House Passes Bill Allowing 9/11 Lawsuits Against Saudi Arabia Personally, I think the families should be allowed to sue. The fact that the Saudi religious establishment is united with the Saudi government (it is a religious monarchy where the King listens to whatever their clerics say) means the government must take responsibility for its nutjob clerics espousing jihad and extremist garbage. My take: if there had been enough "separation of state and religion" in Saudi Arabia, then clearly their government could excuse themselves and say "Hey we take no responsibility for the extremist garbage that these clerics and muftis espouse". But that is simply not the case. Saudi Arabia has an official State Religion, and that State Religion is the fundamentalist bent known as Wahabbi (Sunni) Islam.