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Saudi authorities backtrack on description of feminism as extremism

 

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FILE PHOTO: Saudi students are seen at an exhibition to guide job seekers to a women's career fair in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia October 2, 2018. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser

 

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's state security agency distanced itself on Tuesday from a promotional video that categorized feminism, homosexuality and atheism as extremist ideas, blaming it on an action by individuals.

 

The animated clip was posted on Twitter at the weekend by a verified account of the State Security Presidency which reports directly to the king. It has since been removed.

 

In a statement published by state television, the security agency said the video contained a number of mistakes in defining extremism, and that the individuals who made the video did not do their job properly.

 

In a separate statement, the state-affiliated Saudi Human Rights Commission said feminism was not a crime and that the kingdom "accords the utmost importance to women's rights."

 

Neither statement referenced homosexuality and atheism -which have long been illegal and punishable by death in the absolute monarchy.

 

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has pushed for a more moderate form of Islam and promoted nationalist sentiment under his ambitious reform strategy that aims to open up society and attract foreign investment to diversify the oil-dependent economy.

 

He has loosened social restrictions and launched a tourist visa and, as Saudi Arabia prepares to take over the presidency of the Group of 20 countries next year, Riyadh has chipped away at a guardianship system that assigns each woman a male relative to approve important decisions throughout their lives.

 

But the authorities have also cracked down on dissent, arresting scores of critics including clerics, intellectuals and activists.

 

Nearly a dozen women's rights advocates were detained some weeks before a ban on women driving - which they had campaigned against - was lifted last year. Activists and diplomats speculated that the arrests may have been a message that reform would happen only at the government's initiative.

 

(Reporting by Marwa Rashad Editing by Mark Heinrich)

 

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This from a country that banned playing chess because it promoted drinking and gambling.

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Their true views slipped out accidentally, but were removed after it was pointed out that we're not still in the Bronze Age.

 

And the Saudi government branding others as extremists - pot, kettle, black. 

 

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7 hours ago, Bluespunk said:

"Saudi Arabia is hosting a world chess tournament for the first time nearly two years after the country's top cleric issued a religious edict against playing the board game".

 

Semantics.

 

or perhaps anti-semantics 😆

 

 

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1 hour ago, Kinnock said:

"Saudi Arabia is hosting a world chess tournament for the first time nearly two years after the country's top cleric issued a religious edict against playing the board game".

 

Semantics.

 

or perhaps anti-semantics 😆

 

 

Nope, the claim was it was banned, that was wrong.

 

It was never banned.

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On 11/13/2019 at 1:58 PM, J Town said:

This from a country that banned playing chess because it promoted drinking and gambling.

Reminds me of the old joke about banning sex because it might lead to drinking and dancing. And of course the USA still considers saudis to be the good guys. The Dark Ages is still well alive and kicking in the Middle East.

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