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December 02, 2011

What will happen if women drive in Saudi Arabia? Sex, pornography, homosexuality and the end of virginity!

December 02, 2011

December 02, 2011

The Saudi scholars see women driving, "the end of the world", and virginity. What a weird case! The irony is that they are supported by the United States, another reactionary force in the Middle East. Here is the article from the Telegraph;

Allowing women drivers in Saudi Arabia will tempt them into sex, promote pornography and create more homosexuals, according to some conservative Muslim scholars. Academics at the Majlis al-Ifta' al-A'ala, which is Saudi Arabia's highest religious council, said the relaxation of the rules would inevitably lead to “no more virgins”.
Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world where women are banned from driving.
The academics, working in conjunction with Kamal Subhi, a former professor at the conservative King Fahd University, produced the conclusions in a report for the country's legislative assembly, the Shura Council.


What is funny is the author completely spoiling his article by calling the Ulema of Saudi Arabia a "Bunch of Maniacs".

What is more, to ridicule their deliberations by summarizing that they fear the disappearance of virgins in society shows merely that the author does not value virginity and prudence in women.

I, by no means, agree that banning women from driving will prevent decadence in society. The malaise is not due to technological means, but stems from basic patriarchal attitudes, resistance to those attitudes, rebellion and aping the ways of societies already far gone in decadence. I imagine the fall of Christian ethics and monotheistic belief system was partly due to aping the immorality of the late Roman empire, but eventually some of the moral teachings of the church re-emerged (only to almost completely disappear in this day and age). Criticism of the decisions of scholars should be based not in sarcastic comments, but issues of civil and human rights. And the case for allowing women to drive should be based on whether or not women driving in other societies has directly led to promiscuity in exclusion to right, basic education and appropriate upbringing.

Dear Mr. Ben Royston,

I have edited the article, which was posted by our sub-editor. If you'd like, you could write an article on your opinion in the matter; we would give you a platform for that.


The Arab Digest

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