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New Institute in Saudi Arabia Seeks Deeper Knowledge of US

Shocked by Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti's statement that the churches in the Gulf should be destroyed, Christians are turning to Fahad Alhomoudi and his Western Studies Institute, recently created “to bridge Saudi Arabia and the Arab world with the United States and Western world in areas of mutual interest.” Caryle Murphy reports.  

The first sign of trouble was an email from a friend in Philadelphia wanting to know if the news report he’d read was true. This e-snowflake became a flurry and then a blizzard as similar queries piled up in Fahad Alhomoudi’s inbox.

Christians from Europe, Asia and the Middle East all wanted to know if Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti, the kingdom’s top official religious authority, had actually said that all the churches in the Gulf region should be destroyed.

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