• Jan 22, 2008

If you're of the opinion that the religious right has too much influence on American politics, you should check out Saudi Arabia. The royal family has relied for decades on the support of fundamentalist Wahabi clerics who, in return for their support to the ibn Saud regime, have insisted on ever more stringent laws. Among those measures has been a strict ban prohibiting women from driving that has been in effect for 75 years since the founding of Saudi Arabia in 1932, but the Saudi government is finally preparing to lift the ban.

The government decision reportedly stems from an effort to placate a mounting women's lib movement, whose activists have been mounting rolling demonstrations by leading convoys of women driving around in the kingdom despite the law prohibiting them from obtaining driver's licenses or automobile insurance. According to the Saudi government, the ban will be lifted by the end of the year. Critics point out, however, that previous government commitments towards reform have not been met.

[Source: The Daily Telegraph via Instapundit, Photo by HASSAN AMMAR/AFP/Getty]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/28/international/middleeast/28hughes.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

      Y do americans think that every woman wants to live like an american?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Did I miss the memo that the comments section for this post was a competition to make the most ignorant statement about women's rights as is humanly possible?

      Congrats for lowering the bar, guys.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Now Saudi males will know the real meaning of fear. Put a woman in a minivan filled with kids and have her talking on a cell phone. This is a receipe to be feared. When I suspect that is what is barrelling down upon me, I take the first opportunity to get out of the way.
      Larry
      • 7 Years Ago
      What a lovely bevy of NUNS! I wonder if they are as vicious as the nuns I had in grade school?
      • 7 Years Ago
      They are not allowed to be in public without a male relative. So now you have to let your wife or sister drive? No thought scares me more !
      • 7 Years Ago
      Middle East LOL
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think that this interference in the freedom of the people is a happy life !
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm all for human rights.

      But, am I the only one that sees a safety problem with putting half the population behind the wheel for the first time, all at once?

      Time to invest in Daimler, since there are going to be a lot of totaled Mercedes in the next year.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Indeed, I am hoping this leads to Saudi Arabia's population being reduced by 1/3 to 1/2. The world needs less Sadis.
      • 7 Years Ago

      Obtaining a driver's license and the permission to drive may be two entirely different entitlements. If I were a Wahabi cleric, I'd say; "Here you go girls, here's your driver's license. We'll give you permission to drive in another 50 years".
      • 7 Years Ago
      When you drive that Suburban or that fullsize pickup and you don't absolutely have to, every month you're making these guys richer and giving them more power. Just something to think about.
      • 7 Years Ago
      great!

      Now Saudi women can get caught driving with men they don't know!
      • 7 Years Ago
      With friends like this...
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