Saudi Arabia has some of the most restrictive laws on women, including a ban on women driving.
It has become a source of malcontent, and many woman have been sentenced to such barbaric punishments as flogging for having done so.
Now we have this…
Saudi Arabian cleric says female drivers risk damaging ovaries
Leading conservative’s comments aimed at activists protesting against Islamic kingdom’s male-only driving rules
One of Saudi Arabia’s leading conservative clerics has said women who drive risk damaging their ovaries and bearing children with clinical problems, countering activists who are trying to end the Islamic kingdom’s male-only driving rules.
A campaign calling for women to defy the ban in a protest drive on 26 October has spread rapidly online over the past week and gained support from prominent women activists. On Sunday, the campaign’s website was blocked inside the kingdom.
As one of the 21 members of the senior council of scholars, Sheikh Saleh al-Lohaidan can write fatwas, or religious edicts, advise the government and has a large following among other influential conservatives.
His comments have in the past played into debates in Saudi society and he has been a vocal opponent of tentative reforms to increase freedoms for women by King Abdullah, who sacked him as head of a top judiciary council in 2009.
In an interview published on Friday on the website sabq.org, he said women aiming to overturn the ban on driving should put “reason ahead of their hearts, emotions and passions”.
Although the council does not set Saudi policy, which is ultimately decided by King Abdullah, it can slow government action in a country where the ruling al-Saud family derives much of its legitimacy from the clerical elite.
It is unclear whether Lohaidan’s strong endorsement of the ban is shared by other members of the council, but his comments demonstrate how entrenched the opposition is to women driving among some conservative Saudis.
“If a woman drives a car, not out of pure necessity, that could have negative physiological impacts as functional and physiological medical studies show that it automatically affects the ovaries and pushes the pelvis upwards,” he told Sabq. “That is why we find those who regularly drive have children with clinical problems of varying degrees.”
A biography on his website does not list any background in medicine and he did not cite any studies to back up his claims.
What a wanka!
No medical authority and no supporting links, he is blowing hot air.
Islam subjugates women and this is just another attempt to stop them from gaining a foothold, independence from men. Islamic men are scared stupid that women will cease to be under their control.
This Lohaidan is a member of the senior council of scholars, obviously he is no more scholarly than a dead fish. He may be able to cite the Koran from front to back, and probably backwards, but this just goes to show that doesn’t have the intelligence to make a decision to poop when he needs to… in fact he is talking shit over this issue.
Saudi Arabia along with many other countries of the same ilk need to wake up and realise that we are in the 21st century. They are as bad as many Christian religions trying to keep the people under control by bullshit.
I fail to understand the need for this.
Just as I fail to understand anything as barbaric as beheadings for crimes and stoning women for adultery. Do you ever hear of a man being stoned for adultery? Not in your life!