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Saudi authorities on Feb. 8 arrested 53 Ethiopian Christians, mostly women, who were attending a worship service in the private, rented home of an Ethiopian believer in Dammam, the capital of the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia.
Unfortunately, the U.S. State Department has not held Saudi Arabia to its 2006 pledge to reform Saudi textbooks within two years. In October, seven current and former heads of major U.S. publishing houses issued an appeal to the government of Saudi Arabia to stop publishing hate-filled textbooks.
Saudi Arabia is one of the world’s most restrictive Islamic countries -- a place where women are forbidden from driving, not to mention participating in sports of any kind. And while around the world the women’s presence at the games was largely praised as a leap forward, back home in Saudi Arabia was a different scene entirely.