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    Elderly Saudi woman sentenced to lashings

    Elderly Saudi woman sentenced to lashings
    Published: March 9, 2009

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, March 9 (UPI) -- A 75-year-old Saudi Arabian woman has been sentenced to receive 40 lashes for hosting two unrelated men in her house, local media reported. The Saudi daily newspaper al-Watan said the woman, Khamisa Mohammed Sawadi, has appealed her sentence after being charged with offenses against Islam by the religious police, the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, CNN reported Monday.

    Sawadi says the two men in her house were a man she considers her son because she breast-fed him as a baby and a friend who was escorting him as he delivered bread to the elderly woman. "It's made everybody angry because this is like a grandmother," Saudi women's rights activist Wajeha Huwaider told CNN. "Forty lashes -- how can she handle that pain? You cannot justify it."

    The U.S. broadcaster reported that Saudi religious police last week also detained two male novelists for questioning after they approached a female writer, Halima Muzfar, for an autograph at a book fair in Riyadh.
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    This sort of stuff is just plain cruel.

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    Re: Elderly Saudi woman sentenced to lashings

    all the more reason that we should have attacked SA after 9-11 instead of Iraq.....
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    I was just reading this story, Actually. Yes, it is unbelievably cruel and should not happen in this day and age. Gee, maybe the world should take a stand and boycott their oil.

    If there's anything that is positive, it's that people are now fighting back and speaking out. This is good. Change is slow, but this is how it starts. From the article that I read:

    The actions of the religious police have come under increased scrutiny in Saudi Arabia recently, as more and more Saudis urge that the commission's powers be limited. Last week, the religious police detained two male novelists for questioning after they tried to get the autograph of a female writer, Halima Muzfar, at a book fair in Riyadh, the capital of the kingdom.

    "This is the problem with the religious police," added Al-Huwaider, "watching people and thinking they're bad all the time. It has nothing to do with religion. It's all about control. And the more you spread fear among people, the more you control them. It's giving a bad reputation
    Saudis order 40 lashes for elderly woman for mingling - CNN.com
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    Re: Elderly Saudi woman sentenced to lashings

    I wonder if she would have gotten the same sentence had the two men been Mullahs.
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    Re: Elderly Saudi woman sentenced to lashings

    Quote Originally Posted by Middleground View Post
    Gee, maybe the world should take a stand and boycott their oil.

    Or drill on their own lands.

    It's disgusting that in this century, people still treat people like that.
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    Re: Elderly Saudi woman sentenced to lashings

    Can't say i'm surprised.

    Quote Originally Posted by UtahBill View Post
    all the more reason that we should have attacked SA after 9-11 instead of Iraq.....
    Yeah right, attack the country which has the holy cities of the 2nd largest religion? lol
    Last edited by Laila; 03-09-09 at 05:04 PM.

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    Meanwhile a previous President of Israel is accused of raping one of his subordinates, while the present (for the moment) Prime Minister stands accused of corruption.
    Within the state of Israel certain roads are forbidden to be driven on by non Jews.
    Within every religion and every race there are degrees of intolerance that to other religions and races are seen as primitive.
    Yes, this punishment for a woman of 78 is disgusting indeed this sentence should be set aside.

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    Re: Elderly Saudi woman sentenced to lashings

    I see threads like these, but I always wonder what the hell could be done about this? They are a fairly competent nation-state, and would look at us as douches because we're trying to connect a way of life with an incident. i am not saying that there are not flaws in their code, I am saying that until we are without sin, our credibility is laughable at trying to critique their status quo.
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    Re: Elderly Saudi woman sentenced to lashings

    It won't occur, the king will most likely pardon

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    Re: Elderly Saudi woman sentenced to lashings

    Quote Originally Posted by Laila View Post
    It won't occur, the king will most likely pardon
    I tend to agree. The last time the international community raised holy hell with Saudi Arabia (when a woman who was raped was sentenced to be lashed) the Kingdom recinded the punishment.

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