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Rantings of a Sandmonkey

Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Saudi Women want to participate in politics

Those damn Kuwaitis, with their women sufferage movement and giving women the right to vote in kuwaiti elections, look what they did now: Saudi women said on Sunday they hoped to follow in the footsteps of counterparts in neighboring Kuwait, who have just been awarded two appointed seats on the Gulf country's local council. "I am in favor of naming women to the municipal councils according to a specified quota without this being a substitute for their right to vote and run for office in the future," said writer and academic Fawzia Abu Khaled. Call me skeptical, but until Saudi women get the right to drive, I am guessing they won't be getting the right to vote or to run for office anytime soon. After all, they would have to meet strange men in closed rooms, and according to Wahabi "Porn movie" Logic, they would naturally start a massive Orgy! Now here is a question for all of my Pro Sharia Law friends: According to Islamic Sharia, a woman's testimony is equal to half a man's testimony ( I.e. One male witness is as credible as two women's witnesses, cause u know, Women are lying menustrating whores), so does the same apply to voting? Would a woman's vote count as half a vote? Does anybody know? Seriously, i want to know!


At 6/12/2005 11:30:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

By a literal reading of Allah's word in the Koran, Two women and one man, or two men can be called as witnesses to certain types of court cases. That's it.

However, the learned turbans have extended this to mean just about anything. Xeno- and Gyno- phobia is the heart of Islamic jurisprudence over the past 1400 years.

So yes. A woman should not get a whole vote. But if she does vote, she should vote how her Husband wants her to, becuase Men rule over women in duties not related to the household (according to Sharia.

At 6/12/2005 12:18:00 PM, Blogger programmer craig said...

But wouldn't that just give married men (and fathers I suppose) two votes? Er... 1.5 votes I mean? Wait... how many wives can they have?

At 6/12/2005 12:31:00 PM, Blogger ألِف said...

You forgot to count their unmarried, consenting daughters.

At 6/12/2005 02:07:00 PM, Blogger Kat said...

Very good question. I've wondered about this myself. It seems interesting to watch the women's rights movement in the ME. It's like watching the western historical version take place right before our eyes. Everything from "woman's place", to her intelligence, to political value, even how some women are religiously or ideologically opposed to it and seem to be the most virulent in their opposition.

By the way, I responded to the book meme. go read.


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