Thursday, March 27, 2008

What a King Values

It should rate as nothing higher than scurrilous that a modern state should still be under the thumb of a monarchy, let alone that a king should issue fatuous pontifications that anyone should take seriously. But that's the reality of currrent-day Saudi Arabia, and this is their king:

"If God wills it, we will then meet with our brothers from other religions, including those of the Torah and the Gospel to come up with ways to safeguard humanity," he added. The king, who is the guardian of the holy sites of Mecca and Medina, said the major faiths shared a desire to combat "the disintegration of the family and the rise of atheism in the world".

According to the official Saudi Press Agency King Abdullah said "I have noticed that the family system has weakened and that atheism has increased. That is an unacceptable behavior to all religions, to the Koran, the Torah and the Bible. We ask God to save humanity. There is a lack of ethics, loyalty and sincerity for our religions and humanity."
Note how sincerity is listed as though it's a virtue, when it isn't: no matter how loud someone screams or how real their tears, it doesn't make them right, but faith-based thinking encourages this mistake.

It should not be forgotten that this is an Abrahamic notion of family that the Saudi King, his handholding pal, and the rest of his proposed Coalition of the Sincere wish to uphold: one in which disobedient children are to be stoned (perhaps only figuratively if the mood is right) and wives answer to husbands as to a king.



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