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