Kuwait is considering instituting the death penalty for blasphemy


Kuwaiti lawmakers voted in favour of a legal amendment on Thursday which could make insulting God and the Prophet Mohammad punishable by death, after a case of suspected blasphemy on Twitter caused an uproar in the Gulf Arab state.

Members of Parliament must vote on the proposal again in a second session and it would need the approval of the country’s ruler before becoming law.

The amendment was backed by 46 votes, while four opposed it and others abstained. Those in favour included all 15 members of the cabinet.

Blasphemy is already illegal in Kuwait. The suspect in the “case of suspected blasphemy” is claiming his Twitter account was hacked (which strikes me as about as likely as Anthony Weiner’s similar claim, but here’s hoping that defense is successful anyways). It’s really unfortunate that the article doesn’t quote the blasphemous tweets. I think any time religious nuts try to use violence to suppress “blasphemy,” the blasphemy should be repeated as widely as possible. If anyone can manage to dig up the tweets and post a link in the comments, that would be awesome.

Hat tip to Radley Balko, who comments: “Thank goodness we liberated Kuwaitis from tyranny.”

  • http://freethoughtblogs tom wiley

    Blasphemy is a victimless crime.

  • http://photography.zvan.net/ Ben Zvan

    But God gets all-powerful insulted, so it’s okay to kill people.

  • http://www.3asal.wordpress.com AyyA

    Here is a photo
    This is the translation (mine)
    First time I see a prophet who is not ashamed of God, but ashamed of Uthoman’o’ [The prophet's companion. The 'o' is usually added to a name in Kuwaiti slang as a degrading gesture]…Above all, everything for him(the prophet) is porn with Ayoosh (nickname for Aysha, the prophet’s youngest wife)

    This tweet was a response to two other twitters in a heated discussion, in which the other two took it as their responsibility to defend their prophet. And they were the ones who started the whole fiasco when they escalated the matter and got Parliament members involved. Mind you, Alnaqi is Shiite and the other two are Sunni. This whole incident is a part of Shiite/Sunni dispute that lasted 1400years. Shiite think the companions including Aysha betrayed the prophet and his cousin Ali; a much revered figure amongst Shiite.

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