No aspect of life seems to be immune from stealth jihad. We have halal food, we have segregated council events, we have all-Muslim schools, we have “interfaith events” – read da’wah, we have FGM, we have polygamy,we have social welfare rorting,,,,I could go on but you get the picture.
Now they want to Islamize one of the greatest Aussie pastimes – Australian Rules Football! Prayer rooms if you please. I say watch the game on television if this doesn’t suit.
It amuses me to think that the season final - which I guess is equivalent to the US Super Bowl - has occasionally conflicted with Jewish high holidays but not a word from the Jewish community.
I can't help thinking of the insults Tim Tebow has had to endure in the US for expressing his Christianity!
And it should be noted that some in the Jewish community have not only financially supported teams big time, but have supported the game for decades. No other religious groups have ever made such demands!
Also note that Aussie Rules Football, (AFL is the governing body), is played in many venues, and also a venue that is now called Etihad Stadium. It was once called the Telstra dome.
Our biggest and best known international sporting event, the Melbourne Cup, is now called “The Emirates Melbourne Cup”!
I can’t imagine what is going to be next!
Perhaps the Australian Open Tennis event, held in the Rod Laver Arena, will get a makeover too? Give them time,,,,
As John McEnroe would say: You can’t be serious!!!
EX-HAWTHORN president and former premier Jeff Kennett has lashed out at the AFL for ruling that all grounds must install prayer rooms.
Houli said many were forced to pray in carparks or stairwells at AFL grounds.Herald Sun
But Mr Kennett labelled the AFL's mandate "ridiculous".
"To put prayer rooms into sporting venues is not part of the Australian lexicon. I think it is an over-reaction," he said on 3AW .
"It's not practical, it's stupid, it's political correctness gone mad."
He said the move would also ruin the culture of football and create unnecessary change.
"In the old days when you went to a football ground there were very few stands, there was mud on the ground that was real football," he said.
Houli, a devout Muslim who works for the AFL one day a week as a multicultural ambassador, asked league chief Andrew Demetriou to provide prayer rooms at all grounds.
Prayer rooms, for all denominations, have been recently introduced at Etihad Stadium, the MCG and Sydney's ANZ Stadium.
But the AFL is now insisting on prayer rooms at the SCG and all other interstate venues.
Houli said not many fans knew of the existing prayer rooms and Mr Demetriou said prayer rooms were long overdue.
"It was a request from Bachar in his role as a multicultural ambassador and, to be honest, I was genuinely surprised it wasn't thought of before," Mr Demetriou said.
"We will be speaking to all our venues about providing a prayer room, which is, of course, for any denomination. It's again a demonstration of our inclusiveness."
Houli, who prays five times a day - including for five minutes before and after games - said a lot of people from the Islamic community weren't going to the footy because of a lack of prayer rooms.
He said all Muslims would need to pray once while at games women in an enclosed area.
Update: There has been a backlash as many football supporters see it as a religion in itself!
However nothing will change. More venues will have prayer rooms.