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Saudi women call for new day of defiance against driving ban
« on: September 22, 2013, 09:49:17 AM »
Saudi women call new day of defiance against driving ban


A Saudi woman gets out of a car after being given a ride by her driver in Riyadh, on May 26, 2011. Saudi women activists have called for a new day of defiance next month of the long-standing ban on women driving in the ultra-conservative kingdom. (AFP Photo/Fayez Nureldine)
 
RIYADH (AFP) - Saudi women activists have called for a new day of defiance next month of the long-standing ban on women driving in the ultra-conservative kingdom.An online petition entitled "Oct 26th, driving for women" had on Sunday gathered more than 5,800 signatories, as activists try again to push authorities to end the unique ban."I will drive on October 26," activist Nasima al-Sada told AFP on Sunday, saying that some 20 women are going to take part in the campaign in the kingdom's Eastern Province."Many women are enthusiastic about learning to drive, or to teach other" women how to drive, she said, as many Saudi women have obtained abroad the driving licences they are denied in their homeland."There is not a single text in the Sharia Islamic law that prevents us (from driving). Any pretexts used to do that are based on inherited customs," said the online petition."Just as revered women (at the time of the prophet) rode horses and camels, it is our right to drive cars -- the mode of our modern age, unless you want us to go back to mules and horses," the petition said.The last day of of defiance against the ban was on June, 17 2011, when few women answered a call to drive, with some stopped by police and forced to sign a pledge not to take to the wheel again."I can't drive because of the pledge I signed," said Najla al-Hariri, who took part in the protest in 2011, expressing strong support for the new campaign.In addition to the driving ban, Saudi Arabia imposes other major restrictions on women, including a requirement to cover from head to toe when in public.The 2011 call, which spread through Facebook and Twitter, was the largest mass action since November 1990, when 47 Saudi women were arrested and severely punished after demonstrating in cars.

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Re: Saudi women call for new day of defiance against driving ban
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2013, 12:31:47 PM »
But they're more than welcome to strap on a TNT negligee and blow themselves up for Allah

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Re: Saudi women call for new day of defiance against driving ban
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2013, 12:59:44 PM »
I wonder if this will be included in the National Parks Service's videos highlighting Islam’s contributions to women’s rights.

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Re: Saudi women call for new day of defiance against driving ban
« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2013, 02:12:23 PM »
Wait just a minute...this cannot be true. They tell us all women in islam/sharia have these rights.   :whistle: 

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This video tells us so! 

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Re: Saudi women call for new day of defiance against driving ban
« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2013, 02:46:30 PM »
We should let Bill Cosby know this, so he can repeat his call to be more like Muslims because of how well they treat women.

Then he can have his wife lead a protest in this (Christian) nation to allow women to drive.

Oh..........wait........................   :whistle:
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Re: Saudi women call for new day of defiance against driving ban
« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2013, 03:04:36 PM »
Wait just a minute...this cannot be true. They tell us all women in islam/sharia have these rights.   :whistle: 
 This video tells us so! 

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What are the operative words?
There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.
Public virtue cannot exist in a nation without private, and public virtue is the only foundation of republics. There must be a positive passion for the public good, the public interest, honour, power and glory, established in the minds of the people, or there can be no republican government, nor any real liberty: and this public passion must be superior to all private passions. John Adams


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