But what about Kuwait; a democratic constitutional state that protects everyone’s rights?
Amid huge international rejection and condemnation, and during its reign in Afghanistan, the Afghan extremist movement Taliban destroyed Buddha statues that were over 2000 years old. These statues were part of the World Heritage sites, and their destruction sparked a wave of rejection and condemnation from all over the world to such an unethical and barbaric action.
In 2016, Kuwait destroyed a Christmas tree that symbolizes the festival as well as our relation with the Christian brothers and sisters living here. Tell me the difference between what Taliban and Kuwait did?
Some people believe that Taliban’s actions are religiously justified, and that the Buddha statues were only idols that are religiously prohibited and do not represent any human achievements. But what about Kuwait; a democratic constitutional state that protects everyone’s rights, spreads equality and justice and respects all faiths, as stipulated by its constitution?
Taliban assaulted Heathen symbols, but Kuwait assaulted those of a heavenly religion. Taliban assaulted a religion with no believers on their soil, but Kuwait assaulted a religion that almost half its population believes in. Kuwait stabbed each and every Christian living in it by doing this, and also insulted those living worldwide. What difference did this action make? How can a state that represents democracy and constitutionality do this to their fellow human beings?
We feel so ashamed and cannot face or look any Christian living in Kuwait or elsewhere in the eye. Is not it enough that Christians are being killed in their own countries by a handful of lunatic criminals? Has Kuwait forgotten that it was invaded and occupied by a Muslim neighbor using the cries of ‘Allaho Akabr’ and that those who liberated it from that Muslim neighbor were the followers of Christ; whom they have insulted and humiliated on the day of their festival? This reminds me of poet Ghazi Al-Qossaibi’s words “Hiding my face in shame, oh Baghdad” and say the same: “I am hiding my face in shame, oh Kuwait.” –Translated by Kuwait Times from Al-Anbaa
By Saleh Al-Shayeji