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Muslim cleric demands FIFA ban players from making sign of the cross

Muhammad Alarefe, a prominent Saudi religious leader, has demanded that FIFA, the international soccer governing body, instruct players to stop making the Christian sign of the cross.

For many Christians, their deep, personal and peaceful faith is inextricable from every aspect of their life. Making the sign of the cross — or any other religious gesture — should not pose a problem or threat to anyone, but to the Islamic supremacist leader Muhammad Alarefe and his ilk, any religious expression outside of Islam represents a threat, especially since FIFA is so prestigious. Let’s hope FIFA honors the religious freedoms of their talented players and rejects the demands of Muhammad Alarefe. If FIFA bows to the demand of Alarefe, it should also ban Muslim prayer on the field and outskirts, too.

Back in February, Real Madrid soccer team removed the cross from its logo to avoid offending Muslims

Discriminating against Christian values and attempting to stifle Christianity — a foundational faith in the evolution of modern understandings of human rights and the formation of Western democratic principles — is nothing new. Most troubling is that discrimination against Christians while kowtowing to Muslims is being presented as the norm to the next generation.

The American Center for Law and Justice reported  in 2015 that:

Public colleges and universities are taking the gloves off when it comes to Christian students on their campuses.  Gone are the days of surreptitious slights against Christians; now it is open season on faith.  Blatant, in-your-face anti-Christian discrimination is the new norm.

Correction: not “an open season on faith,” but specifically on Christian faith.

Also, Islamic indoctrination in public schools is in full swing, with eager collaboration and help from the Hamas-linked group CAIR.

fifa with jesus“Saudi Cleric Demands FIFA Ban Players From Making Sign Of The Cross”, by Ali Waked, Breitbart, May 9, 2017:

TEL AVIV – Muhammad Alarefe, a prominent Saudi religious leader, has demanded that FIFA, the international soccer governing body, instruct players to stop making the Christian sign of the cross.
Alarefe wrote on his Twitter account, “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.”

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د. محمد #العريفي ✔ @MohamadAlarefe
رأيت مقاطع لرياضيين ” كرة قدم، سباق جري، رمي سهام، .. ”
إذا فاز أحدهم أشار لصدره إشارة الصليب!
سؤالي:
أليس نظام فيفا يمنع الإشارات الدينية؟
9:46 AM – 5 May 2017
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Social media users were divided on the question, with some supporting Alarefe’s comment and others laughing and saying they wondered why he has taken no stance against Muslim soccer players who kneel to pray when they win or score a goal.

Sultan Alhusni wrote, “I can’t lie. Mohamed Salah (an Egyptian soccer player who plays in Europe) and others kneel to pray when they score a goal and no one punishes them. Leave the sport to those who deal with it.”

5 May
حصه العون بنت الوطن ✔ @hesshalown
@MohamadAlarefeنعم شيخنا الجليل لكن انظمتهم لا تطبق الا على المسلمين فقط وللاسف لم نجد من يحتج على هذا التمييز والكل صامت صمت القبور
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سلطان الحسني @dremer_88
@hesshalown @MohamadAlarefe ما يجوز الكذب .. محمد صلاح وغيره من المسلمين في الملاعب الاروبية يحتفلون بالسجود بعد تسجيلهم الاهداف ولم يعاقبوا .. اقول خلوا الرياضه لاهلها
10:39 AM – 5 May 2017
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Sam, another social media user, wrote, “The cross is one of the symbols of the vehicles we travel in, so what’s the problem if it appears on the pitch, or is what’s allowed in one place forbidden in another? Weird.”

5 May
صحيفة تواصل ✔ @twasulnews
🔴 «العريفي»: لماذا لا يمنع «فيفا» إشارات التصليب في الملاعب؟http://twasul.info/793102 #محمد_العريفي #العريفي #الملاعب #السعودية pic.twitter.com/657wwIIr6p
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ɑ̷̜Lм̷̤̜̈‏ Al @sam147147
@twasulnews الصليب موجود بسيارات الي نركبها وش مشكله الملاعب ولا حلل وحرم بمكان ومكان لا عجيب
1:40 AM – 6 May 2017
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Fahd Alarawi wrote, “Great, Alarefe has become a sports commentator. When there’s free time, we get involved in things we don’t understand.”

5 May
صحيفة تواصل ✔ @twasulnews
🔴 «العريفي»: لماذا لا يمنع «فيفا» إشارات التصليب في الملاعب؟http://twasul.info/793102 #محمد_العريفي #العريفي #الملاعب #السعودية pic.twitter.com/657wwIIr6p
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فهد العروي @tvip_f
@twasulnews احلى يالعريفي صاير محلل رياضي😂
الفاضي يعمل قاضي😁#محمد_العريفي
12:26 AM – 6 May 2017
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Another social media user wrote, “Respected Sheikh, unfortunately their rules are only applied to Muslims and unfortunately no one protests that – on the contrary, the go quieter than the grave.”

5 May
د. محمد #العريفي ✔ @MohamadAlarefe
رأيت مقاطع لرياضيين ” كرة قدم، سباق جري، رمي سهام، .. ”
إذا فاز أحدهم أشار لصدره إشارة الصليب!
سؤالي:
أليس نظام فيفا يمنع الإشارات الدينية؟
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حصه العون بنت الوطن ✔ @hesshalown
@MohamadAlarefeنعم شيخنا الجليل لكن انظمتهم لا تطبق الا على المسلمين فقط وللاسف لم نجد من يحتج على هذا التمييز والكل صامت صمت القبور
10:35 AM – 5 May 2017
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Win Al Fahad wrote the sheikh that, “It’s like you’re now calling on FIFA to forbid Muslim players from bowing to Allah and raising their hands in prayer to the sky. FIFA prohibits the use of religion, politics and racism in sports.”

5 May
ابراهيم العطوي @ibraheam202
@MohamadAlarefe حتى المسلمين لما يسجلو او يفوزو يسجدو شكر لله
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فهد محمد العوين @alowinfahad
@ibraheam202 @MohamadAlarefe كأنك بهذا تدعو الفيفا لمنع اللاعبين المسلمين من السجود لله ورفع أيديهم لله شكرا
الفيفا يمنع توظيف الدين والعنصرية والسياسة في الرياضة.
1:01 PM – 5 May 2017
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Ibrahim Alatwi responded to Al Fahad, saying, “And no one says a thing (to Muslim players who pray) so the Christians are allowed to mark the cross on their chests. FIFA doesn’t distinguish between one player and another.”

6 May
ابراهيم العطوي @ibraheam202
@turki3nzi @alowinfahad @MohamadAlarefe انا احدثك على نظام عالمي اللي هو الفيفا
نظام لا يفرق بين مسلم وكافر من ناحية القوانين مثل ما احنا المسلمين نسجد عند الفرح
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ابراهيم العطوي @ibraheam202
@turki3nzi @alowinfahad @MohamadAlarefe ولا يتكلم علينا احد فيحق للنصارى ايضا الشارة الى صدورهم باشارة الصليب
فالفيفا لا يفرق بين هذا وذاك
10:54 AM – 6 May 2017
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Abu Lil scolded the religious scholar, writing, “Get out of our sport that unites Christians, Sunni and Shia on one team with their hearts one on the other. Everyone should deal with his religion and let us be. May FIFA be blessed.”

5 May
د. محمد #العريفي ✔ @MohamadAlarefe
رأيت مقاطع لرياضيين ” كرة قدم، سباق جري، رمي سهام، .. ”
إذا فاز أحدهم أشار لصدره إشارة الصليب!
سؤالي:
أليس نظام فيفا يمنع الإشارات الدينية؟
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✍اٍّبّْوّ لَّيٌّلَّ☞ @M0503996767
@MohamadAlarefe @hesshalown انتم اطلعوا من رياضتنا الي تجمع المسيحي والسني والشيعي بفريق واحد على قلب واحد اتمنى كل واحد يهتم بدينه وفكونا الله يسعد نظام الفيفا✋️
10:42 AM – 5 May 2017
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Another social media user, Capitano, responded to the sheikh with sarcasm, saying, “The ISIS regime forbids crossing oneself; when al-Baghdadi is elected president of FIFA, we’ll discuss the respected sheikh’s request.”

5 May
د. محمد #العريفي ✔ @MohamadAlarefe…..

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