KUWAIT, April 12 (Reuters) - Kuwaiti lawmakers voted in favor of a legal amendment on Thursday which could make insulting God and the Prophet Mohammad punishable by death, after a case of suspected blasphemy on Twitter caused an uproar in the Gulf Arab state.
Members of Parliament must vote on the proposal again in a second session and it would need the approval of the country's ruler before becoming law. The amendment was backed by 46 votes, while four opposed it and others abstained. Those in favor included all 15 members of the cabinet.
Blasphemy is illegal in Kuwait under a 1961 publications law and at present carries a jail term, the length of which depends on the severity of the comments and their perceived effect on society, lawyers say.
Islamist MPs proposed toughening the law last month after authorities arrested a Kuwaiti man they said had defamed the Prophet, his companions and his wife on the Twitter messaging site.
The Arab spring is still blossoming... Ancient Islamic laws are taking hold in more and more countries... nothing wrong with this, right?... just don't take the Lord's name in vain, and you will live long and prosper. (*)(*)(*)(*)ing Allah, (*)(*)(*)(*)ing Muhammad, (*)(*)(*)(*)ing Islam... ***** **********