Women’s Roles In Society

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Last week, my article about Saudi women brought some interesting e-mails, and even more interesting heated debate around the office and the community. 

The article focused on the fact that a Saudi woman was arrested for driving.  That's right, driving a car warranted a woman an official arrest from the Saudi police. 

Well, today, let me take it a step further.  On my daily news cruise,  I found another article detailing an even more egregious government arrest. 

Yesterday a 78 year old woman was convicted of allowing two unrelated men into her home.  She was sentenced to 40 lashes, imprisonment for 4 months, and deportation from the kingdom.  WOW!!  And all because the religion says that intermingling of women and men unrelated is forbidden.

Evidently the men were bringing the woman some bread, when the religious police arrested them and hauled the woman into the police station.  "Book her Dano-"

I hope, most everyone reading this article can come to the conclusion, this is an obvious human rights issue.  But the conversation last week led back to women's roles in society.  I heard everything from, "Women should be submissive to husbands" to "Men are God's leaders in the world."

I'm not exactly sure I'm comfortable with those arguments, and before I lay down my biblical argument, I'd like to hear from you.  What do you think? 

One of the critics of the police said, ""This is the problem with the religious police, watching people and thinking they're bad all the time. It has nothing
to do with religion. It's all about control. And the more you spread
fear among people, the more you control them. It's giving a bad
reputation to the country."

Do we have a 'religious police' of sorts when it comes to women's roles in our society?

6 Comments

  1. We as husbands are to LOVE OUR WIVES…not treat them like a Ford F150 or some house hold appliance. Rather we should love and cherish them. These “men” and i use this term loosly…will be delt with by Jesus soon. There is no reason to treat a woman like that. And furthermore if any “Christian” man sided with this idea, they should be drug out and beat.
    Hey that’s just my two cents.
    Keep it going buddy!

  2. I think women are the most precious human sere that has given us life, so I think you always have to look after them and give them all what they deserve and more, I think the thought of them is cause for reflection, thanks for sharing the post!

  3. Your needs, experiences, travel plans, skills and talents have taken a back seat to making sure the others around you are happy, safe, and nurtured on a daily basis. There is absolutely nothing pathetic about that. Kick him in the shin for me will ya, that ought to liven up the room!

  4. There’s a degree of hypocrisy here coming from the west. In Saudi Arabia a woman is subject to arrest for allowing an unrelated man into her home, and you gasp in disbelief. But what about the laws that you live under, that would throw you into prison for engaging in consensual sexual relations with a person under a certan age? Is it really any different? You can’t have it both ways.

  5. Thanks all to the latest comments. Especially from John Adams. John, thanks so much for your comment on having it both ways, and the hypocrisy of the west. For sure there are several areas we all need a little help tightening up. As I traveled through KSA last year, I was shocked at the difference in culture. I didn’t mean for this article to be a slam against the people of the Middle East, simply a point of discussion. You’re exactly right, we can’t have it both ways, so which way should we have it? That’s the question…
    Thanks again for all who are participating.

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