Cleric Slams Government’s Decision to Allow Women to Work in Pharmacies

Prominent Saudi cleric Nasser al-Omar criticized government plans to allow women to work in pharmacies, describing it as part of a Westernization plot to change the conservative nature of society, according to a report published on his official site today. “What we have heard recently about arresting cleric and allowing women to work in pharmacies is saddening,” al-Omar reportedly said during a lecture he gave Sunday at Khaled bin al-Waleed mosque in Riyadh. Al-Omar warned against recent changes in social norms and called everyone to do everything in their ability to fight these changes because “no one is excused,” he said.