The Times They Are A-Changin'

Did you see the story off of Drudge this weekend, about the Saudi religious police? Check it out:

When a Saudi religious policeman sauntered about an amusement park in the eastern Saudi Arabian city of Al-Mubarraz looking for unmarried couples illegally socializing, he probably wasn’t expecting much opposition.

But when he approached a young, 20-something couple meandering through the park together, he received an unprecedented whooping.

A member of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, the Saudi religious police known locally as the Hai’a, asked the couple to confirm their identities and relationship to one another, as it is a crime in Saudi Arabia for unmarried men and women to mix.

For unknown reasons, the young man collapsed upon being questioned by the cop.

According to the Saudi daily Okaz, the woman then allegedly laid into the religious policeman, punching him repeatedly, and leaving him to be taken to the hospital with bruises across his body and face.

Of course, violence against legal authorities is always to be disdained. But the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice isn’t any legal authority as we understand it. They’re thugs, thugs with quasi-legal/religious authority and clubs. They once drove 15 schoolgirls back inside a burning building to die, because the girls weren’t modestly covered.

So it’s difficult to get too upset when you read that one woman took one small step toward liberation.