Ah blessed be new coalitions between "People of the Book"!

    Just In time for Rosh Hashanah no less. Such a strong reminder that the book of the famous phrase is known in the west as the: The Old Testament!

    MBS “is leading Saudi Arabia through the most dramatic, positive and exciting social and economic reforms in the history of the Kingdom” — US evangelical activist Joel Rosenberg https://t.co/jcrYYzEqzt

    — Mohamad Bazzi (@BazziNYU) September 29, 2019


    I continue to be baffled by the conservative view that Saudis are “good” Muslims and Iranians are “bad” Muslims. By almost any measure, Iranian theology is more moderate and liberated than Saudi Wahabis​m.

    Which isn't saying much. Almost all religions are bad and we could spend the time playing shades of gray deciding which one is more bad than the other bad one. We can only hope that MBS moderates Saudi Islam so it's about as misogynistic and homophobic as evangelical Christianity in America. That would be an immense improvement but it's not very likely.

    Yes, it's absurd. But partly because the old timey mullahs have a stranglehold on Shia practice in Iran. Because overall Shi'sim is more amenable to the 21st century global values.

    And I sort of had the similar effects of Wahhabism in mind when I did this post. After all, MBS is supportive of lessening some of the worst effects of Wahhabism on Sunni Islam. There is such deep irony there that right wing Christians would think of him as a traditional ally. He's not, he's a thug who intends to try to modernize the culture by brutal force. Just further absurdity....how did we get here?...

    Very interesting, I wonder if it will be the best p.r. training money can buy or a more Trumpian iam what iam and that's all that iam. (And date chosen to coincide with Rosh Hashanah? Yes, I am a cynic about this kind of thing...)

    Question: does Norah have a kid trying to get into Stanford? Just askin...

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