You Won’t Believe These 5 Everyday Things That Are Banned in Saudi Arabia [VIDEO]

America’s “greatest Gulf state ally,” Saudi Arabia, is well-known for its numerous human rights abuses. Homosexuality is forbidden, punishable by death. No Jews can do business in Saudi Arabia. Dwarf tossing is a recreational sport.

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But, what most Americans may not know, is that everyday concepts and activities well-known and accepted in the U.S., are illegal in Saudi Arabia. Here are five:

Women’s Sports and gyms. Women cannot play sports or go to gyms. No working out for women. No attending athletic or sporting events for women. No playing softball or basketball or swimming for women. No World Cup for women.

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All religions and beliefs other than Islam. No churches, no synagogues, no atheists. Everyone must believe in Islam, or be killed.

Movie theaters, cinemas. No public movie theaters or cinemas exist. No Batman Returns. No Avengers. No X-Men. No Disney movies.

Women driving. No cars, trucks, motorcycles, or even bikes, are allowed for women, because women aren’t allowed to drive.

Valentine’s Day. No one can wear red. No red roses and a list of all things red are outlawed on February 14th. (Not to mention Christmas and Easter or any other holidays.)

Watch the short clip below to learn why.

Bethany Blankley

Bethany Blankley is a political analyst for Fox News Radio and has appeared on television and radio programs nationwide. She writes about political, cultural, and religious issues in America from the perspective of an evangelical and former communications staffer. She was a communications strategist for four U.S. Senators, one U.S. Congressman, a former New York governor, and several non-profits. She earned her MA in Theology from The University of Edinburgh, Scotland and her BA in Political Science from the University of Maryland. Follow her @bethanyblankley facebook.com/BlankleyBethany/ & BethanyBlankley.com.

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