Father, Son & Holy Spirit, Chavez Violates Saudi Laws

During the recent OPEC meeting, Hugo Chavez violated Saudi Law, the conference was held in Saudi Arabia, by making the sign of the cross and making references to Christ. In Saudi Arabia it is illegal to public practice non-Muslim religions.

This could have been the crusher to his suggestion that OPEC dump the dollar for trade currency.

It is obvious from the tone and words of OPEC, that the use of oil as a political weapon is not going to happen.

Not that I agree with Saudi laws and practices, but it is their country and when you are in it you should respect their laws… This is similar to the point the Spanish were trying to make when King Juan Carlos told Hugo to shut up… Respect the other people you are dealing with. Hugo has no respect for anyone that does not think like him and support his dictor-like qualities. I guess that is his Nepolean Complex shining through.

Chavez crosses Saudi law at OPEC opening
Published on Monday, November 19, 2007
RIYADH (AFP): Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez broke Saudi Arabia’s strict religious laws during an opening address at an OPEC summit on Saturday by making a sign of the cross at the start of his speech.

The Catholic leftwing president, who issued a warning about rocketing oil prices and encouraged OPEC to become actively involved in foreign policy, began his speech with the ritualistic Christian hand movement.

He went on to make two references to Christ at a ceremony attended by Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah — the custodian of Islam’s holiest sites — and other leaders from the 12-member oil exporters’ group.

Under Saudi law, the act of practising a religion other than Islam in public and non-Islamic religious symbols are forbidden.

The ultra-conservative kingdom enforces a strict form of Sunni Islam known as Wahhabism and also forbids unrelated men and women from associating with each other, bans women from driving and requires them to cover head-to-toe in public.

Just before Chavez spoke — he opened the ceremony because he was the host of the last OPEC summit in Caracas in 2000 — verses of the Koran were read to the assembled delegates.

The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries counts Algeria, Angola, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Nigeria, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar as members.


3 Responses

  1. Kinda curious to see how this play’s out. I am sure the Saudi’s don’t take him seriously anyway…

  2. I don’t think the Saudis care for him, they know who buys the oil and it ain’t him, so the only think he offers them, is a bad relationship with the US.
    However since he does control a major oil reserve and could undermine them financially, especially if AmanJIHADI shacks up with him, they want to be careful.
    Chavez is really starting to show his true colors to the rest of the world, where initially it was humorous to hear his idiotic rants, now he is trying to make international policy and this may bring about his downfall as he is about experienced at international foreign policy as each of our democratic candidates.

  3. The Saudis should do the following :

    Write a humble letter, if they feel offended. and politely ask not to do it again, with a bin laden stamp on it.


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