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Muslim Team Refuses Football Match with Gay Paris Team

Paris Foot Gay, a Paris-based football club composed of gay men and  "heterosexuals, blacks, whites, north Africans, and several different religions" according to its co-founder and current president Pascal Brethes, was refused a match by Bebel, a mostly-Muslim team, because of its gay players, Agence France Presse reports:

Parisfootgay "PFG said they received an e-mail from Bebel which said they could not honour the match because it was 'against their principles'. ... 'Sorry, but because of the name of your team and in keeping with the principles of the team, which is a team of practising Muslims, we cannot play against you,' said the e-mail, according to Brethes. It added: 'Our convictions are stronger than a game of football. Sorry to have informed you so late.' PFG believe the decision was 'homophobic', and have threatened to press charges 'if Bebel continue to carry on like this', according to Brethes. He said his team was a haven for all kinds of races and also welcomed non-gay players, and he believes Bebel's decision contravenes laws governing racism and homophobia."

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  1. fuck the muslims. fuck the xtians. fuck religion. power to humanity and humanness and humaneness:

    "The sea is calm to-night.
    The tide is full,
    the moon lies fair
    Upon the straits;
    on the French coast the light
    Gleams and is gone;
    the cliffs of England stand;
    Glimmering and vast, out in the tranquil bay.
    Come to the window, sweet is the night-air!
    Only, from the long line of spray
    Where the sea meets the moon-blanched land,
    Listen! you hear the grating roar
    Of pebbles which the waves draw back, and fling,
    At their return, up the high strand,
    Begin, and cease, and then again begin,
    With tremulous cadence slow, and bring
    The eternal note of sadness in.

    Sophocles long ago
    Heard it on the A gaean, and it brought
    Into his mind the turbid ebb and flow
    Of human misery; we
    Find also in the sound a thought,
    Hearing it by this distant northern sea.

    The Sea of Faith
    Was once, too, at the full, and round earth's shore
    Lay like the folds of a bright girdle furled.
    But now I only hear
    Its melancholy, long, withdrawing roar,
    Retreating, to the breath
    Of the night-wind, down the vast edges drear
    And naked shingles of the world.


    Ah, love, let us be true
    To one another! for the world, which seems
    To lie before us like a land of dreams,
    So various, so beautiful, so new,
    Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light,
    Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain;
    And we are here as on a darkling plain
    Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,
    Where ignorant armies clash by night."

    "Dover Beach" by Matthew Arnold

    this poem was written over 100-fucking-50 years ago. and where are we now?


    Posted by: nic | Oct 7, 2009 11:07:04 AM


  2. um, didn't they politely decline without any derogatory comments?

    they stood up for what they believe--peacefully. what's the problem? isn't that something we can learn from and respect even if we don't agree with them on the issue?

    chill.

    Posted by: T.Q. | Oct 7, 2009 11:56:03 AM


  3. Yes, that's true, T.Q., but they should still get a check in the "loss" column for the forfeit.

    Posted by: DR | Oct 7, 2009 12:29:06 PM


  4. T.Q., what outcry would there have been if the gay team or any other team said they wouldn't play Bebel because they're Muslim? Would that be "standing up for what they believe"? That's bullsh*t, pure and simple. Bigotry is bigotry and to hide behind a "religious conviction" is hypocritical, phony, and cowardly. What Bebel proves is just how wretched those kinds of Muslims are. The real truth is they didn't want to get their mohammeden @$$es whipped.

    Posted by: mike | Oct 7, 2009 1:24:28 PM


  5. sports and competition should be held apart from religion and moralistic attitudes.

    this is why, among many other reasons, i hate religion.

    Posted by: nic | Oct 7, 2009 1:42:25 PM


  6. Mike:

    Way to keep it classy. Im assuming you mean the extremist muslims, but that last bit is not needed, with disgusting comments like that, you might as well be a poster on aol's boards.

    As I agree w/ DR, they should get a loss because it was a reason of discrimination for their forfeit and should also have to face the league committee since this is going against their policies.

    Posted by: B | Oct 7, 2009 3:24:56 PM


  7. I'm not going to respect someone for peacefully standing up for their convictions, if those convictions are based in bigotry. That would be asinine.

    Posted by: Leonard Jones | Oct 7, 2009 3:34:37 PM


  8. Disappointing. Still, I believe that gay sports are doing a lot to cross divides.

    We also need be careful in directing our anger. There are many Muslim people out there that don't hold homophobic beliefs. I'd like to see those stories as well.

    Posted by: Daniel Baylis | Oct 7, 2009 3:38:58 PM


  9. Bebel should definitely get a forfeit for the game. I agree with one part of Mike's statement... if gay people had said they would not play against a Muslim (or Hindu, or whatever) team, then there would have been racism cried EVERYWHERE, and the team would probably have been politely asked to leave the league. There should be no lower standard for actions against a gay team. Bigotry is bigotry, and should be dealt with accordingly.

    Posted by: CKNJ | Oct 7, 2009 5:51:57 PM


  10. A sports team with principles. Really. Sound more like a need to gain some maturity and wordliness. As if there are no gay muslims, mormons, baptists, etc.

    Posted by: bill | Oct 8, 2009 7:00:29 AM


  11. At least we don't worship convicted felons or child molesters.

    Posted by: Attmay | Oct 8, 2009 3:22:56 PM


  12. "...if gay people had said they would not play against a Muslim (or Hindu, or whatever) team, then there would have been racism cried EVERYWHERE"

    THat's not true, CKNJ. I'm gay and I'm not prejudiced against white Muslims. Silly, silly.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Oct 8, 2009 3:41:29 PM


  13. To all with due respect, in my view you don't have to bring religion or your faith in sports. I am alos a muslim and I can't see any harm playing against any team that will effect our religion or faith.

    This kind of extreme reactions gives negative idea and concept to all non-muslims. If Bebel had any issue with gay-men they shouldn't live in France becaue it's a main place for gayism and homosexuals. If you can live with them you can play against them too. If the same would happen to us from other group of people we would have condemned them.

    If Bebel had taken a decision they should be forfeited rather then throwing out of the league. I strongly recommend to get Bebel back in the league on certain conditions.

    A.R. Khan

    Posted by: Mr. Khan | Oct 15, 2009 2:02:32 AM


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