Leaders Seek Solution at Interfaith Meeting

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President George Bush told members of the United Nations Thursday that his faith has sustained him through his presidency.

Bush spoke at the special Interfaith conference at the United Nations.

"Faith will sustain me for the rest of my days," Bush told the assembly. He said that his faith changed his life along time ago and has helped him through the challenges of his presidency.

Click play for comments from Carl Moeller of Open Doors USA and Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law & Justice as they discuss this interfaith conference and its affect on the United States.

The two-day conference sponsored by Saudi Arabia was designed to bridge differences between religions and cultures.

Bush met on the sidelines of the conference with Saudi King Abdullah. The king's country is often criticized for religious intolerance and human rights.

All 192 U.N. member states were invited to the conference.

"We may profess differ creeds and worship in different places, but our faith leads us to common values," Bush said. He added that all people have the right to worship as they see fit.

Saudi Arabia bans non-muslims from openly practicing their religion. Abdullah has expressed interest in increasing inter-religious goodwill, encouraging meetings between sects of Islam, and asking Muslims to reach out to their non-muslim neighbors.

In his speech, Abdullah warned delegates that human beings must "live together in peace or harmony, or they will inevitably be consumed by the flames of misunderstanding, malice, and hatred."

The king did not mention any criticism about the restrictions on those who do not follow the strict Wahhabi interpretation of Islam.

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon also warned world leaders that globalization has increased extremism.

Sources:  The Associated Press, CBN News

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