I was thinking of this when I saw the story of a woman sentenced to ten lashes for the cultural crime of...driving a car. The sentence has since been commuted by the king.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Saudi King Abdullah has overturned a court ruling sentencing a Saudi woman to be lashed 10 times for defying the kingdom's ban on female drivers, a government official said Wednesday.
A step in the right direction by the king. Whether or not it is viewed as such by all of his subjects may be a different story.
A Saudi court on Tuesday found Shaima Jastaina guilty of violating the driving ban, and sentenced her to 10 lashes. The verdict took Saudi women by surprise, coming just a day after King Abdullah promised to protect women's rights and decreed that women would be allowed to participate in municipal elections in 2015. Abdullah also promised to appoint women to a currently all-male advisory body known as the Shura Council.
Now let's see a show of hands...how many of you think a culture that would sentence a woman to ten lashes with a whip for driving a car...is equal to our own? Anyone? Any one at all??
How about honor killings? Jiggy with those?? Death penalty for sexually related transgressions??? Beatings and harassment for females with the temerity to...go to school?
The multiculturalists have been decrying the influence of "dead, white European males" for a long time, but can you honestly say that the Western cultural idea of the equality of women should be treated as equally valid with those cultures who don't?
There are no written laws that restrict women from driving. Rather, the ban is rooted in conservative traditions and religious views that hold giving freedom of movement to women would make them vulnerable to sins.
"traditions and religious views"... Funny, the multi-culti group holds all religions as equally valid (or invalid) but still holds Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular, in great disdain. But, Christianity elevated the position of women from mere chattel and many of those dead, white European males followed suit!
As Paul Harvey used to say, "It is not one world". As George Orwell used to say, "All are equal, but some are more equal than others"!
Funny, too, is how the multiculturalists are nowhere to be found when stories like this hit the news. A good beheading, as was done to Daniel Pearl, beating women for not knowing their place, stoning a homosexual to death or severing the hand of a thief...remind me again why I should esteem these cultures as equal to my own?
Cross posted at Proof Positive