4.5.12

Kuwait introduces death penalty for anti-Islamic blasphemy

Minister of Justice and Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Jamal Ahmad Al-Shihab confirmed Thursday that the government would not reject the anti-blasphemy bill.

In press statements following the National Assembly's session for approving the bill, Al-Shihab said respecting religions and religious symbols does not contradict international conventions. "Freedom of expression does not mean defaming or offending sanctities of nations," Al-Shihab said.

He also noted the bill has not contradicted previous fatwas, religious edicts, of the Fatwa Committee of the Ministry.

The National Assembly passed Thursday the proposal to add two articles to the penal code to toughen punishment for abuse or disrespect of The Almighty, the Prophet, and the Prophets.

The first article makes insulting or mocking God and His Prophets and Messengers, Holy Quran, Prophet Mohammad and his wives punishable by death, if the offenders insisted on the crime and refused to declare his repentance.

The same punishment is applied to those who describe themselves as new prophets or messengers from God. But if the accused is a non-Muslim, the punishment would be lowered to jail for no more than 10 years. The second article states that who commits the abovementioned crimes and declares repentance shall be punished with imprisonment for no more than 5 years or paying a fine that does not exceed 10,000 Kuwaiti dinars.

Source the Kuwait News Agency.


I wonder if they remember that the forces which freed them in the 1990-1991 Gulf War were by and large Christian.

Well this is the religion of peace if you ask G.W. Bush. Lies.

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Richard,

Interesting; I wonder if these laws will protect against cases of blasphemy committed against other faiths within Kuwait e.g. Christianity...and whether safeguards will be introduced and upheld to protect against instances of deliberate entrapment often used as a means of persecution (typically against Middle Eastern Christians, of which there are at least three indigenous Middle Eastern Catholic rites plus as many within the Orthodox tradition).

Blessings,

Sarah,
Australia.