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Saudi Arabia Beauty Pageant Like Ours

From a conflicted Associated Press:

Here she comes: Saudi’s Miss Beautiful Morals

By DONNA ABU-NASR

May 6, 2009

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Sukaina al-Zayer is an unlikely beauty queen hopeful. She covers her face and body in black robes and an Islamic veil, so no one can tell what she looks like. She also admits she’s a little on the plump side.

But at Saudi Arabia’s only beauty pageant, the judges don’t care about a perfect figure or face. What they’re looking for in the quest for "Miss Beautiful Morals" is the contestant who shows the most devotion and respect for her parents.

"The idea of the pageant is to measure the contestants’ commitment to Islamic morals… It’s an alternative to the calls for decadence in the other beauty contests that only take into account a woman’s body and looks," said pageant founder Khadra al-Mubarak.

"The winner won’t necessarily be pretty," she added. "We care about the beauty of the soul and the morals."

So after the pageant opens Saturday, the nearly 200 contestants will spend the next 10 weeks attending classes and being quizzed on themes including "Discovering your inner strength," "The making of leaders" and "Mom, paradise is at your feet" – a saying attributed to Islam’s Prophet Muhammad to underline that respect for parents is among the faith’s most important tenets.

Pageant hopefuls will also spend a day at a country house with their mothers, where they will be observed by female judges and graded on how they interact with their mothers, al-Mubarak said. Since the pageant is not televised and no men are involved, contestants can take off the veils and black figure-hiding abayas they always wear in public

Now in its second year, the number of pageant contestants has nearly tripled from the 75 women who participated in 2008. The pageant is open to women between 15 and 25. The winner and two runners up will be announced in July, with the queen taking home $2,600 and other prizes. The runners up get $1,300 each…

There are no such displays in ultra-strict Saudi Arabia, where until Miss Beautiful Morals was inaugurated last year, the only pageants were for goats, sheep, camels and other animals, aimed at encouraging livestock breeding

Is this really so different from our beauty pageants in the West?

"The idea of the pageant is to measure the contestants’ commitment to Islamic morals…”

Don’t our (mostly homosexual) judges demand that our contestants prove their commitment to the liberal agenda of the day?

Ask Ms. Prejean what happens when you do not.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, May 7th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Saudi Arabia Beauty Pageant Like Ours”

  1. proreason says:

    Well, we know who would win this contest if it were held in the U.S.A.

    Commissar Obama, of course.

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    You can’t tell how much TNT is attached to the vests they are made to wear under those loose fitting “snappy” All Purpose flowing gowns!

    “The winners won’t necessarily be pretty…..we care about the soul and the morals.”
    This is why their men prefer goats and other men and the occasional camel.

    Allah must be proud!!

  3. Barbie says:

    Winners are the ones with exemplary morals, meaning the other women must fall far short of pure morality. Therefore, winners are the ones who aren’t buried up to their shoulders in an empty field and then stoned to death. Poor losers.

  4. CIV says:

    Hey! One of the women in that photo has her face uncovered! Automatic disqualification! Off with her…

  5. bousquem says:

    I figured one event would be how hard or how far they can hurl stones at a dummy, standing in for some miscreant under islamic law.

  6. canary says:

    Told ya the women sit behind the goats on the bus.

    “a saying attributed to Islam’s Prophet Muhammad to underline that respect for parents is among the faith’s most important tenets.”

    so they worship the Quran, that Muhammad wrote to replace the original beliefs? I went to the library. It’s bad and depressing. All about severe punishment. David (king) Jesus and Mary are responsible for people that don’t believe as the muslims in one God. They hate Christians and Jews, and claim that neither were decendents of Abraham, which is insane. So, their feelings towards Isreal is based that the Jews were never there, and double hate because the Jews in Isreal are friends with Americans. Nuhammad wrote the Koran along time after Jesus died, but it’s nothing but punishment, being poor is good, 100 lashes for an adultress that repents. 4 witnesses must come forward and swear to allah, the person committed adulty . 4 times the accused denies it. The rules are if the adultress asks forgiveness they get 100 whips. If insead the 5th thing they say, I swear by allah, that I did not commit adultry, then they didn’t repent. And one punishment for a theif, is to cut alternating hands and feet off. And they say the sins are carried and wrapped around the neck of someone who not followed allah, so that’s where they get the chop the neck off. And their goal, is to go to every town all over the the world, and first warn the peope, they must convert. If after they are warned, then they destroy eliminate the people in the town. Christ taught for everyone to go all over the world and teach about him, but know violence, and if they weren’t wanted to leave. Course Steven was stoned to death when he was leaving. Many imprisoned.

    In dreams Obama said he spent two years in a muslim school where they studied the Quran daily. He says he learned the language, cutoms, legends in 6 monthes. The honored that holiday Raammenda(sp/) even. He had lot’s of muslim friends in NY and Chicago.

    Their religion is the only 1 period. Convert or die.

  7. sheehanjihad says:

    This is one contest that Perez Hilton should be judging….oh wait, you have to have your head attached to do that. To me, the same woman could win this contest for decades…who the hell could see who was actually under the burkha? Total crap……

    • Liberals Demise says:

      I’d love to toss a “WRINKLE” grenade in on the contestants and ruin their crisp, freshly ironed look.

    • canary says:

      This is really going to tick Bin Laden off.


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