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Enemy of The Cross: Saudi Islamic Leader Demands FIFA Ban Players From Making Sign Of The Cross

Posted by addisethiopia on May 15, 2017

Mohammed Alarefe, a Muslim cleric from Saudi Arabia, has called for Christian football players to stop making the sign of the cross after scoring a goal.

Alarefe tweeted his criticism of the act to his 17.5 million followers on 5 May. He questioned FIFA if players making religious signs on the pitch should be legal.

Translated from Arabic, Alarefe’s tweet read: “I’ve seen video clips of athletes, soccer players running, shooting and when they win they make the symbol of the cross on their chests and my question is if FIFA’s rules forbid this.”

Alarefe, who is professor of religion at King Saud University in Riyadh, drew more than 550 responses from his tweet.


Selected comments:

Today he wants your crosses, tomorrow your heads.

THE most intolerant people in the world – the people of peace /BS Other countries have freedom of speech and freedom of expression – you don’t like it – don’t watch. How can they be so threatened by something they don’t even believe exists?

Saudi Cleric Becomes Online Laughing Stock After Telling Student The Sun Rotates Around The Earth As Otherwise Planes Would Not Be Able To Fly

A Saudi cleric has publicly claimed that the Earth is a static object which is orbited by the sun, adding that centuries of evidence to the contrary is little more than fabrication.

Sheikh Bandar al-Khaibari is believed to have been speaking at a university lecture in the United Arab Emirates when a student asked him whether the Earth rotates or is stationary.

The Islamic scholar quickly replies ‘stationary and does not move’, before launching into a long-winded and confusing explanation that appears to the suggest that if the Earth was moving, airliners would never be able to reach their destination.

Continue reading…


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Egypt’s Coptic Christians Protest Exclusion From Olympic And Other Sports

Posted by addisethiopia on August 29, 2016


A charity that campaigns for equal rights in Egypt has filed a formal complaint of discrimination against Coptic Christians in the selection of Egypt’s Olympic team.

Coptic Solidarity has complained to the International Olympic Committee and to the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) claiming that Egypt has discriminated against Coptic athletes.

Coptic Solidarity says this discrimination prevents Coptic athletes from competing at national and international levels in football, athletics and many other sports, and says it has received numerous complaints from Copts complaining of exclusion.

Despite successfully passing all selection stages, these athletes have been excluded from national and international competition for no reason other than their religious background,” says Coptic Solidarity.

About 10 million of Egypt’s 90 million citizens are Christian.

Egypt’s Olympic mission to Rio de Janeiro was made up of 122 athletes but did not include a single Copt.

Egypt’s 2012 London delegation also did not include any Copts.

Additionally, not a single Egyptian Christian player, coach or trainer can be found on any club in the country’s premier soccer league.

Over the past four decades, just a handful of Copts have been included in any club at any level of professional or semi-professional competition in Egypt.

“This is not an impossible statistical anomaly, but instead is the product of deep-rooted discrimination that exists in the administration of athletics and football in Egypt, and in Egyptian society at large,” says Coptic Solidarity. “The infusion of religious bigotry into sports has become all too pervasive in Egypt, and is undermining the very meaning of sportsmanship. The shameful action of Egypt’s judoka, Islam El Shehaby in refusing to shake hands with his Israeli counterpart at the 2016 Olympic Games was condemned worldwide, yet in Egypt celebrated as a contrived religious victory.

The charity says it has at least 10 such cases where athletes are prepared to testify regarding the religious discrimination they have endured in Egyptian athletics.

It reports hundreds, if not thousands, of other cases that have not been publicized because of the perceived futility of even trying.


This is just UNBELIEVABLE! Why should the world community tolerate this shameful episode? Compare the horrendous situation of Christians in the Arab republic of Egypt with the degree of tolerance and freedom ungrateful Muslims experience in Christian Ethiopia. Why isn’t Egypt excluded from international sport events?

የግብጽ ክርስቲያኖች የኢትዮጵያ ሙስሊሞች


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UEFA Euro 2016: Another Reflection of A Dying Decadent Society

Posted by addisethiopia on July 11, 2016

Congratulation to Portugal – They deserve it after many years of sacrifice

Generally speaking, the quality of the matches was very low. The final was between Africa N°1 & Africa N°2. Even the presence of “African” players couldn’t help to spice up the lame championships.

It looks as though, these rich dudes who’re paid millions do not seem to have the motivation and the hunger for success. The players all look like lame duck squawkers; spoiled, emasculated, de-spiritualised, impotent, selfish, ungrateful, and spiteful – just the exact reflection of Western societies.


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Tour de France: Eritrean Daniel Teklehaimanot Defies Cycling’s Racists by Winning King of The Mountains

Posted by addisethiopia on July 11, 2015

Daniel Teklehaimanot escapes on stage six of the 2015 Tour de France

Daniel Teklehaimanot escapes on stage six of the 2015 Tour de France

In a historic day for the Tour de France, Eritrean Daniel Teklehaimanot has become the first African rider to wear the coveted King of the Mountains jersey on 10 July. Teklehaimanot, aged 26, races with the South African MTN-Qhubeka team.

“I want to hold it until the end in Paris but it’s not easy to keep this jersey,” said Teklehaimanot. “For one rider, for one day on the podium is enough. I would be happy to keep it just for one day but obviously I would like to keep it for all the races.”

Racism in cycling

The Eritrean’s triumph has been underscored by a level of racial abuse in the Tour de France and top level bicycle racing.

During the Tour of Austria, it was Eritrean Natnael Berhane who was targeted, who is also a rider with MTN-Qhubeka.

Belarusian Branislau Samoilau, a rider for Pro-Continental team CCC-Sprandi-Polkowice, has been referred to the Union Cycliste Internationale, the sport’s governing association, for uttering a racial slur directed towards the African rider.

“Get out of the way, you f*****g n****r” Samoilau allegedly told Berhane, sponsored by MTN Qhubeka.

To apologise, Samoilau has reportedly promised to donate a month’s worth of his salary to the team’s Qhubeka charity. In South Africa, Qhubeka provides bicycles, organises sports events, and gets children riding. Qhubeka and CCC-Sprandi-Polkowice did not respond to requests for comment.

The incident has raised questions about a history of racism in cycling.

According to the Telegraph, MTN-Qhubeka team principal Doug Ryder said that his riders had regularly had to battle prejudice and bullying in professional cycling, with the team’s non-African signings such as Tyler Farrar and Edvald Boasson-Hagen having to step in on occasion.

He also complained about abuse on mountain stages of the Tour of Spain in 2014. “We have [white] riders like Tyler and Edvald, riders who are well respected in the peloton, and [Berhane and Teklehaimanot] are their teammates, and they say, ‘Hey guys, come on, these guys deserve to be here,'” he told the Telegraph.


How disrespectful ! These guys have had to work at least 4 times harder from their beginnings and equipment to get to the tour. They aren’t from wealthy nations, neighborhoods or state sponsored development teams. Think of the roads they have to train on, and the dangers along those roads. I’ll be willing to bet most of the peleton would not be able to hack their way to a pro team if the roles were reversed and they had the same conditions to start with. THEY ARE REAL HEROES. Maybe they will take that disrespectful scorn as fuel to fire their way to the top, in yellow and polka-dots. cheers guys !

The first African to wear the King of the Mountains jersey


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