Ok, boys and girls, let’s hear it for the Religious Police. Does anyone have a wild guess how long these fools would have survived their idocy anywhere in the U.S.? And I do mean anywhere, from downtown N.Y.C. to downtown Watts, there is a level of stupidity that even the worst “Not my problem, mon” walkaway chicken won’t tolerate. And in my part of the country, I can see a dead Religious Copper after the first kid got turned back into the fire! Gate was padlocked? That’s why God invented crowbars, and everyone has one of those in his trunk around here!
Saudi Arabia’s religious police stopped schoolgirls from leaving a blazing building because
they were not wearing correct Islamic dress, according to Saudi newspapers.
In a rare criticism of the kingdom’s powerful “mutaween” police, the Saudi media has accused them of hindering attempts to save 15 girls who died in the fire on Monday.
About 800 pupils were inside the school in the holy city of Mecca when the tragedy occurred.
According to the al-Eqtisadiah daily, firemen confronted police after they tried to keep the girls inside because they were not wearing the headscarves and abayas (black robes) required by
the kingdom’s strict interpretation of Islam.
One witness said he saw three policemen “beating young girls to prevent them from leaving the school because they were not wearing the abaya”.
The Saudi Gazette quoted witnesses as saying that the police – known as the Commission for
the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice – had stopped men who tried to help the girls and
warned “it is a sinful to approach them”.
The father of one of the dead girls said that the school watchman even refused to open the
gates to let the girls out.
“Lives could have been saved had they not been stopped by members of the Commission for
Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice,” the newspaper concluded.
Families of the victims have been incensed over the deaths.
Most of the victims were crushed in a stampede as they tried to flee the blaze.
The school was locked at the time of the fire – a usual practice to ensure full segregation of the
The religious police are widely feared in Saudi Arabia. They roam the streets enforcing dress
codes and sex segregation, and ensuring prayers are performed on time.
Those who refuse to obey their orders are often beaten and sometimes put in jail.
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These “Religious Police” fools wouldn’t last ten minutes in my part of the world, daylight or dark, then their masters would probably be next on the schedule.
And that’s my rant for the day.