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Disclaimer and an option not to serve!

Reader comment on item: The Scandal of U.S.-Saudi Relations

Submitted by Gabriella Ayer (United States), Jan 11, 2003 at 17:59

It is an affront and an outrage that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia expects that its foreign nationals be provided religious accommodations in the United States of America, while in their own country, one dare not serve his or her government as a Jew or expect minimum standards so that he or she might practice his or her Christian faith. Muslims in the US are afforded the most opulent, imposing and grand houses of worship and religious freedom is without exception permitted in this society.

What would the Prophet have said about religous discrimanation implemented as a matter of law in Saudia Arabia? After all Muslims are constantly spouting rhetorically specious claims about the prominence and influence of Judaism and Christianity on their religion.

If Saudis in the US were subjected to the mistreatment that Christians and Jews are the victims of as they are excluded of course because they are nonentities in Saudia Arabia, we would be charged with hyprocrisy, chicanery, lack of democratic values, and be lectured on our founding fathers etc. etc.!

I would like to see a disclaimer attached to the civil service examination that religious tolerance and magnanimity do not exist in the Kingdom and that women and others have the option of refusing to serve in the country by checking a box before taking the examination.
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