From Friday’s Sun:

A senate subcommittee yesterday examined the growing influence of Wahhabism, the radical, Saudi-sponsored stream of Islam, in a sign that Congress intends to take the issue more seriously….

Senator Schumer, a Democrat of New York and a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said that the pact between the House of Saud and the Wahhabi clerics that glues Saudi Arabia together as a nation is “nothing short of a deal with the devil.”

“Wahhabism is an extremist, exclusionary form of Islam that not only denigrates other faiths but also marginalizes peaceful followers of Islam like the Shia and moderate Sunnis,” Mr. Schumer said. “The Saudis give the Wahhabis protection and support in exchange for the Wahhabis promising not to undermine the Saudi royal family. The Wahhabis get to preach the hate and extremism that form the core tenets of Wahhabism without consequence.”

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