Only in a Theocracy Could Driving be Associated with Promiscuity

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I am tempted to create a humor page because I just see this kind laughable logic pretty near every single day coming from the mouths of theists of all kinds. This time it’s Saudi clerics who claim that if women are allowed to drive it would “provoke a surge in prostitution, pornography, homosexuality and divorce.”  Brave women have been fighting for the right to drive “in the only country in the world where women are not allowed to take the wheel.” (Ghanem 2011). This is also a country where women can face public lashings for not covering their entire body including their “tempting eyes”. Now their brave fight to be allowed to drive is bringing claims that it would lead to “no more virgins”. These poor women face a daunting uphill battle. In fact they have very few rights at all in Saudi Arabia:

Women must have a male guardian: Typically a father or brother. Women in Saudi Arabia must gain permission from their male guardian for everything from employment and school to daily life tasks such as getting food and tending to the children, they often need permission to even speak.

They face widespread sexual harassment and abuse: Women are virtually powerless to stop it. If they do speak up their chances of justice are slim, they may even take the blame and the subsequent punishments.

Some more details can be found here

So it comes as no surprise that that in Saudi Arabia you would find logic as absurd as the idea that allowing women to drive will lead to widespread promiscuity. Well laughable at least things like this serve as fair warning as to what happens with religion is allowed to rule a country.

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2 thoughts on “Only in a Theocracy Could Driving be Associated with Promiscuity

  1. “Human Rights:
    Despite generally good relations, the United States remains concerned about human rights conditions in Saudi Arabia. Principal human rights issues include abuse of prisoners and incommunicado detention; prohibitions or severe restrictions on freedom of speech, press, peaceful assembly and association, and religion; denial of the right of citizens to change their government; systematic discrimination against women and ethnic and religious minorities; and suppression of workers’ rights.

    U.S.-SAUDI ARABIAN RELATIONS:
    The United States has sold Saudi Arabia military aircraft (F-15s, AWACS, and UH-60 Blackhawks), air defense weaponry (Patriot and Hawk missiles), armored vehicles (M1A2 Abrams tanks and M-2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles), and other equipment. In September 2010 the U.S. announced a major new FMS program to sell fighter aircraft and helicopters to the Saudi military services in support of defense modernization plans.”

    http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/3584.htm

    Crude Oil and Total Petroleum Imports Top 15 Countries:
    Saudi Arabia (#2), 2010: 1,072 barrels per day (approx. 391,280 annually)

    http://www.eia.gov/pub/oil_gas/petroleum/data_publications/company_level_imports/current/import.html

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