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‘No more virgins’

 Corrected Version

According to the UK’s Daily Mall, Saudi Arabia’s highest religious council has warned that repealing a ban on women drivers in Saudi Arabia would result in “no more virgins.” The Daily Mall states that the religious council’s report “warns that allowing women to drive would ‘provoke a surge in prostitution, pornography, homosexuality and divorce’.” Futhermore, “Within ten years of the ban being lifted, the report’s authors claim, there would be ‘no more virgins’ in the Islamic kingdom. And it pointed out ‘moral decline’ could already be seen in other Muslim countries where women are allowed to drive.”

While the above story is not satire, The New Oxonian blog had such a good satire reporting on this story, I have to admit I was fooled.

LINK (HT: The New Oxonian)

About Jeffery Jay Lowder

Jeffery Jay Lowder is President Emeritus of Internet Infidels, Inc., which he co-founded in 1995. He is also co-editor of the book, The Empty Tomb: Jesus Beyond the Grave.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16008018444588788392 Mark Vuletic

    The Journal of Islamic Gynecology and instant-loss-of-virginity stuff from the New Oxonian actually is satire, though it's difficult to distinguish from the real thing, which is almost equally absurd. If the Daily Mail article is accurate, the Saudi report just (well, "just") posits a slippery slope of moral looseness that will mean no more Saudi virgins within a decade of allowing women to drive. Not quite as bizarre as the satire, but nearly so.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10289884295542007401 Jeffery Jay Lowder

    How embarrassing! Thanks for correcting me on this. I have corrected the article.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16008018444588788392 Mark Vuletic

    No reason to be embarrassed: Poe's law gets the best of us!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11722264446136249191 Zachary Kroger

    Just a heads up, the Daily Mail is a UK tabloid magazine, and according to UK residents I have talked to, is not considered a legitimate or accurate news source.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10289884295542007401 Jeffery Jay Lowder

    The BBC reported the same story:

    LINK

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12030785676230758243 Dan

    Joe Hoffmann's parody was quite funny.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16641266062186767500 Keith Parsons

    Yeah, modifying a comment a friend of mine made about postmodernism: There is an algorithm for satirizing religious fundamentalism. Quote it.


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