UAE council wants tougher laws for sorcerers because… blasphemy

In the United Arab Emerates, there is a push for stronger laws against scams that are promulgated by “sorcerers”. Apparently just scamming is not enough. It becomes a religious issue too.

FNC pushes for stronger laws against charlatans and sorcerers | The National.

Lawyers and a member of the Federal National Council have said a 1983 law that considers sorcerers con artists was insufficient, and have called for the law to be amended to allow harsher punishment.

“Magic and sorcery has nothing to do with religion,” Salim Al Ameri (Abu Dhabi) said. “It only affects people badly.”

“They should be fined,” he said. “Because the person who goes in this direction, either his education is limited, or he has little knowledge and he goes to these people thinking that they can solve their problem. But if they do it a second time, then they should go to prison for seven days.”

But Mr Al Ameri said a person who turns to charlatans should be treated as a victim.

But then you have the undertone of religion. Hadeya Al Hammad, an Emirati lawyer said that yes, these people are committing scams under the law, but it was also a form of blasphemy so it warrant a stronger sentence. It should be harsher REGARDLESS of religion because people keep doing it.

  5 comments for “UAE council wants tougher laws for sorcerers because… blasphemy

  1. Chris Howard
    November 4, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    I’m pretty sure that if it weren’t for the UAE’s oil reserves, and lucrative arms purchases from the US, we’d be asking the UN to intervene for the myriad human rights violations perpetrated annually.

    The House of Saud isn’t the most liberal, or tolerant of the ruling Islamic families.

  2. November 4, 2013 at 2:58 AM

    I tell people what blasphemy is, but it goes in one ear and out the other. King James Bible:Mark 3:29:
    But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation:
    The person who is blasphemous blatantly speaks against God doing evil against others calling it good. They push God out of them. Blasphemy has nothing to do with disrespecting an earthly name. The pharmaceutical industry with their drugs is alchemy sorcery.
    Eternal damnation is eternal soul death permanently exclude from God’s kingdom.

  3. One Eyed Jack
    November 4, 2013 at 4:12 AM

    @Jonathan Hughes

    Does that exclusion include the water park and souvenir shops?

    • Chris Howard
      November 4, 2013 at 3:57 PM

      Oh, man! I just bought a Buddy Christ bobble-head, from the gift shop! Do I have to return it, now?

  4. November 4, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    “Magic and sorcery has EVERYTHING to do with religion,”

    fixed it.

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