In a clear demonstration that no pleasure is too mild or trivial to be denied to women in Islamic lands, it was reported that Saudi religious police entered a park in the Kingdom recently to stop a group of women from using the swings. Yes, sitting on swings, perhaps swinging back and forth, catching a breeze -albeit through their head-to-toe coverings, relaxing with friends . . .
Saudi Arabia’s feared religious police entered a public park in the Gulf Kingdom and told women to stop using swings, an act that drew applause and criticism by viewers of a picture showing the men warning some women at the swings.
The picture went viral on social networks in Saudi Arabia before it was published by newspapers showing two men from the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice warning women against using the swings.
Of course the morality police were only interested in the women’s welfare, as the Saudi daily Al Sada reported: “Some viewers supported the move by the Commission members on the grounds women using the swing could encourage men to harass or molest them.”