Daily Times: * Critics say The King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue could be used by Riyadh to spread Wahhabism and divert attention from human rights violations and lack of religious freedom at home.
VIENNA: A new inter-religious dialogue centre backed by Saudi Arabia is stirring up controversy in Vienna and abroad even before its official inauguration.
— in short KAICIID — will officially open its doors on Monday. But critics say that the centre — entirely financed by Saudi Arabia and named after its king, who initiated the idea — could be used by Riyadh to spread Wahhabism, and divert attention from human rights violations and lack of religious freedom at home.
Monday’s glitzy inauguration at Vienna’s Hofburg Palace will be attended by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and top representatives of the world’s leading religions.