Again, in this post I find a comparison between the way Muslim women are treated and the way some American Christians view women. That can be attributed to the fact that it was 2000 when I first began to be aware of how Baptists were discriminating against women.
At that time I had a supervisor who was a Christian Arab. One day before 9/11, I was reading the newspaper at work and read how American military women were complaining because when they were in Saudi Arabia, they could not drive their vehicle. All these things began to come together to me. As you will see in today’s post.
Al-Salah is tired of being a driven woman. Literally. She lives in Saudi Arabia, the only country in the world where women can’t drive. Al-Salah learned to drive in New Hampshire. She is a divorced woman working as an IT in the oil industry in Saudi Arabia.
Women have to have a male driver. Some have relatives to drive them, and others pay up to $400 per month for a driver.
So Al-Selah decided to do something about it. She started a facebook page called “Teach me how to drive so I can protect myself.” It has been removed. Then someone started a counter page which called for men to beat Saudi women who defied the ban on driving. They were to beat women with the cord used to fasten the traditional headdress that the men wear. Women have little or no protection in the courts against assault and even rape. That page has also been removed.
Al-Selah spent time in jail for advocating for something that we find so ordinary.
But apparently there is some problem here in the United States among some Christian people about who is behind the wheel.
I want to refer you back to one of my earlier posts – Women-the reason we can’t win the war in Afghanistan Posted on August 9, 2010 by bwebaptistwomenforequality
Recently I was told that that I had the “Spirit of Jezebel” which is the equivalent of calling me a witch because I calling for women’s equality. It is awful when a Christian man in my home town in Texas calls a Christian woman a witch. Read about the Spirit of Jezebel and you will see that women who want to be treated as equals are being accused of witchcraft by many in our churches today. (end of quote)
This man is an active member of a denomination that allows women to preach. Read on.
This Christian man went on to ask me who did the driving when my husband and I went somewhere. Did I have to drive, or did I let him drive?
You see the same attitude here that the Saudi’s have? Oh, we can drive, but when there is a choice of who does the driving, it should be the male. What difference does it make who is behind the wheel?
We have reduced the gospel of Christ to some silly man-made interpretation of men’s and women’s roles.