Friday, October 07, 2005

The Voodoo That We Do?

I had no idea you could be arrested in Kuwait for selling 'witchcraft' paraphernalia:

Three Iraqis are in custody for selling sorcery and witchcraft materials in a Jahra residential area. Patrol police apprehended the trio along with their paraphernalia and referred them to the concerned authorities. Security sources have informed that the men entered the country on visit visas and that they did not have any identification at the time of their arrest. -from The Kuwait Times

Hmm, am I the only one who thinks this is a bit silly? I mean, what next, burning people at the stake? Well, it could provide for some entertainment. New question for the masses: I know Kuwait is pretty tolerant of "organized religion" (ie, People of the Book and all that), but what about Disorganized Religion? And what if the pagans decided to organize themselves? Ok, ok, I'm being stupid, but arresting folk for having a voodoo doll or two is just as stupid.


Blogger Edjamacated Guy said...

I thought they might, but never expected them to actually do it. (arrest for that I mean.)

How do they know it's witchcraft stuff anyway?

8:22 AM  
Blogger McArabian said...

That's another question. I suppose they found tapes of the Quoran being read backwards or some other nonesense.

I'm also curious as to who are "the concerned authorities". I would be concerned too if someone makes me an authority over someone elses religious practices.

9:26 AM  
Blogger shady q80 said...

I don't know where you're getting your information from but there is yet to be a hindu temple in kuwait, thats 'cause this country desecrated the last one I knew of (which, granted, was illegal in the first place).

No, Kuwait is not the place to woreship anyone else...


1:20 PM  
Blogger McArabian said...

Shady: I suspected as much, thanks for answering my question.

Sometimes my government disappoints me.

1:46 PM  
Blogger shady q80 said...


2:56 PM  
Blogger McArabian said...

If nothing, I am an optimist.

2:59 PM  
Blogger Amunki said...

A proponent of the doctrine that black is white.


(from Ambrose Bierce's Devil's Dictionary)

12:20 PM  
Blogger Amunki said...

Hmmmm. I just noticed my "devil" reference in this "witchcraft" post... Interesting coincidence...

Oh and here are some more random faves from the Devil's Dictionary:

Bore: (noun). A person who talks when you wish him to listen.

Brain: (noun). An apparatus with which we think we think.

Egotism: Doing the New York Times crossword puzzle with a pen.

Faith: Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel.

Pray: (verb). To ask the laws of the universe to be annulled on behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy.

Saint: (noun). A dead sinner revised and edited.

12:33 PM  
Blogger McArabian said...

amunki Sounds about right ;)

12:35 PM  
Anonymous thebes said...

this was in Arab Times on Aug. 10th:
Iranian held for sorcery: Police have arrested an Iranian man for practicing sorcery, reports Al-Rai Al-Aam daily. Acting on information, police put the sorcerer - better known as Abu Ali under surveillance for some time and caught him red-handed while selling blue magic beads for KD 500 to an undercover police agent. During interrogations the magician said he used the blue beads to win 'love.' He said he also sold other types of beads for KD 300 to create hatred among people and in some cases divorce among married couples. He also said he sold charms for between KD 800 and KD 1,500 to help complete difficult government procedures. Police seized from the man magic wands, various types of paraphernalia used in magic and KD 25,000 in cash.

O.O *flees*

8:35 PM  
Blogger McArabian said...

thebes good to see a familiar face :)

About the article: such tards. If that's the charge, then every man selling a masba7 in Kuwait should be arrested. Beads?! People can make "magic" out of anything. I used to by candles and try out spells in them back in my pagan phase. Sometimes the "Kuwaiti authorities" make no sense to me.

8:47 PM  
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