Yahoo News reports that the legislative body of Saudi Arabia has been presented with a proposal that would give permission for women over 35 years of age to actually drive a car. They would be allowed to do so unsupervised on local streets, but would (of course!) need a male chaperone for any freeway driving.
I think Munir al-Shahrani sums up the views of the Saudi population quite handily with his statement:
“Driving by women leads to evil.”
Lest any of us have doubts that women drivers are evil, consider his follow-up statement:
“Can you imagine what it would be like if her car broke down? She would have to seek help from men.”
Oh, the horror! It’s fantastic that the radical Islamic cabbageheads in charge over there are keeping women off the roads. Let’s not even go into how women would have to unveil their faces while driving, inevitably leading to horrible exposure to other drivers who are not their husbands.
While I have respect and tolerance for other religions and beliefs, I really struggle with the way the Saudis demean half of their population. It’s truly a shame, and just one of many reasons why I rate them right up there with North Korea and China on the Most Sucky Loser Governments list.