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Saudi Arabia deports Christians for celebrating Assumption

September 26, 2016

Saudi Arabia has deported 27 Catholics, all Lebanese Maronites, who were arrested for celebrating the feast of the Assumption in a private home.

Saudi religious police raided the home in Al Khafij where the celebration was taking place, and charged those involved with "un-Islamic prayer." The raid and the deportations appear to violate a Saudi policy, announced in 2006, that Christians would be allowed to practice their own faiths in private.

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  • Posted by: feedback - Sep. 27, 2016 2:13 AM ET USA

    And we are told to guard against "islamophobia."