Women in Saudi Arabia were just given the right to drive. Many conservative men are against this because they believe in separation of the sexes and they believe women aren’t smart enough to drive…Guess they’ve never heard of Danica Patrick.
Comments from Saudi clerics and a Sheikh are laughable:
Saudi clerics ultimately believe female drivers “undermine social values” and lack the “intellect” to navigate the nation’s roadways.
“Would you give a man with half an intellect a driving licence?” Sheikh Saad al-Hajari, head of the Saudi government’s religious edict authority in the southern province of Assir, alleged at a lecture earlier this month.
SAUDI MAN THREATENS WOMEN DRIVERS:
A Saudi man was arrested for allegedly threatening to attack women drivers, the Interior Ministry said Friday, following a royal decree that ends a ban on women driving in the kingdom.
Many Saudis welcomed Tuesday’s announcement by King Salman lifting the ban by next year, but some expressed confusion or outrage after the reversal of a policy that has been backed for decades by prominent clerics.
The ministry said on Twitter that police in the kingdom’s Eastern Province had arrested the suspect, who was not identified, and referred him to the public prosecutor.
“I swear to God, any woman whose car breaks down — I will burn her and her car,” said a man wearing a traditional white robe who appeared in a short video distributed online earlier in the week.
Reuters could not independently verify the authenticity of the video.
Saudi media, including the Arabic-language Okaz newspaper, quoted the Eastern Province’s police spokesman as saying the man in custody was in his 20s and that the arrest had been ordered by its governor.
Separately, Okaz reported late Thursday that authorities directed the interior minister to prepare an anti-harassment law within 60 days.
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