Kuwaiti MPs call for ban on construction of churches

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A Kuwaiti parliamentarian is set to submit a draft law banning the construction of churches and non-Islamic places of worship in the Gulf state, it was reported at the weekend.

Kuwaiti Member of Parliament (MP) Osama Al-Munawer announced on Twitter he plans to submit a draft law calling for the removal of all churches in the country. However, he later clarified that existing churches should remain but the construction of new non-Islamic places of worship should be banned.

Fellow MP, Mohammad Hayef supported the draft law. “Kuwait already has an excessive number of churches compared to the country’s Christian minority”, he was quoted as saying by the Kuwait Times newspaper.

The country’s Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs recently granted a licence for the construction of a new church, which Hayef described as “an error”.

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Posted by: pete

Sure. Just apply the same rules to islam and mosques.

Posted by: Michelle Kim

PETE.

You are not in America, your English speaks for itself.

Posted by: pete

Mazen, Tho I live in America today I haven't always. I'v lived in a dozen countries, and had the opportunity to witness or take part in services of a variety of religions. I'v not only seen the hatred, I have lived thru in and have the scars. In every country I've lived in there has been one constant, and I was not yet a teen when I first noticed it. The bullying of people, even of their own religion, because they are of a different sect; the stoning of a young woman because they had the gall to speak up when men had abused them; the mob gangs attacking and beating kids for no reason. Your comment gives proof to the charge of ignorance. The saddest thing is people are too intimidated to make the changes that are necessary. I live in America because I can worship as I see fit, or not, in safety.

"The terrorist lives for terror, not for changes he tells himself he wants. He masks his desire to kill and destroy behind the curtain of a cause. It is destruction he wants, not creation."

Posted by: interesting

It is amazing how Sam (from Canada and in UAE) is an expert on everything.

I am sure the Kuwaitis must appreciate his explanation and reassurance to the world on their behalf.

Posted by: Steve

SAMs knowledge is impressive to say the least. From the human rights watch global subversive agenda through the rightous religeous banning of alcohol on the western xpat focused pearl development in Qatar and now the the complex parlimentary practices of Kuwait! There are of course many more wise words from 'SAM the all knowing'. I for one would like to see SAM made some kind of regional tsar on all things moral/ political.

Posted by: SAM

The article says that "A Kuwaiti Member of Parliament (MP) Osama Al-Munawer announced on Twitter he plans to submit a draft law calling for the removal of all churches in the country." Cool it down guys; this is an insignificant member of parliament planning to submit a draft propsal, which means nothing. French, Dutch, Australian, Israeili and Austrian ultra right wing parliamentarians have submitted crazier plans to their parliaments in the past that never became law. Now it is Kuwait's turn. If in fact it becomes law, then Kuwait would be unjustly antagonizing a portion of its population and there are forums and international organizations that will deal with it to ensure that such a law is removed.

Posted by: SAM

@RAH,
Thank you for your clarification; it is factual, concise and addresses the issue of discussion.

Posted by: RAH

Sam you are correct in terms of this just being a draft proposal (more like daft proposal), and will never go through..

But let me correct your sentence .. "If in fact it becomes law, then Kuwait would be unjustly antagonizing a portion of its population"..

It can't get endorsed into law as it would violate Kuwait's Constitution. Article 35 of the constitution states:

"Freedom of belief is absolute. The State protects the freedom of Practicing religion in accordance with established customs, provided that it does not conflict with public policy or morals".

As long as churches do not publicly chime bells or hold rallies in the streets, they are guaranteed freedom to remain.

Incidentally, this same MP then retracted his statement saying he did not mean remove all churches but was upset at the fact that a new church permit was issued by the government a few days back (along with a free plot of land to get it built on), south of the country.

Posted by: Sam

..and we fought a war to free and protect them from another Islamic country, losing thousands of lives & billions of pounds.

Posted by: Sanaa

There are christian kuwaity national families, at least parliament must respect them!That is not islam teaching.

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