Friday, April 5, 2013

"Moderate" Kuwait passes law punishing speech that insults Islam

This is exactly the kind of law, except for the death penalty, the UN, through resolution 16/18 would like to see passed worldwide.  16/18 would effectively shut down any investigation or questioning of Islam or any of its tenets.  Of course, so does the threat of death.  The restriction of free speech is slowly making its way around the globe and Kuwait is another Islamic brick in the wall of prohibited talk.

This article is from last year but is important now due to the slow but steady creep of censorship from Islam.

Coming one day to a neighborhood near you...

From Bloomberg May 3, 2012 by Fiona MacDonald & Dahlia Kholaif

Kuwait Parliament Approves Death Penalty for Insulting God

Kuwait’s parliament approved a law imposing the death penalty on any Muslim who insults God, his prophets, messengers, Prophet Mohammad’s wives or the Koran, in any form of expression, if they don’t repent.

The bill, which adds articles to Kuwait’s penal code, was passed today by 40 lawmakers, including all Cabinet ministers present, and rejected by five Shiite Muslims as well as one liberal lawmaker.

“Islam is a religion of tolerance, peace and acceptance, but that doesn’t mean it should be stepped on,” lawmaker Ali al-Deqbasi told the house before the vote. AbdulHamid Dashti, who voted against the bill, said the law “should be broadened to criminalize those who insult all beliefs and faiths.”

According to the law, judges must give defendants the option of repenting, which, if taken, reduces the sentence to at least five years in prison and a fine of 10,000 dinars ($36,000). Non-Muslims will be sentenced to 10 years in prison if convicted of violating the law, which will take effect after signed by the emir and then published in the Official Gazette within a month of parliamentary approval.

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