December 21, 2015 – Brunei PM Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Bans Public Christmas Celebration To Prevent Muslims From Converting To Christianity
Public celebration of Christmas has been banned in Oil rich Brunei, a tiny nation on the island of Borneo.
Brunei PM banned public celebrations of Christmas, wearing of Santa’s hats and costumes to protect the Islamic faith, thereby preventing Muslims from converting to Christianity.
Anyone caught violating the rule will spend 5 years in jail.
This is what Brunei Ministry of Religious Affairs said:
“These enforcement measures are … intended to control the act of celebrating Christmas excessively and openly, which could damage the aqidah (beliefs) of the Muslim community”
The statement said non-Muslims disclosing or displaying Christmas celebrations violated the penal code which prohibits propagating religion other than Islam to a Muslim.
This is the height of religious intolerance.