2006 News Story

Cabinet denounces linking Islam with fascism

The Saudi Cabinet today rejected linking Islam with fascism, and pointed out that the authoritarian political movement is in fact the product of Western culture.

“The Cabinet stated that terrorism is neither a religion nor a nationality and warned of the dangers of accusing Muslims of terrorism and fascism without regard to the illustrious history of the Islamic culture,” the Minister of Culture and Information Iyad Madani said in a statement.

“What Islam is accused of today, such as fascism, is in the first place a product of Western cultural heritage,” the Cabinet noted.

In August 10 remarks after British authorities foiled a terrorist plot to bomb several US-bound jetliners, President George W. Bush said, “The recent arrests that our fellow citizens are now learning about are a stark reminder that this nation is at war with Islamic fascists who will use any means to destroy those of us who love freedom, to hurt our nation.”