Saudi Arabia Arrests Men for Dancing at Birthday Party

Here’s yet another example of Saudi Arabia’s barbaric and totalitarian system of government. The Saudi religious police have arrested a group of men for committing the horrible crime of dancing at someone’s birthday party, a clear threat to public order.

Saudi Arabia’s morality police detained a group of young men for dancing at a birthday party and referred them to prosecutors, according to a state-linked media report.

The news website Ayn al-Youm reported Saturday that the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice raided a private property in the city of Buraydah, arresting the men inside for “loud music and inappropriate dancing.”

Buraydah is the provincial capital of Saudi Arabia’s Qassim province, which is home to some of the kingdom’s most conservative clerics, who practice a strict interpretation of Islam known as Wahhabism.

An unnamed official told the website that when members of the morality police raided the private property, they found the young men in “a comprising situation in their dance and shameful movements.” The official said there was also a cake and candles to celebrate one of the men’s birthdays.

This is outrageous. Who do they think they are, Baptists?

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  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    It’s even worse than you say. They were line dancing. Boot Scootin Boogie, allegedly.

  • moarscienceplz

    Well, considering some of the parties I’ve been to, this may actually be one of the few good ideas to come out of Saudi Arabia. Do they also arrest karaoke singers?

  • http://www.thelosersleague.com theschwa

    Good for them. They’re never gonna dance again. They had guilty feet, thus no rhythm. They had no business dancing in the 1st place.

  • dingojack

    Q: Why do Methodists disprove of murder?

    A: ‘Cause it might lead to — dancing!

    Dingo

  • kantalope

    We need to contact Kevin Bacon immediately.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    theschwa, the cops were tipped off by a careless whisper. True story.

  • matty1

    ‘Inappropriate dance’ ‘compromising situation”shameful movements’

    Is it a matter of poor translation from Arabic or does this smell of homophobia?

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Would the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice have brought more or fewer charges if {gasp} there had been women there?

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    matty1 “Is it a matter of poor translation from Arabic or does this smell of homophobia?”

    It’s tough to tell, as every party in Saudi Arabia is a Sausage Party. It even says so on the sign beside the highway on the way in. Plus on it somebody keeps spray painting “Gay” in between “Desert” and “Paradise”.

  • John Pieret

    Pierce R. Butler:

    Would the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice have brought more or fewer charges if {gasp} there had been women there?

    The linked article points out that “the men were not caught drinking alcohol or partying with women – both crimes in Saudi Arabia.”

    But apparently the fact that they were celebrating a birthday is also an offense.

    Wahhabi clerics view Western music as sinful and birthday celebrations as un-Islamic.

    These guys even outdo conservative Christians in trying to prevent anyone from having fun.

  • grumpyoldfart

    Never mind, all those moderate Muslims we keep hearing about will soon be out on the streets in Saudi Arabia loudly protesting against the arrests of these men.

  • karmacat

    These people have way too much time on their hands. Perhaps if they had a real job, they wouldn’t worry about dancing.

  • Lady Mondegreen

    all those moderate Muslims we keep hearing about will soon be out on the streets in Saudi Arabia loudly protesting against the arrests of these men

    These men are probably moderate Muslims. They’re clearly moderate enough to celebrate a friend’s birthday and dance to loud music.

    Their fate sends a clear message to others like them.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    John Pieret @ # 10: These guys even outdo conservative Christians in trying to prevent anyone from having fun.

    That depends on whether you consider attending public flagellations/hangings/beheadings as fun.

    grumpyoldfart @ # 10:… all those moderate Muslims we keep hearing about will soon be out on the streets in Saudi Arabia loudly protesting against the arrests of these men.

    The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice has assiduously corrected that “loudly protesting” tendency already, and has gotten a good start on the private-conversation domain. Did you also gauge public support for the Ulbricht regime and the Stasi by the absence of street demos in East Berlin?

  • caseloweraz

    The official said there was also a cake and candles to celebrate one of the men’s birthdays.

    Those officials had better find out who baked the cake, and whether they were forced to participate in the “sin of inappropriate dancing.”

  • anubisprime

    It must be a very weak, paranoid, terrified, confused, childish, bitter little deity that mandates that dancing is taboo…or alternatively and far more likely is that religious authority (of all and any such delusional make believe) are fuckin’ mentally insane to begin with…probably a dose of both scenarios in equal measure explains this pathetic nonsense.

  • thebookofdave

    Someone left the cake out in the rain. Except the rain is not tears. It is lashes.