What to do with Saudi Arabia? We hear of the KINGDOM (!) loosening its absurd and abusive restrictions on women. They can actually drive a car, if alone or with other related women…progress?? Do they hang young gay men still, a la Iran? Is this religious intolerance waning or still sickeningly prevalent? What do the people say, even the Wahibbists? 

This story: SAUDIS ORDER 40 LASHES FOR ELDERLY WOMAN FOR MINGLING: A Saudi Arabian court has sentenced a 75-year-old Syrian woman to 40 lashes, four months imprisonment and deportation from the kingdom for having two unrelated men in her house, according to local media reports. According to the Saudi daily newspaper Al-Watan, troubles for the woman, Khamisa Mohammed Sawadi, began last year when a member of the religious police entered her house in the city of Al-Chamli and found her with two unrelated men, “Fahd” and “Hadian.” Fahd told the policeman he had the right to be there, because Sawadi had breast-fed him as a baby and was therefore considered to be a son to her in Islam, according to Al-Watan. Fahd, 24, added that his friend Hadian was escorting him as he delivered bread for the elderly woman. The policeman then arrested both men.

That’s messed up. The LEFT side of me wants us to focus all of our efforts to engage these twisted regimes in a dialog that might influence them to actually come out of the stone age and into the light…
The RIGHT side of me, the overshadowed, partially pathetic postage stamp of square centimetres that pass for my right, anyway, wants to send assassin drones over their governing,
fatwah dispensing disgusting old men and take them out one by one.

Certainly, there can be a rational justification for this, right? Gawd, someone talk me out of this line of thinking… Indelibly burned into my psyche is the photo of the two young boys in Tehran hanged by edict and a brute assassin for the transgression of
homosexuality. Every leader who ended these boys’ short lives and had a hand in that decision should suffer the same fate at least. Monsters. Humans masquerading as monsters.

This is not what Islam is supposed to be about. It always had a questionable bent toward violence to the infidel, easily pounced upon by hatemongerers, and the Muslim world sat stoney faced while we lamented 9-11, but really, can we not get the large secular group of Arab and Indonesian and Indian Muslims to rise up and rebel against this jihad idiocy? Can we not get Israel to stop giving them ammo? If I don’t get a two state solution soon, I may have to spend the rest of my life decrying the stupidity and suffering caused by a people who have themselves suffered so much
Surely, they should know better. 
Shame all around.

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