Saturday, February 23, 2008

Just so we're clear... would not be safe to be this kind of policeman in any neighbourhood where I lived.
The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice runs the fearsome religious police, which is charged with enforcing Saudi Arabia's strict Islamic lifestyle. Its members patrol public places to make sure women are covered and not wearing make up, the sexes don't mingle, shops close five times a day for Muslim prayers and men go to the mosque and worship.

The police, informally known as the muttawa (literally "enforcer"), don't wear uniforms, but are recognizable by their long beards and their robes, shorter than the ones normally worn by Saudi men. They also shun the black cord that sits atop the headdress worn by most Saudi men. (msnbc)
And if such policemen would be safe in your neighbourhood, you're a chickenshit, plain and simple, and you're fully deserving of any oppression you get.

Make no mistake about it; the only proper response to this type of sanctimonious, meddling bullying is to get them first.

And a good time to repeat one of my favorite quotes, from Samizdata:
"Cowardice does not make you safe. It makes you a safe target."
D. Amon

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