Heritage View Ln, Valencia, CA 91381
Santa Clarita Republican Women Federation Breakfast Meeting. Becca Keating will speak on her experience in living under ‘Sharia Law’ in Saudi Arabia.
Reservations are required.
When I hear women complain about their rights and freedoms here in America, I am energized to invite them all to move to the Middle East to see if they would prefer living under Sharia Law.
The religion of Islam institutes a way of governing people by Sharia Law which permeates those countries that are predominately Islamic, whether in the Middle East, Africa, Indonesia, or otherwise.
It is under this Sharia Law I lived as an American woman in Saudi Arabia when my husband took the opportunity to teach English at King Abdulaziz University.
As a woman (American non the less), I wasn’t allowed to work, nor drive a car, nor wear the traditional western clothes. When I left my apartment, I would have to dress from head to toe, my arms and legs covered. If if was exposed otherwise, I would be arrested. And if arrested and put in jail, I could not call my attorney (because I was not privileged to have one) nor could I call my husband.
I would have to wait and hope that my husband would realize I was missing and would inquire with the law enforcement as to my whereabouts. So as you can imagine, I choose to cover myself from head to toe whenever I was out in public. And If I wanted to go somewhere, I would have to go on the bus…in the back of the bus in a special compartment for women only (with my children). Otherwise, I would have to wait until my husband was available to drive us to the grocery store or any other location.
One time we were driving in the city, going through a traffic light and was hit broad side by a Saudi. When going to court to be compensated by the man who ran into us, we quickly realized that as a foreigner, we were automatically in the wrong. Thus we were stuck with the damages incurred by the Saudi driver. We had a British friend who was driving down a one way street. A Saudi was coming toward him the wrong way on this one way street. You guessed it, the foreigner was charged for going the wrong way even thought it was the Saudi who was in the wrong.
But I digress, living under Sharia law meant being restricted in many way. When the call to prayer shouted from the loud-speaker in every neighborhood, all shops, banks, places of business were required to close for 20-30 minutes to allow everyone to throw down their prayer rugs and pray toward Mecca. Needless to say, this American woman who was on a mission to get her shopping finished by a certain time, was very frustrated at the fact that the stores were now closed until their pray time was over. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against praying. I’m against a government ruled by Sharia law that tells me when and how and in what direction I must pray.
I now realize more than ever the importance of our U.S. Constitution which guards our inalienable, God given rights. In America we are free to choose to do what is right. We are free to work to be productive. We are free to fall in love and marry whomever we choose, not purchased nor arranged for marriage at the age of eight or younger. We are free to accomplish our ambitions and goals, that “pursuit of happiness”.
To hear much more of “My Story” living under Sharia Law in Saudi Arabia and how we Americans can stand firm in our Constitutional freedoms, please join me JULY 15, 2017 @ TPC for Brunch with SCRWF at 9:15…$20 for Members, $25 for Non-members. Be sure to RSVP @ 661-347-1015 or www.SCRWF.com. I look forward to seeing you all there!!