Saudis (specifically the younger Saudis), are slowly becoming irreligious of Islam. According to the article, the reason for this is because of the government’s circumventing the true beliefs of Islam for the sake of maintaining control and power amongst the people.
It is interesting that people are relating their reverence to their belief according to the actions of their superiors, and I do not mean interesting from the perspective of my own negativity towards this type of respect, but it shows that people have a lot more respect for religious figures than said religious figures are willing to reciprocate in their treatment of those that are under them. I believe that this is generally a misrepresentation of religion and leadership.
In America this is also occurring, but the dynamic of family plays more of a role in the consequences of abandoning faith than does the government of America. The advantage of American conservatives and American liberals has more to do with votes than it does the government’s desire for its citizens to maintain a Christian moral(Unless, maybe, you were to ask some Tea Party members –correct me if I am wrong!). But Saudis have more of a battle on their hands when it comes to leaving their respective faith; they face jail time, being labeled as atheist, and lashes. Their fight for their freedom as thinkers depends on the government’s willingness to relinquish their hold on minds of people who no longer wish to believe.Every person should be free to believe as they wish regarding religion. No person should be forced to believe anything especially because this type of enforcement does not allow for the individual to believe for themselves, making their own decisions. An individual forced into a faith is possibly inclined to rebel for liberation.