Saudi Arabia wants "tolerance"

Saudi-backed center for religious tolerance signed into being, sparking hopes and concerns

From the ignorant Washington Post:  Saudi Arabia inaugurated an interfaith center in Vienna Thursday and its foreign minister said he hoped the spirit of tolerance embodied by the new institution will help change his conservative Muslim country, which prohibits any religion except Islam.
The statement by Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal was an unusually clear declaration of intent by Saudi Arabia’s rulers to work for religious and societal reforms from abroad in the face of domestic opposition to rapid change.
The center has ignited debate. Backers hope it will promote increased tolerance in Saudi Arabia, a kingdom that now prohibits any religion outside of Islam. Detractors, including Austria’s Green party and moderate Muslim groups in Austria say the Saudis are the last people who should be hosting initiatives on religious coexistence.
Ahead of Thursday’s inauguration ceremonies, the daily Der Standard cited Rabbi David Rosen of the American Jewish Committee as criticizing Saudi plans to exercise initial leadership oversight of the institution, saying it had to be “totally independent.”
Wahhabism — the strain of Sunni Islam that is practiced in Saudi Arabia — is considered one of the religion’s most conservative. Some of its tenets were hijacked by Osama bin Laden and other terrorists to justify their acts.
Strict interpretations of the faith have left Saudi women without the right to drive or to go out without permission from a male relative. They have also have tattered ties with Islam’s other major branch, Shiism, that have exposed deep rivalries between Saudi Arabia and predominantly Shiite Iran.
In Vienna to launch the interfaith center, Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal’s comments focused on the “King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue” — and he appeared keen to dispel skepticism about his country’s commitment to make it a focal point of interfaith dialogue and tolerance.
In an unsually fortright statement reflecting the Saudi leadership’s push for change, the minister said he hoped “the center will take the lead” in making Saudi Arabia a more tolerant society. “Saudi Arabia is willing to financially participate in this project, and to place all its moral and political resources behind such a center, without infringing … on its autonomy or independence from any political interference,” he told officials and reporters.
And he warned against “extremist minorities within every religious and cultural community … seeking … to propagate notions of intolerance, exclusion, racism and hatred.  “These tiny minorities,” he said, “are trying to hijack and disrupt the legitimate identities and aspirations of people of all cultures and faiths.”
He wants to make Saudi Arabia a more tolerant society? If he wanted to help change his conservative Muslim country, then why not open the interfaith center in say, Saudi Arabia? Oh yeah, we know why.  What a crock.
DCG

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0 responses to “Saudi Arabia wants "tolerance"

  1. A country that beheads and stones people to death, and bars women from driving cars, is preaching “tolerance.” The sheer hypocrisy of this is mind-blowing.

     
  2. Unreal. But not really, considering it is Saudi Arabia. They are wanting tolerance… yeah, ok. They were so ‘intolerant’ of our soldiers that they were not allowed to even have in their possession, their ‘own’ form of spiritual comfort…the Bible! They were forced to turn them over to be discarded or burned… yeah..,. tolerance…
    http://www.christiantoday.com/article/bibles.crucifixes.not.allowed.into.saudi.arabia/12310.htm

     
  3. Yeah, and people in Hell want ice water.
    But my guess is those in Hell have a better chance of getting what they want than the people of Saudi Arabia – assuming even that at least some of the Saudis truly support religious freedom.
    I shan’t be holding my breath.
    -Dave

     
  4. WHEN HELL FREEZES OVER. QU’RAN TEACHES FROM INFANCY TO KILL THE INFIDEL. THERE’S NOTHNG IN THE QU’RAN THAT RESEMBLES TOLERANCE. THAT’S A SMOKESCREEN FOR TRUST AND IGNORANCE SOME AMERICANS READILY ACCEPT. OFF WITH YOUR HEAD IF YOU’RE NOT MUSLIM. ISLAM OR DIE!!!

     
    • In case you didn’t realize Jim, us here at FTOTM aren’t part of the ignorant masses that want to accept the tolerance Islam falsely claims to want. We aren’t blind to the true meaning of Islam you so boldly state. And you will not succeed with patriots that understand the true goal of Islam.

       
  5. BEHEAD THOSE THAT INSULT AMERICA / CHRIST !!

     
  6. let me add a bit to my last statement… I feel we need to be telling the poor souls that ther god loses the war… they may win some battles.. but the day will come that the fight they are so eager for will come and destroy them totally and the birds will be gathered to eat their fill !! what a glorious day that will be!!!

     
  7. Eowyn, naa I don’t want to sink to their level… Catholic / Christianity has already gone down that path… but then again maybe it had to in order to survive.. ??

     
  8. If the Saudi rulers are truthful about their intentions for interfaith dialogue, why are they banning Joseph ALORAYNI from traveling to Baptism?
    http://www.twitter.com/JesusSaveJoseph

     
  9. I am very sorry I came across as a scary dame.. not my intent… my thought wasn’t on the manner of the kill, it is all the same in the end .. conform or die
    again, my apoligies

     
  10. “We aren’t blind to the true meaning of Islam you so boldly state.” DCG, I was not referring to FOYM as you seem to suggest. What I said was “THAT’S A SMOKESCREEN FOR TRUST AND IGNORANCE SOME AMERICANS READILY ACCEPT.” That does not sound like “we” to me. If I am wrong in my statement, I stand corrected; but, I for one has read much of the Qu’ran to make what you consider a “bold statement.” “And you will not succeed with patriots that understand the true goal of Islam.” Isn’t that goal — to take over the world by imposing Islam and Sha’ria Law over all other religions and systems of government? If not, please educate me and others who somehow have it wrong.

     

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