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Saudi Vice Patrol Gears Up For a Summer of Enforcement

Yesterday we examined Americans' sometimes confusing morals — but could you imagine if the US had a vice patrol to enforce them? Residents in Saudi Arabia do face that reality, as the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice is gearing up for a Summer of morality patrol.

What will get you potentially jailed or publicly flogged? Punishable vices range from: alcohol consumption, prostitution, keeping shops open during prayer time, congregating in public with a non-related member of the opposite sex, and driving . . . if you're a woman.

Luckily for everyone, especially women who need to get somewhere, change is slowly coming to the Islamic country. King Abdullah appointed a new head of the religious police who is thought to be more moderate. The group also hired outside marketing experts to help it soften its image and apologized for arresting a man that kissed his wife in a parking lot. But like I said, the change is coming slowly — the virtue police have yet to abandon plans to install video cameras in malls to keep a better eye on people.

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cirrus1701 cirrus1701 8 years
Almost forgot...Does this mean a woman will FINALLY be equal to a man, or will sharia law still be the rule of the day? (Women get 1/2 the inheratance of their brothers. A woman's testimony is only given half the weight of a man's.)
cirrus1701 cirrus1701 8 years
"King Abdullah appointed a new head of the religious police who is thought to be more moderate." Are you serious??!? Does this mean the women don't have to wear flipping BLACK in the desert anymore? Can the kafirs practice other religions openly, without fear of death? Can women actually be women and shop, work, and/or drive and not have to fear being arrested for the crime of being a woman??!? I guess this means the gay folks over in the Kingdom won't be killed outright anymore. But, hey! 150 lashes is better than dying, right? What a freaking joke! Yeah, no thanks! I'll visit Turkey instead. Never did like the desert anyway.
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