Saudi Arabia Bans “Evil” Summer Festivals

Saudi Arabia flagThe morals police in Saudi Arabia has directed their attention toward the latest conspiracy to corrupt the youth and undermine Islam: summer festivals. The religious police have declared that these festivals improperly encourage the mixing of men and women and involve such evil acts as dancing and magic shows.

The festivals were part of an effort to boast tourism to the Kingdom and it demonstrates the power of the religious institutions in blocking a governmental effort.

Religious police spokesman Abdullah al-Mashiti announced: “These acts contradict the faith and must not be done, taught, spread or encouraged.” al-Mashiti noted that some circus performers engage in fire-eating and lying on beds of glass which constitute “magic” outlawed by the Koran (Qur’an). It appears that no one has explained to al-Mashiti that it is not actually real magic.

The religious police has also shutdown summer movies in its continued effort to keep the populace in a medieval state. The clerics appear to have finally moved beyond the crackdown on Mickey Mouse and mixed coffee consumption.

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25 thoughts on “Saudi Arabia Bans “Evil” Summer Festivals”

  1. GWLSM, how right you are. I was thinking that if they (the kitties) were dogs I could just stick the pills (or just about anything else that would fit) in a chunk of hot dog and they would eat it gladly and love me for my generosity.

    BIL:

    Birds are devious but they share (at least birds with the capacity to talk) with us one great trait- they understand tempo and can dance in the true sense of the word! Tempo/dancing experiment with Pearl:

    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/04/090430-birds-dance-rhythm.html

    Don’t trust the Zebras either; they are perverts at best. Or maybe true love is really just blind. Scroll down to the last few photos for the ‘awwww’ of the day:

    http://jacksonstreetbooks.blogspot.com/2009/08/zebras-and-donkeys-oh-my.html

  2. buddha writes:

    Did you ever know a bird that wasn’t up to something? Not that cats don’t hate most everything, but I’m just sayin’. . .

    up to something? why,whatever do you mean?

  3. “this is day 976 of my captivity. the bird is hatching an evil plot”

    Did you ever know a bird that wasn’t up to something? Not that cats don’t hate most everything, but I’m just sayin’. . .

  4. lotta writes: I’m glad they were de-clawed house cats ’cause cats DO NOT like to take medicine. Consider that my punishment for the video 🙂

    yet another advantage to being a dog person. dogs love everything.
    “oh a ride in the car! my favorite thing”
    “oh a bath! my favorite thing!”
    “oh something to eat (medicine) my favorite thing!”

    cats hate everything

    “this is day 976 of my captivity. the bird is hatching an evil plot”

  5. Jill, “Did you have to post THAT video?”

    🙂 ,it seemed to fit the topic and had the best audio of the bunch, hmmm, probably not the best criterion considering the material. I hope you didn’t watch it after eating.

    The kitties came to me in kind of bad shape ’cause my friend couldn’t properly take care of them for the last several months (and didn’t want to give them up at that time) but it’s nothing that antibiotics and a proper diet can’t fix (she said hopefully). Once they’re in better shape I will have to assess their condition and might have to take one of them back to the vet but they’re coming along pretty well. They’re actually very sweet little guys. I’m glad they were de-clawed house cats ’cause cats DO NOT like to take medicine. Consider that my punishment for the video 🙂

  6. lottakatz,

    C.E.K. reminds us that the evil summer festival has an equally evil twin, the Winter festival. Isn’t that enough for you? Did you have to post THAT video? I was going to say I hope you’re having fun with your new kittens but consider that sentiment, withdrawn!

  7. Matthew writes: Saudi Arabia has a team playing in the Little League World Series. They are one of the very few teams with a girl on their team. I totally don’t understand this, just as I don’t understand how people live under such an oppressive government

    yeah. I get what you are saying. how do people live that way? for two reasons…. either its all they’ve ever known so they live that way by accident of birth or because the state provides enough security that leaving would never occur to them.
    dig Singapore, for instance. Okay so the weather is hot and muggy but no one is homeless. everyone has work. their infant mortality rate is one of the lowest in the world. health care is provided, free, for everyone, and the state itself is hugely wealthy. the literacy rate is way better than ours and standard of living is too plus there is great street food and the multicultural stuff is neat. so what are the drawbacks? you can’t badmouth the government which is a dictatorship, and you can’t chew gum in public which wouldn’t bother me a bit. I so get how people want to live there.

  8. From article: “evil acts as dancing and magic shows.”
    Reminds me of an old joke about Baptist’s and dancing, in any event:

  9. It seems to me that if the Mullas are cracking down even more it’s because their fear level is rising; perhaps there are social or political trends going on in SA that have them worried. They may not be ‘acting’ but reacting. I have no actual facts to back this up, just a basic understanding of human nature. And UTube videos of our own town hall and birther rallies 🙂

  10. Saudi Arabia is the counterexample to every bit of preachy, self-serving, bullshitting pronouncement from the US government about how country X should do Y in order for the US to support them.

    Really can’t stand them.

  11. People who are happy, having fun, who are full of wonder and questions don’t make the best subjects in authoritarian envirnoments.

    Matthew N.

    That was interesting.

    A.Y. and Gyges,

    Wasn’t it Steve Martin who said: Mind, never matter?

  12. AY,

    Firewalking?

    Your link explains what’s going on pretty well. It’s basically a function of the limited amount of time your foot is in contact with the coals, and the wood and charcoal’s poor thermal conductivity (The ability to transfer it’s heat to another object). People can and do get hurt firewalking, generally either because they move to slowly, or the person preparing the coals did it wrong.

    I actually have the skeptic’s dictionary bookmarked.

  13. AY,

    Or to paraphrase James Randi comment about Uri Geller: If they are using supernatural powers to do it, they’re doing things the hard way.

  14. I guess I will share this here since it kind of blew my mind yesterday. Saudi Arabia has a team playing in the Little League World Series. They are one of the very few teams with a girl on their team. I totally don’t understand this, just as I don’t understand how people live under such an oppressive government 🙁

  15. “Religious police spokesman Abdullah al-Mashiti announced: “These acts contradict the faith and must not be done, taught, spread or encouraged.” al-Mashiti noted that some circus performers engage in fire-eating and lying on beds of glass which constitute “magic” outlawed by the Koran (Qur’an). It appears that no one has explained to al-Mashiti that it is not actually real magic.”
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    I respectfully disagree with the learned professor. I do not profess to know how it works, but some how or another it does indeed work.

    Unusual Powers of Mind Over Matter

    Among the most marvelous, most frightening and certainly most unbelievable possibilities suggested by psychic folklore is that human beings may be able to exert an observable influence upon the physical world — simply through the power of conscious intention; or unconscious intention, or; by some accounts, through the assistance of spiritual intelligences; or as a result of a mysterious principle known as synchronicity. Some scholars — such as Stephen Braude, professor of philosophy at the University of Maryland — take such reports very seriously, claiming that no honest person can examine the case study reports and easily dismiss them.

    link: http://www.williamjames.com/Folklore/MINDOVER.htm

    I am not saying that it can or cannot happen, life has taught me that all things are possible.

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