Saudi Crown Prince Pledges To Crack Down on Extremism

Oct 25, 2017

The crown prince of Saudi Arabia plans to push his country towards a more moderate form of Islam. Saudi Arabia is held captive to an extreme form of Islam called Wahabism. The ruling family has sought to placate it by lavishly funding mosques all over the world. He announced, “We want to go back to what we were, the moderate Islam that is open to the world, open to all the religions. We will not waste 30 years of our lives dealing with extremist ideas, we will destroy them today.” The 32-year old crown prince was appointed successor by his father King Salman earlier this year. The prince is seeking to modernize the country and its economy by steering the country away from oil dependent revenues. Recently the country announced that the ban on women being able to drive will be fully lifted in 2018. Prince bin Salman announced that a $500 billion city would be “built on the border with Jordan and Egypt.” The city will make extensive use of alternative energy and be a technology hub.