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.
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:
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.