Friday, December 28, 2012

Saudi police storm celebration of Christmas

Saudi police have prevented a celebration of Christmas.

Security forces broke into house and arrested 41 guests - the host was an Asian diplomat
This year's Christmas party ended in prison for 41 Christians living in Saudi Arabia. Riot police stormed a house on Wednesday night in the Province of Al-Jouf and arrested the Christians present, because they had planned, according to the police statement, a Christmas party.

Media reported that the host was an Asian diplomat who had invited 41 Christians, but also Saudi and Egyptian Muslims. According to the police statement, the host and two Muslims were "very drunk" . Whether the detainees have since been released is not known.

The practice of Christianity, even owning a Bible or a cross, is strictly prohibited in Saudi Arabia, although the country is home to more than a few Christian guest workers from the Philippines and India. In the State in whose territory the holiest cities of Islam, Mecca and Medina are located, no services may be held; Christian clergy are forbidden to enter. When you leave Islam the penalty is death.

Public Christmas celebrations have been always completely banned in Saudi Arabia, but intervening in private functions, is new.

Source Our Lady of Arabia pray for us!