The "Religious" Police met their match and "She" ain't happy...

I’ve been told that Saudi Arabia is the most sexually repressed countries in the world. I believe it.
A friend of mine who is a women set up a page on one of the social networking sites. The company has sites around the world. She did it as a lark. A joke. On languages she spoke she checked almost every box listed. She was a little creative with her profile and picture.
She toyed with it for a few days and went off to do something else. Well she came back to check it after about a month. The counter on her page showed it had been visited well over twenty thousand times. I would have been happy with a tenth of those hits.
But what was surprising was the requests for marriage she got. All from men in the Middle East. Sorry, no women asked her for marriage.
I told her not to fell bad about that. No women had asked me for marriage either. She failed to see the humor in that.
What was brought to my attention in the news was a women in Saudi who shot at the “religious” police. You might say they are the moral watchmen of the country. You also have them in Iran. A few years ago some of them ran amuck on a college campus and took over an entire dormitory. One student escaped to go get help. What those who came to help found was not a pretty picture.
We learned the hard way in the United States back in the 1920’s and early 1930’s that you cannot legislate morality. Here in the United States it was call Prohibition. The sale and consumption of alcohol was forbidden by a Constitutional amendment.
This lead to the rise of organized crime in America. Mind you people got rich. Very rich off the sale and smuggling of alcohol into the United States. It ended in the early 1930’s because not only of the crime involved, but also the country was in a financial depression and needed the tax money the sale of alcohol would generate.
Now there have been protests by women in Saudi Arabia before. Not long ago some “religious” police were attacked in their car by women. And these guys are really not liked in the country either. Now do others get it on in Saudi with those they are not married too? Sure they do. But they go about it behind very closed doors.
What my concern is that in the west you have those individuals who are just hell bent on being the “morality” police. For some strange reason they want to forgo our laws and freedoms and put in place their views of morality. I’m sure they’ll want a “morality” police force as well to enforce it as well. Thing is, would those who want to put such “morals” upon our societies be able themselves to live under those laws?
Here is a copy of the article about the women going after the “religious” police.
Let me know what you think of it.

L.A. Times
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/babylonbeyond/2010/05/saudi-arabia-...

Babylon & Beyond
Observations from Iraq, Iran, Israel, the Arab world and beyond
In an unprecedented outburst toward Saudi Arabia's religious police, a married woman shot at several officers in a patrol car after she was caught in an "illegal seclusion" with another man in the province of Ha'il on Tuesday.
"She shot at the officers to distract them and allow the man to escape instant detention," said Sheik Mutlak al Nabet, a spokesman for the religious police in Ha'il. He added that the unnamed woman's husband has filed an official report, asking for his wife to be punished and stripped of her Saudi nationality.
Saudi law forbids women to socialize with unrelated men or walk in public without a male guardian, other than her husband, father or brother. Members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, known as the religious police, are tasked with segregating the sexes.

Saudi media report that the woman is Syria-born and recently obtained Saudi citizenship after living for years in the kingdom. Her male compatriot is still at large. The incident occurred only few days after the Saudi daily newspaper, Okaz, reported that a religious cop was taken to hospital with bruises after being punched by a woman in her 20s in the city of Al Mubarrazz.
The paper wrote that the young lady got violent with the officer after he asked her and man she was with at a public park to verify their relationship. Despite the possibility of facing imprisonment or lashing, the woman's fisticuffs was hailed by Saudi human rights activist Wajiha Huwaidar.
"People are so fed up with these religious police, and now they have to pay the price for the humiliation they put people through for years and years," she said. "This is just the beginning and there will be more resistance."
The religious police, who patrol shopping malls to make sure women are fully veiled, are reviled in much of the nation. King Abdullah has attempted in recent years to weaken their grip in an overall effort to soften the nation's fundamentalist Wahhabi Islam.
-- Amro Hassan in Cairo

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Comment by Adia Lynette on May 23, 2010 at 8:47pm
I often wonder what Saudi would be like without all the Wahabi bullshit. I find Saudis are quite wacky when they are out of their country and a little twisted too, but I think that's due to so many years of laws that make no sense and are unnatural.

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