WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) released the following statement following the Saudi Arabia’s recent decision to relinquish control of Belgium’s largest mosque.

 “I am encouraged by recent news that Saudi Arabia has decided to give up control of Belgium’s largest mosque that has long been suspected of radicalizing European Muslims,” said Congressman Poe. “Although Saudi Arabia is a U.S ally in the fight against terrorism, it has pursued a persistent policy of funding institutions all across the world that have bred extremism and intolerance among Muslim communities far from its borders. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the classrooms of Saudi funded schools the world over, where textbooks published by the Saudi Ministry of Education have notoriously incited hatred against Christians, non-Muslims and minority Muslim sects at odds with the Kingdom’s interpretation of Islam. That’s why my colleague, Rep. Bill Keating (D-MA), and I introduced H.R. 4549, the Saudi Educational Transparency and Reform Act, which will hold Saudi Arabia to its commitments to combat the evil ideology that inspires terrorism. The fight against terrorism must start on the ideological battlefield. And that’s just the way it is.”

Congressman Poe is the Subcommittee Chairman of Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade.