Monday, May 14, 2012

New Blasphemy Law in Kuwait Awaits Signing

The Kuwaiti Parliament has passed a bill prohibiting blasphemy, and included within it severe penalties, including the possibility of capital punishment.  The bill is awaiting the signature of the Emir of Kuwait before it becomes law.  According to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom:

"The new provisions would impose the death penalty on Muslims who refuse to repent after being found to have insulted God, the Prophet Mohammad, his wives, or the Qur’an.  For non-Muslims, the punishment would be up to 10 years in prison; for Muslims who repent, the punishment would be up to five years or a fine."

Thanks to: Howard Friedman's Religion Clause Blog for first bringing this to my attention.

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