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  1. #1 "Off With Her Head : American Teacher Charged With Insulting the Prophet Muhammad" 
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    Bahraini Prosecutor Charges American Teacher With Insulting the Prophet Muhammad

    The spokesman, Nawaf al-Maawdah, said the pictures showed the prophet in ragged clothing.
    Most interpretations of Islam forbid any depiction of Muhammad because it is seen as encouraging idolatry — one of the biggest sins in the religion.

    An unidentified Bahraini man leaves a mosque in Hamad Town, Bahrain, on Friday, Sept. 12, 2008, near a poster on a water cooler that reads:

    "Mohammed: in the heart of every Muslim." Bahraini officials said an American teacher at a local university is being charged with insulting the Prophet Mohammed after a student complained she'd shown inappropriate pictures of Islam's founding prophet.

    (Hasan Jamal/AP Photo)An American teacher has been charged in Bahrain with insulting the Prophet Muhammad for displaying pictures of Islam's founder to university students, a spokesman for the tiny Gulf nation's general prosecutor said Friday.

    The spokesman, Nawaf al-Maawdah, said the pictures showed the prophet in ragged clothing.

    Most interpretations of Islam forbid any depiction of Muhammad because it is seen as encouraging idolatry — one of the biggest sins in the religion.

    Al-Maawdah's reference to "ragged clothing" suggests the picture showed the prophet in an insulting way, which would make it particularly offensive to many Muslims. The spokesman did not elaborate on what the picture looked like.

    A U.S. Embassy spokeswoman said she could not release any information about the case or confirm that an American was involved.

    According to al-Maawdah, the case has been referred to court, but no trial date has been set. A Bahraini newspaper reported that the teacher in question has left the country.

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    Quote Originally Posted by megimoo View Post
    A Bahraini newspaper reported that the teacher in question has left the country.
    ...and she was last reported looking to buy a house in Montana or North Dakota.

    If she's smart.
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    This is a bit odd as Bahrain is (or was, at least) one of the two most western-friendly countries in the Gulf. It's a haven for ex-pats stuck in Saudi as it's reachable by car (across a causeway), allows the consumption of alcohol by non-Muslims in hotels, and attracts lots of prostitutes from around the world. Enforcement of religious "offenses" is pretty lax unless the offense is either very egregious or public.
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