ASIA/KUWAIT - MPs reject building new churches

Tuesday, 26 January 2016 human rights

Kuwait City (Agenzia Fides) - The Municipality has initially approved requests to build new churches in Kuwait, but faces opposition
from lawmakers and councilors. Islamist lawmaker Ahmad Al-Azemi said he and other MPs will reject the plan because this "contradicts Islamic sharia laws". The rejection is based on constitutional and religious grounds since Islam is the official religion of the country and the main source of legislation, adding that Islamic scholars are unanimous in banning the building of non-Muslim worship places in the Arabian Peninsula.The news that the municipality allocated a number of sites for the construction of churches in the country was reported to the local press by Ahmad al-Manfoohi, general director of the Municipality. After the negative reactions, the head of the council’s technical committee Fahd Al-Sane said that the committee had not yet received any such request. (GV) (Agenzia Fides 26/01/2016)