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6 years ago  ::  Dec 02, 2011 - 5:46PM #1
MMarcoe
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(Also posted on the Origins of Life board)

Anyone who wants a taste of what science would be like if religious fundies had their way would be wise to read this recent "study" by academics in Saudi Arabia. It's both hilarious and pathetic at the same time. But I think it parallels the way creationists do their "science": i.e., pick your own conclusion and make the results fit it.

I don't have a copy of the actual study.





Allowing women drivers in Saudi Arabia will be 'end of virginity'


Allowing women drivers in Saudi Arabia will tempt them into sex, promote pornography and create more homosexuals, according to some conservative Muslim scholars.










Academics at the Majlis al-Ifta' al-A'ala, which is Saudi Arabia's highest religious council, said the relaxation of the rules would inevitably lead to “no more virgins”.




Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world where women are banned from driving.




The academics, working in conjunction with Kamal Subhi, a former professor at the conservative King Fahd University, produced the conclusions in a report for the country's legislative assembly, the Shura Council.




It warned that allowing women to drive would "provoke a surge in prostitution, pornography, homosexuality and divorce".




Within 10 years of the ban being lifted, it claimed, there would be "no more virgins" in the Islamic kingdom.


 

It pointed out that "moral decline" could already be seen in those other Muslim countries in which women are allowed to drive.





In the report Prof Subhi described sitting in a coffee shop in an unnamed Arab state where "all the women were looking at me".


"One made a gesture that made it clear that she was available,” he said. “This is what happens when women are allowed to drive.”


Women caught driving in Saudi face corporal punishment.


In September, Shaima Jastaniya, 34, a Saudi woman, was sentenced to 10 lashes with a whip after being caught driving in Jeddah.


There has been strong protest in the country about the sentence, which was later overturned by King Abdullah, and about the law generally but resistance to reform remains strong among the traditionally conservative royal family and clerics.


The Saudi government is currently considering a proposal to ban women – already forced to cover up most of their body in public – from even displaying their eyes, if they are judged too “tempting”.






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6 years ago  ::  Dec 03, 2011 - 3:04AM #2
Blü
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It shows what we all know.


The problem with the world isn't religion, it's conservatives.

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6 years ago  ::  Dec 03, 2011 - 11:16AM #3
REteach
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I agree, Blu.



The weird thing is, I find this kind of stuff very demeaning for men. The message seems to be that men are such slaves to their hormones and lusts that they cannot control themselves.  Pretty pathetic, IMO. 

I know you believe you understand what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize what you heard was not what I meant...
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6 years ago  ::  Dec 03, 2011 - 12:05PM #4
MMarcoe
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Dec 3, 2011 -- 11:16AM, REteach wrote:


I agree, Blu.



The weird thing is, I find this kind of stuff very demeaning for men. The message seems to be that men are such slaves to their hormones and lusts that they cannot control themselves.  Pretty pathetic, IMO. 





There are many Muslim women who defend the veil because of this very idea. And it's insulting.


On the other hand, from what I've read and heard, there is a massive amount of repressed sexual anger and frustration going on in those countries, mostly among the males. So maybe this Saudi study is right, but maybe that's the beginning of a larger trend that will start to free those people from all that repression.


 

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