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Saudi King's Religion Conference Ends on Sour Note
nysun.com ^ | July 18, 2008 | Joseph Goldstein

Posted on 07/18/2008 7:25:55 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

MADRID — A conference convened by Abdullah of Saudi Arabia for the purpose of gathering together leaders of the world's religions ended here yesterday with little sign as to whether the Saudi monarch's efforts to counter religious extremism would continue.

The conference concluded on a sour note this afternoon as Christian and Jewish participants complained that the organizers, the Muslim World League, had too much control over the conference's closing communiqué.

The three-day gathering in Madrid of more than 200 religious leaders was closely watched because it is the first time that a Saudi monarch had invited Jewish rabbis to attend a religious conference.

Abdullah, who began his reign in 2005, is using the conference as an opportunity to present himself to the West as the dominant leader in the Muslim world, observers of the political scene in Saudi Arabia say. But the most significant effect of the conference, the observers say, may ultimately be within Saudi Arabia, where the king's example of personally greeting rabbis, priests, and leaders of other faiths, will be interpreted as a call to moderation directed to the most conservative among Saudi Arabia's clergy, which is dominated by the Wahhabi movement of Sunni Islam.

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TOPICS: Extended News
KEYWORDS: clashofcivilizations; houseofsaud; middleeast; saudiarabia

1 posted on 07/18/2008 7:25:55 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Interesting. Thanks for posting.


2 posted on 07/18/2008 7:35:44 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: Free ThinkerNY
"Abdullah left Spain for a visit to Morocco and the conference continued without its sponsor."

Bet he didn't take the train.

3 posted on 07/18/2008 7:58:14 PM PDT by Eagles6 ( Typical White Guy: Christian, Constitutionalist, Heterosexual, Redneck)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

There’s never a spare cruise missile around when you need one:-(


4 posted on 07/18/2008 8:00:04 PM PDT by RedStateRocker (Nuke Mecca, deport all illegals, abolish the IRS, ATF and DEA.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

What a joke. You couldn’t even hold that meeting in most of Saudi Arabia because non-muslims are legally barred from most of the major cities. Your immediatly arrested if your a non-muslim in Mecca or Medina. There is not a single non-muslim place of worship in the entire country!
And these hypocrites want to lead a religion inter-faith summit?
Oh and I know exactly why the Saudis wanted this held in Spain too. They want to play the victimization card because Islam got its butt kicked out of there and now they want to reconquer it. Inter-faith dialogue? Puhleaze. The fact that the muslims wanted to dominate the whole thing is all the proof you need about what they believe is inter-faith dialogue. Its submit to Islam ruling over you and pay the jizya tax by the christians and jews they’ll graciously allow to live to finance Islam’s worldwide conquest. That’s Islams version of inter-faith dialogue. Read a history book if you believe otherwise.


5 posted on 07/18/2008 8:59:18 PM PDT by Proud_USA_Republican (We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. - Hillary Clinton)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Christian and Jewish participants complained that the organizers, the Muslim World League, had too much control

Read the writing on the wall!

6 posted on 07/18/2008 11:11:07 PM PDT by SolidWood (Stop the Muslimarxist Obama.)
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