A Wolf in Sheik's Clothing - Editorial

(New York Daily News) The hate-filled screed against America was familiar but still sickening. We speak not of the world's most famous Saudi, Osama Bin Laden, but of the kingdom's supreme religious leader, Grand Mufti Sheik Abdul-Aziz bin Abdullah Al al-Sheik. The two must have the same speechwriter. In his sermon Monday, the Grand Mufti told the faithful that "the enemy has exposed its fangs and is fighting our religion and is doing its best to drive Muslims away from their religion." The enemy he refers to is the United States, also known as Saudi Arabia's chief protector and chief victim. This al-Sheik fellow is the top religious authority in Saudi Arabia, where the state and religion are one and the same. His forum this week was Islam's most important holiday, the hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. Hundreds of thousands were in attendance. Other Muslims around the world saw a live broadcast.

2003-02-13 00:00:00

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