“A band of Islamic vigilantes has admitted to roaming the streets of East London, confronting and threatening to kill non-believers in an effort to enforce Sharia law. Three men have pleaded guilty to related charges after self-proclaimed ‘Muslim Patrols’ attacked, intimidated and threatened to stab members of the public,” reports The Daily Beast from England.
“East London’s ‘Muslim Patrols’ first came to attention when a a series of videos were posted on YouTube including one called The Truth About Saturday Night, in which a group of men threatened and berated members of the public for being gay, dressing inappropriately and drinking alcohol. Hooded men derided women as ‘naked animals with no self-respect’; claimed alcohol was evil; and said to one man ‘you’re walking through a Muslim area dressed like a fag, mate’,” wrote Nico Hines.
“The three men will be sentenced on December 6. The judge warned that they could be imprisoned. ‘The court does consider this passes the custody threshold,’ she said.”
In the eyes of most of the world, there is no reason for the capricious restrictions on women’s movement in Saudi Arabia.
Is there another country in the world that restricts driving to one sex?
When women drive on Saudi roads — thus defying the ban — and police stop them for this “crime”, it makes me cringe. (It’s not as though the Qur’an forbids women to drive cars.)
Another episode of such free-wheeling civil disobedience took place in the kingdom this week.
The good news is that some of the male drivers were cheering their female counterparts on the roadways (read about it here).
It’s only a matter of time before things change, but this is only one change of many needed in Saudi Arabia.
In the Canadian province of Quebec, “the separatist Parti Quebecois [wants] to make the provincial government religion-neutral. It wants to do so by banning symbols of religious faith such as Jewish skullcaps, Sikh turbans, Muslim head scarves and large crucifixes from public work places.”
Read more here: Quebec Seeks Ban On Religious Symbols In Public Work Places
“Some worry the ban would force them to choose between their religion and their job.” No kidding.
The cultural wars continue.
Melona Clark, a student at Hampton University in Virginia, was forced by the school to obtain a letter from her chaplain and a letter from her mosque before the university would allow her to wear her headscarf on campus, reports the Huffington Post.
“A historically black university in southeastern Virginia, Hampton specifies in its dress code that students ‘seeking approval to wear headgear as an expression of religious or cultural dress’ need to make a written request through the chaplain, who then has to ask the student affairs vice president ‘for final approval’.”