The diary of a Saudi man, currently living in the United Kingdom, where the Religious Police no longer trouble him for the moment.

In Memory of the lives of 15 Makkah Schoolgirls, lost when their school burnt down on Monday, 11th March, 2002. The Religious Police would not allow them to leave the building, nor allow the Firemen to enter.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Is it the Italians who say.... 

...."Revenge is a dish best enjoyed cold."?

When people wonder why the citizenry of Saudi Arabia don't retaliate againsat the Muttawa, it's all a matter of choosing the right time and place. Thanks to "Lehihamra" for spotting this one.

You see, they only have a legal role when accompanied by the police. On their own, they just have an advisory role. But when you come across them in the Souk, and they start shouting at you because your wife is showing a tiny bit of ankle, and you feel a great urge to rearrange their facial features, there's always a strong possibility that their police escort is just around the corner having a quiet smoke, so discretion is the better part of valor. Sooner or later, the right opportunity will present itself.

And for some good people, it did....

We cannot simply ignore a recent incident that occurred in Al-Suwaidi center in Riyadh last week where members of the commission were attacked. Every citizen should notice this event.

Oh, believe me, we are noticing it! And we wouldn't dream of ignoring it! And whilst I am not a supporter of violence, on this one occasion I'm going to make an exception. Give those people a medal!

I have been phoning relatives about it, but unfortunately can't get any more detail, only rumor. The "Arab News" doesn't elaborate, but says this about the Muttawa. It's either "damning with faint praise", or “praising with faint damnation”.

Members of the Commission for the Prevention of Vice and the Promotion of Virtue are not angels brought down from heaven. They are not the wisest men either, nor the best in their moral behavior. In some cases, however, they are the power that intervenes on social corruption. Weakening of the commission is dangerous under the deteriorating social conditions we are currently experiencing; the lack of morality and loss of principles are shattering our traditions. On the other hand, the commission must have a bigger role in educating and enlightening people kindly and friendly. Proper and mature use of words and style of communication provides a role model for teenagers and others. Our community rarely respects a member of the commission because of their rough, frightening delivery of their messages.Perhaps the media helped in promoting a bad image about them as well, but the fact remains that there are noticeable problems inside the commission, which contradicts whatever good they mean or intend to do.

That's about as near to criticism as we're going to see from that paper. But the fact of the matter is that the Mutts have no intention of "doing good". It's a spiritual home for sociopathic busybodies. They are people who couldn't get any meaningful job. They are badly educated, if at all, and certainly don't know the religious principles which they are supposed to be encouraging. Many have a criminal record and some even got their sentences shortened if they joined the organization. They get off on telling other people what they should or should not do, without regard to their own moral faults, and what really turns them on is shouting at women who are out by themselves, or even better, women from Third World Islamic countries. In the final analysis, moral behavior is down to the individual conscience, not some loser playing the part of a God whom he has never even seriously acknowledged. They are a disgrace to the country and should all be shipped off to places like Somalia and Mali to build hospitals or something useful.

And every time that a citizen takes a whack at them, I'll try not to feel too bad about it.

There, I feel better already.

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