Saudi Arabia says not ready to let women drive

Obama was just there, but rather than pursue the issue, he gave the Saudi’s a waiver on their continued rights violations. Source: Saudi Arabia refuses to end its ban on women drivers | Daily Mail Online

Saudi Arabia is ‘not convinced about women driving’ and sees negative consequences if it is allowed, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has said.

The prince, who is one of the Middle Eastern country’s most influential figures, has previously indicated his support for more freedom for Saudi Arabian women.

However, he has since said that reform can’t be rushed and that changes ‘could’ happen in the future, Bloomsberg reports.

In an interview on Monday, Prince Mohammed, who is second in line to the throne and believed to be around 30, said that allowing women to drive is more than just a religious issue, but a community one.

His comments came after he outlined a plan to reduce the kingdom’s reliance on oil.

Recently, Saudi Arabia’s top cleric defended the ban on women driving, claiming it would ‘expose them to evil’.

Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin-Abdullah al-Sheikh added ‘obsessed’ men with ‘weak spirits’ could end up causing female drivers harm.

The Grand Mufti is known for being outspoken and earlier this year ruled that chess is forbidden for Muslims because it is a ‘waste of time’ and promotes gambling.

He issued the fatwa ahead of a major chess tournament in Mecca in January.

Last year campaigner Loujain al-Hathloul was jailed for 10 weeks after violating the ban by driving from the United Arab Emirates to the Saudi border.

And in February 2015, Saudi historian Saleh al-Saadoon caused controversy in trying to justify the ban, claiming women ‘could be raped’ if their cars broke down.

In reaction to the prince’s comments on Monday, Muneerah Sulaiman, 26, a lawyer in Riyadh, told Bloomsberg: ‘We were very disappointed. I don’t understand the argument of people who appose the ban on religious grounds.

‘How is it okay to have a strange man drive women around, which is against Islamic teachings, but not okay to drive yourself around? It doesn’t make any sense.’


Ah, the sharia.

There’s more out of Saudi Arabia: How to ‘discipline’ your wife, Saudi style: Muslim family therapist advises men to ‘beat spouses with a toothpick or handkerchief’ and ‘forsake them in bed’

One Response

  1. Ahemm! Can’t say I actually blame them here! Just imagine the barrage of accidents and traffic violations if these totally covered creatures suddenly are let loose! I mean, just think of the long sleeves getting all tangled, hanging over the steering wheel and shift levers–not to mention the long burkas obstructing the brake and gas pedals! What’s more, question is, how could they see anything in the rear-view and side-view mirrors with their faces all covered up? Yeah, I say, keep these monstrosities off the road! If they wanna drive, let ’em lose the burkas and the Stone Age desert dresses! We got enough idiot male MUZZIE taxi drivers as it is–don’t add their crazy wives to the equation! TALK ABOUT SUICIDE JIHADIS! OMG!!!!!

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