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Sheikh Saleh bin Saad al-Lohaidan's comments come just as Saudi activists launch a campaign to allow women to drive.
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.
Saudi Cleric Says Crazy Shit #NotNews
— Ahmed Al Omran (@ahmed) September 27, 2013
— Alaa AlGhanem (@Alaa_AlGhanem) September 30, 2013
Damn the lies used to control people in so many parts of the world #WomensDrivingAffectsOvariesAndPelvises
— Joseph Majesky (@JosephMajesky) September 30, 2013
Next Saudi research project will be titled "being a woman is bad for your health" #WomensDrivingAffectsOvariesAndPelvises
— Marina Strachan (@MarinaStrachan) September 30, 2013
— miika (@MoonWolf95) September 30, 2013
#WomensDrivingAffectsOvariesAndPelvises seems legit
— Jared (@JaredisRad) September 30, 2013
Why shouldn't Saudi women drive? Driving damages their ovaries and pelvis. http://t.co/r1BnHWrLDC Oh I SEE, it's not religion but SCIENCE.
— Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) September 28, 2013
Why do we ignore this threat in the US? | Saudi cleric: women who drive risk damaging their ovaries | http://t.co/S0A7SKdQ25
— Mike Doran (@Doranimated) September 29, 2013
Women can now drive in Saudi…. LOLOL pic.twitter.com/PrmcbVUdmh
— Jim (@Jimparedes) August 9, 2013