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maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 08:40 AM
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Revered Saudi cleric denounces Shi'ites as infidels
DUBAI, Dec 29 (Reuters) - An influential cleric of Saudi Arabia's hardline Sunni school of Islam has denounced Shi'ite Muslims as "infidels" in a new religious edict that comes amid rising sectarian tension in the region.

"The rejectionists (Shi'ites) in their entirety are the worst of the Islamic nation's sects. They bear all the characteristics of infidels," Sheikh Abdel-Rahman al-Barrak said in the fatwa, or ruling, distributed on Islamist Web sites.

"They are in truth polytheist infidels, though they hide this," it said, citing theological differences 14 centuries after the death of the Prophet Mohammad, such as reverence of shrines which followers of Saudi Arabia's Wahhabi school consider abhorrent.

Concern is growing in Saudi Arabia, birthplace of Islam, over Shi'ite-Sunni violence in Iraq which has taken the northern neighbour to the brink of civil war. Sunni-Shi'ite tensions are also high in Lebanon, where Shi'ites are leading efforts to bring down a Sunni-led cabinet.
more: http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L29791215.htm
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hobbit709 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 08:42 AM
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1. Like that is going to help
The Sunnis and the Shi'ites have called each other that for 1300 years.
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ck4829 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 08:52 AM
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2. Hey look! It's our ally in the war on terror! They're helping us out oh soooo much!
:sarcasm:
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nealmhughes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 09:44 AM
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3. Persians vs. Arabs. Nothing new here.
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stillcool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 11:12 AM
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4. Divide and Conquer...
what a concept..
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Paulie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 11:14 AM
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5. Sounds like Osama
Edited on Fri Dec-29-06 11:14 AM by Paulie
From the same tradition, so not surprising. The Saudi's just can't stand those Shiite (as they call them, "dogs") holding on to all that oil...
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grahamhgreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 12:13 PM
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6. Sounds like 'we will not negotiate with terrorists'
"The Sunni and Shi'ites schools of Islam are opposites that can never agree, there can be no coming together unless Sunnis give up their principles," the fatwa said."

I imagine that the 'troop surge' has been ordered by the Saudi's to protect themselves from the infidel hordes.
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Texifornia Donating Member (399 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 12:41 PM
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8. There are a lot of Sh'ia in the N.W. Province
of the K.S.A.

That's the primary oil producing, refining, and shipping region for Saudi Aramco.

What could go wrong?
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jaysunb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 12:34 PM
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7. This is not good.
n/t
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Trajan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 12:45 PM
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9. One of the reasons I love religion ...
SO many opportunities to condemn the heretics ... so little orthodoxy ...

I hurled anathemas at my son just this morning .... he woke up after the 'Praying for French Toast' ritual .... AGAIN ! ...

I had to cast him to the devils ....

:sarcasm:
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SemperEadem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 03:09 PM
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10. there's no such thing as a shi'ite
it's Shi'a. THat's like calling a christian a 'christite'.
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mainegreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 03:40 PM
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11. Ah, that good old Wahabi tolerance. nt
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