolerant ones by making them multicultural and pluralistic in nature.
A large number of people from other countries work in Arab countries and contribute to their economies, but they are not granted citizenship and do not enjoy political rights or other forms of civil liberties. Granting citizenship to these workers and allowing them to participate in the political process is bound to make the Arab societies more respectful of diversity.
Islamic countries should also open their borders to immigration from other places, and end racial and religious discrimination. It is not enough that the Arabs ask other countries to open their borders; the Arabs must reciprocate by opening up to immigrants and sharing their land.------


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