Why Barbados is better than Maldives: Reason #257
Maldives Police raid home: find Catholic Bible, rosary, Christian prayers, photo of Mary on computer.
contributed by Tony
The Maldives are often compared with Barbados as a vacation and retirement destination. Reading the magazine articles and watching the Travel Channel, you’d think that the Maldives is some sort of paradise for those two staples of the travel industry: “newlyweds and nearly-deads” (Retired people).
If you’re thinking about a vacation or retirement in the Maldives though, you might want to consider that non-Muslim religious books, prayers, videos, photos and other non-Muslim religious items are prohibited. As in all Muslim-majority countries, there is no freedom of religion.
One Catholic teacher just discovered that the moderate tolerant Muslims of the Maldives will report you for having a photo of Mother Mary. Then the police will search your home and drag you away to jail for a couple of weeks. Call it ‘Islam in action’ or ‘Reality under Islam’.
Maldives Vacation Tip: Don’t get caught in your hotel room or on the beach praying to Jesus, Mary, Buddha or Brahman. Things will go very badly for you.
If you want to get married in the Maldives, unless you are a Muslim you could end up in jail. Not to forget that the Maldives Constitution prohibits anyone except Muslims from becoming citizens.
Why would any Christian, Jew, Hindu or Buddhist even consider vacationing, retiring or working in the Maldives? That’s like vacationing in Nazi Germany or Stalin’s Russia.
Barbados is Better
Come to Barbados where you can swim, surf, party, relax and enjoy life: whatever your religious belief. Whether you pray on Friday, Saturday or Sunday (or any other day for that matter!) you’ll always find a congregation that will welcome you.
And if you want to sit on the beach and pray or read your Bible, Koran, Buddhist chants or any other religious book – feel free to enjoy your time without the worry that you’ll be arrested.
We have freedom of religion in Barbados.
Catholic jailed in the Maldives over a Bible and a rosary
by Nirmala Carvalho, AsiaNews.it
October 7, 2011
Shijo Kokkattu, a 30-year-old teacher, was betrayed by his colleagues because he accidentally left a picture of Our Lady and some Marian songs on a school computer. Islam is state religion in the Maldives, where there is no freedom of worship. For Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians, religious intolerance and injustice are the “worst form of persecution”.
Mumbai (AsiaNews) – Shijo Kokkattu, an Indian Catholic from Kerala, has been languishing in a Maldives prison for more than a week because he had a Bible and a rosary at his home. Both items are banned on the archipelago.
“The lack of justice and the degree of religious intolerance” on the islands “are reflected by the actions of the Maldives government,” said Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC). “This is the worst form of religious persecution. The Indian government should demand an apology for the shabby treatment inflicted on one of its citizens.”
Islam is state religion in the Maldives. There is no freedom of worship. In 2008, a constitutional amendment denied non-Muslims the right to obtain Maldivian citizenship.
Shijo, 30, has taught at Raafainu School on Raa Atoll for the past two years. Recently, whilst transferring some data from his pen drive to the school laptop, he accidentally copied Marian songs and a picture of Mother Mary into the system. Some teachers reported the matter to the police who raided his home and found a Bible and a rosary in his possession.
Shijo Kokkattu’s case shows the paradox of the Maldives, a nation that “claims to be a major tourist destination, yet arrests innocent people,” George said. “This shows its intolerance and discrimination towards non-Muslims as well as its restrictions on freedom of conscience and religion.”