Saudi Arabia’s infamous Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (CPVPV) arrested a kindergarten official due to a rainbow mural on a school building.
هيئة الأمر بالمعروف والبلدية والأمارة تزيل الشعار وتغرم "مدرسة أجنبية"في الرياض بمبلغ١٠٠الف بعد وضعها شعار المثليين pic.twitter.com/sLTldRQ8yt
— قناة المجتمع السعودي (@ksa12300) July 17, 2015
Translation: Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice removed the flag and fined the school 100,000 SAR after using LGBT flag.
The fine equals $26,663.47.
Al-Babawaba gathered tweets that poked fun at the news.
Rainbow Qur'an.A headache for the Saudi Arabia religious police.Copies will be confiscated.But what to do with them? pic.twitter.com/4ODbASUntl
— Ruslan Trad (@ruslantrad) July 21, 2015
After rainbow fine in Saudi, I'm waiting for reports of leprechauns being jailed for luring children to rainbows. http://t.co/JrHg5nkIHc
— J. Lester Feder (@jlfeder) July 20, 2015
— Russell Taylor (@RussTayles) July 20, 2015
Homosexuality is illegal in Saudi Arabia. Those found guilty are sentenced to jail or flogged. A married man can be stoned to death if a court finds him guilty “of engaging in homosexual acts.” In June, officials raided two parties, which led to arrests of “several people on suspicion of homosexuality.” CPVPV arrested a group of young men for dancing and playing loud music in February. They claimed the men engaged in “shameful movements,” but did not elaborate.
This official also said, “[N]one of the men were dressed traditionally,” and took the opportunity to tell parents “to prevent their children from engaging in such behavior ‘because it can lead to immorality and even homosexuality.’”