Everything you need to know about Saudi Arabia in one brief story

If anyone is wondering just why I (and so many others) are frequently outraged and fear the incursion of Sharia law and other Islamic influences into our way of life here, this story should spell it out for you.

Let me summarize how a Saudi woman and her 11-year-old son ended up in prison:

A certain woman’s family changed their minds about approving of her marriage, so they got a judge to divorce the couple. Not only was neither husband or wife present, they were not even notified of the procedings.

When the couple was informed that they were no longer married, they were also told that they were no longer allowed to communicate freely, as a single man is forbidden to have unsupervised contact with an unmarried woman who is not his relative. They now see each other once a week, for 15 minutes, under strict supervision, so the children can see both parents.

The woman was informed that since she was no longer the legal ward of her husband, she had to return to the guardianship of her own family, as single women have no legal, independent standing.

Since she did not wish to return to the family that had dissolved her marriage without her knowledge, she was placed in prison.

Initially, her two children were locked up with her, but prison officials forced her now ex-husband to take custody of the elder.

Keep this story in mind the next time you hear about the “moderating influence” of the Saudis, or why we should allow Muslims living in the West to settle matters according to “their own customs and traditions.”

And if you really want to entertain yourself, wait for one of the countless human rights groups or other activists to mention this case.

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