Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Sultan Of Brunei Bans Christmas Celebration

Banned Christmas: Oil-rich Brunei has banned public celebrations of Christmas for fear of Muslims being led astray. Pictured, Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah

Sultan of Brunei threatens Muslims who celebrate it with up to five years in prison while Christians must keep theirs secret. He has told residents of his country that if they plan on celebrating Christmas, they could face up to five years in jail.

Any Muslims caught celebrating Christmas, and non-Muslims who are discovered organising celebrations, could face the lengthy prison sentence.

While non-Muslims are allowed to celebrate the holiday within their own communities, they must not disclose their plans to the nation's Muslims.

In 2014 the country introduced an anti-gay Sharia Penal Code, which includes the execution of any Muslim for sodomy