"The Christianity of history is not Protestantism. If ever there were a safe truth it is this, and Protestantism has ever felt it so; to be deep in history is to cease to be a Protestant." (-John Henry Newman, An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine).

"Where the bishop is, there let the people gather; just as where ever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church". -St. Ignatius of Antioch (ca 110 AD)a martyr later thrown to the lions, wrote to a church in Asia Minor. Antioch was also where the term "Christian" was first used.

“But if I should be delayed, you should know how to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth.” 1 Timothy 3:15

"This is the sole Church of Christ, which in the Creed we profess to be one, holy, catholic and apostolic." -CCC 811

Sunday, October 10, 2010

"Forbidden Worship" in Saudi Arabia Caused 14 Filipinos (and others) to face Deportation


Umm Isa and Mariam
Photo Source: Dar al-Masih
 THERE is no reciprocity in Islam. While Muslims DEMANDED their rights to worhip in Western and Democratic Countries, non-Muslims in Islamic states face CONTINEOUS persecution. Muslism in the West are silent. Islamophobia or Islamization?

14 OFWs* nabbed for 'forbidden' worship in Saudi

MANILA, Philippines, PhilStar – A total of 14 overseas Filipino workers were among 100 expatriates apprehended by Saudi cultural police during a religious service in an undisclosed place, a migrant rights group based in the Middle East said.

Migrante-Middle East regional coordinator John Leonard Monterona said there were two OFWs who have called him on separate occasions last Saturday morning informing him of the said incident.

Monterona said both OFWs, who have requested not to be named, were asking assistance, specifically in working for the release of their fellow OFWs who were among those apprehended.

Monterona said based on the information given to him by the OFW callers, their fellow OFW friends attended a “Christian religious” service on Friday, when all of a sudden a number of Saudi cultural police went through the place where they are performing a religious worship.

“The OFW callers pleaded for help for their detained companions, particularly to get them released from jail,” Monterona added.

Based on the information provided to him, Monterona said there are about a 100 expatriates of various nationalities, including 14 OFWs, who have attended the “prohibited” religious worship.

Conducting religious activities other than Islam is prohibited in Saudi Arabia and in most of the Middle-Eastern countries.

However, there are Born Again Christian groups and other similar religious groups that are clandestinely performing religious activities even if it is strictly banned by the host government.

“We would like to remind our fellow OFWs to respect the cultural prohibitions imposed by the host country specifically performing religious worship other than Islam; we are ‘foreigners’ of third class category here in Saudi,” Monterona said.

“To avoid getting into trouble like this one, our fellow OFWs must be cautious and must have a ‘sense of extra care’ especially in Saudi Arabia which has been known to be strictly implementing its cultural laws not only to their own nationals but as well as to expatriates or foreign workers including OFWs*,” he added.
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OFW = Overseas Filipino Workers

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