Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Brunei Sultan bans Christmas

The Sultan of Brunei used to be reasonable, as did southeast Asian Islam in general. I don't know what's gotten into him. I fear Malaysia may be headed in the same direction. Basically the only current Muslim monarchies I still like (and I like them a lot) are Jordan, Morocco, and Oman. I wash my hands of the others (which doesn't mean that revolutions wouldn't make things even worse). It's the relatively secular ones that were overthrown in the second half of the 20th century (Egypt, Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, Iran), none of whose kings would have done such an asinine thing, that I really miss.

1 comment:

Ponocrates said...

Meanwhile in "Christendom", we ban Christmas trees and carols in order to not offend certain peoples sensibilities. We are a sick and dying civilization because of the ideas and leaders who dominate us. They need to go.


The University of Tennessee has tried to ban Christmas, in the latest iteration of political correctness coming to dominate the American campus.

As the holiday season approached, the University’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion posted to its website a ten-point plan for avoiding references to religion during celebrations for campus staff.

It is permissible to “celebrate and build upon workplace relationships and team morale,” but - it warned - “ensure your holiday party is not a Christmas party in disguise.”

One by one, the recommendations strip Christmas parties of their traditional practices, leaving behind a corporate shell.

Christmas cards to campus staff and partners should be “non-denominational”.

Food and drinks should not be traditional fare, but “items that reflect” the guests' “religions, cultures, and celebrations”.

Father Christmas is banned too. Games such as “Secret Santa” should not be played: “If you want to exchange gifts, then refer to it in a general way, such as a practical joke gift exchange or secret gift exchange.”