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Wahhabis vs. red roses

Valentine’s Day, or the "Feast of Love" in Arabic, is taken very seriously in Saudi Arabia. This Reuters
dispatch, filed under "Oddly Enough," is more than amusing: "Saudi Arabia’s morality police are on the scent of illicit red roses as part of a clampdown on would-be St Valentine’s lovers in the strict Muslim kingdom. The Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, Saudi Arabia’s powerful religious vigilantes, have banned shops from selling any red flowers in the run-up to February 14." Naturally, things don’t work exactly the way the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue would like. Red roses are available, but at twice the normal cost. And, as one florist said, "It’s the Saudi women who want these roses anyway." I’d be tempted to send a red rose to Saudi woman, if I knew one.

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If I ever start another punk band, it is going to be called "The Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice." Or "The Taliband," for short. We’ll open our set with Rainy Day Woman by Bob Dylan - "Everybody must get stoned..."

The drummer’s wearin’ a Burkah.

And perhaps the lead singer could sing some of the numbers in pig latin?

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