Almost 12 years ago, a fire broke out at a Mecca School for girls in Saudi Arabia. Because several of the girls were, according to the Mutaween (religious police), not covered properly, they were not allowed to leave the building, and prevented by force civil services from rescuing these girls. 15 girls died, with 6 of the 15 being from various African states.
Why do I bring this up? Because it happened again, this time at a women’s college in the capital of this despotic nation, Riyadh.
Saudi female student dies after male ambulance crew denied access
However, when the ambulance arrived, the medics were not allowed to enter the college for two hours.
The university officials argued that the ambulance staff were males and could not enter the premises as the student was not covered and that no man could be allowed into the women’s college even though Amna needed prompt and vital treatment, local daily Okaz reported on Thursday.
Most of the students who witnessed the incident suffered a psychological shock and some of the young women collapsed after crying hysterically amid loud protests about refusing the medics to enter the building and rescue their friend who had suffered a massive heart attack, the report said.
Some of the students said that they were shocked by the university officials’ attitude not to allow male medics to enter the college.
“Islam is a religion that facilitates practices, and the religious rule, in exceptional situations, are relaxed,” some of the students told the daily. “We do not see any necessity that is more pressing than rescuing the life of a human being from imminent death.”
Once again, this is the nation we support in the region. This sick, twisted monarchy that persecutes everyone except for Wahhabi Males who came from what was, until about a century, the biggest backwater in the Muslim World, the Nejd.
It should also be noted, n regards to the Mutaween, that the are largely degenerate thugs. Research has shown most of them got their positions by memorizing the Quran in order to lessen their prison sentences, and have no other religious training, or skills for that matter.
Author Lawrence Wright has written of a conflict between the Mutaween and at least one allied imam and Turki bin Faisal Al Saud, the head of the Presidency of General Intelligence (Al Mukhabarat Al A’amah) between 1977 and 2001. After an imam denounced a female charitable organizations run by some of Turki’s sisters and accused them of being “whores” during a Friday sermon, Turki demanded and received an apology. He then “secretly began monitoring members of the muttawa. He learned that many of them were ex-convicts whose only job qualification was that they had memorized the Quran in order to reduce their sentences.”
Here are a few of their greatest hits.
Sourced from NBC, paraphrased in a shorter way by Wikipedia:
In 2006 the police issued a decree banning the sale of dogs and cats, also seen as a sign of Western influence. The decree which applies to the Red Sea port city of Jeddah and the holy city of Mecca bans the sale of cats and dogs because “some youths have been buying them and parading them in public,” according to a memo from the municipal affairs ministry to Jeddah’s city government.
Sourced from the BBC this time:
In 2013 two Saudi men were arrested for giving “free hugs to passersby”
And some yutz thinks Twitter is the Devil, again from the BBC:
In May, 2012, the head of the mutaween, Abdul Latif Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh, stated that anyone using social media sites, such as Twitter, “has lost this world and his afterlife”
And we also have a story that would make Christian nuts in this country very happy, as they likely would wish to do this themselves:
In January 2013, the CPVPV marched into an educational exhibit of dinosaurs at a shopping center “turned off the lights and ordered everyone out, frightening children and alarming their parents”. It was not clear why the exhibit—which had been “featured at shopping centres across the Gulf for decades”—was closed, and Saudi’s speculated irreverently as to the reason on twitter.
It should also be noted that Saudi Arabia spends massive amounts of money per year peddling this toxic perversion of Islam. Including right here in the United States. Or to put it another way, we are shooting ourselves in the foot.