Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Meanwhile, in Saudi Arabia

Manal al-Sherif was detained by the police for driving a car:
Human Rights Watch urged Saudi authorities on Tuesday to release a female activist who led an online campaign against the country’s driving ban and posted a video clip showing herself behind the wheel.

Saudi clerics insist the ban protects against the spread of vice and temptation, because women drivers would be free to leave home alone and interact with male strangers.

The activist, Manal al-Sherif, and other women started a Facebook page called “Teach me how to drive so I can protect myself,” urging authorities to lift the ban. They posted a video clip last week of al-Sherif driving a car in the eastern city of Khobar.

She was briefly arrested on Saturday, but on Sunday she was detained again and charged with “violating the public order.”
Mmmm. And check this out:
There is no written Saudi law banning women from driving, only fatwas, or religious edicts, by senior clerics that are enforced by police. The Saudi daily Al-Watan, which is owned by a member of the ruling family, claimed that al-Sherif broke down in “an episode of crying” during an interrogation and blamed the campaign on “women from outside the kingdom.”
Which is to prove that women are too emotional to drive and too easily influenced by evil outsiders, such as all the women in every single other country who have the right to drive a car.