Saudi crown prince shocks Islamists with bold moves in Egypt

Thursday's Editorial - March 8, 2018

Questions

1. The purpose of an editorial/commentary is to explain, persuade, warn, criticize, answer, entertain, praise or inspire. What do you think is the purpose of this editorial? Explain your answer.

2. During a conference in October 2017, Saudi Arabia's crown prince vowed to destroy "extremist ideologies" in a bid to return to "a more moderate Islam." Speaking at the Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said the moves will put the kingdom in lockstep with many other nations as it seeks to transform its economy over the coming decades. "We want to lead normal lives, lives where our religion and our traditions translate into tolerance, so that we coexist with the world and become part of the development of the world.” What is your reaction to MBS' statements? - Do you think Saudi Arabia will ever be a country that allows Christians (and women) the same rights as Muslim men? Explain your answer.