Somalia and Brunei Have Banned Public Christmas Celebrations December 24, 2015

Somalia and Brunei Have Banned Public Christmas Celebrations

You want to know what a War on Christmas looks like?

Then stop focusing on what they’re selling at Starbucks and look at what’s happening in Muslim-majority Somalia:

Somalia’s government has banned the celebration of Christmas, warning that such Christian festivities could threaten the nation’s Muslim faith.

“Those celebrations are not in any way related to Islam,” an official at the religious affairs ministry said.

Security agencies have been directed to stay alert to stop any gatherings.

A similar policy is being enacted in Brunei. Needless to say, I can’t think of many atheists who would support such a thing.

This isn’t about government celebrations of Christmas, which in the U.S. often cross the line into promoting Christianity; this is telling regular citizens to keep their religion under wraps if it’s not Islam. As if acknowledging the Christian faith — or giving Christmas gifts — is considered blasphemy to the mostly Muslim population.

While a few exceptions will be made for military personnel who come from outside the country, this ban tells you just how worried these leaders are at upsetting the extremists in their midst. It also shows just how flimsy their beliefs are since they can be shattered so easily.

(Image via Shutterstock. Thanks to Aaron for the link)


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