Islamist police raided a Christian prayer meeting in Khafji, Saudi Arabia—a city on the border with Kuwait—and arrested the entire congregation, made up of 28 Christian men, women and even children, according to reports. Officers from the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice confiscated several Bibles and various musical instruments and took the group in the middle of their worship. No reports of the congregation’s whereabouts or condition have been received. Human rights activists—including Nina Shea, director of the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom in Washington, D.C.—are demanding intervention by the U.S. government.
“Saudi Arabia is continuing the religious cleansing that has always been its official policy,” Shea told FoxNews.com. “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 2 million Christian foreign workers in that country. Those victimized are typically poor, from Asian and African countries with weak governments.”