Comments on: More interest in Saudi king’s inter-faith talks idea Religion, faith and ethics Sat, 23 Apr 2016 23:25:07 +0000 hourly 1 By: The Truth Is... Sat, 31 May 2008 05:11:58 +0000 Human rights are paramount to any seriously outreaching person.

Get that right and maybe his Highness will advance his ideas with more authority.

By: Elena Thu, 29 May 2008 15:33:16 +0000 As one who has recently begun studying the history and political landscape of the country caring for the Sacred City, I am not at all surprised by King Abdullah’s public statements on a mutually respectful religious discourse between the world’s 3 interconnected monotheisms. If I am interpreting this correctly, the King may have/might believe this sentiment wholeheartedly, but it was not, as first assumed, a direct invitation to begin such talks, especially within Saudi Arabia. The statement, I’m sure, was meant as a sort of challenge to the stalwartly religious factions of his government (his family) and a rebuke to those who have sought years worth of silence towards such ideas. It is more heartening to note the changes of ideas WITHIN the Kingdom, more than a comment directed towards international change, such as the King’s statement that women will be allowed to drive in the KSA by this time next year. Before Saudi Arabia’s demeanor towards its neighbors can change in any drastic manner, its interior must first initiate change.

By: Jack Wed, 28 May 2008 17:35:17 +0000 I am what I am, an American. I don’t think that I am an arrogant American though. I’m more like a middle-of-the-road type who abhors extremism from both the right and the left.

That setting the stage, here goes.

As with many things that happen every four years in the United States…what happens around that time in other places is also interesting.

Frankly, I don’t have the time to make myself totally conversant on what is going on everywhere in the world. Who does? However, I do feel like I’m reasonably informed, and from that base I form my opinions.

All of this “touchy-feely” stuff coming out of SW Asia is completely in keeping with the interesting happenings associated with a U.S. presidential election year. This is especially true this year…because of all that has transpired in the last 7 years in Iraq and in Afghanistan (and elsewhere in southwest and south-central Asia) since the World Trade Center disintegrated before our eyes on September 11, 2001.

This business of a Muslim king sitting on an ocean of oil wanting to better understand Jews and Christians all of a sudden…well, how interesting.

Not to mention all of what I hear about the Jews wanting to get along better with the Muslim powers to be in Syria (i.e., the Golan Heights). And didn’t I also hear some talk about the Jews putting out feelers to the Muslim powers to be in Egypt concerning Gaza?

What I don’t hear, of course, is that the Jews (supported by many U.S. Christians on the right) might want to pull out of the West Bank. That’s because I don’t believe they do…which leads me to believe that they don’t really want to pull out of the Golan Heights…and that they might have future designs on Gaza (again).

Likewise, something tells me that said Muslim king would just as soon see the few Jews left in the world someplace far, far away from Palestine (as the Muslims prefer to call it).

Let’s see what all these folks are saying (or keeping silent on) after November, shall we?

I can’t wait.

In the meantime, I’m just going to kick back for awhile.


By: hishmo Wed, 28 May 2008 06:12:04 +0000 I applaud King Abdullah’s courage in making such a statement. It’s about time that we Muslims come to grasp the truth for what it is. We have for too long, allowed the true message to Islam to be tainted through significant misinterpretations for political gains and unholy justifications.

Judaism and Christianity are as valid and true as Islam is. As a muslim, I sincerely hope that this process yields what all religions preach. Respect.

By: Jedavra Wed, 28 May 2008 01:53:38 +0000 King Abdullah’s invitation sounds like a winning idea and its good to see the Power Brokers supporting it.

O’seh Shalom .

Hooray for mutual respect and coexistence.