Values of forgiveness
Atennis match between Japan and America paved a path to restore diplomatic relations between the two countries following a historic diplomatic break up due to the Hiroshima bombing. While in the 1980s, the so called “eye diplomacy” following the invention of Ophthalmologist Fedorov, the former Soviet pilot, of cornea surgery to correct vision, led to the opening of diplomatic channels between Gulf countries and the Soviet Union before its collapse. Things seem more complicated in Kuwait despite the democratic freedom it enjoys and which is protected by the constitution, as signs of differences between the executive and legislative authorities appeared while the 2016 National Assembly is still in its infancy. These signs appeared because of a Christmas tree placed in a cooperative society located where a large number of foreigners live.
The crisis that was started by a lawmaker prompted the concerned minister to remove all traces of the Christmas tree so that the government or the minister herself would avoid being subjected to a parliamentary siege. The MP worked for many years at the Fatwa and Legislation Department, and his experience qualifies him to be aware of the law, and the values of forgiveness that were confirmed by all heavenly religions. I do not think that the MP and Minister know the rights Christian Kuwaitis possess, just like other citizens, in addition to having foreign and Arab Christian communities who deserve respect regardless of their religion.
The tree almost created a clash, if only it wasn’t for the minister’s political enthusiasm. Do we expect a legislation in cooperation with the MP whose feelings were provoked by a tree, to uproot it by banning Christmas celebrations? Kuwait earned the ‘Humanitarian Center’ title. Humanity does not only mean aiding poor countries, rather it also includes honoring principles and values of forgiveness that are supposed to prevail socially and politically, so that we remove the roots of struggle regardless of its nature. The Kuwaiti society has a history of forgiveness, which was reflected by Dr Khalifa AlWuqayan in his book “Culture in Kuwait” which proposes spreading and instilling values of forgiveness.
— Translated by Kuwait Times