“Mrs Bibi has been held in prison since June last year. The court heard she had been working as a farmhand in fields with other women, when she was asked to fetch drinking water. Some of the other women – all Muslims – refused to drink the water as it had been brought by a Christian and was therefore “unclean”, according to Mrs Bibi’s evidence, sparking a row.”

Obama, meanwhile, had announced a few days earlier that the Muslim religion was one of “peace and justice and fairness and tolerance.” www.mediamatters.org/research/201011080055