Saudi Sheikh Adel al-Kalbani, former Imam of the Grand Mosque in Mecca and current prayer leader of Muhaisin Mosque in Riyadh, recently issued the following “tweet” on his personal Twitter account: “My beloved nation: It suffices me that you shelter me from hearing church bells ringing in you.”This is reminiscent of when another top ranking Saudi religious leader, Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah declared in 2012 that it is “necessary to destroy all the churches of the region.”
The similarities don’t end there. No mainstream media in the English language reported the 2012 anecdote till I did. And as of this moment, this anecdote concerning a leading Saudi cleric relishing the fact that no church bells can be heard in his nation is left completely unreported in Western media.
Would that be the case if, say, a top Vatican official declared that he longs for the day when all mosques are banned in Italy?
Perhaps more ironic, the MSM is acquainted with Sheikh Adel al-Kalbani. The New York Times, for instance, has an entire spread about him. The “happy” and “hopeful” theme is how al-Kalbani managed to rise to the top in Saudi Arabia — which is apparently “tolerant” — by becoming the first black Imam of the Grand Mosque in Mecca.
As for this business of boasting that, whatever his nation’s shortcomings are, at least it shelters him from hearing those accursed church bells, not a peep anywhere.