February 18, 2006
Our stringer, Friend Lee, who is literally a rabid tennis fan (we're getting him the series of injections next week), found a real jaw-dropper on YNet News. I'll let him tell it, with some nudzhing from the Big Lizards editorial ballboys.
India has had several excellent male tennis players, but Sania Mirza is its first female tennis star. She's front page news in India; in most of the rest of the world, she's only known to tennis fans.
Mirza is Muslim; and unfortunately, the Muslims in India are pressuring her very hard on several issues, interfering with her career in some respects, and certainly interfering with her peace of mind.
But now the Muslims have pressured her not to play doubles with an Israeli girl, and Mirza has given in.
According to the article that Friend Lee links, he is, if anything, understating what has happened to Mirza:
Indian female tennis player Sania Mirza, 19, who is ranked 39th in the world, announced that she would not play with Israeli up and coming tennis star Shahar Pe’er in the doubles tournament of the Bangalore Open for fear of violent protests by India’s Islamic community.
The two friends were prevented from cooperating in last month’s Australian Open for the same reason.
Mirza initially agreed to play with Pe’er in Bangalore, but later retracted, telling Pe’er “It’s best that we don’t play together this time to prevent protests against my cooperation with an Israeli. There is no reason to arouse their ire (Muslims).”
Mirza, a sports hero in her country, was recently chastised by Muslim groups in India for wearing a sleeveless top and a mini-skirt during her matches. Local Muslim groups claimed that her attire degrades Islam, and some even threatened to kill her.
What do they expect Mizra to play tennis in... a white burqa?
Let's sit back and let this one sink in. The Moslems in India are outraged that Mirza, a Moslem, would play doubles tennis with an "Israeli." But of course, India lies nowhere near Israel; they have never had a war with Israel; they have no conflict with Israel. Even during the Cold War, when India was allied with the Soviet Union, they did not have any specific conflict with Israel... and India, of course, is not even in the Middle East: it's in Southwest Asia.
So what possible reason could Indian Moslems have to demand an Indian Moslem tennis star not play doubles with an Israeli? The only one I can think of is that to Moslems, even in India, "Israeli" is just a code word for "Jew." When they say 'how dare you play doubles with an Israeli,' they are really saying 'how dare you play doubles with a Jew.'
The conflict between Israel, the Arab states, and the Palestinian non-state can be chalked up to propinquity and an evil history. But the reaction of Indian Moslems makes it brutally clear that the real, underlying problem is that Islam includes Jew-hatred as a core value... probably because the Jews were the first organized group of "People of the Book" to reject Mohammed's claim to be a prophet: seventh-century rabbis scoffed at the idea that Mohammed could be as ignorant of the Jewish Bible as he was if God were truly speaking through him.
By the way, I think we also must alert NOW and NARAL:
Last November Mirza stirred controversy when during a New Delhi conference she spoke of the importance of safe sex; Muslim groups in New Delhi and three other cities held rallies, with protesters carrying signs reading “Mirza is detached from Islam,” claiming she is “corrupting the youth in the country, especially the girls.”
Mirza, in an attempt to ease tensions, said in response “I want to make it clear that I am opposed to pre-marital sex. It is a major sin in Islam, and I believe God would not forgive for such an act.”
Got it? Not only is safe sex right out, but if a Moslem teenager slips and has premarital sex even one time, she is condemned to Hell forever with no hope of forgiveness or redemption.
How sad that so many people would believe in a religion that is more forgiving of mass murder than it is of a single, pre-marital quickie.
All else is commentary.
Hatched by Dafydd on this day, February 18, 2006, at the time of 11:22 PM
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The following hissed in response by: Hal
Heck, they're not just more forgiving over pre-marital sex. Apparently, wearing a mini-skirt justifies the death penalty.
And if mini-skirts don't merit the death penalty, then these people seem to think that it is a worse crime than murder.
The above hissed in response by: Hal at February 19, 2006 3:10 PM
The following hissed in response by: Mr. Michael
"All else is commentary." ~Dafydd
Well, not quite. There are ALWAYS the tasteless jokes at the expense of the Imams declaring sleeveless tops a sin... isn't there?!?
The following hissed in response by: Dafydd ab Hugh
There are ALWAYS the tasteless jokes at the expense of the Imams declaring sleeveless tops a sin... isn't there?!?
I was hoping to avoid them, but I suppose nobody is shocked that Moslem leaders oppose the right to bare arms.
The above hissed in response by: Dafydd ab Hugh at February 20, 2006 2:44 AM
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