Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Pope Meets a Saudi King for First Time

"You know, one of us is going to Hell."

Benedict XVI raised concerns about restrictions on Christian worship in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday in the first meeting ever between a pope and a reigning Saudi king.

All the concerns one could possibly bring up while talking to a leader of a Middle Eastern country and that's the one you bring up?

Benedict and other Vatican officials have often protested that Christians are unable to worship openly in Saudi Arabia and are barred from opening churches in the desert kingdom where Islam's holiest sites, Mecca and Medina, are located.

Anyone who opens a church in Saudi Arabia should have their head examined. I know God would understand why a Saudi Christian worships quietly in their closet.

King Abdullah, the protector of the holy sites, requested the audience during his European tour, the Vatican said. Benedict warmly greeted the king, grasping both his hands before heading into 30 minutes of private talks in his library.

I smell sulfur.

At the end of the meeting, Abdullah presented Benedict with a traditional Middle Eastern gift...

A bomb?

...a golden sword studded with jewels—as well as a gold and silver statue of a palm tree and man riding a camel. The pope admired the statue but merely touched the sword.

It sure does say something about your faith when you sure your appreciation by handing the leader of a peaceful religion a weapon. Christians don't behead people Abdullah...well...not anymore.

Islam is the official religion of Saudi Arabia and the kingdom requires all Saudi citizens to be Muslims. Only Muslims can visit the cities of Mecca and Medina.

All others can only visit the desert and Infidel Mall over on 26th.


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