Salafis rail against those who participate in any type interfaith dialogue, but it is part of their creed to have undying love and completely shill for the King of Saudi Arabia. Now we see that the King of Saudi Arabia has engaged in interfaith dialogue. (King Abdullah even called non-Muslims “brethren”) However we have heard so many khutbahs and lectures in which they demonize Muslims that engage in the very same type of dialogue. Which way will the salafis go now that the King of Saudi Arabia has done the exact same thing? I hope there is no cognitive dissonance.
Saudi King Abdullah’s desire to convene a meeting between Jewish, Christian, and Muslim religious communities was reported Tuesday by the official Saudi Arabian News Agency.
“I invite representatives of all the monotheistic religions to meet with their brothers in faith,” the king was quoted as saying. The theme of the expected conference was reported to be “respect among the religions.“
The news agency reported that senior Muslim leaders authorized the idea and consultations would be made with Islamic religious authorities from other countries. The king went on to say that “with God’s help we will meet our brethren from other religions, including those who believe in the Torah and in the Gospel, in order to find ways to defend humanity.”
This, he said, comes after humanity has lost its morality, sincerity and steadfastness. Also, the religions were confronted by challenges such as dealing with the disintegration of the family and ever-expanding Atheism, he said.
King Abdullah revealed that he had been preparing the convention for two years and discussed it with the Pope when he visited the Vatican a year ago. Abdullah has not determined a specific date for the meeting.
Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger expressed his satisfaction over the announcement. “Our hands are extended to any peace initiative and to any dialogue that will bring about an end to terrorism and violence,” he said in a statement. “I have said on numerous occasions that the true path to the peace that we long for is through interfaith dialogue.”