Elliott Abrams notes the arrest of 41 people in the al-Jouf province of Saudi Arabia for the crime of – in the words of the official police statement – “plotting to celebrate Christmas”:
Only in Saudi Arabia could the phrase “plotting to celebrate Christmas” appear in an official statement. Religious freedom does not exist in the kingdom. There are literally millions of Christians living there, and according to the government they are permitted to practice their religion in private– though not one single church is permitted. But as this news story shows, in fact the religious police do not permit such dangerous practices as a Christmas party.