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Sport, Religion, Politics is there a real link?

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in response to reader comment: Stop the Music ,We want to Pray to Allah : Pakistani Cricket Team Captain

Submitted by The voice of Reason (United Kingdom), Jan 30, 2007 at 18:17

The purpose of religion is to unite. The purpose of sport is how the civilised go to war so essentially it is divisive by virtue. Sport should not be used as a platform to display whatever religious nonsense you happen to believe in. If Allah/God is omnipotent i'm sure Eddy Grant playing in the background wont stop him hearing thanks praise, and maybe even a call for his favour. Politics is how geeks get on equal footing with Alpha specimens!

Muslims praying at a cricket match is as appropriate as a politician canvassing at a place of worship! As a militant atheist i see no virtue in religion as it is flawed in that it does not achieve any of its aims. It should unite and i love the notion but thereality is totally different. Politics is even worse as it has descended into "i can say more baffling drivel than you!"

Today's terrorist is tomorrow's freedom fighter, or the reverse if you happen to be Saddam Hussein! I'm sorry orthodox Jews, Christians and Muslims, please go and find another planet to argue on. As a pragmatist the planet needs seriously worshipping and nobody seems to care that if we dont halt global warming we will all be meeting our maker soon.

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