Saudi Arabia Just Proposed an Olympic Games For Men… and a Separate One For Women

Last October, after a Saudi woman had been spotted in the stands of a soccer stadium (to great consternation and ire in the Gulf kingdom), I wrote:

Luckily, Saudi bureaucrats are reportedly fighting for the right of women to be spectators at sporting events… cleverly employing segregation and gender apartheid. Local newspaper reports in Saudi Arabia suggest the government is considering building separate sections in stadia for female spectators.

Now there’s evidence that the country is making headway in keeping the ladies well separated from the men. Separated as in, across the border.

Consider:

Saudi Arabia has proposed holding a gender-segregated Olympic Games. In comments made by Prince Fahad bin Jalawi al-Saud — a consultant to the Saudi Olympic Committee — it was suggested the country could bid jointly with Bahrain, which could host the women’s events.



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Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains the Science of the Super Bowl

The biggest sporting event of the year, as seen by an astrophysicist:



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Creationist Ken Ham is Angry That Carnival Referenced Evolution During Its Super Bowl Ad

Earlier tonight, the Carnival Corporation aired its first-ever Super Bowl commercial. It featured the voice of President John F. Kennedy talking about returning to the sea:

I really don’t know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it is because in addition to the fact that the sea changes and the light changes and ships change, it’s because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have, in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it we are going back from whence we came.

As far as commercials go, I have to say it was pretty effective. I’d never heard those words before, but they really resonate.

Unless you’re Creationist Ken Ham and you saw this as evolution propaganda.

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God’s Super Bowl Press Conference

It has as much insight as pretty much every athlete interview you’ll ever see:



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Seahawks’ Russell Wilson: God Made Me Throw 4 Interceptions to Make My Team’s Victory More Dramatic

After the Seattle Seahawks got away with an unlikely victory over the Green Bay Packers last weekend to send them to the Super Bowl, quarterback Russell Wilson had a perfectly rational explanation for his four interceptions and mostly-awful performance for the majority of the game:

“That’s God setting it up, to make it so dramatic, so rewarding, so special,” he said, alone for a moment in the locker room before heading out for the night. “I’ve been through a lot in life, and had some ups and downs. It’s what’s led me to this day.”


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