Remind me again, in which type of country does an entire swath of people live in fear of persecution or even death due to their religious beliefs? Western nations? Or other ones?
Well there’s this…
Juan Pablo Pino, 24, who plays with the Al Nasr Soccer Club in Saudi Arabia, was wearing a sleeveless shirt while out with his pregnant wife at a mall in the capital city of Riyadh.
Locals who saw the tattoo [of Christ on his shoulder] began insulting him, which drew the attention of the officers from a group known as the Police Force for the Promotion of Virtue of the Prevention of Vice, who detained the couple
[Gustavo Costas, an Argentinian who coaches the al Nasr club] recalled that while he was in Lima, he made the sign of the cross before every game and wore a rosary around his neck. Now in Saudi Arabia, he said, “I can’t do it. I do it before heading out to the field, in the locker room. If I sign myself, they’ll kill me or stone me,” Costas said.
I am happy that no one lives in that kind of fear in this country or in any Western country. I do wish we had leaders who would boldly promote that fact as a counter-example to stuff such as this.
If we operated like that, the folks who sought to have sharia law considered valid for use in our courts would have been dragged out into the street and stoned. Instead we resist such efforts on constitutional and historical grounds. You know: non-violent, and rooted in our governmental documents and founding philosophies.