An excellent article appeared in this weeks press, written by a female journalist who was allowed into Saudi Arabia, journalist are not given a welcome normally, even more difficult if they are female.
Anne Leslie who writes for the Mail and is well respected in Media and other circles for her straightforward warts and all reporting paid a visit to Riyadh here are some of her findings.
Leslie observing their strict codes of dress for women was obliged to wear a headscarf and cloak, as they make little allowances for visitors unlike the West, she made the report after arriving in Saudi the day after a journalist had been gunned down in the street, and Paul Johnson had been kidnapped.
She stated that she was fearful of Johnson’s fate as she like the world had seen his tattooed upper arm, tattooing is seen by Islam as a sin, even eyebrow plucking is seen as a religious issue in Saudi.
She felt unnerved a little as she walked through a Western Style amusement park with Saudis who had been taught from an early age to shun and despise non-Muslims like herself.
The killers who had kidnapped the foreign workers last month asked their captives if they were Muslim or not, if they answered no their throats were cut 22 of them in all - http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/english/doc/2004-05/31/content_335167.htm
Saudi schoolchildren are taught it is forbidden to befriend anyone who does not believe in Allah, anyone who befriends them deviates from the path of truth. More over it is not permitted to emulate the infidels, Jews Christians or others.
An 8th grade textbook explains that Jews and Christians were cursed by Allah and turned into pigs and apes, it goes on that infidels await torment for choosing not to become Muslim even after reading the Koran. Religious Scholars teach that infidels who are thirsty will be given a choice of four drinks by Allah, boiling oil, boiling fluid of blood and pus, boiling water, or boiling festered water.
Given this deeply intolerant xenophobic education system no wonder their most famous student is Bin Laden.
She reports that she also met welcoming sophisticated Saudis who in the main had been educated overseas who she did not name as they could also become targets for the religious zealots.
They stated that most of the Saudi state schools spend 50% of their curriculum is spent on religion, which has one overriding principle, it is not tolerance, it is not peace, it is not respect for other cultures, or other faiths.
What they have been taught is institutionalised hatred of infidels and heretics.
Even fellow Muslims who do not follow the teaching are classed as heretics, Shias, Sufis, Ismaelis, and moderate Muslims and therefore deserving of death according to the teaching of Wahhabists.
After reading her excellent article anyone her who calls me intolerant or xenophobic should I dare to voice my opinion can go to the devil.