Now granted, this is only one man’s opinion – and even the other guests on the TV show were shocked – but this Saudi historian’s comments about women driving demonstrate the cultural divide we’re facing with the traditional Muslim world.
With a completely straight face, historian Saleh Al-Saadoon said women who drive in the United States don’t care if they’re raped because sexual violence is “no big deal” to them.
To Al-Saadoon, the real issue with women driving is if their cars break down, they could be raped on the roadside (I guess AAA doesn’t do much business in Saudi Arabia). Now that’s “no big deal” for American women, but “in our case, the problem is of a social and religious nature.”
Al-Saadoon said women are treated like queens in Saudi Arabia because they’re driven around by the men of their families and male chauffeurs.The show host then asks if wasn’t afraid women might be raped by their male chauffeurs.
“Of course I am, “ Al-Saadoon replied, “There is a solution, but the government officials and the clerics refuse to hear of it.” Al-Saadoon says the solution to the issue of roadside rape (or rape by male chauffeurs) is to bring in female foreign chauffeurs to “drive our wives.”Genius! What a compassionate, reasonable approach to immigration and the guest-worker program. Call Jeb Bush!