Calls for World Cup host Qatar to embrace religious freedom

This year, Qatar will become the first Arab nation to ever host the World Cup. But behind the polished veneers of the sparkling stadiums things in Qatar aren’t as pristine as they seem, according to Christian charity Open Doors.

Since winning hosting rights for the World Cup more than a decade ago they say Qatar has imported hundreds of thousands of migrant workers and faced intense scrutiny for their treatment. 

Christian churches are not allowed to evangelize, and the law prohibits non-Muslim religious groups from displaying religious symbols. Indigenous Qataris who have converted to Christianity and other religions find it nearly impossible to practice their faith under the government’s strict interpretation of Sharia Law.