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.
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