[quote=Ortho]I brought bibles through Saudi customs several times. None was shredded.
Personal religious symbols found in luggage are not taken. I have come through Saudi customs several times with people who had purchased religious items in other countries. Nothing was taken. I personally brought carved wooden figures of Hindu gods.
I had one thing taken in customs. It was a wooden carving of a hand. I also shipped a two foot high wooden elephant from Sri Lanka. It was solid wood. The Saudis drilled a hole in the bottom to look for drugs. When they found no drugs, they wished me well and I took my elephant to my car.
Multiple bibles will be confiscated. The person then goes on his way. If the number of religious items in luggage appears to be more than for personal use, they will be confiscated. For example, a dozen crosses will be taken.
Passengers stay on the plane when it lands if they are proceeding to another destination. Not if you are transferring flights. I’ve flown quite a few times myself, and each time I was proceeding to another destination, I got off the airplane and boarded another.
I travelled in and out of Saudi all the time. I think I made several hundred round trips out of Dhahran, Riyadh, and Jedda. I never witnessed the behavior you describe, not dd I hear of it from other people with first hand experience.
Saudi is a dictatorship and police state, and it can be dangerous. However, I suspect the religiously motivated actions you describe are gross exagerations.
Peace be with you!
OK, so it hasn’t happened to you. But it does happen. You even admitted that if you have multiple Bibles or crosses they are confiscated. How is that OK? Is there any Christian country where Qurans are confiscated? No. Saudi Arabia is run by terrible people…that was my point. I realize that this probably does not happen all the time (as you’ve pointed out), but even if it happens every once in a while, that’s still a bad thing. And, like you said, multiple Bibles and crosses are confiscated, an obvious violation of human rights, not to mention they are STEALING what that person paid for. Bibles and crosses are not drugs or weapons and cannot hurt anyone. There is no need whatsoever to take them from people.
Here is one place I read about this: exorthodoxforchrist.com/saudi_arabia_and_human_rights.htm
There are others, but it’s been a while since I’ve read about this stuff, so I can look for the other ones I found before if you want.