Saudi judge: It's OK to slap spendthrift wives - CNN.com (external - login to view)
Now, admittedly it is not really news. It is a common knowledge that Islam permits husband to beat his wife, he has almost complete discretion as to how much and how far he may beat his wife. After all, what can one expect from a religion which says that one man equals two women? I assume in Islamic countries like Saudi Arabia beating one’s wife is probably as commonplace, as routine, as socially accepted as having sex with one’s wife. Wife beating is probably considered part of Islam by most Islamic countries (and is accepted by men as well as women).
But then what is newsworthy about this story? The reaction of women in the audience (when the Sharia judge cast his pearls of wisdom) was surprising.
Women in the audience immediately and loudly protested Al-Razine's statement, and were shocked to learn the remarks came from a judge, the newspaper reported.
One really has to wonder why, don’t they read their Koran?
Domestic violence, which used to be a taboo subject in the conservative kingdom, has become a hot topic in recent years. Groups like the National Family Safety Program have campaigned to educate the public about the problem and help prevent domestic abuse.
How is this possible in a country ruled by the most extreme, most vicious of Islamic thugs, where Sharia has a strangle hold on the country?
Saudi women's rights activist Wajeha Al-Huwaider told CNN that Saudi women routinely face such attitudes.
"This is how men in Saudi Arabia see women," she said in a telephone interview from the Saudi city of Dahran. "It's not something they read in a book or learned from a friend. They've been raised to see women this way, that they're less than a person." (or half a man, to be precise).
Now, this is even more shocking. Isn’t she concerned that she may be arrested by Islamic police, tried under Sharia and stoned to death (or whatever punishment Sharia mandates for speaking out against the Islamic clerics)?
I for one applaud the woman’s courage, but she may simply be foolhardy.
Is it really possible that at least some women may begin to rebel against the crime of wife beating in Saudi Arabia? And they can live, not be put to death?
One can but hope.