Archive | November 2012

Accosted and Harrassed

I found it disturbing to hear of an attractive young woman who was verbally harassed by a Chicago police officer.  She is one of the liveliest, most interesting, and intelligent people I have encountered. She was more than capable of handling this situation.
However, it brought to mind a news report last week of some women being accosted at shopping centers in Saudi Arabia by the nation’s religious police.  These women were told that their head covering or dress was “too revealing” and they were sent out of the mall.  The police also enforce obedience to the call for prayer five times daily.
We should view these practices as morally offensive. They should not be excused as part of the cultural or religious context.   Cultural pluralism is good. Uncritical cultural relativism is an abandonment of the principles of human rights.

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