In one of the several trials now in progress, a group of alleged terrorist/terrorist-supporters are calling for imams who led them toward extremism be punished. That sounds right to me. Far too many have been able to hide behind the cloak of religion – or at least religiosity – to corrupt individuals and Saudi society. That they received a government stipend for the jobs as imams makes it worse. Their doing so led to conclusions that the government supported them in their messages of hate. The government has removed many imams and preachers from their positions; it has not jailed many.
Militants seek arrest of takfiri preachers
MUHAMMAD AL-SULAMI | ARAB NEWS
JEDDAH: Three men allegedly belonging to the Turki Al-Dandani terror cell told judges at a criminal court in Riyadh on Monday that preachers who issued takfiri (branding opponents “infidels”) religious edicts and encouraged youths to take part in jihad in Afghanistan should be arrested and brought to justice.
The defendants said preachers who previously prohibited people from watching TV channels are now competing with one another to appear on TV to make money.
They refuted claims that all military camps in Afghanistan belonged to Al-Qaeda or linked with the terrorist organization’s late leader Osama Bin Laden. They reiterated their allegiance to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah.