Thursday, February 7, 2008

Eternal Vigilance Is the Price of Repression

Unfortunately, this does not come from The Onion. In Saudi Arabia, god's own earthly lieutenants are maintaning order and morality against onslaughts like these: a woman calling herself Yara

sat in a curtained booth with her business partner in the café's “family” area, the only seats where men and women are allowed to mix.

For Yara, it was a matter of convenience. But in Saudi Arabia, public contact between unrelated men and women is strictly prohibited.

“Some men came up to us with very long beards and white dresses. They asked ‘Why are you here together?'. I explained about the power being out in our office. They got very angry and told me what I was doing was a great sin,” recalled Yara, who wears an abaya and headscarf, like most Saudi women.

The men were from Saudi Arabia's Commission for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, a police force of several thousand men charged with enforcing dress codes, sex segregation and the observance of prayers.
Quite. First you allow men and women to mingle at coffee shops, and soon enough, women will take off their required bonnets, drive cars, participate in athletics, read sentences containing ideas and phrases not dictated to Mohammed, and otherwise sully the public morals. From there it's a short and steep slope down to public fornication, gay pride parades, taxpayer-funded abortions, state-arranged man-on-dog-on-man marriages, and the vocal stylings of Celine Dion.

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