Ms. DiSetfano, Special Advertising Section
Dear Mss. Sibley and DiStefano
I was jarred to find on Page 35 of this week’s edition of , a false and grossly misleading ad by the Alwaleed Bin Talal Humanitarian Foundation representing that it had been awarded the Pontifical Medal by at the .
Ms. Nina Shea, Director of the Center for Religious Freedom at the Hudson Institute in The Weekly Standard about the ad that appeared in the May 8th editions of and the and, now , among other major US media.has an article in the May 26th edition of
Here is a link and an excerpt from Ms. Shea’s article:
- In the end, it was consultations with an independent expert on the
In 2006, the Saudi ambassador to the United States, in a letter to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, quoted the king as referring to his government as the “of Islam.” The implication is that is not only hallowed ground as host of the two holiest Muslim sites, but also the arbiter of Islamic orthodoxy.
The latest Saudi publicity stunt should not be dismissed as merely a boorish hoax. It offers a useful glimpse of the ambitions and methods of the Saudi state, which deserve to be taken seriously.