“Islamists know the right things to say in order to gain power. They are sophisticated. They are especially astute at telling Westerners what they want to hear.
I saw this also when I was in Saudi Arabia. Our guide told us repeatedly that Saudi Arabia was reforming and that it was becoming a more open society.
This was the story he sold us day after day.
Never mind that women canâ€™t drive or that restaurants are segregated or that the religious police hit women with a baton if they think they arenâ€™t appropriately covered. They are known to cut menâ€™s hair right on the street if they deem it too long.
My husband had his passport taken away in the airport for wearing shorts, and the authorities wouldnâ€™t give it back to him until he changed.
If a Muslim converts to any other religion, the punishment is the death penalty.
Open society indeed.”
– Kirsten Powers