Last week, an American businesswoman in Saudi Arabia was hauled away by their religious Gestapo for sitting at a Starbucks with a man other than her husband; namely, a business partner. She was forced to confess her "sin" and a Saudi judge told her that she was going to "burn in hell." As Bill Maher has said many times, I am intolerant towards intolerance. I embrace diversity and freedom of religion, up to the point where the fringe elements are at work; e.g., when someone straps a bomb to himself and blows up a store, or when religious police are put in place to haul people away, either Saudis or foreigners such as Americans. And the devout Muslims will try to justify repression by saying, "it's our values."
And don't forget that America itself is the biggest supporter of Saudi Arabia. We purchase their oil and keep them in dutch, to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars. To this day, almost 4,000 Americans have died in Iraq to prop up dictatorships such as these. Why isn't the State Department doing anything about this? A U.S. citizen was assaulted and accosted by these religious fanatics. And what about Starbucks? This act goes against the "Core Values" it talks so much about. Why not pull up stakes and take your business away from countries such as this?