Sunday, December 30, 2012
Saudi Religious Police Raid Asian Diplomat's Christmas Party
Al-Akhbar reported last week that in Saudi Arabia, the religious police raided a Christmas party at the home of an Asian diplomat and detained at least 41 people for plotting to celebrate Christmas. It is reported that 41 Christians and 2 Muslims were at the party. The host and the 2 Muslims were "severely intoxicated." The Saudis have previously banned public Christmas celebrations, but have been ambiguous as to private celebrations. Saudi Arabia's head mufti has condemned invitations to Christmas or wedding celebrations, and a member of the Higher Council of Islamic scholars recently prohibited sending holiday wishes to "heretics" on Christmas or other Christian religious holidays.