Friday, May 04, 2012

Kuwait's Parliament Passes New Blasphemy Law With Potential Death Penalty

Bloomberg News reports that Kuwait's Parliament yesterday, by a vote of 40-6, passed a strict new blasphemy law.  Under the law, any any Muslim who, through any form of expression, insults God, his prophets, messengers, Prophet Mohammad’s wives or the Qur'an will be subject to the death penalty unless the defendant repents. If he does, then the judge is to instead impose a sentence of at least 5 years in prison and a fine equivalent to $36,000 (US).  Non-Muslims who commit blasphemy are subject to a 10 year prison sentence. The law must still be signed by the emir and published in the Official Gazette within a month for it to take effect.