- Four members of the Council walked out in protest
- "Decision violates freedom of worship", declares Kuwaiti Human Rights Society
- Chairman of the Human Rights Society underlines that "In the West, there is a Mosque at every street corner"
Kuwait City, Dec. 9 (MEMRI).─ In early November 2010, the Kuwait City Municipal Council denied without explanation a request submitted by the Kuwaiti Foreign Ministry for a permit to build a Greek Catholic church in the Al-Mahboula region of southern Kuwait. It was reported that during the council meeting at which the request was denied, four members walked out in protest. Several articles in the Kuwaiti press claimed that the denial contradicted Islamic and Kuwaiti values of tolerance and openness, as well as the Kuwaiti constitution. The articles even contrasted the religious fanaticism and extremism spreading throughout Kuwait and the entire Islamic world to the West's openness vis-à-vis Islam despite the many terrorist attacks there in its name.
The Kuwaiti Human Rights Society issued a public statement pointing to the contrast between the rejection of the request to build a church in Kuwait and the push for the planned Islamic center near Ground Zero in New York. It read: "The Municipal Council's decision underscored the important contradiction between the 1962 Constitution – guaranteeing freedom of worship and [the freedom] to carry out religious rites to all sects – and the reckless and obstinate behavior of several elected politicians and Kuwait City Municipal Council members.