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Monday, July 13, 2009

Saudi Judge Blames Women For Domestic Violence

Okays Husbands To Slap Wives

Posted in May 11th, 2009 by Glenn Church in Saudi Arabia
Few countries contrast the twenty-first century with the values of antiquity as Saudi Arabia does. A wealthy, modern state would seem to have a few progressive ideas. Not so with the Saudis.

A Saudi judge has ruled that it is okay for husbands to slap their wives if they spend too much.

That wasn’t all Judge Hamid Al-Razine had to say. He noted, “women’s indecent behavior and use of offensive words against their husbands were some of the reasons for domestic violence in the country.”

Domestic violence is on the rise in Saudi Arabia in recent years. Of course, the woman is to blame.

It would be unthinkable to consider otherwise in a society that does not allow women to drive or men and women to mix in public. Yet, the same society allows a 47-year-old man to marry an 8-year-old girl.

All this is done in the pretext of protecting women or upholding morality. Is there really that much difference between the Saudis and the Taliban? Both cherish oppressive ideologies and suppress women.

Why, yes, there is a difference. The Saudis sell us their oil.

Americans die in Afghanistan with one of the pretenses being the liberation of women from a repressive ideology. In Saudi Arabia, they work with the Saudis to provide the world with oil. For that, the Saudis always get a free ride, unless you are a Saudi woman.

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