Friday, April 13, 2012
As the United States tries to strengthen ties with Saudi Arabia, many religious rights groups wonder if the Obama administration will step in to urge the Islamic country to allow religious freedom.
Saudi Arabia bans Christianity, and the Grand Mufti -- Saudi Arabia's highest Islamic authority -- has called for the destruction of all churches on the Arabian Peninsula.
Yet, there hasn't been much of a global outcry over this persecution.
"Imagine if Pat Robertson called for the demolition of all the mosques in America. It would be front-page news. It would be on every network and cable news program," Cliff May, president of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, wrote in a recent Townhall.com column.
"There would be a demand for Christians to denounce him, and denounce him they would -- in the harshest terms. The president of the United States and other world leaders would weigh in, too. Rightly so," he continued.
"So why is it that when ... the Grand Mufti of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, declares that it is 'necessary to destroy all the churches in the Arabian Peninsula,' the major media do not see this as even worth reporting?" he asked.
May said he believes U.S. leaders and others have been mum on Saudi Arabia to avoid promoting the notion of "Islamophobia." But he warned that the world cannot stay silent much longer.
Cliff May talked more about Saudi Arabia's threat to religious freedom on Friday's Christian World News show.