Beauty Contests Labeled ‘Evil’,23599,22729021-401,00.html

A couple of clerics in Saudi Arabia (as I bet you guessed already) have issued a juridical decree (aka a fatwa) declaring that camel beauty contests are evil.

“Everyone must repent of these acts from which no good can come because of its evils, and they should beg forgiveness from God,” said a fatwa, or religious ruling, issued this week by Sheikh Abdul-Rahman al-Barrak and a lesser-known sheikh.

The contests are perceived as an unseemly display of pride on the part of Saudi tribes, and it’s purely coincidental that tribal pride is seen as a threat to the Saudi ruling family’s government. Not.


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