From the online version of the San Francisco Chronicle comes this story:

Saudi fundamentalist cleric’s fatal ruling

Sunday, May 4, 2008

If you want to understand why murderous Islamic extremists still pour out of the Middle East, consider a small drama under way in Saudi Arabia right now.

A few weeks ago, one of the nation’s most senior religious authorities directed that two reporters for a mainstream Saudi newspaper be executed for publishing stories suggesting that religions other than Islam are worthy of respect. In Saudi Arabia, malefactors are beheaded by sword, as the nation calls the punishment, often in public, outside a mosque just after Friday prayers. By official count, authorities beheaded 151 people last year….

When I hear people lump all religions together, saying that religions ought to be outlawed because they foster hatred and violence, I think that there is nothing equivalent to this in Christianity. Christianity is no where in the world plotting the overthrow of a government, the bombing of innocent civilians, the decapitation of people who speak their minds. I’m glad Jesus said for Peter to put away the sword because “those who live by the sword shall die by the sword.” Christians cannot relate to the use of terror to control people. Read the full story here: A senior religious authority in Saudi Arabia calling for beheading of journalists.

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