Monday, March 9, 2009

40 Lashes in the Name of the Merciful

While so many around the world seem so shocked by the events that took place in Gaza; in Saudi Arabia a 74 year old woman was sentenced to forty lashes and 4 months in jail for mingling with two young men who are not her relatives and who were in the process of delivering bread. After the sentence, the woman will be deported to her native Syria, since her Saudi husband is dead.

I am deafened by the silence of the international civil libertarians who accuse Israel and America and the West in general, but are reluctant to point a finger at a society that represses half of its population and sees as moral sentencing to forty lashes a woman who because of her age might just die as a result of this punishment.

I am no psychologist, but I cannot help and feel that in Islamic societies with millions of sexually repressed young men, this type of punishments fulfil some kind of sick psycho-sexual fantasy. Let's remember that in Saudi Arabia men don't see the face of a female who is not a relative or a female body until they get married.

Do you know of any university clamoring for divestment from Saudi investments?

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