7th December 2003
... and fail miserably:
A friendship-building football match between Muslim and Christian clergy in Norway was called off after a row over the participation of women players. Muslim Imams had refused to play against women because it went against their beliefs about close physical contact with the opposite sex. But when the church decided to drop its women players, the priests' team captain walked out in protest. The game was meant to be an enjoyable end to a day-long conference in Oslo. Members of the two faiths had been discussing ways of encouraging greater inter-faith dialogue at the "Shoulder to Shoulder" event. ...
This almost seems funny, but it raises the rather sad question if perhaps the Christian and Muslim ways of life are, at least concerning some points, simply incompatible. Except for forcing one side's view on the other or going separate ways what options are there? Maybe it is better to let something as important as morals be worked out by people who aren't divided by nationality or religion.
I admit that the 1st thing I did was laugh.
I don't think christian and muslim clerics will ever find a truly common ground.
I would like to see a game between some of the Baptist's from here get into a game with the muslim clergy. I would be in the audience saying "go, go, go", and when asked who I'm supporting, I would say, "I don't care."
I think that if all hard line religous clerics, of every belief, were gone, we'd all be better off.
Hawkeye18z;3662477I admit that the 1st thing I did was laugh.
Couldnt help it.
:rofl: Baaahahahahahahahaha the title of this thread set me off then when I read the post I nearly fell off my chair....Seriously, You could see it would fail from the off.
Follow A Paranoid
25th November 2006
I see nothing Funny about it at all since here in the Phillipines some mixed communities between christians and muslims does co-exist in relative peace. I actually lived in Zamboanga city(southern Island of the Phillipines) for most of my life it is a city that is virtually halved between Roman Catholics and Muslims yet we somehow manage to get along quite fine. it is the radicals from tha middle east that's the real problem not the religion itself. Most schools have both muslims and catholics enrolling together and are into sports(male and female) not in separate team but as teammates and there is no friction whatsoever. In the end religion will never be the culprit it just boils down to people and how they define their religion.
Wanna go Double Dutch?
9th December 2003
Well it's good that they try to find simularities but they should also acknowledge the differences between then and respect them. So this football game could have been planned a lot better... Seperate male and female matches to start out with and ending with an unofficial volunteerly end match "for fun" with any person (male or female) who wants to join in.
Muslim Imams had refused to play against women because it went against their beliefs about close physical contact with the opposite sex.
That is simply ridiculous. Yes, I am making fun of Islam because of that "rule". It's archaic and just plain weird.
I must agree with Jeffro on this one. Whilst it might be their religion, they're in effect saying 'we can't play football because we aren't allowed to have any contact with others'. Stupid! Makes you think though, if there is anything that BOTH these two religious groups can do, without there being a complication. And yes, I did laugh (or rather, smurk) after I read this. :)
MrFancypants;3662460... and fail miserably:
This almost seems funny, but it raises the rather sad question if perhaps the Christian and Muslim ways of life are, at least concerning some points, simply incompatible.
This is what I've been saying for a loooooong time. Islam isn't compatible in our Christian societies. Not becasue our state-religions are Christianity, but becasue we here in West-Europe are very secularized.
I didn't make it!
That is one huge difference between Christianity and Islam. Christianity is rarely very hard core, it is a generally laid back religion. Islam is a much stricter religion. I highly doubt there will ever be "cooperation" between the two religions, but I think it is very possible for the two religions to be respectful of each other.