...As you may recall our leader, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, was in New York City in November of 2008 as the driving force behind the United Nations “Culture of Peace” meeting that sought to build understanding among the world’s religious communities. “We say today with a single voice that religions through which God Almighty sought to bring happiness to mankind should not be turned into instruments to cause misery,” he said, adding, “Human beings are created equals and partners on this planet. Either they can live together in peace and harmony or they will inevitably be consumed by the flames of misunderstanding, malice and hatred.” When the president of Israel was at the UN podium he commented on King Abdullah’s call for tolerance and indictment of terrorism as an enemy of all religions saying, “I wish that your voice would become the prevailing voice of the whole region, of all people ... it’s right, it’s needed, it’s promising.”
You also know of your president’s concerns about people working together to build a better future. Last year President Barack Obama opened a new dialogue with the Muslim world in his Cairo address, “So long as our relationship is defined by our differences, we will empower those who sow hatred rather than peace, and who promote conflict rather than the cooperation that can help all of our people achieve justice and prosperity. This cycle of suspicion and discord must end. I have come here to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world; one based upon mutual interest and mutual respect; and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive, and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles — principles of justice, progress, tolerance and the dignity of all mankind."
It was with those sentiments — a Saudi Muslim, an Israeli Jew and an American Christian — in mind that I found your forthright defense of religious tolerance and understanding from the first days of the current controversy, courageous and hopeful. The belief that “there is no neighborhood in the city that is off limits to God’s love and mercy” should give all human beings equal hope that we can make progress to understanding and living together in peace and prosperity.If the Saudis (the foremost funders of stealth jihad on the planet) think you're on the right track, it's a pretty good indication that you're completely out to lunch.