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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Saudi women defy driving ban

Image from Facebook page "Teach me how to drive"

The detention last month of a Saudi woman who posted a YouTube video showing herself driving has sparked a campaign that will begin June 17 to defy the country's ban on women drivers. Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that does not allow women to drive.

Al Sharif, 32, was detained for nine days by Saudi authorities after posting her video encouraging other women to drive. She was released after apparently being pressured to abandon a YouTube, Facebook and Twitter campaign for women drivers inspired by her protests. Her release was also contingent upon her signing a statement pledging not to drive again.

The June 17 campaign was spearheaded by the Twitter/Facebook group #Women2Drive, the Facebook pages "We are supporting Manal Alsharif" and "Teach me how to drive so I can protect myself," and  YouTube supporters called "Honk for Saudi Women."

On June 9, less than two weeks after Manal Al Sharif was arrested, six Saudi women were briefly detained in the capital city of Riyadh after defying the ban on driving.

One of the women drivers detained in Riyadh


  1. Well, if the government recklessly implements this senseless law, people will fight for their rights until riots on the streets are created.

  2. allah approved misogyny is one of many severe problems with islam which is dangerous no matter how it is packaged...

    the twin fogs of political correctness & ignorance must be dispersed before western society better understands this menace. even a brief review of islamic theology & history quickly exposes the deadly roots of this evil ideology.

    see the links in the pdf version below for more accurate info about islam

    islam is a horrible ideology for human rights

    5 key things about islam

    1. mythical beliefs - all religions have these (faith) because its part of being a religion: having beliefs without proof until after the believer dies. the problem is people will believe almost anything.

    2. totalitarianism - islam has no seperation of church and state: sharia law governs all. there is no free will in islam: only submission to the will of allah as conveniently determined by the imams who spew vapors to feather their own nests. there are no moderate muslims: they all support sharia law.

    3. violence - islam leads the pack of all religions in violent tenets for their ideology & history: having eternal canonical imperatives for supremacy at all costs and calling for violence & intimidation as basic tools to achieve these goals.

    4. dishonesty - only islam has dishonesty as a fundamental tenet: this stems from allah speaking to mohamhead & abrogation in the koran which is used to explain how mo's peaceful early life was superseded by his warlord role later.

    5. misogyny - present day islam is still rooted in 8th century social ethics: treating females as property of men good only for children, severely limiting their activities, dressing them in shower curtains and worse.

    conclusions ??

    there really are NO redeeming qualities for this muddled pile of propaganda.

    islam is just another fascist totalitarian ideology used by power hungry fanatics on yet another quest for worldwide domination and includes all the usual human rights abuses & suppression of freedoms.

    graphics version

    1 page pdf version - do file/download 6kb viewer doesn't show fonts well, has better fonts header footer links, great for emailing printing etc