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KUWAIT CITY (AP) — A member of Kuwait's parliament says he is facing charges of insulting the nation after saying he supports legalizing the sale of alcohol in the predominantly Muslim country.

Nabil al-Fadhl told The Associated Press late Sunday that controversy was sparked after he first proposed repealing a law that bans dancing at public music concerts and festivals. Kuwaiti law bans people from dancing at concerts, though they are allowed to clap their hands and sway.

After his proposal, al-Fadhl said he was asked in parliament by an Islamist lawmaker if that means he would also support legalizing the sale of alcohol during concerts.

"Why not? Historically, many people in Kuwait drank alcohol on many occasions," he said he replied to the query.

The Kuwait Times later reported that several lawmakers swiftly condemned al-Fadhl "for saying that liquor was part of Kuwait's history and ancestors were tolerant toward allowing its consumption in the past."

Kuwait's first parliament banned the sale of alcohol in 1964. It is a sin in Islam to consume alcohol, though it is sold legally with some restrictions in the Gulf countries of United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain.

One lawmaker, Saud al-Huraiji, was quoted in the Kuwait Times as saying that al-Fadhl had "clearly undermined the image of Kuwaitis and the country's history." Lawmaker Humoud al-Hamdan said "the ancestors of Kuwaitis were well known for their fight against moral corruption, including the use of liquor."

Al-Fadhl said an Islamist lawyer filed charges against him for his remarks, accusing him of insulting the honor of Kuwaiti society.

Fadhl said he was only mentioning "facts about alcohol in Kuwait's history." On the black market, he said, people can buy a bottle of whiskey for 120 dinars ($408).

"It's available in ample amounts, but only affordable to the rich," he told the AP. "A good start would be to allow people to bring in their own alcohol from abroad instead of confiscating it."

Al-Fadhl, who is an independent lawmaker, said that despite his personal views, he is not planning to propose a bill to legalize the sale of alcohol.

Kuwait, Yahoo News 18 Comments [1/8/2015 4:28:31 AM]
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I hope this guy telling everyone their heads are lodged up their own assholes doesn't land his own head in a basket.

1/8/2015 5:19:14 AM

Doubting Thomas

Am I the only one who can envision this same thing happening in, say, Alabama?

1/8/2015 7:04:46 AM

Arctic Knight

I was in Kuwait during the 90s and they seemed, at that time, to be fairly "westernized." It's sad to see they have regressed to this point.

1/8/2015 7:40:33 AM

Mister Spak

"Lawmaker Humoud al-Hamdan said "the ancestors of Kuwaitis were well known for their fight against moral corruption, including the use of liquor." "

Muslims are well known for this kind fuckwittery.

1/8/2015 8:42:46 AM

@Doubting Thomas: Doesn't, does it?

1/8/2015 8:56:27 AM

Goomy pls

Now imagine trying to tell the Religious Reich that the founders of this country included several sceptics.

I fully expect the same response.

1/8/2015 9:26:46 AM

Insult to Rocks

Because the greatest threat to Islam is....Jack Daniels?

1/8/2015 9:28:35 AM

Hope this guy doesn't end up being hoisted up by the neck on a crane.

Too bad we can't plant a few like him in the GOP.

1/8/2015 9:51:03 AM


Yup, in religious-land, mentioning reality is a crime.

1/8/2015 9:55:12 AM

Professor von SCIENCE!!!

A lawsuit for insulting the honor of society... Jesus tap dancing Christ are you fucking kidding me? I'm going to drink because he can't.

1/8/2015 10:50:19 AM


Why'd we protect this place from Saddam again? Might as well just let Saudi Arabia annex them now since this is clearly taking a page from the House of Saud's playbook.

1/8/2015 11:22:22 AM


Fight against moral corruption? Speak out against terrorists if you are sincere about that

1/8/2015 12:25:29 PM

FSTDT drinking game?

Two comments in, "crischuns r just as bad". That was fast.

1/8/2015 1:32:22 PM


It is a sin in Islam to consume alcohol

On one of my visits to Turkey, a pious Muslim once told me: "Allah forbid wine, but he never said anything about raki."


1/8/2015 1:38:14 PM

Old Viking

... clearly undermining the image of Kuwaitis ...

I didn't know I had an image of Kuwaitis.

1/8/2015 3:37:06 PM

On the black market, he said, people can buy a bottle of whiskey for 120 dinars ($408).

Well, that has to be better than the locally distilled stuff. It's called Flash (Sid is the Saudi version), and may turn you blind.
As long as you have all those non-muslim expats around, someone will be brewing beer and distilling Flash and selling the stuff on.

1/9/2015 6:49:46 AM


Poor bloke, advocates being sensible, gets pilloried for it.

1/9/2015 7:19:21 AM


This guy is my hero. Telling the truth always gets bullshit artists' panties in a wad.

1/10/2015 7:51:33 PM

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