Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Saudi Arabia Bans Dog Walking in Capital

Can't make this stuff up. Yup, that Edenic bastion of fairness and democracy, Saudi Arabia, has banned the selling and walking of dogs and cats. How you walk a cat, I'm not sure, but it's banned.

Violators found outside with their pets will have their beloved poodles and other furry companions confiscated by agents of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, the official name of the religious police, tasked with enforcing Saudi Arabia's strict Islamic code.
The "Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice" sounds like something out of a Harry Potter book, but no, it's a real entity. Yes my friends, this is Saudi Arabia, where puppy dogs and putty cats are banned, because they might promote men and women, I dunno, talking or something, which, as we all know, leads to mixed dancing.

The religious police prowl streets and malls throughout the kingdom, ensuring unmarried men and women do not mix, confronting women they feel are not properly covered or urging men to go to prayers.

They also often make attempts to plug the few holes in the strict gender segregation that innovations bring. In 2004, for example, they tried to ban cameras on cell phones, fearing that men and women would exchange pictures of each other — though the prohibition was quickly revoked.

Some news items require no commentary. Please, my fellow Jewish friends, let's learn from this. This is where modesty crosses the line over into control and insanity.

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