September 22, 2010
A good argument for riding a bicycle
Try as I might to understand things, there are some things that elude my grasp.
What sort of "culture" tolerates heterosexual rape, while executing men who engage in consensual homosexual conduct?
Why, Saudi culture.
John Burgess has a post about what he thinks is a hopelessly misguided effort by influential Saudis to get President Obama to pardon a Saudi man convicted of imprisoning and raping his maid in Colorado. Burgess (an expert on Saudi Arabia) describes the case as "unfathomable" and thinks a presidential pardon is unlikely:
This is a story I find unfathomable. In 2006, Humaidan Al-Turki was found guilty of numerous crimes ranging from sexual assault to false imprisonment of a domestic worker in his employ while he was a student in Colorado. He was found guilty by a jury, not a Star Chamber. He appealed his case to the state Appeals Court and Supreme Court where the verdict was upheld.I find it unfathomable as well, although unlike John Burgess I cannot claim to understand such people. They simply make no sense to me.
Nor did the video:
(Via Saudi Jeans.)
Many convicted criminals have families and friends who love them. The only difference I can see between this man and the vast majority of rapists in American prisons is that he's a Saudi citizen who apparently thought he had the right to rape domestic servants, and whose fellow countrymen likewise see little or nothing wrong with his crime, or else they wouldn't be demanding a pardon.
Even though I realize that morality can be a relative thing, I cannot but see this as yet another piece of evidence that Saudi culture is (at least by American standards) simply a savage and brutal culture. Male rapists are considered deserving of mercy, while consenting adulteresses and consenting homosexuals are tortured and killed. Sorry, I don't get it, and I never will.
I only wish I didn't have to give them money, but I love being able to drive my car.
Such freedom is not without its price.
posted by Eric on 09.22.10 at 10:12 AM
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