Nation & World News

Remarks On Women’s Ovaries Expose Saudi Cleric To Ridicule

By Bill Chappell on September 29th, 2013

A Saudi cleric who warned women against driving cars by saying it could harm their ovaries is facing criticism and mockery. The comments of Sheikh Saleh al-Luhaydan came a month before a planned day of disobedience, with activists encouraging women to drive — a right they do not have in Saudi Arabia.

According to the news site Riyadh Connect, Luhaydan said that driving would have a “physiological impact on women and could affect her ovaries and push the pelvis higher as a result of which their children are born with clinical disorders of varying degrees.”

The cleric’s comments to a Saudi newspaper have drawn more attention to calls for Saudi women to drive on Oct. 26 in an act of protest. And the claims also drew fire on Twitter, where they inspired a hashtag, as Global Voices reports.

“What a mentality we have. People went to space and you still ban women from driving. Idiots,” one Twitter user wrote.

More than 12,000 people have signed an online petition on the website Oct26thDriving.com, calling for the Saudi government “to provide appropriate means for women seeking the issuance of permits and licenses to apply and obtain them.”

According to a blog post from the protest’s organizers, access to the online petition has now been blocked in Saudi Arabia.

As Agence France-Presse reports, “Luhaydan, a member of the senior Ulema (Muslim scholars) Commission and former head of the Supreme Judicial Council, said that ‘evidence from the Quran and Sunna (the teachings of the Prophet Mohammed) completely prohibit (women’s driving) on moral and social background.’ ”

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

This entry was posted in News from NPR. Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.

 

More Stories in News from NPR

Chris Christie Declares His Candidacy For President

New Jersey’s Republican governor says he is ready “to fight for the people of the United States of America.”


Asked To Divide Zero By Zero, Siri Waxes Philosophical (And Personal)

Siri’s elaborate reply easily surpasses the simple “Does not compute” with which robots in old sci-fi movies used to announce a bout of cognitive dissonance.


U.S. goalie Hope Solo trains for Tuesday's semifinal game against Germany in the Women's World Cup.

U.S.-Germany Soccer Match Is Showdown Between World’s Top 2 Teams

The second-ranked U.S. plays No. 1 Germany in a semifinal tonight. They’re battling for a spot in Sunday’s final.


Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras prepares for a TV interview at the State Television in Athens on Monday. He urged Greeks to vote "no" in Sunday's referendum on the terms of a bailout.

Greece Seeks New Bailout From Eurozone

European finance ministers are meeting at 2 p.m. ET to consider the Greek proposal.The country has until 5 p.m. ET to make a loan payment to the International Monetary Fund.


Alejandro Garcia Padilla, the governor of Puerto Rico, discussing the commonwealth's budget earlier in 2015.

Puerto Rico’s Governor Wants Lenders To Wait For More Than $73 Billion Debt Payments

In a televised address, the governor said he’ll ask international creditors to give Puerto Rico easier terms, starting with a delay in payments. He also warned his people of coming budget cuts.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Underwriting Payments