Skip to comments.Saudi Arabia: 41 people arrested for "plotting to celebrate Christmas"
Posted on 12/28/2012 5:44:16 AM PST by SJackson
The only kind of Santa that is allowed
Just so that you know that the Saudis are cracking down on the really important crimes, like jihad terrorism -- no, wait...
Sharia Alert from the Kingdom of the Two Holy Places: "Saudi detains dozens for 'plotting to celebrate Christmas,'" from al-Akhbar, December 27 (thanks to Blazing Cat Fur):
Saudi religious police stormed a house in the Saudi Arabian province of al-Jouf, detaining more than 41 guests for plotting to celebrate Christmas, a statement from the police branch released Wednesday night said. 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.
Saudi religious police are known to detain residents of the kingdom at whim, citing loose interpretations of Sharia and public statements by hardline religious leaders to justify crackdowns.
Saudi Arabia's head mufti Sheikh Abdel Aziz bin Abdullah had previously condemned invitations to Christmas or wedding celebrations.
A member of the Higher Council of Islamic scholars in Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Mohammed al-Othaimin recently prohibited sending holiday wishes to "heretics" on Christmas or other religious Christian holidays....
CHRIST’s-Mass! In Towelheadia! The horror!
And the worst thing I saw when I was over there was the distillation of peach brandy in the American compounds.
Pyrexistan is looking better and better all the time.
When I was in Jeddah 30 years ago, a lot of expats there who didn’t have access to the Embassy’s “Tea” shipment, Safeway made it easy for home wine makers. As on entered the aisle, there was white grape juice, yeast and everything else one needed to make their own wine. The Saudi authorities really didn’t care as long as the infidels didn’t sell it to Moslems.
Islam must be destroyed.
“I must stop Christmas from coming...but how?” - The Grinch
Let me show you *my* plot, you Saud goats, and you’ll commit suicide while you still have the chance.
The Jeddah airport gets pretty hectic during the Hajj. I was a 707 captain flying under contract for Nigerian Airways, and we managed to throw off a strip of tread from a main gear tire on landing. The ramp was jammed. We checked in with the Saudia maintenance manager (an American) and asked how long it would be to pull our spare from the cargo pit and change it. “Better go to the hotel; we’ll call you tomorrow when it’s done”.
Since we were paid by the flight hour, that meant the entire crew being docked a day’s pay. Then the flight engineer piped in: “Would a case of Coors speed up the process* a bit?”. (Beer was impossible to get.) We were off the ground and on our way back to Lagos in 40 minutes ;o)
* The 707s radio racks were below the cockpit in the “lower 41 compartment”, as Boeing called it. The F/E had hidden 3 cases there “just in case we need ‘em”. I was in a panic: “How will you get it off without being seen?” “I’m an expert” was the answer. He brought out a roll of duct tape and wrapped 12 cans vertically around each leg - they were completely hidden by his baggy coveralls.
My first exposure to Nigerians was at Jeddah Airport during Hajj. They are thoroughly obnoxious arrogant people. The Saudi Hajj authorities had to separate them from the other hajjis who hate the Nigerians. They placed the then gentle Malaysians between the Nigerians and every one else. They strutted around the airport as if they owned it.
A couple of years later I pulled a 45-day TDY to Lagos. At the time it was even more dangerous than Beirut. Our embassy was located on Victoria Island. Staff were not allowed to leave the island without an armed convoy. The trip to the airport was a lot of fun.
Thanks SJackson. Hey, at least they’re all safe in their homes because of gun control. Wait, what?
Some pictures from Tehran
Not permitted in Saudi?