March 25, 2008
Saudi King Says "Let's Talk"
Saudi King Abdullah is calling for interfaith dialogue among the world's three monotheistic religions. And yes, that means Judaism too.
The king is quoted as saying that "with God's help we will meet our brethren from other religions, including those who believe in the Torah and in the Gospel, in order to find ways to defend humanity."
This declaration, made by the custodian of the two holiest sites in Islam - and by the leader of a country where non-Muslims are banned from practicing their religion - follows the anouncement of a state program aimed at "retraining" the country's clerics to remove militant sympathies from Saudi mosques.
According to the Saudi-funded Ashar Alawsat newspaper, the program "is considered the largest project designed to achieve ideological change toward centrism and moderation and away from extremism and excess."
Is this the beginning of an "Islam 2.0" or just lip service from the Saudi monarch?
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