You have to read this to believe it, but I’ll give you a hint: a school in New Hampshire had an evening celebrating Saudi culture that included marginalizing all the girls! After you read it, imagine the other possibilities, such as a Jewish party celebrating Cossack culture, or the late Roman Empire having a bash dressed in Hunnish clothing, or perhaps the ancient Celts getting down to boogie the Roman way.
I understand that Saudi Arabia is not technically our enemy but is, instead, in the peculiar way of foreign politics, our ally. That doesn’t change the fact that it is the Saudis that are now and have been for decades spending billions of dollars to export the religious doctrine that seeks our downfall. Nor does it change the fact that Saudi religious and cultural beliefs, especially regarding women, are hostile to everything America stands for. This means that, while we may be awkwardly situated political bedfellows, we don’t need to pretend that there’s something virtuous about the way in which the Saudis live (although I bet the food, as is true for the food from so many Muslim cultures, is delicious.)