Kuwait Passes Law Making Cursing of Muhammad A Death Penalty Offense

Kuwait’s parliament has passed the latest law limiting speech in the name of religion. The bill makes it a death penalty offense to curse God or the Prophet Muhammad or his wives.

The bill passes 41-6. Before you think that the six represented a core of civil libertarians, legislator Ahmad Lari said he voted against the law not because of the concern for free speech. He wants to punish blasphemers but thought the language was a bit ambiguous.

MP Faysal Al-Muslim notably proclaimed “Today, we lead the world through this law. It is a triumph for the Prophet to execute those who harm him and his wives, and especially Aisha the pure. Cursing them shames us all.”

Unfortunately, he may be right — with the help of the Obama Administration which is working on an international standard to allow for the prosecution of people who speak out about religion. The Administration has drawn a dangerous line with Muslim countries in first supporting the concept of an international blasphemy standard. As I have mentioned before, the efforts of the Obama Administration to work with countries like Egypt on an international blasphemy standard is a threat to free speech around the world. After first supporting an international blasphemy standard, the Administration sought to get Egypt and other countries to adopt the Brandenburg standard as the basis for such prosecutions. These cases show the mentality of countries pushing for a “balance” between free speech and religion. It also shows why the use of the Brandenburg standard is so dangerous in the hands of such officials who view free speech as the cause of imminent violence. Because any joke or image of the Prophet can trigger violence, the standard is immediately satisfied in countries like Egypt, which can then claim some legal legitimacy under the standard created with the United States. Free speech is under attack around the world and I view this effort as facilitating, rather than curtailing, such crackdowns on dissidents and intellectuals.

Kuwait is not viewed as the most radical country in this area and has obviously close ties to the United States (which liberated the nation). For that reason, this law is particularly chilling as to the potential of the international standard under development by the Obama Administration and Muslim countries.

Source: Times of Israel as first seen on Reddit.

36 thoughts on “Kuwait Passes Law Making Cursing of Muhammad A Death Penalty Offense”

  1. And we liberated Kuwait…..

    Can somebody tell me exactly why?

  2. “with the help of the Obama Administration which is working on an international standard to allow for the prosecution of people who speak out about religion.”

    This does not sound like protecting the Constitution of the United States to me. Might this be an impeachable offense?

  3. Does Ralph’s studying on all this “jewish” crap make anyone else sort of queasy?

  4. DHMCartver, you are very good at one thing: changing the topic of discussion to one in which you feel more comfortable. Nonetheless, I’ll go along with you.

    I will concede that Voltaire is not a particularly good example to illustrate what Muhammad and Islam are about, even if his take on them is pretty much on target in this case. As you point out, Voltaire hated a lot things, including Christianity and Judaism. According to Hanna Emmerich, the author of the only book-length study of Voltaire’s attitude to the Jews and their religion, Voltaire attacked Judaism because it was “the basis of Christianity, and whoever attacks one must also attack the other.” See Des Judentum bei Voltaire (Berlin, 1930), p. 256.

    But there is a great distinction between Volaire’s venom for Islam, and his attacks on Christianity and Judaism. In Islam, Votaire recognized that Muhammad’s acts were barbarous. Regarding Christians and Jews, however, at core, Voltaire betrays his envy of Christians and Jews. In fact, Voltaire has specifically referred to Jews as “masters.” And it is an inescapable reality that if you were to identify the greatest minds and the greatest contributors to the rich culture of civilization in the last few centuries, 95% of them or more would be Christians and Jews. That was true in Voltaire’s time, and it’s true today.

    So you have to take the views of some anti-Semities with a little grain of salt, as some of them–particularly the more intelligent ones (like Voltaire) have great envy of the accomplishments of Jews.

    Thus, for another example, the great composer, Richard Wagner, was really not so anti-Semitic as he might seem on surface examination. Wagner wrote a famous anti-Semitic diatribe, Das Judenthum in der Musik (Jewishness in Music) that discussed in substantial part about how the music of Jews wasn’t really very good. But the reality is that Wagner never really felt that way about Jews at all. In fact, he KNEW that the opposite was true.

    Much of Wagner’s anti-Semitic rants had to do with his envy and resentment of Meyerbeer’s music. Yet, Wagner COPIED some sections of Meyerbeer’s works. And he sent one of his works to Mendelsohn for advice on how to make it better, and he has referred to Mendelsohn as a genius. (Wagner also copied some scoring ideas from Mendelsohn.) And, of course, Wagner absolutely adored the music of Johann Strauss II—as did other great musicians of his day, including Brahms and Tchaikovsky. But Wagner knew that Strauss was descended from Jews. (And, in fact, Strauss has written about himself, saying “in my heart I am more Jewish than Protestant.” And if that were not enough, Wagner engaged his friend, Hermann Levi, a rabbi’s son, to conduct some of his operas. Like I indicated, with some anti-Semities, you have to take their words with more than a grain of salt.

    Now, as you will observe, I have also changed the topic as well. Two can play at that game.

  5. And Bush 1 saved it for what????????

    Oh yeah oil, bankers…… And his 10 acres…. How soon we forget…..

  6. More Islamic Insanity or Muslim Madness–take your preferred alliterative description.

    Here’s an ultra-condensed history of those who have spoken out against Muhammad and his barbaric cult:

    In the Middle Ages, Jewish writers described Muhammad as ha-meshuggah (“The Madman”), a term used in the Bible for those who believe themselves to be prophets. Martin Luther King referred to Muhammad as “a devil and first-born child of Satan”. Voltaire wrote a play Mahomet, Le fanatisme, ou Mahomet le Prophete, literally Fanaticism, or Mahomet the Prophet), that is a study of religious fanaticism and self-serving manipulation based on an episode in the traditional biography of Muhammad in which he orders the murder of his critics. Swami Vivekananda wrote that great evil has been done through Muhammad’s fanaticism with “whole countries destroyed” and “millions upon millions of people killed.” Jai Maharaj, sponsor of the Satyameva Jayate site, wrote that Muhammad was “in fact a terrorist, criminal and murderer whose entire life was based on victimizing innocents and indulging in mindless violence, carnage and massacre.” Maharaj chronicled what he called were Muhammad’s “criminal acts in the form of battles and murders.” Ayaan Hirsi Ali has called Muhammad a “tyrant” and a “pervert”. Geert Wilders called Muhammad a “mass murderer and a pedophile”.

    1. Ralph! So glad to see you are back with your selectively-quoted bigotry! And you have company on this thread. Have you read what Martin Luther said about the Jews? It is not pretty. Geert Wilders is considered part of the worryingly strong far right in Europe, and is a racist. And Voltaire was highly critical also of Jews and Christians — enough so (though the point is disputed by other scholars) that Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, the widely-read popular scholar of Judaism, considers that the greatest Enlightenment hostility against Judaism is found in Voltaire’s writings. And I have heard a few of Ali’s lectures and read some of her writing, and she paints with a very wide and bigoted brush as well. As I have mentioned before, you cannot say that “all Muslims” act in a certain way – that is some 2 BILLION people – any more than you can say “all Christians” act in a certain way, or “all Jews.” (In fact, if one says, “All Jews think or act like X,” you are usually called an anti-Semite, with reason.) Ali makes such wild claims regularly.

      But since you like Voltaire, perhaps you should consider this from his “Treatise on Toleration”: “It does not require great art, or magnificently trained eloquence, to prove that Christians should tolerate each other. I, however, am going further: I say that we should regard all men as our brothers. What? The Turk my brother? The Chinaman my brother? The Jew? The Siam? Yes, without doubt; are we not all children of the same father and creatures of the same God?” Try out that as your starting place when thinking about Muslims – if more of us did, the world would be a happier place.

  7. Jesus in humans did not kill. Jesus – Adoni raised the dead. Jesus is the Lord God. Therefore to say Christians killed is heresy saying a blasphemous statement. The humans that killed used the name of Christ as a cloak, and that is all.

  8. TD,
    Thanks for the distraction. Did part of JT’s thing seem a repeat? Guess even his mind as trouble keeping up with the demands of modern life. Or my brain’s prescient.

    Soon we’ll realize this phenomenon has two basic causes. One good and one bad.
    The good one is that even Arab politicians realize that they are subject to pressure in their so-called democracy. Now it is other’s heads they are paying with. Sound like Iraq and Af-stan?
    The bad one is it’s all part of a CIA plot to keep the terror pot boiling, Keeping it carefully aligned where most of the oil is.

    Hummmm. Something to call Obama’s attention or Dillarydock is a clock. Warren for President.

  9. KJV, Romans 12 9Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. 10Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; 11Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; 12Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; 13Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.

    The Muslims are known for being Deceptive hiding the truth trying to act like something that they are not.

    To demand death in any form or fashion is human sacrafic. Human sacrifice is what idol worshipers do. The Muslims have to come to grips that they are idol worshipers worshiping the name of Mohamed, and the Koran. Kill,and take Gods name in vain. That means the Muslims makinmg a consequence of death talks Gods name in vain swearing.. Repenting needs to take place.. God is the giver of justice, not us.

    14Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. 15Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. 16Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. 17Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. 18If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. 19Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. 20Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. 21Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
    Gods vengeance is the light of God when he alone chooses to shine it.

  10. @TalkinDog

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    1. KJV, Romans 12 9Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. 10Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; 11Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; 12Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; 13Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.

      The Muslims are known for being Deception from hiding the truth trying to act like something that they are not.

      To demand death in any form or fashion is human sacrafic. Human sacrifice is what idol worshipers do. The Muslims have to come to grips that they are idol worshipers worshiping the name of Mohamed, and the Koran. Kill,and take Gods name in vain. That means the Muslims makinmg a consequence of death talks Gods name in vain swearing.. Repenting needs to take place.. God is the giver of justice, not us.

      14Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. 15Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. 16Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. 17Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. 18If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. 19Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. 20Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. 21Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
      Gods vengeance is the light of God when he alone chooses to shine it.

  11. artiewhitefox, I presume that the Muslims will see that “[t]o kill a human is a sin all by its self” around the same time Christians do…

    1. Jesus in humans did not kill. Jesus – Adoni. raised the dead. Jesus is the Lord God. Therefore to say Christians killed is heresy saying a blasphemous statement. The humans that killed used the name of Christ as a cloak, and that is all.

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  15. It is truly disturbing to hear that this country is giving any shelter to restrictions on speech.

    There are those of us who believe that the more objectionable speech is, the more important to get it out into the public arena so that thoughtful individuals can engage it to show its deficiencies in fact and logic.

    We cannot protect ourselves from objectionable speech by attempting to lock it away. Objectionable speech will take place. If we attempt to restrict it, the speech will take place in the dark, hidden places of our society.

    We may never convince those who make objectionable speech of their error. But if the speech takes place in public, we have a chance to engage and convince those who are on the cusp, whose minds are not yet made up. If we force objectionable speech into the dark places, there are those who may decide without ever hearing our factual and logical response – and that is truly dangerous.

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