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Saudi doctor questioned by religious police for accidentally flying gay pride flag at his home

Saudi doctor questioned by religious police for accidentally flying gay pride flag at his home

A medical doctor in Saudi Arabia got the shock of his life earlier this month when Islamic religious police showed up on his doorstep to question him about the rainbow flag he had erected on a three meter flag pole over his house in the port city of Jeddah.

The Saudi religious police, formally known as the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, arrested the doctor and took him in for questioning.

When they asked him why he was in possession of a rainbow flag and if he was trying to support LGBTI pride he told them he had no idea what the flag meant, let alone that it was a symbol of the gay community around the world.

According to reports he had purchased the flag online after one of his children has seen it and told him he thought the flag was pretty.

The doctor was bailed and released after satisfying the religious police that he had not known what he was doing, and the flag was confiscated.

Saudi Arabia is one of ten majority Muslim countries that still punish homosexuality with the death penalty.

A similar confusion occurred in Afghanistan in 2011 where second hand cars with rainbow gay pride stickers that had been imported from Canada sparked a fashion fad for them among drivers until Afghans finally learned what the stickers symbolized and promptly ended the fad.