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?