I admit I am no fan of Saudi Arabia, and have in the past advocated that we as a nation end formal diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia for supporting and financing terrorism around the world...I have advocated we stop buying oil from them because a percentage of those oil payments wind up supporting terrorism. It's a never ending vicious cycle, that will only end when the funding ends.
I suppose there are many root causes of hate and intolerance, but one in particular has to be mentioned.
The root cause of terrorism and evil in the world today is Wahhabism, a highly toxic form of Islam, which is the institutionalized religion in Saudi Arabai.
In addition Saudi Arabia doesn't really have a written penal code as we would understand it. The main source of legislation is the Sharia (Islamic Law) as defined by the Whahabi interpretation of the Hanbali School of Sunni Islamic Jurisprudence.
Among the judicial punishments embodied in the Hanbali interpretation of the Sharia, which are formally enforced in Saudi Arabia, include such things as "Public flogging, amputation (for theft) and beheadings by sword. For example, Muslims convicted of apostasy (i.e those who renounce Islam) may be sentenced to death for their crime. Oh ya, it's a crime over there!
And if your a Christian you may be whipped to within a inch of your life - you try anything slick, like smuggling Bibles into the country or passing out religious tracts. Which would fall under the category of high crimes and misdemeanors. And you will be dealt with brutally in some cases.
"I let out a pitiful cry as the Saudi Guard raised the bamboo whip cane high above his head..."
Mikhail Cornelius, a Christian member of the coptic Orthodox church, was arrested in Saudi Arabia in 1991. His crime was having said "Jesus Christ is Lord". For his statement of faith he was convicted and sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 7 years in prison (the Judge was apprently lienent in this case). After spending 4 months and reciving 500 of those promised lashes. Was deported back to Egypt, his back still bloodied and bandaged when he got off the plane.
In many ways this man is lucky to have gotten out alive - no so many are so fortunate in Saudi Arabia. Many are Raped, Whipped and imprisoned. This should be understood. A lot to do with Amnesty International, which took notice of the Cornelius case and publicised it around the world.
Many people were, of course, shock and appalled. Leaving the Saudis all confused after all they didn't murder the guy and were nice enough to provide him medical care after they whipped the hell out of him and before a doctor finally had to step in and said look "the man can't take anymore".
This gives you an idea about Saudi Justice.
In many ways we help support this injustice by our military support of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,. like we support terrorism every time we fill our tank full of gas. In the end the Devil, as they say get his due. The same is true for Saudi Arabia and terrorism too.