In a surprise decision, young Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman granted women the right to drive; a significant expansion in women’s rights for Saudi Arabia. The young Crown Prince sees his progressive campaign as a way to modernize his kingdom and boost the economy. For the first time, men and women are being seen walking the streets, together, and bopping their heads to pop music. Young girls in public schools, for the first time, are being allowed to play sports. These actions certainly are a jewel in the 32-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s crown. Read more in Abdullah al-Shihri and Aya Batrawy’s article, “Saudi Women will be Allowed to Drive in the Kingdom in 2018,” found inReligion News Services.
Who determines the meaning of symbols? Roman Catholics and Episcopalians have been kneeling in reverence for centuries. The Religious News Services offers an article that recently appeared in “The American Catholic.” Thomas Reese, in his article, “Kneeling at NFL Liturgies - It’s a little strange for a Catholic,” explains why symbolic gestures can be confusing and that it is important we recognize that symbols can have multiple meanings and it would do us good to respect the author. For a better understanding of this latest crazy distraction, please read more of Reese’s article.