Saudi King Seeks All Religion Summit

in a sharp departure from previous practice, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah is planning to bring together at a conference, leaders of Christianity, Judaism and the Muslim religion according to the Saudi owned Al Sharaq al-Awsat newspaper. This, most probably, is the first time any Saudi monarch has invited Jews to participate in a conference on the soil of his nation which makes illegal the importation of non-Muslim religious objects includng Crucixes and Stars of David. The Saudi King said representtives of the three major monotheistic faiths must work together “to defend humanity” from harm. He claimed to have discussed such a gathering during his meeting with the Pope while in Rome.

The Saudi King is disturbed by what he claims is the breakdown of the family unit across the world as well as the damge to the principle of “loyalty to humanity.” The monarch informed the Pope: “I proposed to him to address God by means of the commandments he commanded the monotheistic faiths in the Bible, the New Testament, and the Koran.”

King Abdullah says Muslim clerics in his nation have given the green light to pursue such a venture. Perhaps, this remarkable departure from normal Saudi attitudes toward other religions reflects a growing fear even among Muslim clerics at the emergence of radical militant views within members of their faith. The King’s effort may well indicate he is worried about continuation of the Israel-Arab conflict because it might result in radicals moving from an anti-Israel agenda to one that includes getting rid of more moderate inclined Muslim leaders.

  • Elizabeth Rogers

    This article is encouraging. If only the United States would consider dialogue instead of war. There may be hope after all, I believe the answer is in compromise and tolerance. I see no reason, except greed for oppression and killing. Elizabeth

  • Fred Stopsky

    I agree.

  • Ruth

    What I read is.. If the pope go directly to GodAalmighty and dismiss Jesus, his deity, his death and his resurrection, etc., the dialogue can begin between Islam and Christianity.. I say to the saudi king… go to your eternal home the lake of fire..