The Saudi Commission for the Promotion of Bullshit Bans Cats & Dogs

EDIT: Yes, I know this post looks awful. I tried editing it no less than nine times. WordPress is just being screwy tonight. I’m not able to fix it.

This should come as no surprise. I mean, it’s pathetic. But it’s not surprising.

Saudi Capital Bans Sale of Dogs, Cats

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (July 31) – Every single man knows: Walking a dog in the park is a sure babe magnet. Saudi Arabia’s Islamic religious police, in their zeal to keep the sexes apart, want to make sure the technique doesn’t catch on here.
The solution: Ban selling dogs and cats as pets, as well as walking them in public.
[MV: Since Islamic laws have so many prohibitions that are seemingly aimed at protecting Muslim men (women driving, women being outside their homes without a male relative, women having their face, skin, and hair uncovered, dogs, alcohol…the list goes on) wouldn’t it save everyone a lot of trouble to just ban Muslim men from walking around in public? I mean, they seem to be the ones who can’t cope with life and whose sensibilities are so delicate that all sorts of laws have to be invented to make them comfortable and to keep them from doing bad things, it would be easier to just force them to stay indoors. Wouldn’t it?]
The prohibition went into effect Wednesday in the capital, Riyadh, and authorities in the city say they will strictly enforce it — unlike previous bans in the cities of Mecca and Jiddah, which have been ignored and failed to stop pet sales.
Violators found outside with their pets will have their beloved poodles and other furry companions confiscated by agents of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, the official name of the religious police, tasked with enforcing Saudi Arabia’s strict Islamic code.
[MV: Just unbelievable bullshit. Who in their right mind stays in a religion that has a “morality police”? Poor brainwashed and pitifully deceived humans, that’s who.]
The commission’s general manager, Othman al-Othman, said the ban was ordered because of what he called “the rising of phenomenon of men using cats and dogs to make passes at women and pester families” as well as “violating proper behavior in public squares and malls.”
[MV: Here’s my question–in Saudi Arabia the women are required by strict law to always be in the company of a male relative and to have their hair and bodies covered. So, why are Muslim men trying to make passes at them?? Clearly, these women are following Islamic law, are they not? So why doesn’t Saudi Arabia just pass a law that any man caught “making passes at women” should be forced to forfeit his right to be outdoors in public? I mean, the women are apparently trying to be virtuous. It seems to me it’s the Muslim men who lack the self-control to behave themselves. It’s not the fault of the women, the dogs or the cats. It’s Muslim men who lack the ability to control themselves and treat women with respect and dignity.]
“If a man is caught with a pet, the pet will be immediately confiscated and the man will be forced to sign a document pledging not to repeat the act,” al-Othman told the Al-Hayat newspaper. “If he does, he will be referred to authorities.” The ban does not address women.
[MV: This is all so silly. It reads like a satire. Only it’s real! Islam is so clearly the dumbest fucking religion on the planet.]
The Saudi-owned Al-Hayat announced the ban in its Wednesday edition, saying it was ordered by the acting governor of Riyadh province, Prince Sattam, based on an edit from the Council of Senior Islamic Scholars and several religious police reports of pet owners harassing women and families. Commission authorities often do not formally announce to the public new rules that they intend to implement. Officials from the commission and Riyadh city government could not be reached for comment Thursday, which is a weekend day in Saudi Arabia. The English-language Arab News reported on the ban Thursday.
So far, the prohibition did not appear to have any effect in Riyadh. It’s extremely rare, anyway, to see anyone in the capital walking a dog — much less carrying a cat in public — despite the authorities’ claims of flirtatious young men luring girls with their pets in malls.
[MV: That’s because dogs are not halal in the Islamic religion. Technically it’s just their saliva that’s haram, but many Muslims won’t have them around altogether. Dogs are just another thing that offends Muslims. Is there anything that doesn’t offend Muslims? If you think of something, post me a comment.]
Salesmen at a couple of Riyadh pet stores said Thursday they did not receive any orders from the commission banning the sale of pets. Cats and dogs were still on display.
“I didn’t hear of the ban,” said Yasser al-Abdullah, a 28-year-old Saudi nurse, who was at one pet store with his 3-month-old collie, Joe. Al-Abdullah, who also owns an 8-month-old Labrador, said a couple of Western friends had been told to get off the streets by the religious police for walking their dogs.
“I won’t allow the commission to take my dogs from me,” he said.
[MV: Oh really, Pancho? Whachu gonna do about it? I mean, really. Such a statement is so preposterous. No Muslim can defy or even question Islam or Islamic rules and regulations. Keep dreaming, Panchito.]
The religious police prowl streets and malls throughout the kingdom, ensuring unmarried men and women do not mix, confronting women they feel are not properly covered or urging men to go to prayers.
[MV: Again, so satirical. They are prowling the streets in search of evil men with dogs and cats out to corrupt the morals and virtue of Muslim women and families. But I bet those same men would be lauded as heroes if they like, flew a plane into an American building.] 
They also often make attempts to plug the few holes in the strict gender segregation that innovations bring. In 2004, for example, they tried to ban cameras on cell phones, fearing that men and women would exchange pictures of each other — though the prohibition was quickly revoked.
[MV: LOL. (rolls @@ eyes)]
There was no word whether commission authorities intend to expand the dog and cat ban beyond the capital. The prohibition may be more of an attempt to curb the owning of pets, which conservative Saudis view as a sign of corrupting Western influence, like the fast food, shorts, jeans and pop music that have become more common in the kingdom.
Although it has never been common to own pets in the Arab world, it’s becoming increasingly fashionable among the upper class in Saudi Arabia and other countries such as Egypt.
In Islamic tradition, dogs are shunned as unclean and dangerous, though they are kept for hunting and guarding. In large cities around the Middle East, stray dogs are considered pests.
[MV: Dogs are man’s best friends, you backwards morons.]
The ban on cats is more puzzling, since there’s no similar disdain for them in Islamic tradition.
One of the Prophet Muhammad’s closest companions was given the name Abu Huraira, Arabic for “the father of the kitten,” because he always carried a kitten with him and a number of traditional stories of the prophet show Muhammad encouraging people to treat cats well.
[MV: Huraira probably used the poor little thing for sexual purposes.]

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