Kuwait mulls death penalty for insulting God, Prophet

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  1. Zarvan

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    Kuwait: 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 illegal in Kuwait under a 1961 publications law and at present carries a jail term, the length of which depends on the severity of the comments and their perceived effect on society, lawyers say.

    Islamist MPs proposed toughening the law last month after authorities arrested a Kuwaiti man they said had defamed the Prophet, his companions and his wife on the Twitter messaging site.

    The man, identified by his lawyer as Hamad al-Naqi, has told police his account was hacked and he did not post the comments. He is now in pre-trial detention.

    Dozens of Sunni activists protested to condemn Naqi, who is from Kuwait's Shi'ite Muslim minority. Some members of parliament have called for him to be executed.

    Shi'ite parliamentarians voted against the amendment on Thursday.

    Several of Kuwait's main newspapers have run editorials condemning Naqi, while others have accused Sunni activists of over-reacting.

    Kuwaiti MPs from across the political spectrum have voiced concern about sectarian tension. Shi'ites make up about 30 percent of Kuwait's 1 million native citizens.

    Naqi's lawyer, Khaled al-Shatti, told Reuters on April 3 that if his client was found guilty of insulting the Prophet the penalty would be one year in jail. If he was also convicted of "sedition" - specifically inciting strife - the penalty would be a maximum of 10 years in jail.

    Twitter is popular in Kuwait, where many politicians, journalists and other public figures use the micro-blogging site to debate current affairs and share gossip.
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    One more fanatic country.
     
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    Kuwait deserves another Saddam Hussein.
     
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    Their country their rules. Deal with it.
     
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    LOL @ Above comments, why do you guys care
     
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    These Arab royals would involve in everything from murder to slavery to prostitution and get away with it. But a guy tweeting something deserves the death sentence. These stories seem straight out of medieval world where men in power use religion to instill fear on the masses and control them.
     
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    What else human can do in Islamic majority country? other tahn living a second class life. Just yesterday i heard one non muslim women suffer the similar draconian law in land of pure.
     
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    Remember your words the next time you complain about US and our laws.
     
  9. Zarvan

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    Sir hurting of any one religion can't be allowed any where Sir first check your laws and what are they based on than talk Sir
     
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    Whatever it is I don't think insulting Jesus will get you death penalty in US.
     
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    Well insulting Krishna is illegal in India so i guess India is second fanatic country

    What a well wish fro friends. I thought Pakistanis always complained about visa restrictions in Kuwait but the Indian attitude is superb...epic back stabbing...Only I wish some kuwaiti is read this thread.
     
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    But can in Islam because we consider JESUS AS As PROPHET OF ALLAH and we love JESUS but insult of any religion can't be allowed
     
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    Yes, you might go to jail if you hurt religious sentiments of people in India but that is true for all religions not just Hinduism. Plus you would never be given death penalty just because you insulted a god/goddess as that is just barbaric and inhuman.
     
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    That is not barbaric and that is perfect thing to safe world from chaos and because religious attacks can lead to really bad fights among people so to avoid that Punishment of death is really important
     
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    But that doesn't make sense. People who rape girls, forcibly convert others people, murderers aren't given death sentence. But a guy who tweets that there is no allah gets a death penalty? This is unjust and simply illogical mentality.