Religion of Pieces: Islamists Now Chopping Up Sports Reporters in Somalia

Posted by on Oct 04, 2012 at 12:50 pm

No, the reporters  didn’t offend the “Prophet” or make a clumsy YouTube video.  They just reported on soccer matches. Apparently athletic competition greatly offends the delicate sensibilities of cold-blooded psychopaths.

Abdirahman Mohamed Ali was abducted as he left his mother’s house in Mogadishu two weeks ago. His body, dumped next to a restaurant, was discovered the next morning, arms tied behind his back, decapitated head placed on his chest. Evidence indicated he’d been tortured first.

On the same day that Ali disappeared, Hassan Yusuf Absuge was killed by three masked gunmen. Absuge was heading home from the radio station where he’d just finished working the night shift.

In August, Mahmoud Ali Buneyste was shot to death while filming on the sidelines of a soccer match outside the Somali capital. Just hours earlier, he’d attended the funeral of Yusuf Ali Osman, slain by teenage assailants dressed in high school uniforms.

All four men were sports reporters.

In war-ravaged Somalia, 14 journalists have been assassinated in 2012. Sports reporters have been specifically targeted for serial murder as a subgroup within the broader scope of media “enemies.” Al-Shabaab, the Islamist militant group that controlled Mogadishu until a year ago, when it was pushed out by African Union troops, has claimed responsibility for most of the murders, though suspicion has also fallen on rogue freelance militias and even government forces.

Somalia is hell on earth, still and again, following a short period of comparative peace, at least around Mogadishu. There are no such things as innocent fun and games. Sport is considered an un-Islamic evil by Al-Shabaab, as is so much else that gives pleasure to the masses.

America’s greatest sports calamity of late was replacement officials in the NFL. Elsewhere people are losing their heads just for enjoying and reporting on a game.

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4 Responses to “Religion of Pieces: Islamists Now Chopping Up Sports Reporters in Somalia”

  1. MT Geoff on 4/04/12 at 1:05 pm

    The “Big Brother” mentality appears in many guises. The Sepapartists that settled New England had it and they cloaked it in Christianity (we call them Pilgrims these days). The Nazis and the Communists had it. The Roman Catholic Church has had it. Islam has long had a bad case of “Big Brother” and indeed many of its sects compete on who can be the most instrusive.
    That is sad truth. I am still ready to respect anyone of faith who will live in peace among others. Groups like Al-Shabaab make it difficult, though.
    But then, even the Amish have recently had some trouble with hate crimes among their own.

  2. Blue Hen on 4/04/12 at 2:20 pm

    That is sad truth. I am still ready to respect anyone of faith who will live in peace among others. Groups like Al-Shabaab make it difficult, though.
    But then, even the Amish have recently had some trouble with hate crimes among their own.

    Yeah, I didn’t know that Amish knew how to fly airplanes. Maybe that’s why they wound up hitting buildings. When they start screaming that there is no God but shoo-fly pie, then I’ll be worried about them.

    Nazis and communists aren’t “people of faith”. They’re secular movements that killed more people than all religious movements combined.

  3. MT Geoff on 4/04/12 at 4:06 pm

    Howdy Blue Hen
    Are you my friend from the Surber blog days?
    The Amish have always left outsiders (we “English”) alone but there have been some conflicts between fundamentalist Amish and even-more-fundamentalist Amish, resulting in assaults and in beard-shavings. That sounds like a joke to anyone except an Amish or Hutterite believer. This has been in court and resulted in a hate-crime conviction for Amish-on-Amish violence. Hassidic Jews have had some similar problems. I raise this to point out that faith has been used as a cover for bullying for a long time and among the darnedest people.
    No, Nazis and Communists aren’t people of faith. Since I attend a Methodist church, though, and I expect respect from Jews or Hutterites, I have to offer respect. The same applies to agnostic or Muslim or Universalist.