In 2011, some brave Saudi Arabian women put up a fight over the ongoing driving ban that exists in the Middle Eastern country, but their battle is far from over. Now, religious scholars from Saudi Arabia’s highest authority on Islam are claiming that allowing women to drive would lead to further “moral decline.”
But it gets even more bizarre. Academics in the Majlis al-Ifta’ al-A’ala council claim that making such an allowance would lead to a “surge in prostitution, pornography, homosexuality and divorce.” Yes, that’s right. By affording women the right to move about more freely, society, in their view, would nearly collapse.
Oh — and even worse: The kingdom could be left with “no more virgins” within 10 years if women are allowed to get behind the wheel. Islamic academics worked with with Kamal Subhi, a former professor at King Fahd University, to complete the report. It was prepared for the Shura Council, the nation’s legislative assembly.