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article imageBahraini parliament taking steps to ban alcohol

By Paul Iddon     Jun 1, 2014 in World
Manama - In a bid to undo its reputation of decadence and vice among its neighbors Bahrain is taking steps to ban alcohol and other un-Islamic activities subjects of the kingdom partake in.
Al Jazeera America tells us that Bahrain's parliament is getting behind a proposal to make illegal the sale of alcohol due to the fact the substance violates Islam.
Arabian Business also reports that Bahraini MP's are backing the measure in order to dissolve "sleaze and prostitution" on the island kingdom.
Bahrain has been dubbed the "brothel of the Gulf," by its conservative Gulf region neighbours.
Gulf Daily News quotes a member of the Bahraini parliament member Hassan Bukhammas who supports the bill because he claims that, "Drunken men and women, in addition to prostitutes, walk in the early hours of the morning unaware of their actions and not caring if they offend others."
Another MP supporting the ban, Abdulhakeem Al Shemmri complained that there are "homosexuals walking freely in Adilya [a bohemian neighborhood in the Bahraini capital Manama] under the gaze of everyone, without being touched."
Yet another supporter in parliament, Adel Maawdah said that, "I'm sorry to say, but Bahrain has become the brothel of the Gulf and our people are very upset about it. It's not only the drinking that we oppose, but also what it drags with it: prostitution, corruption, drugs and people-trafficking."
Alcohol is restricted in the kingdom but has hitherto not been completely banned. The implementation of this ban is planned to be gradual.
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