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Subject: WARNING - Politically Incorrect Article Below - 2012 Olympics Protest
swhitebull    10/15/2006 7:12:27 PM
http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=22964_Muslims_Seething_About_Olympics&only Muslims Seething About Olympics The next huge Muslim seethe-fest will be over the 2012 London Olympics: Muslims’ anger as London Olympics clash with Ramadan. (Hat tip: LGF readers.) And it will be no surprise at all if the International Olympic Committee caves in to pressure (and the inevitable threats) and reschedules the games. The 2012 London Olympics have been plunged into controversy by the discovery that the Games will clash with Ramadan, the most holy month in the Islamic calendar. The clash will put Muslim athletes at a disadvantage as they will be expected to fast from sunrise to sunset for the entire duration of the Games. In 2012, Ramadan will take place from July 21 to August 20, while the Olympics run from July 27 to August 12. An anticipated 3,000 Muslim competitors are expected to be affected. About a quarter of the 11,099 athletes who took part in the 2004 Athens Olympics came from countries with predominantly Muslim populations. Because the Muslim calendar is based on a lunar cycle, the ninth month of Ramadan - which runs from the appearance of one new crescent moon to the next - gets earlier by around 11 days each year. The clash will be a huge embarrassment for Lord Coe, Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell, and London Mayor Ken Livingstone, who have been keen to ensure the Games involve all Britain’s ethnic communities. Massoud Shadjareh, chairman of the London-based Islamic Human Rights Commission, said: “They would not have organised this at Christmas. It is equally stupid to organise it at Ramadan. It shows a complete lack of awareness and sensitivity.” “This is going to disadvantage the athletes and alienate the Asian communities by saying they don’t matter.” [And this, of course, will force them to become violent. —ed.] “It’s not only going to affect the participants it’s going to affect all the people who want to watch the Games. They won’t want to travel during Ramadan and they won’t want to watch sport. It’s a spiritual time.” UPDATE at 10/15/06 8:57:51 am: Islamic Human Rights Commission chairman Massoud Shadjareh, by the way, in addition to his job of badgering Brits who criticize Islam, is also an open supporter of Hizballah. http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2006340099,00.html UPDATE at 10/15/06 9:14:21 am: So I guess that gigantic Olympic mosque project http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=22748&only isn’t going to mollify them? swhitebull - Does that means that if the games are moved to another date, they will have to cancel the "strap on a shrapnel-laden bomb belt", and the "I-can-stir-up-a-crowd-to-shout-Death-to-all-infidels-by-beheading-so-dont-accuse-us-of-being-non-violent" events?
 
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Nanheyangrouchuan       10/16/2006 12:44:15 AM
All it takes is an Imam to give the "ok" for a training table diet during the games, but perhaps people would rather raise a big stink.
 
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Yimmy       10/16/2006 1:24:20 PM
I don't see what the big deal is.... to me it just looks like an excuse to get worked up over nothing.  Just bring the games forwards to the start of summer.  The games are still 6 years away... its not like changing the date slightly will put anyone out.
 
I would like to think similar consideration would be given to Christian Holy days.
 
 
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jastayme3       10/16/2006 1:41:45 PM

 I always found that sort of thing disgusting. The Olympics are supposed to be the time we put a temporary hold on our crude tribal resentments and subliminate them into sport. That is an ideal of course but ideals are to be striven after.
However I don't think they would worry.
Another thing about protesting the date: why not quietly opt out-that would be more dignified. Anyone remember the Scotch Presbytyrian who refused to run on Sunday in Chariots of Fire? He wasn't rude about it.
You know I think I'll get that movie again.

 
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AdvanceAustralia    Rubbish   10/16/2006 2:36:22 PM
"The clash will put Muslim athletes at a disadvantage as they will be expected to fast from sunrise to sunset for the entire duration of the Games."

Rubbish. If they're up before 4.30am (the daily start time for this Ramadan) they can have breakfast. After 6.30pm they stuff themselves silly and more than make up for this so-called "fasting".

The majority of Olympic athletes are not Muslim. The Olympics are planned many years in advance while Ramadan is determined at only a few days notice. Don't move the Olympics - move Ramadan.

masa salaam

 
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perfectgeneral    Phew!   10/16/2006 7:58:32 PM
This is just the excuse we need to move The Games to a cooler month. Late july early august is the middle of the heatwave season.

Religous infighting? Just the sort of ethnic tensions that extremists (of all flavours) love to raise. It's tolerance or war every time. When will people learn.

 
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Rasputin       10/18/2006 8:47:20 AM

I don't see what the big deal is.... to me it just looks like an excuse to get worked up over nothing.  Just bring the games forwards to the start of summer.  The games are still 6 years away... its not like changing the date slightly will put anyone out.

 

I would like to think similar consideration would be given to Christian Holy days.

 

Yeah I agree, if they have given so much advanced warning, years in advance, there should be no problem to reschedule the games earlier or later.

It just depends on how well or perfect the United Kingdom wants to stage the games which would be shown to the whole world?  Make it as good as Sydney  2000, = no boycotts and full participation. More tourists and promotion for the cities hosting the games.

 
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AlbanyRifles       10/20/2006 1:30:32 PM

This is just the excuse we need to move The Games to a cooler month. Late july early august is the middle of the heatwave season.

Religous infighting? Just the sort of ethnic tensions that extremists (of all flavours) love to raise. It's tolerance or war every time. When will people learn.



Sorry, I had to chuckle.
 
As someoen who lives in the American South, I'll take the UK at that time of year anytime!!!  
 
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Yimmy       10/20/2006 5:26:17 PM
Damnit Albany.... to move my chair close to the lapop to answer you I just knocked coke all over the floor.... Coka cola that is.
 
And, I am sure numbers wise our heat waves may be pale in comparison to the US South, but I think you would be surprised at how hot it feels here, it being a lot more humid.
 
 
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ArtyEngineer       10/20/2006 5:38:56 PM

Damnit Albany.... to move my chair close to the lapop to answer you I just knocked coke all over the floor.... Coka cola that is.

 

And, I am sure numbers wise our heat waves may be pale in comparison to the US South, but I think you would be surprised at how hot it feels here, it being a lot more humid.

 


Yimmy, you know not what you say.
 
The southern US invented Humidity!!!!  I remember you mentioning a possible period of study in the US, I dont know what you are studying but consider the University of Southern Mississippy (USM) in Hattiesburg MS., it has an excellent Histroy Department, offering a course on the VIetnam War if you are interested.   A summer spent there and you will gain a whole knew appreciation for humidity!
 
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anuts       10/21/2006 8:21:47 AM
...sigh...
 
Oh well. They might want to look into postponing or boycotting (even better yet) blowing themselves up to murder infidels (or even each other) during Ramadan before we get to the running, swimming, jumping part of getting in the way of their daily religious regimen. Baby steps, people...baby steps.
 
 
There. I said it...
 
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