Kuwait Passes Law- Blasphemy Punishible by Death

Long story short, don’t travel to Kuwait. I stumbled across this article recently by Bloomberg Press that details a new law just passed last week by the parliament in Kuwait. The law, which passed with a 40-6 majority, says that any Muslim who insults his god, the prophet Mohammad, any of the prophet Mohammad’s wives, or the Koran in any way can be put to death if he or she does not repent. Under the law a judge must present the defendant with the option of repenting which will reduce the sentence to a minimum of 5 years in prison and a fine equivalent to 36,000 USD.

I don’t think it needs to be said how gigantic this step backwards this is, not only for Kuwait governance, but for the entirety of Islam. For a religion that claims to be based upon peace and tolerance the enforcement of Sharia Law sheds an incredibly negative light on their entire religion (of course the sheer existence of Sharia Law makes that negative shadow inevitable).

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~ by Arsirion on May 10, 2012.

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