Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Saudi investigates Christ posters

A Saudi newspaper said Sunday authorities were investigating complaints posters of a crucified Christ were being distributed to school children. The semi-official daily al-Watan said Saudis in the western al-Taif region have complained expatriates from an unidentified southeast Asian country were "selling stickers and posters of Christ on the cross to elementary school children." Unidentified sources told the paper the stickers and posters were being sold by Asian street peddlers at traffic lights and in front of schools. The sources complained selling these products was contrary to Islamic beliefs Jesus himself was not crucified, but rather someone else who resembled him. The paper said because young children were the target market for the stickers, "adults have become suspicious." It added parents have called on authorities to take action against street peddlers to "prevent sedition."


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