Friday, January 11, 2013

Small Steps In the Direction of Equality

Saudi Arabia will, for the very first time, get women members of the consultative council that advises the government on new legislation. In 2014, women will be able to vote for the first time.

These are small steps in the direction towards equality between men and women. This is good, societies where everyone has equal opportunities are often better for all. Even small steps in the direction of equality should be hailed as positive news.

However, I still long for the day when islamic countries, such as Saudi Arabia, will start to treat dogs as humans do where we live. I have come to understand that it is a part of islamic culture to view dogs as unclean, "haram", thus not allowing them indoors as family members and pets. Personally, I believe this is wrong. Dogs have lived very close to humans in many other societies for millenia. When will dogs in Saudi Arabia be treated equal to dogs in our part of the world?

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