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Saturday
Mar172012

Grand Mufti wants to kill ‘churches of region,’ but Schumer appeals to Saudis for oil

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) recently made a public appeal to Saudi Arabia to make up any losses in the world supply that might be caused by Iran.

For decades, eco-extremists have had U.S. oil in a chokehold, and President Barack Obama has obliged and expanded that policy.

As Schumer appealed to the Saudis, the grand mufti in Saudi Arabia announced it is “necessary to destroy all the churches of the region.”

That mandate was reported by The Washington Times, the Council on Foreign Relations and others.

Democrats often defend U.S. energy policy by pointing to investments in what is referred to as ‘green energy.’ Fact is no energy is truly green—even solar panels must be hauled to market and that requires petroleum. No one talks about the impact of used Lithium batteries either. What impact do acres of solar fields have on the sensitive desert environment? You will not hear Obama mention those matters.

After all, those eco-extremists are the political pawns of the corporatists who loot U.S. taxpayers to fund enterprises that fail.

Eco-extremists have reduced America’s options to the most expensive energy sources available, curtailing every effort to take advantage of the abundance of resources we have at our disposal.

That mufti, by the way, isn’t equivalent to Western clergy—he wields far more power politically because he interprets the religious based law called shari’a. The mufti is top of the political class.

The Washington Times elaborated on the mufti’s declaration:

“The mufti based his decision on a story that on his deathbed, Muhammad declared, ‘There are not to be two religions in the [Arabian] Peninsula.’ This passage has long been used to justify intolerance in the kingdom. Churches have always been banned in Saudi Arabia, and until recently Jews were not even allowed in the country.”

The Council on Foreign Relations, an organization praised by both Right and Left, addressed the full impact of the mufti’s policy. Elliott Abrams recounted in an essay how he traveled to Saudi Arabia in January, 2001. He met with “government officials and religious authorities” to discuss restraints on other faiths. Those officials told Abrams and members of the delegation he was traveling with that those in other faiths could simply worship at home.  Abrams explained the religious police could still bust those Christians, Jews or anyone else even if they did worship at home.

Abrams wrote:

“Well, we noted, there are churches in every other country on the Arabian Peninsula: Kuwait, Oman, Yemen, Bahrain, Qatar, and the UAE. You are the only exception. Are you suggesting that all those churches should be closed? Yes, came the reply. Every one of them.

The U.S. State Dept. provides information on travel to Saudi Arabia. The page is an eye-opener for many Americans because there is no country where Western ideals of individual liberty are more oppressed.

I wrote about the country’s policy on religious relics in an earlier essay—you still cannot wear a cross or a St. Christopher medal if you travel to Saudi Arabia.

This is the country Schumer turns to for more oil when the U.S. has ample resources of our own. Schumer and his party have blocked our resources for years.

As Schumer and his fellow Democrats bend over backwards to appease officials in theocracies like Saudi Arabia, they often label U.S. Christians sympathetic to the pro-life or Tea Party movements as “extremists.”

Consider Democrats’ outrage when an obscure U.S. preacher threatened to burn a Koran. Then consider those same Democrats’ apathy and silence, and now praise, for the country whose violent, intolerant religious policies inspired 15 of 19 hijackers killing thousands of innocent Americans on September 11, 2011.

(Commentary by Kay B. Day/March 17, 2012)

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