Skip to comments.Saudis Underwrite Organization to Bring World’s Religions Under One Roof
Posted on 10/15/2011 3:17:11 PM PDT by GiovannaNicoletta
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is financing a new organization designed to bring all the worlds religions together.
The organization hopes to prevent conflict through interfaith dialogue, writes Spencer Kimball for the German news site Deutsche Welle. The foreign ministers of Austria, Saudi Arabia and Spain signed the founding treaty of a new international organization designed to foster dialogue between the worlds major religions on Thursday.
The thesis is valid that world peace cannot exist without peace between the worlds major religions, Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said during the signing ceremony in Vienna, according to Deutsche Welle:
"The King Abdullah Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue, initiated and financed largely by Saudi money, is set to have its seat in Vienna. Plans envision an organization with a governing body composed of 12 representatives from the worlds five largest religions.
"The governing body is set to be staffed by two Muslims (Sunni and Shiite), three Christians (Catholic, Anglican and Orthodox), a Buddhist, a Hindu and a Jew. The organization will also have a consulting body with 100 representatives from the five world religions plus other faiths as well as academics and members of civil society.
"Austrias Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger said that the organizations structures are designed to ensure that none of the represented religions dominates the organization. The three founding states are also open to the membership of other countries, according to Spanish Foreign Minister Trinidad Jimenez Garcia-Herrera.
"Saudi King Abdullah initiated the idea for the center after visiting Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican in 2007, the first Saudi monarch to do so. Shortly thereafter, King Abdullah stated that Christians and Muslims should offer a common message of peace to humanity.
"Abdullah then initiated an interfaith dialogue in Mecca in 2008 followed by a second meeting in Madrid with Jewish representation. A third meeting took place in Viennas Hofburg in 2009, where the concept of the organization was agreed upon.
"The Initiative of Liberal Muslims protested Thursdays signing ceremony in Vienna, saying that the center was an attempt by Saudi Arabia to spread a conservative form of Islam."
The idea is not new. In 2003, the Christian Broadcasting Network reported on a UN-sponsored summit of the worlds religions.
A one world government and a one world religion it may just sound like fiction from the popular Left Behind novel series, reported Wendy Griffith for CBN News. But some Christians say this scenario may be closer than most people think. Earlier this fall in Geneva, hundreds of spiritual and religious leaders met for a peace summit. And although all the major faiths were there, including some who claim to represent Christianity, it was clear that Jesus was not invited.
To say that many Christians do not welcome the notion of a one-world religion would be an incredible understatement. Just in recent weeks, longtime TV prophecy preacher Jack Van Impe ended decades of broadcasting on the Trinity Broadcasting Network charging that popular author and pastor Rick Warren has been too cozy with Muslims. Van Impe charged that the intent is a merger of Islam and Christianity Chrislam. Warren scoffs at the notion, saying that he supports a Christian-Muslim dialogue and that Christians are required to love all Muslims and win them to Jesus.
In 1997 another conference raised alarms.
Nearly 200 delegates wrapped up a week-long interfaith meeting at Stanford on Friday, predicting they had given birth to a movement as well as a spiritual institution: the United Religions, reported the California newspaper San Jose Mercurys religion and ethics writer Richard Scheinin. The spiritual United Nations, as some have referred to it, would be a world assembly for humanitys myriad spiritual traditions. The international summit conference brought together delegates from every continent to inaugurate formal efforts to figure out the organizations structure and mission and launch a charter-writing process. After several years of talking, the initiatives planners had finally gotten down to business.
You are deputized! the Rev. William E. Swing, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of California, told delegates as they prepared to go home. Tell the people that there is a United Religions, and that somewhere in the world, it is beginning to happen: that the religions are going to have an oasis where they can talk about peace.
So, will it happen this time?
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Everything we need to know about Saudi Arabia we learned on 9/11/2001.
The Islamics are at war with all of the rest of the world, why should there be a dialogue for peace with them?
Islam is at war with the world, the only thing this is about is terms for surrender.
Islam is the best Islam!
Ah yes, one, big, Islamic roof.
Another sign that the end is near.
I re-read the article substituting ‘Islam’ for ‘peace’ in each instance. I roared with laughter . . . as I’m sure Prince Faisal and King Abdullah did.
Hmmmm....not going to read this tripe...but, just wondering if they said they were going to allow Christian Churches in Saudi Arabia...or Bibles, per chance? /sarc
Hey, Prince Saud!
Call me when there are a cathedral and a synagogue in Mecca.
Good grief, are there seven hills in Vienna?
>>”The governing body is set to be staffed by two Muslims (Sunni and Shiite), three Christians (Catholic, Anglican and Orthodox), a Buddhist, a Hindu and a Jew.
Not even bothering to invite the Protestants, are they? Perhaps they did and all the RSVP said was “John 14:6. Nuff said!”
I suspect the lone representative of Judaism is of the suicidal Abe Foxman variety, too.
>>...but, just wondering if they said they were going to allow Christian Churches in Saudi Arabia...or Bibles, per chance?
I know you put the /sarc tag on, but we both know how this would work. One Global Church, with Allah and Mohamed at the top and Jesus listed as the “greatest of all prophets before Mohamed”. To all the muzzies and the people who support this: “Count me out!”
Saudi money could buy a lot of influence over many Christian "leaders".
Go to Hell, Wahabbis.
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