The Saudi-sponsored conference that will bring together Israeli and American rabbis with clerics from the strict Wahhabi sect of Islam — as well as global religious leaders of Jews, Muslims, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists and several other religions — is either a rare opportunity for dialogue or a cynical publicity stunt. My vote is for the latter.
Saudi Arabia’s making a big deal about how worldly and enlightened they are because they invited some scary Jews to their big multi-faith religious conference that starts today in Madrid. Saudi King Abdullah says he organized the anything goes faith-fest “to promote tolerance, get rid of violence, and achieve peace and security for all peoples,” but you’d be better off wagering that the old guy (a 9/11 conspiracy theorist, by the way) is just doing it to make his petro-kingdom an even bigger player on the geopolitical scene than it already is.
The people at the Center for Religious Freedom are a little annoyed with all of the ridiculous, self-congratulatory garbage the Saudis are slinging about this charade, which is why they went to the Saudi Ministry of Education’s website, translated the Saudi school textbooks available there, and released their findings the day before the Saudi’s big event. Huge surprise—turns out the militant theocrats are actually pretty tolerant when it comes to killing Jews and gays and hating on anyone who doesn’t share their puritanical form of Islam. What follows are excerpts from textbooks used by Saudi children during the 2007-2008 school year, which really illustrate the House of Saud’s devotion to tolerance, peace, and interfaith understanding. It’ll also help explain why a Saudi conference is being held in Spain. 1st Grade
“Fill in the blanks with the appropriate words—(Islam, hellfire)
‘Every religion other than ____ is false. Whoever dies outside of Islam enters ____.'” 5th Grade
“Which of the following should you love in God, and which of them should you hate in God?
Example: One of your relatives who does not pray, does not fast, and does not worship God.
Answer: I hate him in God.”
“Just as Muslims were successful in the past when they came together in a sincere effort to evict the Christian crusaders from Palestine, so will Muslims and Arabs emerge victorious, God willing, against the Jews and their allies if they stand together and fight a true jihad for God….”
“Lesson Goals: 1) The student notes some of the Jews condemnable qualities….”
“God told his Prophet, Mohammed, about the Jews, who learned from part of God’s book that God alone is worthy of worship. Despite this, they espouse falsehood through idol worship, soothsaying and sorcery. In doing so, they obey the devil…”
“God told his Prophet Mohammed: say to those who cast aspersions on your religion: has anyone told you who will receive the harshest punishment from God on the Day of Resurrection? They are the Jews, whom God has cursed and with whom he is so angry that he will never again be satisfied. Some of the people of the Sabbath were punished by being turned into apes and swine. Some of them were made to worship the devil…”
“God punished the Jews in several ways for their unbelief and error. Explain the ways….”
“The prophet said, ‘The hour [of judgment] will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them, until the Jew hides behind rocks and trees, until the rocks or the trees say, ‘O Muslim! O servant of God! There is a Jew behind me. Come and kill him’….”
“(1) It is part of God’s wisdom that the struggle between the Muslims and the Jews should continue until the hour of judgment. (2) The good news for Muslims is that God will help them against the Jews in the end, which is one of the signs of the hour of judgment….”
“Basic Elements of Zionist Faith:
The Jews are God’s chosen people and the souls of the tribe of Israel are a part of God. Other souls are Satanic souls that are like the souls of animals.
The world belongs to the Israeli. It is his right to rule and he has sovereignty over the world in his capacity as God’s chosen people above all humankind….”
“How the Zionists Achieve their Goals:
Sedition, ruses, and conspiracy theories throughout history…. The First World War: the Jews played a role in starting it….
Attempting to inundate peoples with vice and rampant prostitution…. They manage bars in Europe and America, as well as in Israel itself.
Gaining control over literature and the arts; spreading degenerate pornographic literature, and encouraging perverted trends in literature, thought and art.
Gaining control over the film industry in the Western world and elsewhere.
Fraud, bribery, theft, and swindles.”
“Homosexuality is one of the most disgusting sins and greatest crimes…. It is a vile perversion that goes against sound nature, and is one of the most corrupting and hideous sins…. The punishment for homosexuality is death. Both the active and passive participants are to be killed whether or not they have previously had sexual intercourse in the context of a legal marriage…. Some of the companions of the Prophet stated that [the perpetrator] is to be burned with fire. It has also been said that he should be stoned, or thrown from a high place.”
“The Prophet said, ‘Do not greet Jews and Christians with the words ‘Peace be upon you.’ If you come upon one of them on the road, force him to the narrower part.'”