Saudi Arabia’s highest religious official announced Monday that Christianity will not be tolerated in the Arabian Peninsula, proclaiming it “necessary to destroy all the churches of the region,” Bikyamasar reported.

Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah, the grand mufti, based his statement on the Islamic belief which states that only Islam and no other religion should be followed in the region. The mufti’s declaration was in response to Kuwait’s call for a ban on construction of non-Muslim places of worship, the report said.

The mufti further added that the move should be followed by the Kuwaiti government as well, given that the country is a part of the peninsular region.

It’s also been reported that Osama Al-Munawer, a Kuwaiti parliamentarian, will soon introduce legislation that would call for a ban on constructing new churches in the kingdom. Existing churches, he added, will be exempt from demolition.

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