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 This as a note to all Christian nations. Why can we not impose the same on Muslims without worry of some kind of terror alert. 

 

 

"What's happening here is that Christians are being alienated from the majority Muslim community."

 

 


 

 

 


Christmas ban to be strictly enforced in Brunei after sharia law introduced.

 

 

 

 

There are no tinsel-laden trees or Santa hats this year in the oil-rich sultanate of Brunei, where Christmas celebrations have been banned under a recent shift towards hardline Islamic law.

 

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Nine per cent of Brunei's 430,000 population are Christian

Imams warned this month that a ban on Christmas would be strictly enforced for fear Muslims could be led astray

Punishment for violating the ban is a five-year jail sentence

The all-powerful Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, one of the world's richest men, announced last year he would push ahead with the introduction of sharia law, eventually including tough penalties such as death by stoning and severed limbs.

 

Religious leaders in the sultanate warned this month that a ban on Christmas would be strictly enforced for fear Muslims could be led astray.

 

"Using religious symbols like crosses, lighting candles, putting up Christmas trees, singing religious songs, sending Christmas greetings ... are against Islamic faith," imams said in sermons published in the local press.

 

Punishment for violating the ban is a five-year jail sentence, and the government warned last year Muslims would be committing an offence if they so much as wore "hats or clothes that resemble Santa Claus".

 

Although Christians are free to celebrate, they have been told not to do so "excessively and openly" in a directive that has had a chilling effect on the South-East Asian nation, which sits on a corner of Borneo island.

 

Businesses have been warned to take decorations down and authorities have stepped up spot checks across the capital. Hotels popular among Western tourists that once boasted dazzling lights and giant Christmas trees are now barren of festive decor.

 

Muslim resident concerned about alienation of other religions

 

"This will be the saddest Christmas ever for me," a Malaysian expatriate resident said, requesting not to be named for fear of reprisals from authorities.

 

The ban is ridiculous. It projects this image that Islam does not respect the rights of other religions to celebrate their faith.

A Muslim Bruneian mother, name withheld

 

"The best part of Christmas day is waking up and having that feeling that it is Christmas, but there's just none of that here and you just feel deprived."

 

Most people are too scared to speak up about the ban, and while some privately gripe about the rule they know there is little to be done.

 

"I will be working on Christmas after church. We just have to cope," said one Filipino waitress, one of Brunei's many guest workers.

 

Some people dared to post pictures on social media depicting Christmas cheer using the hashtag #MyTreedom, part of a global campaign to highlight oppression against Christians.

 

At least one church in the capital sported decorations that were visible from the street, a rare glimpse of holiday cheer in the otherwise decoration-free city.

 

"The ban is ridiculous. It projects this image that Islam does not respect the rights of other religions to celebrate their faith," said a Muslim mother in the capital, also too scared to provide her name.

"Islam teaches us to respect one another and I believe it starts with respecting other religions, even if what is being banned are ornamental displays."

Others were more tempered, and urged the prohibition to be respected.

 

"It is an Islamic country and so with respect to the law, churches need to keep decorations indoors," said a Christian Bruneian, unfazed by the strict rules.

 

"The meaning of Christmas for us isn't all about Christmas decorations."

 

Sultan's London, Hollywood hotels excluded from ban

 

The prohibition does not extend to the business interests of the sultan, whose estimated $27.6 billion fortune includes the historic Beverly Hills Hotel, part of his Dorchester Collection with branches in London, Paris, Milan and Rome.

 

It is Christmas as usual this year in the upscale Le Richemond hotel in Geneva where guests are greeted by lavish displays in the hotel lobby, including bowls overflowing with pine branches, ornaments and candles aplenty.

 

 

The Le Meurice hotel in Paris advertises a Christmas eve seven-course gourmet menu for nearly $1,000, before drinks, while the Beverly Hills Hotel is decked-out for the holidays too.

 

Before unveiling the hardline law, the sultan had warned of pernicious foreign influences such as the internet and indicated he intended to place more emphasis on Islam in the conservative Muslim country.

 

Strict rules against homosexuality in the sharia law, punishable with death by stoning, sparked a backlash among A-listers including Jay Leno, Ellen DeGeneres and business tycoon Richard Branson, who called for the hotels to be boycotted.

 

 Jay Leno speaks at a rally of women's groups and homosexual rights groups protesting outside the Beverly Hills Hotel.

 

Last year, the Australian Football League called off a sponsorship deal between its affiliated league in Europe and Brunei's state airline.

 

"These laws are counter to everything the AFL stands for in regards to inclusion and diversity," an AFL statement said.

 

"In a globalised world, many countries are trying to unite different people and different religions, but it doesn't seem to be the case here," said a Catholic foreign worker.

 

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broden

well now we know where the grinch is from

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mactanfamily

Brunei is 65% Muslim, 10% Christian, 15% Buddhist, 10% Other 

This is disgusting.

 

The Sultan who imposed the law owns The Beverly Hills Hotel and the Hotel Bel Air in LA. These hotels should be barren. 

 

Vanity Fair dubbed the Sultan and his brother the “constant companions in hedonism” in 2011 for their lavish lifestyles and penchant for collecting women like children collect toys. According to Jillian Lauren, the American woman who spoke to 60 Minutes about her year in the Sultan’s harem, the pair indulged a lot – and they didn’t care how old the girls were. Shari Law? What about the gallons of booze they drank?

 
“She (Lauren) was in the harem when she was 18 and when she was there there were between 30 to 40 other girls, some as young as 15.” 
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contraman

Malaysia is also a Muslin country, but they don't seem to get their knickers in a knot about Christmas.

 

Here is a photo to took this morning at KLIA2

 

Its Merry Christmas, none of this happy holidays crap for them :idontknow:

KLIA2xmas.jpg

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broden

people who are bothered by things like this  have some kind of mental issues

 

when we were kids part of our decorations every Christmas were two electric Menorahs that we would put in our windows

 

I think my Dad got them as a gift at some point from some Jewish friend .. Dad was Episcopal Mom was Catholic we were raised Catholic 

 

growing up in Brooklyn we were happily exposed to every religion on the face of the earth  

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Monsoon

Brunei is a shit hole. There is no reason to go to Brunei for holiday. I know a few guys who have to work there from time to time and they can't get out quick enough. 

 

 

 

Malaysia is also a Muslin country, but they don't seem to get their knickers in a knot about Christmas.

 

I spent Christmas in KL one year. Had a great time. Lots of girls running around with santa caps over their hijabs. A lot of muslims wishing me Merry Christmas. 

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oztony

Well the whole thing is pretty much in keeping with Muslim faith and beliefs around the world really,

Different rules and expectations for the freedoms of people's ideology's , they want to have theirs worldwide,

And they will tell you where and when you can have yours, it really is a no brainer ... just like them..

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