AFL becomes home ground for Muslims
IN Australia, the Aussie Rules controllers want prayer rooms at all venues. The drive is being pushed by the AFL’s Bachar Houli, a Muslim:
Richmond’s Bachar Houli said more Muslims would go to the footy after the AFL announced prayer rooms must be provided at all venues. The requirement for Muslims to pray five times a day was stopping many from attending AFL games, the Tigers defender said.
Houli said many were forced to pray in carparks or stairwells at AFL grounds.
Multicultural ambassador for the AFL Bachar Houli says there is a real need for prayer rooms in AFL venues. “I speak for the Muslim community, I get complaints [that] there’s nowhere to pray other than the carpark. It can be quite distubring [to pray] with people wakling [sic].”
This reports is priceless. The money quote: “If you want to pray, go to church…”
And why not get a room for every group’s interest: swingers, atheists, French speakers, people appalled by men in hot pants and boob tubes, smokers, masturbators, people who want to go shopping during the game and so on…”