Okay, now the Saudis have finally gone too far

I’ve tried to be mellow about the Saudis.  My all-American training in moral relativism has allowed me to find excuses for the misogyny that makes women 54th class citizens, and for the antisemitism that makes it illegal for Jews to travel to Saudi Arabia, and for the censorship that makes possession of a Bible punishable by death, and for the stoning of adulteresses, and for whipping and hanging gays, and for funding the world-wide Madrassas that train boys to kill Jews and Americans.  Each of those was just a by-product of the unique Saudi culture and, really, who am I to criticize them?

But today, for the first time, the Saudis went too far — they’ve banned dogs!

Saudi Arabia’s religious police have announced a ban on selling cats and dogs as pets, or walking them in public in the Saudi capital, because of men using them as a means of making passes at women, an official said on Wednesday.Othman al-Othman, head of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice in Riyadh, known as the Muttawa, told the Saudi edition of al-Hayat daily that the commission has started enforcing an old religious edict.

He said the commission was implementing a decision taken a month ago by the acting governor of the capital, Prince Sattam bin Abdul Aziz, adding that it follows an old edict issued by the supreme council of Saudi scholars.

The reason behind reinforcing the edict now was a rising fashion among some men using pets in public “to make passes on women and disturb families,” he said, without giving more details.

Othman said that the commission has instructed its offices in the capital to tell pet shops “to stop selling cats and dogs”.

Somebody had better get the big guns on this one and call PETA, ’cause you just know that an edict like this will swiftly be followed by street-corner beheadings of dogs (and maybe their owners, too).

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  • suek

    Don’t call PETA. They don’t want you to have pets either. It’s true that beheadings of dogs would upset them, but they’d approve of not being allowed to buy or own them.

    Really.

  • Ymarsakar

    Now you know why the ACLU and other terrorist supported organizations complained about the US using dogs to intimidate terrorist prisoners.

    Now you know why they hated it so much.

  • Ymarsakar

    And what that means is that AL Qaeda can use everything we have against us, but we have to leave their precious beliefs alone and not exploit them.

    That fair to you, Book?

  • Ymarsakar

    Somebody had better get the big guns on this one and call PETA, ’cause you just know that an edict like this will swiftly be followed by street-corner beheadings of dogs (and maybe their owners, too).

    PETA is probably the number one killer of dogs, the ones they can capture anyways.

  • Deana

    It’s stuff like this, though, that starts waking up at least a few on the left of the horror that exists in these countries. Otherwise, when we just talk about the restriction of liberties, the only thing we get out of the left is, “well, you know, it’s their culture and we need to honor that.”

    Grrr.

    How barbaric. Some is deeply wrong when you don’t love dogs and cats.

    Deana

  • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

    My dog and I agree with you 100%, Deana.

  • Gringo

    Deana: How barbaric. Something is deeply wrong when you don’t love dogs and cats.

    Dogs in the US are generally treated as pampered members of the family, and the dogs’ demeanor generally reflects that. It is a win-win situation.The dogs are treated with kindness, and the dogs respond with affection.

    In many parts of the Third World, dogs are on their own, running in packs. If you approach one of those pack dogs, you are likely to get bitten. People fear pack dogs, with reason.

  • BrianE

    We have a cat and two dogs, and when our Liberian son arrived, it took him some time to adjust to the idea of these animals as pets. He couldn’t understand why we allowed the cat to be in the house (the dogs are outside animals).
    At first he was ‘mean’ to the animals– and couldn’t understand why we objected to that.
    He has since adjusted to this new cultural norm– though he still doesn’t throw the ball for the dogs, or allow the cat to sit on his lap.
    Once again, America stands alone.

    And I have never once used a dog as a pickup ploy– though I have been told it works.

  • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

    It does work — it is, after all, how I met my husband. I’ve always joked that he fell in love with my dog before he fell in love with me.

  • BrianE

    Alright, totally OT.
    I was Ernest in “The Importance of Being Ernest” in a community theater production.
    The makeup person the first night told me- “I’m going to make you a greek god” (or something to that effect).
    After the performance, my future wife asked one of the other cast members for an introduction, and the rest is history. (I did take off the makeup– but the spell had already been cast).