23 January 2016

Driving out the satanic game of chess

I hope ISIS and Saudi Arabia don't get into a competition over who can come up with the most barbaric ideas and cruel behavior.

NY Times: Saudi Arabia’s top cleric has declared the playing of chess “forbidden,” calling it a waste of time and money that creates hatred between players. In a fatwa, or religious decree, issued in response to a question from a caller to a Saudi television show, Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al-Sheikh said that the game was “the work of Satan,” like alcohol and gambling...

This comes on the heels (a fitting metaphor if there ever was one) of the kingdom's sentencing a Palestinian poet to death on a trumped up charge of apostasy after he posted a video of religious police lashing a man in public.

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