A real-life version of the movie Footloose played out recently in Saudi Arabia. Unlike the cinematic version, the Wahabi version did not end with the creaky town elders learning to loosen up and have a little fun once in a while. Also, no glitter.
In the backwater shithole of Ha’il, fifteen men and women vowed to fight the antiseptic tedium of their earth-bound Arrakis in the only way they knew how: by throwing the biggest all-night rager in the history of the caliphate.
Just as Lithgow & co. despised dancing, the mullahcracy took a dim view of the young Saudis’ bacchanalian revelry. Scandalized by the thought of eleven unmarried men and four husbandless women mingling–mingling!– at a party, the town’s sense of propriety was badly bruised. Fortunately, a judge soberly deliberated upon Islamic law, and levelled a sentence deemed appropriate by most voices in the community:
A severe beating, followed by some contemplative time in a Saudi jail cell.
The court proved even more merciful on the fourth woman–a minor–who only received lashings. A source close to the woman reported:
“She thanks merciful God and His prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) that for her great crimes, the wise mullahs sought only to beat her within an inch of her life.”
Some human rights advocates have decried the Saudis’ punishment as unduly harsh. While it may seem extreme by Western standards, can you imagine what would have happened if it were a human breast-milk party?
Oh He Don’t Score At Bowl-O-Rama/Still You Gotta Thank His Mama: Saudi Arabia convicts 15 men, women for mingling at party – USATODAY.com.