Religious Police Stop Fire Rescue

15 school girls were killed when Saudi police refused to let them evacuate a blazing building, because they were not dressed according to religious standards.

This is… a horrible atrocity. These girls lives could easily have been saved, if not for the zealousness of the policemen who beat them back into the building.

At some point, lives must take precedence over faith, even if it’s only for a brief moment in time. You can’t just throw their lives away because it justifies your faith. You could have come up with another way to save them. Someone could have brought the appropriate garments, or blankets to cover them so that their state of dress would not be seen. But for the love of all that is sane and right in this world, why force them to die?

As Karl said, things like this make Americans realize just how good they have it.