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    Destroy all churches in the Arabian Peninsula – Saudi Grand Mufti

    Published: 16 March, 2012, 06:30


    The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia has said that all churches in the Arabian Peninsula must be destroyed. The statement prompted anger and dismay from Christians throughout the Middle East.
    Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah made the controversial statement in a response to a question from a Kuwaiti NGO delegation. A Kuwaiti parliamentarian had called for a ban on the construction of new churches in February, but so far the initiative has not been passed into law. The NGO, called the Society of the Revival of Islamic Heritage, asked the Sheikh to clarify what Islamic law says on the matter.
    The Grand Mufti, who is the highest official of religious law in Saudi Arabia, as well as the head of the Supreme Council of Islamic Scholars, cited the Prophet Mohammed, who said the Arabian Peninsula is to exist under only one religion.
    The Sheikh went on to conclude that it was therefore necessary for Kuwait, being a part of the Arabian Peninsula, to destroy all churches on its territory.
    In February, Kuwaiti MP Osama al-Munawar announced on Twitter that he was planning to submit legislation that would remove all churches in the country. However, he later clarified that existing churches should remain, while the construction of new non-Islamic places of worship would be banned.
    Another MP, Mohamemd Hayef, backed al-Munawar, saying the number of churches in the country was already disproportionate to the number of Christians.
    As for Saudi Arabia, all religions other than Islam are banned and there are no churches, although a small minority of Christians is theoretically allowed to practice their religion in the privacy of their own home.
    The Grand Mufti’s words have caused a heated response from Christians living in Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and other countries throughout the Middle East. A number of bloggers also wrote on the issue.
    “Considering the hysteria that besets the West whenever non-authoritative individuals offend Islam – for instance, a fringe, unknown pastor – imagine what would happen if a Christian counterpart to the Grand Mufti, say the Pope, were to declare that all mosques in Italy must be destroyed; imagine the nonstop Western media frenzy that would erupt, all the shrill screams of 'intolerance' and 'bigot,' demands for apologies if not resignation, nonstop handwringing by sensitive politicians, and worse,” Raymond Ibrahim of Jihad Watch, a blog critical of extremist Islamic laws, wrote.

    The Holy Family Cathedral, Kuwait City, Kuwait (Image from kuwaitdailyphoto.blogspot.com)
    Despite the sensational news value of the story, the Western media has been remarkably silent. No major news services have covered the story yet. Ibrahim argues that the Grand Mufti gets a free pass even when he incites Muslims to destroy churches because Saudi Arabia is an ally of the United States.
    Restrictions on Islam in the West
    The Grand Mufti’s words seem to mirror what a number of US politicians have been calling for – only their words were aimed at mosques and Muslims. In January, Republican Presidential candidate Herman Cain said Americans have a constitutional right to ban mosques, arguing that Islam combines church and state, which contradicts the US Constitution.
    "They're using the church part of our First Amendment to infuse their morals in that community, and the people of that community do not like it,” Cain said on Fox News Sunday.
    In November, Pat Buchanan, who vied for the Republican presidential nomination on a number of occasions, agreed with radio host Bryan Fischer in promoting limits to immigration from Islamic countries and the construction of new mosques.
    In 2009 a constitutional amendment banning the construction of minarets was adopted in Switzerland following a referendum on the subject. Almost 58 per cent of the population said yes to the initiative, although the traditionally leftist French-speaking part of the country rejected it. The construction of new minarets is now banned throughout Switzerland, though the four existing minarets in Zurich, Geneva, Winterthur and Wangei bei Olten are to remain.
    In 2010, French legislators banned face-covering headgear in public. The ban meant that women caught wearing the burqa in public could be fined up to 150 euros and/or be forced to participate in citizenship education. Proponents of the legislation argued that face covering was both an issue of security and social integrity, as facial recognition is important for communication. Opponents said the law encroached on personal freedoms.


    Why? Why?? Why??? Why???? Does America and west support these intolerant Saudi bigots???
     
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    The Americans want oil, so far as these guys just fart from their mouths, the americans shud have no issues.
     
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    Huuunh ! What kind of an Islam is he following ? Destroy all churches...did he even bothered to read the Quran or the Hadith or Islamic History - God knows why such a person was made the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia when his office clearly requires a much learned man of a considerably higher calibre.
     
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    But more to the point why do the west support this regime. It shows that American and west talk of human rights and their way of life is just that "talk".
     
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    That much is self-evident from the selective actions, the regime changes, the blatant violations of international laws and conventions and the established norms of human rights, by the American Foreign Policy and how many European Govt.'s pander to that. However I'm much more concerned about what this particular cleric was saying because it concerns me as a Muslim on a much more localized level. He should not be allowed to sprout such bile against Christians or any other group because it is avowedly against the letter and the spirit of the Quran and the Sayings of Our Prophet and the examples set by the few good governed Muslims States of ages past. I've often seen a similar trend in Iranian and Pakistani clerics and that is extremely troubling for me. I personally believe that if we can have a law against blasphemy (one that I do not prescribe to in its existing state) for the greater good of the state then the state must have an equal, if not much greater, responsibility of charging such people with Hate Speech and putting them behind bars.
     
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    Mate couldn't agree with you more. But I believe these clerics are appointed by that blot on earth aka house of al saud
     
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    I'm not sure that this is peculiar to the House of Saud alone...because we've got a lot of such nasty fellows here in Pakistan too; I'm sure you've heard of some in England too and not all of them have the backings of Oil Money whether its Saudi or Iranian. Plus, I sincerely believe that Saudi Arabia and Iran are victims of this poison just as we are...and yet there are people from amongst us who actively engage in spreading such hate too...so it would be unreasonable to single out anyone entity.
     
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    Have you actually read the posts here. Instead of hawx you should call yourself tortoise. Typical troll that you are. Its the west and people like you that indirectly support this by calling this Islamic when its the work of a nutter placed their by friends of west
     
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    What if a rabbi or a baptist made such statement on Islamic mosques in their territory?
     
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    Prolly a fake news.

    And since its posted by Aryan_b must be from either Press TV or RT.
     
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    Oh of course unless its posted by west and a white man or suits your trolly agenda its fake? I thought you Indians were friendly to Russia and Iran. Your assertion shows what you and your countries real position is in global strategy and that is as the wests slaves in our neighbourhood.

    Also reported:

    http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/315...s-destruction-churches-arabian-peninsular.htm

    Roybut likes western sources
     
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    double post
     
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    If we say something you ll call us Muslim haters, so best we keep our gob shut:lol:
     
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