Like being kicked out of a biker bar for having too many tattoos, being expelled from a Muslim country for liking terrorism too much is a real achievement. It’s just the bad kind of achievement.
But that’s what Erin Kilbride managed to accomplish in Bahrain. Unlike most American women kicked out of a Muslim country, she did not name a teddy bear Mohammed.
Bahrain deported a U.S. citizen working as a teacher in the gulf kingdom over what it described Saturday as her “radical” writings on Twitter and websites as the government cracks down on dissent the country.
Erin Kilbride, of Portland, Maine, left the kingdom and was to arrive back in the U.S. later Saturday, officials at the Bahrain Center for Human Rights said.
The ministry also said her landlord apparently reported Kilbride for having a flag of Hezbollah, the Shiite Muslim political party and militant group in Lebanon. The official Twitter feed of Bahrain’s Minister of State Communications, Fawaz Al Khalifa, posted images Saturday that it described as a yellow Hezbollah flag in Kilbride’s bedroom.
Kilbride was “using Twitter and a number of websites to publish articles on Bahrain that were deemed to incite hatred against the government and members of the royal family,” the ministry said. It did not offer specifics about what she wrote, though it did say she wrote for the Bahrain Center for Human Rights.
Bahrain has a Shiite majority and a Sunni ruling class. Kilbride’s anti-Israel terrorist fetishism had the unfortunate problem of being Shiite.
So the problem may not be that Erin Kilbride liked terrorists. It’s that she liked Shiite terrorists.