Top Saudi cleric smokes dope?

By Michael Evans

“Saudi Arabia’s top cleric called on 2 million Muslims from around the world on Saturday to forsake terrorism, saying those who claim to be holy warriors are an affront to the faith.” It appears that Bill Clinton is not the only one who didn’t inhale. The liberal press was headlining this story as the Gospel truth all weekend.

To think that Sheik Abdul Aziz al-Sheik and Saudi Arabia has seen the light is paramount to believing that Dracula only drinks diet Sprite or that Madonna is a chaste virgin. How dumb can you be and still breathe?

Tragically, the following day – Sunday – nearly 250 Muslim Pilgrims died in a hajj stampede during the annual stoning-of-Satan ritual. During a peak event of the annual Muslim pilgrimage, or hajj, the stampede lasted about a half-hour.

The devil-stoning is the most animated ritual of the annual pilgrimage and often the most dangerous. Many pilgrims frantically throw rocks, shout insults or hurl their shoes at the large pillars in the center. These acts are supposed to demonstrate their deep disdain for the devil. The stoning ritual also marked the first day of Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of the Sacrifice, celebrated at the hajj and around the Muslim world with the slaughtering of a camel, cow or sheep.

After the sleepless night of prayer following the sermon, pilgrims gathered pebbles to throw at the pillars. Each threw seven times, chanting “bismillah” (“In the name of God”) and “Allahu Akbar” (“God is Great”) … the same words used when a suicide bomber blows himself up!

Egyptian pilgrim Youssef Omar calling America “the greatest Satan” threw pebbles at one pillar where someone scrawled “USA.” Last year, 14 pilgrims were trampled to death during the ritual and 35 died in a 2001 stampede. In 1998, 180 pilgrims died. There is only one problem: Who is this Satan that they are venting their spleen at?

Simply put, in their eyes, America is the “great Satan,” and Israel is the “little Satan.” If you doubt it, do your math. Fifteen of the 19 terrorists who attacked America were Saudis. Not to speak of the fact that almost half of all the money that funds terrorism presently is still coming out of Saudi Arabia. President Bush has been encouraging Saudis to crack down on financing terrorism via religious charities and curtail teaching of religious extremism.

In his sermon, Al-Sheik criticized the international community, (America) for attacking Wahhabism, the sect that cuts heads off in public squares and stones unmarried women for getting pregnant. This was the same sect that Osama bin Laden, the Taliban and the 19 Sept. 11 terrorists were part of.

Al-Sheik continued in his sermon, saying, “This country is based on this religion and will remain steadfast on it! Islam forbids all forms of injustice without just cause.”

Well, call me a taxi. That means that killing pigs and monkeys (the words they use to describe Jews) is a “just cause” as well as killing Christians who convert Muslims in Saudi Arabia.

It’s time for President Bush to declare war, but this time, a war on bigotry – the fuel that fed the fire on Sept. 11.