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Soccer: Some Islamists like it, others don't

What does al-Shabab have against soccer?

The Somali militant group, which is tied to al-Qaeda, has asserted responsibility for the explosions that killed at least 70 people Sunday night in the Ugandan capital.

(Photos: Twin blasts kill scores of World Cup watchers)

It's no accident that the bombers targeted two venues where crowds were watching the World Cup. As reporter Sudarsan Raghavan explained in a Mogadishu-datelined story published just hours before the bombings, Shabab has declared soccer un-Islamic. The sport is banned in areas that the group controls, and in the past month, at least five people were killed in Somalia for watching the World Cup.

According to the BBC, the ban "dates back to a law that was introduced by the Islamic Courts Union," the Islamist group that seized power in Somalia for a short time in 2006 and that is affiliated with Shabab. The law "bans Somalis from all forms of entertainment considered un-Islamic under the courts' strict interpretation of Sharia law, like video games and watching sports in public."

The ban is reminiscent of others imposed by radical Islamist groups. It was not long ago in Afghanistan that the Taliban government, in power from 1996 to 2001, banned the game, along with kite-flying and other activities seen as being too Western. (The Taliban, it should be noted, also used soccer fields for public executions.)

Not all jihadists are against the sport, though.

Detainees at Guantanamo rooted for their favorite teams during the World Cup. There's also a soccer field for detainees at Camp Four, the prison's minimum-security facility.

And as Newsweek notes, even Osama bin Laden is a fan. The game, after all, is a "useful method of bringing recruits into the fold."

By Jason Ukman  | July 12, 2010; 12:20 PM ET
 
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Comments

These people are so deranged. Hey Muslims, where is the outrage?

Posted by: shewholives | July 12, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

"... Sharia law, like video games and watching sports in public."

Soccer makes people happy and forget about their immediate problems in life. South African political prisoners fought to play soccer to remain sane and independent in prison.

Is public display of happiness a crime that deserves death?

Why don't we hear anything from moderate Islamists?
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http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/06/sports/soccer/06robben.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&sq=South%20Africa%20political%20prisoners%20played%20soccer&st=cse&scp=1

Origins of Tournament in an Infamous Prison
By JERÉ LONGMAN
Published: July 5, 2010

Posted by: dummy4peace | July 12, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Who cares why they don't like soccer?!?! Let's just kill them and get on with life.

Posted by: MikeJ9116 | July 12, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Kill the Islamic extremists that is, not the ones with a normal functioning brain.

Posted by: MikeJ9116 | July 12, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Why does this column fail to answer its own question?

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | July 12, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

funny that some conservatives hate soccer too- they claim it's socialistic because it's a team sport with no big stars

don't believe me thsn look it up

I always new that islamic extremeist and the GOP were similar.. maybe we could move all them to one country and let them love it out

Posted by: newagent99 | July 12, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Fundamentalism (of any stripe) tends towards this. The more certain you are - or the more certain you have to pretend to be - the more you will enforce your twisted version of "God's will".

Posted by: ClarkKent1 | July 12, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

In case anyone is confused, here is a handy reference guide:

Soccer: Un-Islamic
The Internet: Islamic
Modern Technology: Un-Islamic
Airplanes as missles: Islamic
Enjoy life: Un-Islamic
Live life like what my dog left on the front lawn this morning: Islamic
Love your family: Un-Islamic
Murder your sister or daughter: Islamic
Personal vengeance: Un-Islamic
Merciful Allah: Islamic
Unapologetic: Islamic
Apologetic: Obama

Questions?

Posted by: hofbrauhausde | July 12, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Who cares about soccer and why they don't like it??? Who cares about them except for obama?????????

Posted by: highwaybluesoccer | July 12, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Glenn Beck hates soccer.

Some Islamists hate soccer.

Extremists hate soccer?

Posted by: seahawkdad | July 12, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

"Not all jihadists are against the sport, though.

Detainees at Guantanamo rooted for their favorite teams during the World Cup."

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It's important to note that not all Guantanamo detainees are jihadists. The government plans on releasing about half of the ones who are left. I mean I think your own g.d. paper has reported on this.

Posted by: dkp01 | July 12, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

There are allot of fools on here.

You can all eat a bowl of dick.

You lack understanding and should be blown up.

Posted by: hinterlight | July 12, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

You can all eat a bowl of dick.

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So, is that what's on the menu at IHOM (International House of Martyrs)?

Posted by: hofbrauhausde | July 12, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

I'm not a big fan of soccer, preferring baseball and golf....but I don't recall having the urge to blow up the nearest pub hosting a World Cup party.

Face it, Islam and Muslims are not a good match for the human race...the more this "religion" spreads, the less humanity is achieved...

forget soccer players in Afghanistan and Pakistan, how are the Christians doing in this tolerant part of the world?

Posted by: ptandcarol | July 12, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Certain radical Islamists seem to reject the entire world, utterly. Kite-flying and now soccer? Come on! Why don't they just withdraw from the world, like monks, and leave everybody else alone?

Posted by: mypitts2 | July 12, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

shewholives wrote: "Why don't we hear anything from moderate Islamists?"
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When you read a story about priests sodomizing little boys, do you ask why we don't hear from "moderate" priests?

Posted by: jewishmother | July 12, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Take a big toke, and repeat after me

"Islam is a religion of peace"
"Islam is a religion of peace"
"Islam is a religion of peace"

There - don't you feel better now?

Posted by: pgr88 | July 12, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Did you know Bin Laden is Wahhabi?

Did you know Al Qaeda is Wahhabi?

Did you know the Madrassas that taught the Taliban were Wahhabi?

Did you know that the Imams all the Al Qaeda terrorists on 9/1 were under before their attack were Wahhabi?

Do you remember the the US citizens from Alexandria Va. who were captured in Pakistan a few months back?

Did you know that Alexandria Va. is known as the Wahhabi corridor?

I guess if you read articles in the Washington Post you know Maj. Nidal M. Hasan Imam was Anwar al-Aulaqi.

I guess if you read articles in the Washington Post you know Time Square bomber was in contact with Anwar al-Aulaqi.

Yet where is that very pertinent fact mentioned in any Washington Post article that Anwar al-Aulaqi is Wahhabi?

Try using goggle Anwar al-Aulaqi is clearly listed as being Wahhabi.

Did you know that the Saudis fund: orphanages, Schools and Madrasahs thoughout the Middle East Afghanistan and Pakistan and Palestine with one requirement; that the ideas taught to the children are Wahhabi?

Did you know Saudi Arabia uses Wahhabism to infiltrate other nations but could never start the sect in Iraq because Saddam Hussein kept the Wahhabi sect out of Iraq?

Why did Cheney support the Monarch of Saudi Arabia forcing the Wahhabi sect into Iraq after the invasion?

Why has Cheney prevented so many attempts to curb Wahhabism?

Did you know Wahhabi is NOT a even a valid religion, and is actually anti Islamic in that they want to, and have actually made attempts to destroy the Muslim Prophet Mohammed's grave just the same as the Taliban destroyed the Buddhist statues in Afghanistan?

Did you know that Wahhabi Al Qaeda has killed tens of thousands of muslims and regularly blows up mosques including 3 in Pakistan in the last month alone killing hundreds of devout muslims at prayer?

Wahhabism is to Islam what the Ku Klux Klan is to Christianity.

Educate your self as to who America's true enemy is:

http://www.nationalreview.com/interrogatory/interrogatory111802.asp

Do you now understand that America's enemy is Wahhabism?

As Wahhabism is the underlying philosophy of Bin Laden, Al Qaeda and the Taliban how common do you think it should be in Washington Post articles?

Do a search in the Washington Post search for Wahhabi. Look how often the very word gets censored from Washington Post articles, that appear in the search but have mysteriously disapeared in some wierd form of post editing.

As Wahhabism is the underlying philosophy of Bin Laden, Al Qaeda and the Taliban how much clout do you think it takes to censor wahhabism being mentioned in Washington Post articles like this one?

Posted by: walker1 | July 12, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Headline: Why some Islamists don't like soccer

Article: Some Islamists don't like soccer

Where is the explanation the headline promised?

Posted by: g9fool | July 12, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Extremists are cowards, and cowards do not play sports, any sport, because they know their cheating will not be allowed.

Posted by: Fate1 | July 12, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how our man-child in the White House will turn this incident around as an opportunity for him to apologize for America.

Posted by: liberalsareblind | July 12, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

ClarkKent1 wrote:
Fundamentalism (of any stripe) tends towards this. The more certain you are - or the more certain you have to pretend to be - the more you will enforce your twisted version of "God's will".
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Exactly, ClarkKent1. Furthermore, THE core belief common to all brands of fundamentalism is this: those who are in error (don't agree with the tenets of the "faith," whatever it is) LOSE THEIR RIGHTS. So, if you're "wrong," you're fair game.

How sick . . . .

For the record, I'm a committed Christian, but certainly NO fundamentalist. Are you an atheist or agnostic or of non-Christian faith? We can still be friends. And I'm not interested in taking away your rights. So there.

Posted by: post_reader_in_wv | July 12, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

liberalsareblind wrote:
I wonder how our man-child in the White House will turn this incident around as an opportunity for him to apologize for America.
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Obama sent a message of support to Uganda and has offered FBI help to them. Apparently no word apologizing for America . . . probably to liberalsareblind's disappointment.

Jeez, dude, the article was about Islamist fundamentalists killing people over soccer, and for you it's an occasion for an absolutely unrelated political spew. Do you have anger management issues, or what else is going on with you?

Posted by: post_reader_in_wv | July 12, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

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