Thursday, November 17, 2011

PA jails man for "cursing God" (corrected)

Ma'an Arabic reports that a man was arrested for "cursing God" during an argument with his father in Qalqilya.

According to Article (273) of the Jordanian Penal Code No. 16 of 1960 that the West Bank uses as the basis for its laws, this offense is punishable for 1 to 3 years in prison.

The entire code is interesting - it is the same one that is lenient for honor killings that was supposedly modified by Abbas.

Other laws:
  • Breaking the fast during Ramadan - up to one month in prison.
  • Desecrating or destroying any place of worship with intent to insult that religious group (not only Islamic) - between one month and two years in prison.
  • Publishing something that insults religion - up to three months in prison.
  • Publicly insulting religion in speech - 1-6 months in prison.

Any lawyers want to go after the many insults to Judaism and Christianity we've seen there over the years?

(CORRECTION: I originally made a mistake and reported this as happening in Gaza. h/t StamEhad.)