As a nation, we’ve always had strange bedfellows.   I have no idea about what goes on behind closed doors in the world of diplomacy but the U.S. just signed a $30 billion deal to sell Saudi Arabia 84 U.S. fighter jets.

However, just the other day, I read a short piece in the WSJ by David Keyes who pointed out the Saudi Ambassador’s holiday card which cited from the Quran:

“Behold, the angels said:  ‘O Mary, God giveth thee glad tidings of a Word from Him:  his name will be Christ Jesus, the son of Mary, held in honour in this world and hereafter and of (the company of) those nearest to God.”

This from a country who forbids Christians from worshiping publicly, building churches, wearing crosses or importing Bibles.  Mr. Keyes also pointed out that an eighth-grade textbook currently published by the Saudi Education Ministry declares “The Apes are the people of the Sabbath, the Jews; and the Swine are the infidels of the communion of Jesus, the Christians.”  A ninth-grade textbook echoes “The Jews and the Christians are enemies of the believers, and they cannot approve of Muslims.”  Six million children are indoctrinated with this garbage every year in Saudi Arabia.

Strange bedfellows indeed.