Crime and Sharia Law in the Bahamas

So, when you think of the Bahamas, you may think of James Bond, sophisticated, tropical and exotic.  For a country that is a mere 90 miles off Miami, you couldn't be further from the truth.  Most of New Providence (where Nassau is located) looks like a Florida parking lot.  The island culture has been heavily Americanized and the last exotic thing left is that they drive on the left hand side of the road.  The socio-economic fabric is coming apart at the seams with children having children (78 percent of the households are single mothers with children from more than one man) and crime has skyrocketed.

But the Bahamas laws are still from the Stone Age and are akin to Sharia Law.  Let me quote yesterday's newspaper:

Wanted Abaco man caught

A wanted Abaco man is in custody after he was arrested on Sunday.

Jarrad Morley, 26, was wanted by police for questioning in connection with a housebreaking, shopbreaking and sacrilege investigation. Police had issued an all-points bulletin for Morley.

According to police, he was apprehended around 3 a.m. by officers in Marsh Harbour, Abaco.

The arrest took place in Dundas Town near Marsh Harbour Police Station.

“Police in Abaco would like to thank the public for their assistance in this matter,” Police Affairs and Communications Officer Inspector Terecita Pinder said.

WTF - Sacrilege Investigation??????????????  Holy Cow, by saying Holy Cow can you be arrested for sacrilege investigation?  What century are we in?  If you say Buddha is a big fat jerk, does that get you arrested?  We have seen the Taliban, and they are among us.

The real ironic bit, is that Randy Frazier was a minister who was convicting of raping a 16 year old girl in the church, and he is in jail, and yet his church voted to keep him as pastor.  There is something horribly wrong in the Bahamas.

And speaking of horribly wrong, as a tourist, you were usually quite safe on Paradise Island in the Bahamas.  That changed yesterday with this newspaper clipping

Police are investigating the apparent rape of a 15-year-old female tourist on Paradise Island last night.

According to initial reports, the girl was sexually assaulted in the parking lot of the hotel where she was staying.

Police currently have a 19-year-old Bahamian man in custody assisting them with their inquiries.

The beautiful island in the sun is disintegrating before our very eyes.

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