Organizer al Turki Â has Al Qaeda ties:
Bob Blitzer, who served as the FBI’s domestic terrorism chief in the 1990s, said he was troubled by a conference purported to be about interfaith dialogue being organized by a group charged with spreading Wahhabism. It’s more troubling, he said, when the principal organizer is alleged in court papers to have ties to Al Qaeda.
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Saudi-led “interfaith” meeting closes with U.A.E. official’s swipe at Zionism, participant complaints of control by Muslim World League
Shocking, isn’t it? “U.A.E. Official Attacks Zionism at Saudi Conference,” by Joseph Goldstein for theÂ New York Sun via DW
Al-Turki Reiterates Significance of Interfaith Dialogue
Al-Turki said “Muslims had maintained excellent relations with various communities in Asia over the centuries.
“History shows that Muslim kings had ruled over several countries in South Asia and the Far East and they never curtailed religious freedom of their subjects,” Al-Turki pointed out.
* Â They just can’t help themselves. They lie whenever they open their mouths…
King Abdullah and co-host King Juan Carlos of Spain
Saudi king appeals for (more) tolerance (of Islam)
Critics have dismissed the gathering as a propaganda gimmick by the Saudis who, they say, are not best placed to host a meeting on religious tolerance.
Abdullah sees problems in the West:Â “Terrorism…, the breakdown of families, drugs, exploitation of the weak – all these are the consequences of a spiritual void.”
* Sure, brother. And only Islam can fix these things…
What really bugs the Sowdis:
The event takes place against a backdrop of tensions between the Islamic world and the West. They range from restrictions on the use of the veil by Muslim women in some European countries to cartoons regarded as blasphemous by Muslims and the unresolved Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
BBC and AFP
Text of Saudi-led interfaith conference’s “Madrid Declaration”
It’s easy to see why some participants were fuming about the document issued on their behalf. It is presented below in its entirety. Note the predictable platitudes about “justice” and “respect,” along with more ominous pledges to badger governments and international organizations about the “denigration” of religions.
The Declaration is in Parts 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11 of the Saudi Press Agency’s “World Conference on Dialogue concluded Madrid,” July 18:
Following that, MWL Assistant Secretary General Dr. Abdulrahman bin Abdullah Al-Zaid read Madrid Declaration issued by the World Conference on Dialogue. Following is the text of Madrid Declaration:
“In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful.
Praise be to God, Lord of the Universe, and may the peace and blessings of God be upon all His prophets and messengers.
Rest on Page 2
* Treason: Israeli Arab Knesset MK attends conference as Member of Pali-Delegation
Jews fail to behave like dhimmis, “almost leading to blows” with Muslims
What, trouble in paradise? “Interfaith conference fails after argument between Muslims and Jews,” fromÂ Macau News, via DW July 18:
AnÂ interfaith conference which has been held in Madrid during the week has ended on a bad note with Muslims and Jews involved in a political argument.
Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah had gathered followers of the world’s major faiths for the Madrid conference to seek religious reconciliation.
It has been reported thatÂ exchanges between Muslim participants and Jewish Rabbis turned to a discussion on Zionism and became overheated, almost leading to blows.
It was the first time Saudi Arabia had invited Jews to such a meeting and the aim was to avoid hot issues like the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Yes, first time—though, of course, the invite was not to their home, Saudi Arabia, which would have made the Saudi gesture that much more sincere. But then again, Jews and Christians are not welcome in the Muslim prophet’s home. So much for the King’s desire for “religious reconciliation.”
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