Concerning the new top level domain .Catholic that the Vatican applied for:
“Many other Christians use the term ‘Catholic’ to refer more broadly to the whole Christian Church regardless of denominational affiliation,” the Saudi Communication and Information Technology Commission said in its complaint.“Other Christian communions lay claim to the term “Catholic” such as the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Oriental Orthodox Church.”“Therefore, we respectfully request that ICANN not award this.”
Yes the Saudis the protectors of religious freedom are so concerned about this. You can’t bring Bibles into our country or build Christian churches, but don’t you dare give the Catholic Church this top level domain since it is insensitive to the Orthodox Church. I think it is just sour grapes that they didn’t get “.Wahhabi”.
Saudis object to dot-Catholic top domain name
When I talked with Msgr. Tighe, the Vatican leader responsible for the “.Catholic” purchase, he noted the Vatican was the obvious choice for such a domain but that other domains like “.church” and “.jesus” were bound to provoke more controversy.
You couldn’t make this stuff up, could you?
One thing’s sure–the Saudis are *not* primarily interested here either in religious freedom or in protecting the feelings of the Orthodox. I don’t know what their interest really is (maybe nothing deeper than trying to give the Church a black eye), but those two definitely aren’t it.
Yes, the Saudis persecution of religious liberty is abhorrent. Pretend that the ICANN commission was based in, say, Greenland. Does the essential point of merit? (plays the pros and cons around in his head) Yea, this is petty. Nice job, Saudis. I respectfully request we deny the Saudis at any table involving petty grievances.