Thursday, November 20, 2003

Wahhabi threat?

The chairman of the U.S. government commission on religious freedom says that Wahhabi Islam is a threat to the US and world.

Saudi Arabia continues to fund and export its Wahhabi brand of Islam, making it a "strategic threat" to the United States in the worldwide war on terror, the chairman of the U.S. government commission on religious freedom said yesterday.

"It is an ideology that is incompatible with the war on terrorism," said Michael Young, chairman of the State Department's Commission on International Religious Freedom.

The commission, established by Congress during the Clinton administration as a State Department body charged with monitoring religious rights, held a hearing yesterday titled: "Is Saudi Arabia a Strategic Threat: The Global Propagation of Intolerance."

Wahhabism is a puritanical form of Islam that teaches intolerance of anyone who does not conform to its worldview — Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

It is taught in Saudi schools and preached in tens of thousands of government-supported mosques.

Several panelists said considering this type of education, it was no accident that 15 of the 19 September 11 hijackers were Saudis.


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