In case there was any doubt, the official Saudi Press Agency confirms that dialogue is not a two-way street. The most important goal of dialogue, the agency says, is “to introduce Islam” and to “correct the erroneous slanders raised against Islam.”
Excuse the language, but if this is not the worst kind of cocksuckery in recent history I don’t know what is.
Posted by Cheradenine Zakalwe from Islam vs Europe
The new Wahhabi propaganda centre to be opened in Vienna (formally called the King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue) will have a full set of diplomatic privileges. It will effectively have the status of an embassy, meaning that Austrian police will not be allowed to enter it; its officials will have diplomatic immunity; and it will not have to pay taxes. No taxes were paid on the purchase of the property either.
Apparently the Vatican (which is nonetheless participating in the venture by naming one of its nine directors) was unhappy about the receipt of these special privileges.
The idea of the dialogue center arose following a meeting between King Abdallah and Pope Benedict XVI in 2007. The Vatican is interested in any move toward openness on Saudi Arabia`s part. According to an insider, the Holy Father`s goal is that of a church opening its doors in Jeddah. Yet this is a long way off. The Holy See has therefore spent months pressing for the dialogue center not to be granted the status of an international organization. In vain.
The governments of other countries competed for the privilege of playing host to this centre.
Madrid, Geneva, and London also lobbied, incidentally, to have the center. But King Abdallah decided on Vienna at an early stage. He will have had his reasons.
Even the head of Al-Azhar University warned the Austrian foreign minister against accepting the proposal.
When Spindelegger visited Egypt in April, he was warned by Ahmed el-Tayeb, grand sheikh of Cairo`s Al-Azhar University, against providing the Saudis with a platform. The grand sheikh pointed out that the nature of the mindset globally propagated by the Wahhabis was well-known.
Saudi Propaganda Center Sets Up Shop in ViennaÂ (Hudson NY)
Saudi Arabia is spearheading the establishment of a controversial new “interreligious and intercultural dialogue center” in the Austrian capital Vienna.
The King Abdullah Center for Inter-Religious and Inter-Cultural Dialogue (here,Â hereÂ andÂ here) was inaugurated at the Albertina Museum in downtown Vienna on October 13. The foreign ministers of the three founding states — Austria, Spain and Saudi Arabia — were in attendance. The institution will be located at theÂ Palais SturanyÂ on the Schottenring in the heart of Vienna.
The Saudis say the purpose of the multi-million-dollar initiative is to “foster dialogue” between the world’s major religions in order to “prevent conflict.”