Plotting to Celebrate Christmas in Saudi Arabia
The games of the American War on Christmas pale in comparison with what goes on in other parts of the world. Today a Middle East news site is reporting action by the Saudi government to crack down on a party of 41 people “plotting to celebrate Christmas”.
The raid is the latest in a string of religious crackdowns against residents perceived to threaten the country’s strict religious code.
The host of the alleged Christmas gathering is reported to be an Asian diplomat whose guests included 41 Christians, as well as two Saudi Arabian and Egyptian Muslims. The host and the two Muslims were said to be “severely intoxicated.”
The guests were said to have been referred to the “respective authorities.” It is unclear whether or not they have been released since.
The kingdom, which only recognizes Islamic faith and practice, has in the past banned public Christmas celebrations, but is ambiguous about festivities staged in private quarters.