US Evangelicals Ask Americans To Pray For Saudi Arabia’s Murderous Crown Prince

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A group of American evangelical Christians visited with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh this week.

Following the murder of Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, a delegation of American evangelical Christians visited Saudi Arabia at the invitation of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, according to Al Jazeera, to express their solidarity with the journalist's killer.

The delegation was led on Thursday by communications strategist Joel Rosenberg and included former US congresswoman Michele Bachmann, according to an emailed statement from the group, as well as heads of American evangelical organisations, some with ties to Israel.

"It was an historic moment for the Saudi crown prince to openly welcome evangelical Christian leaders to the palace. We were encouraged by the candour of the two-hour conversation with him today," the statement said.

During the trip, the group met with other Saudi officials as well during a rare act of religious openness for the kingdom, Al Jazeera noted.

Bachmann told the Christian Broadcasting Network that the visit was more than just a publicity stunt:

"We aren’t here for a short-term purpose. We are not here for a photo op. We could care less about that. We’re here to build long-term relations and to benefit our brothers and sisters that are here in this region," former Congresswoman Michele Bachmann said.

And Rosenberg encouraged Americans to pray for Saudi leadership, along with that of other countries.

"We’re under no illusions about the challenges that are in Saudi Arabia and that remain. But I think it’s respectful to go and listen to leaders who have the opportunity to make life better for Christians and Muslims and potentially for Israel as well and who are against the crazies in Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood. I’d ask people to pray. Pray for the (Jordanian) king. Prayer for the crown prince. Pray for the people of Saudi Arabia. And I think it’s the right thing to do."

The group reportedly spoke with the crown prince about the recent killing of Saudi journalist and dissident Jamal Khashoggi, the details of which have yet to fully emerge.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has insisted the journalist’s death was not on his orders and involved no one in the royal family, saying it was a rogue band of Saudi agents that killed Khashoggi. To date, Saudi Arabia has arrested 18 suspects in connection with the murder.

The American evangelical group said its planned visit to the kingdom was arranged well in advance of Khashoggi’s death, and Rosenberg told CBN that while he understands why some might criticize the decision to keep the meeting, he believes it was the right course of action.

"There’s a lot of people who would say this is the wrong time to go to Saudi Arabia and meet with the leadership there," author Joel Rosenberg told CBN News. "I understand that criticism, but I disagree."

Comments (12)
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Notmyname
Notmyname

Next stop Yemen?

Simplylisette
Simplylisette

I looked up the definition of "evangelical" and it was pretty broad based. I think it's usefulness as a word to describe the actions of this group is meaningless. I ask myself, what would Jesus do? What would Gandhi do? What would Mohammed do? What would Buddha do? I think they would not recognize any of those self described evangelicals. Maybe the word got mixed up because I see evil angel in that word. Deception. Hatred for mere humans. When you see a so called "evangelical" group of people practicing what amounts to Satan worship, with their women in shirts that say " he can grab my pussy anytime " to our President, well that is a religion based action I have never seen before. Mammon is their God. $ is their God. The very first commandment is " I shall have no other Gods before me " Mammon is their God. All of these teachers of history would not recognize what this group of people practice as "religion" at all. Organized religion is a lie. At the very base of each of those religions is Mammon. Money. It is impossible for me to believe that any of this is Christian. I think the delegation went into the lions mouth, and they felt safe there. They are not. I think we the people deserve the truth, the actual truth. Let us hear the tape of that poor man's death. MAKE the President hear them. He will because he watches media all the time. We OWE it to the man's family. They OWE all of us the factual truth. So on this day of Thanksgiving, I feel thankful to be alive, but I grieve for all who lost loved one to violence. My deepest sympathies.

blisspad
blisspad

I think it is a bold move to go to a Muslim country as Saudi Arabia and question the crown prince about Kashoggi's death. There are no christian churches in Saudi Arabia nor are any allowed to be built. This leads to the fact that crown prince could be telling the truth. It shows that he at least shows tolerance and an open mind in allowing himself to talk to an "Evangelical group". Most Muslim countries are not very tolerant of Christians. But then on the other hand their is so much chaos in Muslim countries around the world, maybe the prince wanted to hear "The Good News" of the bible, which would be putting himself at risk as a heretic in Muslim society. Evangelical means to spread the Word (Of the Bible).

andersten1
andersten1

Considering history and reality, Iran is much more accommodating, but for the mullahs empowered to suppress and defend against Amrikan judaic hegemony.

andersten1
andersten1

Honest consideration is mysteriously absent in our present discussion.