May 25, 2011

Here Come Da Fatwas

Here Come Da Fatwas....again! A Facebook campaign for Saudi men to beat women drivers, is the latest and greatest from the Religion of Peace (see below).

So where are all the human rights/civil liberties "activists" with whom we are so blessed? You know, the baton-wielding, venom-spewing, peace-activist types, like the ladies of Code Egg-Shell-White, er, Pink, or the civilized lynch mob of (Gaza) Flotilla fame?

Why nary a peep from so-called activist celebrities like, Hollywood actor Sean Penn, or Iranian/Libyan state TV star, former U.S. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney? (Story here)

Further proof that next to Islamic zealots, "there is nothing more frightening than ignorance in action."  |  May 25, 2011

Saudi Facebook Campaign Calls For Men To Beat Women Drivers

Manal al-Sharif is shown driving in Saudi Arabia.  YouTube

A campaign on Facebook is calling for Saudi men to beat women who plan to drive cars in a protest next month, AFP reports.

"The Iqal Campaign: June 17 for preventing women from driving" advocates a cord be used to beat women who plan to drive. Women are not allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia.

Some 6,000 people have "liked" the campaign on Facebook.

It was created in response to female activist Manal al-Sharif, who created a page calling for Saudi women to defy the driving ban on June 17.

The Facebook page, called "Teach me how to drive so I can protect myself," was removed after more than 12,000 people indicated their support. The campaign's Twitter account also was deactivated.

Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that bans women — both Saudi and foreign — from driving. The prohibition forces families to hire live-in drivers, and those who cannot afford the $300 to $400 a month for a driver must rely on male relatives to drive them to work, school, shopping or the doctor.

The issue is a highly emotional one in the kingdom, where women are also not allowed to vote, or even travel without their husbands' or fathers' permission.

About 800 Saudi people have signed a petition urging Saudi King Abdullah to release al-Sherif and to make a clear statement on women's right to drive.

"We are fed up," Waleed Aboul Khair, a lawyer and rights activists said. "Be frank," he said, addressing the country's rulers. "For the first time in the history of the kingdom, we have hundreds of people calling for the king to be frank."

"The society has moved. The society is not silent anymore," Aboul Khair said.

There is no written Saudi law banning women from driving, only fatwas, or religious edicts, by senior clerics that are enforced by police. King Abdullah has promised reforms in the past and has taken some tentative steps to ease restrictions on women. But the Saudi monarchy relies on Wahhabi clerics to give religious legitimacy to its rule and is deeply reluctant to defy their entrenched power.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Original article here.


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