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Kuwait reacts to an ‘increase of God-cursing’ – by introducing a death penalty

Kuwaiti MPs raise their hands in favour of the death penalty (AFP/Getty images)

“RELATIVELY liberal and moderate” Kuwait is on the verge of introducing the death penalty for Muslims who offend their god, the Koran,  Mohammed and his wives, and other assorted “prophets” of the Religion of Peace.

Explaining the need for this draconian new law, MP Ali al-Deqbasi said:

We do not want to execute people with opinions … because Islam respects these people. But we need this legislation because incidents of cursing God have increased. We need to deter them.

The draft legislation allows for repentence. Anyone who apologises for his or her “blasphemy” will be spared capital punishment and will instead be jailed for five years and fined of $36,000. Non-Muslims found guilty of defaming Allah and or the “prophets” face a jail term of a maximum 10 years.

The vote for the death penalty came after authorities arrested Sh’ia Hamad al-Naqia for allegedly cursing Mohammed, his wife and companions on Twitter last March. The Kuwaiti parliament approved the draft law by a majority of 40 to six.

Amnesty International has described the law as:

A flagrant breach of the country’s international human rights obligations.

And The Daily Beast’s David Keyes pointed out:

The new law is seen by many as a test case of America’s role in Middle East. Liberals throughout the region are watching President Obama’s reaction. If the emir signs the law—a move that Minister of Justice and Islamic Affairs Jamal Shehab assured reporters will happen—then this will be a tremendous setback for freedom in the Gulf.

The US is Kuwait’s largest trading partner and billions of dollars in advanced arms have been shipped to Kuwait in recent years. Precisely because of this tremendous leverage, firm opposition by the Obama administration could convince the emir not to sign this law.

Meanwhile it is reported here that a British TV channel that broadcast a talk saying it is acceptable to murder anyone who disses the kiddy-diddler who invented Islam is facing a heavy fine or potential closure by Ofcom.

The regulator found that DM Digital was the first UK broadcaster to break the broadcasting code for material:

Likely to encourage or incite the commission of a crime or lead to disorder.

The media regulator commissioned two English translations of the programme which revealed that the presenter of the show said:

If someone takes a step in the love of the Prophet, then this is not terrorism.

He also made a number of comments citing a “duty” to kill those who insult Big Mo, including:

I hail those who made this law [Pakistan's blasphemy law] which states that one who insults the prophet deserves to be killed – such a person should be eliminated.

Ofcom said:

We considered that the broadcast of the various statements made by the Islamic scholar … was likely to encourage or incite the commission of a crime.

DM Digital’s target audience is Asian viewers, with programmes in languages including English, Punjabi, Urdu, Kashmiri and Hindi. It is licensed in the UK and also broadcasts to the Middle East and parts of Asia.

 Hat tip: BarrieJohn

 

 

28 Responses to “Kuwait reacts to an ‘increase of God-cursing’ – by introducing a death penalty”

  1. Buffy says:

    F*ck Mohammed (Pigs Be Upon Him).

  2. Matt Westwood says:

    You should be ashamed of yourself. Poor pigs!

  3. Graham Martin-Royle says:

    Kuwait is on the verge of introducing the death penalty for Muslims who offend their god,

    Fine, if their pathetic little god is offended, let it attend court and testify to that fact, otherwise it’s only a persons opinion that a god has been offended and they will have to prove that said god has been offended. Can’t see how they can do that if no god attends as a witness.

  4. Lazy Susan says:

    Likely to encourage or incite the commission of a crime or lead to disorder.

    This is backwards. It means that if some thug (interesting etymology btw) decides he wants me to do X and threatens violence if I don’t, then I am encouraging the commission of a crime or disorder unless I do X. So I am punished twice – once by the thug and again by the state.

    It reminds me of the Gilbert & Sullivan opera where the hero inherits a family curse that means he has to commit a crime each day or he will die. He points out that by not committing any crime he is effectively committing suicide, which was at that time a crime, so he is freed from the curse.

    But this is not a laughing matter.

  5. tony e says:

    How convenient that this new law, which calls for the death penalty at it’s extreme, can be circumvented for the sum of $36,000.

    If anyone knows of an organisation more tacky and grubby than religion please let me know.

  6. IikagenBoB says:

    So we respect your opinion, but if you dare to voice it, off with your head? Ah yes, makes perfect sense…

  7. remigius says:

    If anyone knows of an organisation more tacky and grubby than religion please let me know.

    The Liberal Democrats.

  8. Sally says:

    An organization more tacky and grubby? That would be anyone calling themselves ‘conservative’ while voting to end welfare for the poor by forever funding the Defense Department. Or voting against women while crying “there is no war on women.’ Or voting against public education and jobs, but for more tax subsidies for Exxon and more tax cuts for the rich and paying for that by taxing the poor and middles. Tacky, grubby, and inhumane: today’s GOP. Thank you Ronald Reagan, for starting us down the slippery slope. The GOP is almost to the bottom now.

  9. The Woggler says:

    It amazes me that a sky ghost that can create a universe in six days, and a bunch of long-dead bullshitters can all be so deeply offended.

  10. David says:

    This is repulsive. I cannot believe that so-called human beings can do this. I don’t respect your opinion and I don’t respect you. You know this is wrong.

  11. Broga says:

    When religion has no rational means of defending its superstitions then all that is left is censorship, threats and violence leading to murder. The most determined hordes of defenders are usually the most ignornant. They are pawns in the hands of their religious leaders many of whom, I am persuaded, are as religious as I am i.e. they are atheists. The leaders have opted for a rewarding career choice. The hierarchy of the RC Church are an excellent example of this.

  12. David Anderson says:

    State sanctioned murder. Are you listening USA?

  13. barriejohn says:

    Have any of them asked WHY there has been such an increase in “god cursing” in the land? If Allah is so wonderful, not only would he be perfectly capable of defending his own honour (which is the usual Muslim position), but wouldn’t everyone in a Muslim state be singing his praises?

  14. JohnMWhite says:

    This is remarkably stupid and senseless. It is interesting, though, that non-Muslims face a lesser sentence of only ten years in jail for offending a prophet or deity they don’t believe in. That almost sounds merciful, since at least they won’t be held to the standards of the Koran, yet if they can see that it is not right to murder non-Muslims for dissing the Muslim prophet, why are they still letting them rot in a cell for a decade?

    It is simply an aggressive swipe at anybody who doesn’t fit in and a pompous display of piety. “See how violent we are for you, god? Aren’t we just like you? Are you pleased with us now, daddy?”

  15. whit says:

    shouldn’t ‘god’ be the one who punishes?

  16. Daz says:

    Threatening people into shutting up does not make them magically more faithful. It merely makes them unfaithful and scared.

  17. Matt Westwood says:

    @Daz: … or defiant and even more rebellious. Particularly when drunk.

  18. john.c says:

    Its rather condescending to “God” to make desisions about his offence and the punishment for it on his behalf, clearly he is mentaly incapable of making his own decisions,it seems the musloons are worshiping a half wit sky fairy,and were made in his image,equaly half witted.

  19. northern light says:

    “If anyone knows of an organisation more tacky and grubby than religion please let me know.”

    The US republican party…..Mitt Romney in particular.

  20. Trevor Blake says:

    Now is an opportunity for Muslims the world over to say ‘not in our name’ and peacefully reform their religion.

    Gentlemen, place your bets.

  21. 1859 says:

    But doesn’t it say something about what’s happening, when some group of brainwashed wankers need to stand up and defend their sky fairy, by killing anyone who laughs at the said sky fairy? They must feel terribly threatened by the modern world…so what I say is Let the Modern World SWAMP them…

  22. Stephen Turner says:

    Don’t know what their votes usually look like, but it’s striking that many of them seem to be looking around to see who else is “in”. No women to be seen, of course.

    God-cursing = corgi’s dung = Grind us, cog!

  23. MOMO says:

    please, for all those who insult islam, some respect as the prophet mohammed peace upon his soul would never suggest such a stupid idea. Islam’s teachings are beyond what most idiots are spreading nowadays. in that respect some are using it for no reason but to support their extremist ideas like benladen, some to save their asses and gather people around them like saddam did when he added two words to his flag and some to protect their position by creating such laws to get to who ever is against them like the kuwaitis and the moroccan royalty. … islam my dear friends is forged to serve certain people and certain goals not it’s real purpose.
    I feel so bad that some people like betty doesn’t even understand what his/ her religion is about before talking about other people’s beliefs, I am so sorry you are owned by what learned out there without checking if it is right or wrong.

  24. Wiganpier says:

    Yet another example of the huge insecurity that Muslim states feel about perceived threats to their religion and the potential that religion has to keep people in order and subservience. Having no coherent response to dissent they opt for draconian measures such as this.

    It shows the weakness of both Islam and the Kuwait government.

  25. elainek123 says:

    Show this to the Queen and she will invite them to the Jubilee Dinner.

  26. Broga says:

    @elaine123: They could replace the Spanish Queen (all these royals!) who has butted out because Edward Windsor, presumably short of anything to fill his time, has been re-taking Gibralter for the vanished Empire. The UK Queen is strong on religion which immediately exposes her limitations.

  27. Graham Martin-Royle says:

    @MOMO:
    Sorry but no. I don’t respect the religion of islam nor do I respect the homophobic, misogynist, criminal peadophile prophet mohamed (shit be upon him), nor do I respect people who are dumb enough to believe in this horseshit.