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Kuwait Passes Capital Punishment Law for Slandering Islam’s Prophet

Posted by Steve Markowitz on December 15, 2012

Theblaze.com reported that the Kuwaiti parliament passed a new law legislating the death penalty for Muslims who slander the Prophet Mohammed or his wives, God, the Quran, or other prophets.  People of other faiths get off a bit easier with only 10 years of prison for the blasphemy.

Kuwaiti MP, Ali al-Deqbasi, said of the law: “We do not want to execute people with opinions or thought because Islam respects these people.”  So good so far, however, he then equivocated on the harsh law with inevitable “but“ stating: “But we need this legislation because incidents of cursing God have increased.  We need to deter them.”

In the scheme of things, Kuwait is a relatively progressive Muslim country in the Middle East.  This is the same Kuwait that the United States bailed out in the early 1990s when it was invaded by Iraq.  The fact that it is devolving into a more radical and less tolerant form of Islam is unfortunately becoming the norm in many Islamic majority countries.

At this Blog has proffered previously, there is basic incompatibility between Western and Islamic values.  Both groups believe their value system to be correct.  This disconnect is substantial, but does not necessarily mean confrontation, as long as there are set and consistent rules between the two cultures.  The rules should be simple and bidirectional.  When Westerners live in or visit countries ruled by Islamic law, they must live under those laws.  Conversely, people of the Islamic faith who visit or live in Western countries must do so under those countries’ laws, even if they conflict with tenants of their faith.  Leaders of the Western world including President Obama should clearly and publicly state this bidirectional approach.

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