By Shane McGinley
The Gulf state has an “excessive number of churches” one MP claimed
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”.
This is totally contrary to the tolerance and understanding of other religions that Islam teaches. One would hope that this Parliament will be dissolved sooner than later, like the last seven Parliaments. Kuwait's development plan is paramount for this country economically and financially and if this Parliament is going to center their efforts on religious agenda's they will hurt the country more than help the country in moving forward.
Absolutely correct Mr Ahmed. I am eternally grateful to the various UAE ruling families for donating the land for our churches around the Emirates.
The sign of true faith is the ability to respect the religious beliefs of others. The UAE's leaders truly illustrate this by the generosity of spirit with which other religions are treated. Thank you!
Hard to imagine that this thinking exists at the leadership level. What if Christian dominated countries wouldn't allow any mosques to be built....
wow, my comment was, at least, 5 times that size...I miss free speech. I said nothing offensive but it got cut.
There are christian kuwaity national families, at least parliament must respect them!That is not islam teaching.
"This is totally contrary to the tolerance and understanding of other religions that Islam teaches."
... tell that to the Islamists
Are you kidding? This kind if thinking is DRIVEN by the leadership!
..and we fought a war to free and protect them from another Islamic country, losing thousands of lives & billions of pounds.
I thank the wonderful rulers of the UAE for their religious tolerance and understanding of other faiths. The fear of these Islamic MP's in Kuwait who apparently hold 22 seats is a testimony to their lack of experience in handling the critical issues facing this nation.