Sunday, January 6, 2013

China goes after home churches; Saudi Arabia a challenging place for westerners to work


The First Baptist Church of the City of Washington DC is still holding services in the Fellowship Hall, and I’ll note the progress on the organ on my drama and music blog soon. 

There were a few reports posted on bulletin boards about persecution.  One was about the apparent tendency for China’s government to disrupt “home churches” particularly in the southern part of the country, even near Shanghai. 

Another was about the small Island nation of Maldives, threatened by climate change (as with the film “The Island President”, reviewed on the movies blog April 16, 2012), which reportedly insists that religious practice on the island nation remain Muslim.

I’m not one to make a lot of victimization, but the reports of this sort of thing in nations that should be advanced beyond that is disturbing.
  
I also understand, from the grapevine, that it is still difficult for many Americans to work (as for contractors) to work in Saudi Arabia.  Religious police still visit their residences (unless they are in consulates), to look for alcohol, sexual variations, and the like.  I had heard this back in 1980 in Dallas from a consultant who had worked for Aramco there for a year.  Whatever an employer’s non-discrimination policies are, the culture of the host country can be a big deal.  Fundamentalist Sunni Islam perhaps follows the religious laws of the Pentateuch more literally than do any Christians or Jews.  

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