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Women, having only half the brains of men, shouldn’t drive

Women, having only half the brains of men, shouldn’t drive

If you’re reading this, the world did not, as predicted, end this weekend. Nor, alas, did the stupidity of Muslim clerics, like the unlovely Sheikh Saad al-Hajari, above.

According to this report, al-Hajari, the head of the Saudi government’s religious edict authority in the southern province of Assir, recently spoke out against “the evils of allowing women to drive” at a lecture.

Arguing that Saudi’s the ban on women drivers should not be lifted, he claimed claiming that their “lack of intellect” made them unfit to control a car.

Al-Hajari said that women have just half the brainpower of males – but this fell to a quarter when they went out shopping.

And if they go out to the market this gets halved again! So they now have a quarter of an intellect.

But:

Their lack of intellect does not harm their piousness because they are made that way.

And the imbecile asked:

Would you give a man with half an intellect a driving licence? So how would you give one to a woman when she has half an intellect?

But he tried to soften his criticism by adding it was “not their fault” they were not on the same cerebral level. Their half-wittedness was caused by their inability to pray as much as men because they menstruated, and women, during their “unclean”  periods, are forbidden from praying.

Predictably, his lecture drew fire on social media. You can read some of the comments here.

Meanwhile, it was reported here that there were red faces at Saudi’s Ministry of Education after officials discovered that a history textbook included a doctored photograph of King Faisal sitting next to Yoda, the little green Star Wars character.

Officials are now scrambling to withdraw the book. The picture was supposed to illustrate a section on the King’s rule but somehow the book’s editors used a version that showed Yoda perched next to the monarch as he signed the UN charter.

Said Ahmed al-Eissa, the Saudi Education Minister.

The Ministry of Education regrets the inadvertent error. The ministry has began printing a corrected copy of the decision and withdrawing the previous versions, and has formed a legal committee to determine the source of the error and to take appropriate action.

Abdullah al-Sheri aka Shaweesh

The black-and-white photograph of Faisal and Yoda is the work of a 26-year-old Saudi artist named Abdullah al-Sheri, who said:

I am the one who designed it, but I am not the one who put it in the book.

The Riyadh-based artist goes by the nickname Shaweesh, and the picture was part of a series that showed film characters discreetly added to photographs of major moments in Arab history. You can see some of his other works here.

One image shows Darth Vader standing behind Lawrence of Arabia and the king of Iraq at the Paris peace conference in 1919, which divided up much of the Middle East.

Another has a young Arab boy looking down at Captain America from the back of a truck.

Al-Sheri said that he paired up the king and Yoda because both were intelligent and because Yoda’s green skin and green light sabre matched the green of the Saudi flag.

He was wise and was always strong in his speeches. So I found that Yoda was the closest character to the king.

He only became aware that his picture had found its way into a textbook when his mother, who is a teacher, texted him after seeing a copy.

I meant no offence to the king at all.

Hat tip: Brian Jordan (Al-Sheri report)

10 responses to “Women, having only half the brains of men, shouldn’t drive”

  1. barriejohn says:

    Actually, that isn’t Yoda sitting next to King Fizzle.

    https://youtu.be/dF7DIuMcwH4

  2. Broga says:

    ” half the brainpower of males “. This clown is a fool. Does he mean that all women have half the brainpower of all males? It is impossible to engage with stupidity so profound.

  3. remigius says:

    The picture of King Faisal with Yoda reminds me of the state visit of King Abdullah to the UK in 2007. He arrived to meet the queen accompanied by a military band playing the Darth Vader (Imperial March) theme from Star Wars.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-Cc_dJBKz4

  4. StephenJP says:

    All the Saudi clerics are of course both clowns and fools. Even the late King Abdullah, who was ancient enough when he died, was making some effort to push back against the medieval obscurantism of the clerical hierarchy.

    KSA now has another old king, this time with intermittent dementia, who has named his son Crown Prince. When he becomes King, I am pretty sure that Mohammed bin Salman will continue to try to bring KSA into at least the 20th century, in part by sidelining the clerics. Unfortunately, his judgement and ability to take rational decisions have been undermined by the disastrous way he has conducted the war in Yemen. And the devil’s pact between the House of Saud and the Al-Sheikh clerics will be very difficult to disentangle. So idiots like this man will likely be free to peddle their nonsense for some time to come.

  5. Graham Martin-Royle says:

    Even if it were true that women only had 1/2 a brain compared to men, at least that brain isn’t located in their groin.

  6. Tee says:

    Primitive dogma spawns primitive men.

  7. sailor1031 says:

    GrahamM-R: it is said that doG spoke to Adam and said “I have given you a brain and a penis but only enough blood to run them one at a time!”.

    As for the cleric; he should spend time in rural america. There he will find many rednecks who are completely lacking an intellect, driving around in large pickup trucks.

  8. Italian Scallion says:

    Islam is the most evil of all religions. This is just another stupid thing for the idiotic men to complain about.

  9. Steve says:

    Another lovely bit of actial mysoginy which will go unchallenged by yhe mainstream. Sigh.

    In other news – where do I get one of those text books?! That seems like something which could become a collector’s item!

  10. 1859 says:

    I hate to sound like a supporter of this clap trap, but I recall reading somewhere that statistics do indicate that women drivers have more accidents than male drivers. This of course has nothing to do with the amount of grey matter between their ears, but if it’s true then I wonder why???