A group of 28 Christians holding a prayer meeting in Saudi Arabia -- the birthplace of Islam -- were arrested by Saudi police last week, the Christian Today website reports today (September 15, 2014).
The group was abducted from the home of an Indian Christian in the city of Khafji, near the Kuwait border. They have not been heard from since their arrest. Several Bibles were also confiscated in the raid.
"Saudi Arabia is continuing the religious cleaning that has always been its official policy," said Nina Shea, director of the Washington-based Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom.
"It is the only nation state in the world with the official policy of banning all churches. This is enforced even though there are over two million Christian foreign workers in that country. Those victimized are typically poor, from Asian and African countries with weak governments," she said.