Monday, March 9, 2009

Saudis Lash Geriatric Woman for “Mingling”

Saudi Arabia has a religious police force tasked with upholding woman-hating religious standards that have no place in the civilized world. And just so you don’t brush them off as some sort of absurdist fantasy, they occasionally do something so disgusting and ridiculous that you wonder why all Saudis don’t just rise up and throw them out of the country. For instance, they just arrested an elderly woman for being in the same house with two unrelated men. One of the men said that this woman breast fed him as a baby (which makes him her son under Islamic law, apparently), and was delivering bread to her in the company of his friend, who was the other man involved. The police arrested both of those men as well, but they didn’t punish them quite as harshly as the old lady. For being such a skank, she will receive forty lashes, four months in prison, and deportation. Assuming she survives, that last one might be the best thing that’s ever happened to her. More details here.

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