Saudis suspend 1000 clerics

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is cracking down on clerics and distancing itself from Whabbism.

"On Wednesday, a senior official said the affected clerics would be retrained to promote religious moderation and reject the 'extremism' of Osama bin Laden's Al-Qaeda terrorist network.

"The 1,000 clerics reflect but a small part of the kingdom's clergy, which reportedly number around 80,000.

"Deputy Minister Abdul-Rahman Al-Matroudi of the Religious Affairs Ministry said that clerics would be instructed to tell worshippers that the Sept 11 terrorist attacks in the United States violated Islamic teachings."

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