Latest from Brunei’s Muslim regime: Banishing Christmas decorations
UNITED NATIONS – On Christmas Eve, religious police in the capital city of the Islamic Sultanate of Brunei ordered business owners to remove Christmas decorations or face arrest.
When Brunei, a tiny oil-rich fiefdom that shares the island of Borneo with Malaysia and Indonesia, adopted Shariah law earlier this year, some questioned whether the harsh penal code that includes amputation and stoning for blasphemy and other crimes would actually be enforced since a third of Brunei’s population is not Muslim. The crackdown on Christmas this year answers the question.
Restaurant and café owners in Brunei’s capital city of Bandar Seri Begawan told reporters they were ordered to remove Christmas decorations from their establishments by authorities who cited Shariah Penal Code Order 2013 prohibiting exhibits of decorations that are against Islamic beliefs.
Violators face a $15,000 fine and imprisonment for a term of up to five years.
The ban on Christmas decoration is not the only restriction on religious freedom. The Shariah penal code bans non-Muslims from teaching or even speaking freely to Muslims about their religious beliefs, punishable with heavy fines and imprisonment.
And all religious groups are required to register with the government. Muslims who convert to another faith could face the death penalty, and Christians who have brought Bibles into the country have been imprisoned.
Despite the nation’s record of religious persecution, the Obama administration is pressing forward with plans to designate the Sultanate of Brunei as a most favored nation with special trade privileges under the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said approving the agreement is one of his top priorities.
During the Cold War, Democrats and Republicans restricted trade with countries that denied their citizens basic freedoms.
Written by CURTIS ELLIS
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