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Cultural gaps remain real

February 7, 2012
Messenger News

It is difficult for many Americans to understand basic, sometimes violent, conflicts between our culture and others. Too often we take it for granted people of other nationalities and faiths think as we do.

A dispute in Saudi Arabia, a staunchly Islamic country though a U.S. ally, reinforces that point. There, women are not permitted to drive motor vehicles.

Why?

Well, according to one report commissioned by the Saudi government, because allowing women to drive will promote allegedly undesirable "mixing" of males and females - and may encourage premarital sex.

It all may seem silly to Americans - but not to Saudis. Many agree whole-heartedly with the report and the existing law.

Cultural gaps such as this one make it hard for people in nations with such divergent world views to achieve the trust and understanding necessary for genuine cooperation.

 
 

 

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