Another day, another Saudi cleric says something ludicrous.
This time a 'leading' religious figure has said that driving a car may damage a woman's ovaries, thereby interfering with her purpose on this planet: to make babies.
The words from Sheikh Saleh bin Saad al-Lohaidan come just as Saudi activists launch a campaign to allow women to drive.
Organizers have called on women to sign a petition and defy the driving ban on Oct. 26. The online petition has attracted several thousand signatures so far, but according to CNN the website has been blocked in Saudi Arabia.
In an interview published last Friday on the website sabq.org, al-Lohaidan said that women aiming to overturn the ban on driving should put "reason ahead of their hearts, emotions and passions," according to Reuters.
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The cleric, who is also a judicial adviser to an association of Gulf psychologists, went on to give his medical theories about why women should not drive: "We find that for women who continuously drive cars, their children are born with varying degrees of clinical problems."
He continued: "If a woman drives a car it could have a negative physiological impact... Medical studies show that it would automatically affect a woman's ovaries and that it pushes the pelvis upward."
There is no law against women driving in Saudi Arabia — they are just denied licenses, and driving without one is clearly illegal.
The backlash on social media to the cleric's remarks came swiftly.