The event that began Wednesday (2008-11-12) is part of an initiative by Saudi King Abdallah to promote an interfaith dialogue among major religions, The Washington Post reported. Among the dignitaries expected to attend are President George Bush, Israeli President Shimon Peres, and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
On Wednesday, King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz said religions should not be used as “instruments to cause misery”. Bush is to deliver an address Thursday to participants meeting at the U.N. General Assembly.
Saudi Arabia’s sponsorship has drawn criticism from human rights advocates, however, who said a country that oppresses the practice of non-Islamic religions doesn’t have the moral mandate to lead such a gathering.
Saudi Arabia bans the public practice of other religious faiths. Many consider the country to be the world headquarters of religious oppression. And … this country … the leader in religious oppression … is presiding over a conference on religious tolerance???
Next, we may hear that a socialist dictator would be great for America’s moribund economy. Well … flail and pillory me for being a free thinking conservative. (Okay, Obama … just kidding about the torture … “Yo bro; don’t Palinze me.”)
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