Barbie 'threat to morality'

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    This is just too humorous! BAN Barbie!!!! I am just waiting until the day that the US is going to have Muslim Barbies, if they don't already!!!!!!!
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    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Saudi Arabia's religious police have declared Barbie dolls a threat to morality, complaining that the revealing clothes of the "Jewish" toy - already banned in the kingdom - are offensive to Islam.
    The Committee for the Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, as the religious police are officially known, lists the dolls on a section of its Web site devoted to items deemed offensive to the conservative Saudi interpretation of Islam.

    "Jewish Barbie dolls, with their revealing clothes and shameful postures, accessories and tools are a symbol of decadence to the perverted West. Let us beware of her dangers and be careful," said a message posted on the site.

    A spokesman for the committee, which is an arm of the Saudi government, said the campaign against Barbie - banned for more than 10 years - coincides with the start of the school year to remind children and their parents of the doll's negative qualities.

    Speaking to The Associated Press by telephone from the holy city of Medina, he claimed that Barbie was modeled after a real-life Jewish woman.

    Although illegal, Barbies are found on the black market, where a contraband doll could cost $27 or more.

    Sheik Abdulla al-Merdas, a preacher in a Riyadh mosque, said the muttawa, the committee's enforcers, take their anti-Barbie campaign to the shops, confiscating dolls from sellers and imposing a fine.

    "It is no problem that little girls play with dolls. But these dolls should not have the developed body of a woman and wear revealing clothes," al-Merdas said.

    "These revealing clothes will be imprinted in their minds and they will refuse to wear the clothes we are used to as Muslims."

    U.S.-based Mattel Inc., which has been making the doll since 1959, had no immediate comment, a company spokeswoman said Wednesday.

    Women in Saudi Arabia must cover themselves from head to toe with a black cloak in public. They are not allowed to drive and cannot go out in public unaccompanied by a male family member.

    Other items listed as violations on the site included Valentine's Day gifts, perfume bottles in the shape of women's bodies, clothing with logos that include a cross, and decorative copies of religious items or text - offensive because they could be damaged and thus insult Islam.

    An exhibition of all the offensive items is found in Medina, and mobile tours go around to schools and other public areas in the kingdom.

    The Committee acts as a monitoring and punishing agency, propagating conservative Islamic beliefs according to the teachings of the puritan Wahhabi sect, adhered to the kingdom since the 18th century, and enforcing strict moral code
     
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    Well, remember what Spirit Soul stated, that they need to hide perversion from the Muslim men in the womans best interest!

    I guess banning Barbie will help stop the abuse of Muslim women. :rolleyes:
     
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    I wonder if they'd support Jerry Falwell in his condemnation of purple teletubbies?
     
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    It's probably being beemed to them via satellite and the Saudi Mullahs totaly miss the reference to homosexuality Falwelll sees so clearly.
    ..and the attempted banning of the purple teletubie by our religious leader was supposed to acheive...what? If your laughing at the foibles of those who must be "more pious" than every one else then I'm with you. If you think the Saudi example is any sillier than the domestic example then I would disagree.
    The Saudis are just like us, I mean a couple chromosomes difference, the rest is cultural. I used to live near an arab couple (actually a bunch of them). You think their woman are meek and submissive. You're right, until the front door to their house swings shut. Once the goddess gets home, you'll find her slightly more extroverted. My wife is chinese, and I've known a lot of arabs over the course of my life, I really don't think I'm wrong about this.
    Can you hit your arab wife? If you sleep lightly, don't eat at home and own a large dog that is loyal only to you, perhaps you could risk it. How many brothers does she have? How many of them are going to want to "talk" to you about their sisters broken nose?
    I'm exaggerating (somewhat) in an effort to point out that regardless of the culture, there are natural curbs to abuse and painting every muslem as a wife beater is neither fair nor productive. (though at times, I gotta admit, it gets a giggle out of me).
     
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    LOL

    Been there, saw that. Some don't wait until the guests have left!

    It was just a tease to the real thing, I understand... I didn't stick around.
     

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