A soccer match meant to promote inter-religion harmony in Oslo was canceled when Muslim clerics refused to take the field with a Lutheran priest who is female. Which is strange, because imams are usually so progressive and understanding.
The imams said physical contact with women would be inappropriate, NRK public television said, and the Norwegian Christians refused a proposal of a male-only clash. The match was to have followed talks meant to build bridges between faiths in Norway.
"Some say that bodily contact is the problem. It leads to special feelings that can lead to something forbidden," imam Senaid Kobilica told NRK public television in explanation.
If you ask me, the Muslims totally did the right thing here. Once you let women on the soccer field, it's only a matter of time before they start demanding equal rights or — even worse — forcing contemporary notions from the 16th century like chivalry on the men. And if Muslim countries have gotten anything right in today's world, it's that women are very intelligent livestock when appropriately desexualized. Why, you hardly have to do any work at all if you've got a woman with a strong back.