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Saudi Police Think They Know the Truth About Cats and Dogs

In response to a rising trend of people trying to get around sex segregation laws in Saudi Arabia, police will now strictly enforce a ban on the sale of pet cats and dogs in the city of Riyadh. If authorities find you walking one of these pets in public (you can walk a cat?), they will take away the furry creature for good. First they outlawed Valentine's Day, and now cats and dogs?!

The Commission For the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice wants men to stop using these pets as a way to pick up, or even talk to, women in public places. The rule against public mingling among non-family members of the opposite sex is serious business; a few months ago, Saudi religious police jailed an American living in the country after she sat with her male colleagues in a Starbucks.

If the fight against flirting requires officials to resort to extreme laws like a ban on pets, does it signal that sex segregation might not be so realistic?


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gigill gigill 8 years
This is not a good sign to me at all...
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
Agreed,Nwrh, and I think Harmonyfrance is right. Very few of us relate this with Islam...
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
Don't worry Nwrh...most of us do not relate the oppressions with Islam. Of course there are always people that have ignorant opinions about things. Here have a cocktail. :cocktail:
Nwrh Nwrh 8 years
I am a Saudi young woman and I find this extreme and ridiculous! Such decisions and restrictions have nothing to do with Islam they are majorly influenced by culture and the darn Wahhabism.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
Second that comment, Torgleson!!!
Auntie-Coosa Auntie-Coosa 8 years
According to Wikipedia: Wahabism is a conservative reformist call of Sunni Islam attributed to Muhammad ibn Abd-al-Wahhab, an 18th century scholar from what is today known as Saudi Arabia, who advocated a return to the practices of the first three generations of Islamic history. Read that again. Return to the practices of the first three generations of Islamic history -- this means to live in the 7th and 8th Century by the Islamic practices of that era, as if "today" doesn't exist. So all thoughts must be under strict control and acting outside of the 8th Century Islamic regulations is totally forbidden and can get you jail time. Can you imagine how hard it must be for a 21st Century Saudi Arabian who has been educated abroad to return to this strict culture? Especially after having lived in a democratic country. However, some Saudis try to maintain strict adherence to Wahabism while living in other countries. But I think they're just playing mind-games with themselves, don't you? I don't understand how someone can come to the USofA and see the Freedom we have and want to destroy the USofA BECAUSE of our Freedom. It's as if they don't want to face reality. Radical Muslims are afraid of Freedom, I think because they haven't been trained in how to think for themselves. They memorize the Koran but they don't have enough common sense to compare and contrast the Koran with any other religion or philosophy. They delude themselves into believing that by killing people who have differing beliefs than they have, they can "purify" the world and force everyone to think like 8th Century peasants. Saudi Arabia is supposed to be a USofA ally. HA, I think they use us unmercifully. Their chief aim is to destroy the USofA a little bit at a time so that we barely notice it . . . except when gasoline prices soar.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Wow. One more reason to be happy I live in the U.S.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Wow. Should we send them a welcome to the 20th century letter, to remind them that we've gotten past the turn of the century, as in 1000 AD?
stephley stephley 8 years
Yeah, sex segregation might not be realistic and the U.S. might want to reconsider being such good friends with such a whack government.
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