Hating Feminists? What Is Kathryn Lopez of the National Review Thinking?

Condoning Saudi clerics? A jab at feminists? Or just another right-wing non sequitur?

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By Bonnie Erbe, Thomas Jefferson Street blog.

The NRO's Kathryn Lopez offered a one-line post yesterday that preceded an excerpt of an Agence France-Presse article on Saudi cleric hysteria over women's advancement in that country. Lopez's one-liner was questionable.

The article quoted clerics as saying, among other unbelievably atavistic statements, that it is "religiously impermissible" for Saudi women to appear on television and other babble as follows:

"Our faith in you is great to carry out media reform, for we have seen how perversity is rooted in the ministry of information and culture, on television, radio, in the press, literary clubs, and book fairs," the letter said.

It cited an alleged plan to "westernise" Saudi women by "reducing their rights to a question of removing veils, wearing makeup and mixing with men."

It added that the ministry had permitted the import of "obscene newspapers and magazines that are filled with deviant thought and pictures of beautiful women on its covers and inside."

What's weird is not the hysteria of Islamic clerics--that's to be expected. But Lopez leads her post with the line:

As American Feminists Prep Their Next Count of Women Columnists ... [Kathryn Jean Lopez]

As I have stated before, I am not a feminist nor do I toe any ideological or partisan line. But why does Lopez take this seeming slap at feminists as a lead-in to the article? Is she condoning the clerics' behavior? Either she is, which seems unimaginable since she, herself, is a working journalist and therefore in violation of the clerics' views of women. Or perhaps she's taking a non sequitur of a jab at feminists for no apparent reason. Why this post appeared at all is beyond me, or it's just another example of illogical right wing hate of the left.

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