STOCKHOLM, Sweden - A soccer game between Muslim imams and Christian priests at the end of a conference to promote interfaith dialogue was canceled Saturday because the teams could not agree on whether women priests should take part.Maybe they should have played round robin tennis instead. But no mixed doubles.
Church of Norway spokesman Olav Fykse Tveit said the imams refused to play against a mixed-gender team of priests because it would have gone against their beliefs in avoiding close physical contact with strange women.
The church decided to drop its female players and the priests' team captain walked out in protest....
I'm not sure soccer has ever promoted interfaith dialogue, though. Picture a couple of fans watching:
"Good kick. Hey, nirvana and heaven. What's difference there, anyway?"
"Yeah, I dunno. --Hey, great block!-- I guess it depends on whether we're talking Pure Land Buddhism or Tibetan or Hinayana, don't you think?"