Was Chiefs Player Husain Abdullah Penalized for Muslim Prayer?

Chiefs defensive player, Husain Abdullah, picks of Tom Brady’s pass!  I love it.  He then runs it back for a touchdown.  Tom Brady gets knocked down in the process.  I love that too.  Husain Abdullah slides on his knees in the end zone.  This isn’t rugby!  You don’t need to do anything like that to score a touchdown.  You don’t literally have to touch the ball down to the ground to score like you do in rugby (a sport that is way better than American football!).  But, whatever, I’m used to celebrations in the end zone.  I would assume that it’s OK to slide in the end zone, but I don’t know the rules about what constitutes a penalty for celebrating in the end zone, or if celebrations are fine on the sideline – or not acceptable at all – I just don’t know.  I don’t watch much football. I just watch the highlights that appear in my Yahoo news feed.

Here’s the big controversy, after the slide onto his knees, Husain Abdullah, goes into a prostrate position that resembles a Muslim prayer position.  And Husain is a Muslim!  So, he is praying to Allah, clearly, AND he gets PENALIZED! Christians do this all the time in NFL games – they get on a knee to pray, or they make the sign of the cross (which indicates not only the work of Jesus of Nazareth, but it is an invocation of the Triune Lord), or they point to the sky to indicate that God gets the glory.  Tim Timbow comes to mind, though he hasn’t played in the NFL in awhile.  Tebow never received a flag for excessive celebration, but Husain Abdullah, making a Muslim prayer DID receive a 15 yard penalty.

Husain Abdullah prostrates himself in the end zone in prayer to Allah after scoring a touchdown.

Husain Abdullah prostrates himself in the end zone in prayer to Allah after scoring a touchdown.

Husain said after the game that he thought the penalty was because of the slide onto his knees!  Not for the prayer!  He never spoke to the ref about it, and the ref didn’t speak to him!  The ref announced that the penalty was “for falling to the ground on his knees”!  This could mean he was flagged for the prayer, OR it could mean that he was flagged for the manner in which he fell/slid into the prayer position.

This obviously is controversial because Christians don’t get flagged for their signs of worship, thanks, and praise to the Triune Lord!  Was Husain flagged for the prayer, the prayer that was made to Allah in a clearly Muslim position of prayer?

Is this a sign of prejudice?  Is this a sign of intolerance that the Muslim gets penalized, and the Christian does not?  Or was it really a penalty for the slide?  Does the manner in which a player gets into the prayer position make a difference?  Christians haven’t slid into a kneeling position to prayer!  Though Tim Tebow likes to show off his guns in the manner in which he kneels when he WAS a player in the NFL.

The famous, or infamous, Tim Tebow prayer position during a football game.

The famous, or infamous, Tim Tebow prayer position during a football game.

Or is this a sign of ignorance?  Did the ref not know that Husain Abdullah was praying?  Did he not know the physical posture in which Muslims pray?  Was he just not accustomed to seeing Muslim players pray in the end zone, because there aren’t too many Muslims scoring touchdowns in the NFL, who are then wanting to display thanks to Allah?

Also, I’d love to know when the flag was actually thrown.  Was it thrown on the slide?  If it was, this wasn’t prejudice.  If it was thrown after… then this is still open to debate with the only true way of knowing if this was prejudice or ignorance, by asking the ref some questions.

For more questions, here are some theological questions for Christians:

Does it matter what physical position is in to pray?  Why do Christian players get on a knee to pray?  Couldn’t they just as easily pray and give thanks in the process of running of the field, since there are no set mandates on physical posture for praying exhorted in Scripture?  I know that I pray as a drive, in the midst of conversations, when I lift weights, when I go for walks, as I listen to music, or watch TV, throughout my entire day…

Why do we bow our heads and close our eyes as Christians to pray?  It’s not in the Bible saying that we must do this, is it?  And if I had to close my eyes and bow my head, and hold my hands together to pray, I wouldn’t be able to pray in all the times I listed above!

Here are some theological questions for Muslims:

Do Muslims have to be in a prostrate position to pray to Allah?  Can Muslims pray to Allah as they go about their daily activities?

Are Muslims able to pray in a direction that is not facing Mecca?  Was the end zone in which Husain prostrating himself facing Mecca?  If it wasn’t, is that a problem?  What if he scored on the other end zone later in the game, would that be conflicting at all in terms of the direction he was facing?

When Christians pray, we can pray about anything on our hearts and minds.  Scripture tells us, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6).  Is it this way for Muslims?  Can Muslims present any request to Allah?  Or are the prayers rote, repetitive prayers?

Christians can pray at all times, and in all places, and God will hear the prayer that is made in his name.  Is it this way for Muslims?  Or must the prayers be made at the five daily prayer times to be heard by Allah?  If so, was Husain’s prayer even acceptable by Allah?  Especially if it wasn’t facing Mecca?

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Boycott and Support A&E! How do I do that?

Boycott A&EMost of the pages I follow are chiming in on Phil Robertson’s comments in his recent GQ interview and A&E’s response by banning him from the show. What I see being said from the Christian side is that A&E is somehow denying Phil his rights to free speech. I don’t see that as the case whatsoever. I think we need to respect A&E’s rights to pull Phil, or the entire show for that matter, if what Phil says off the show goes against the image, message, and beliefs that they hold and want to espouse. That’s their freedom as a station, right?

If I owned a station and one of the stars of my show said that Jesus had a homosexual relationship with John, also known in Scripture as the disciple that Jesus loved, I might count the cost of any money I could gain from that star and his fan base and pull his show, or write him out of the show. Wouldn’t that be my right, my freedom as an American citizen, broadcasting in the land of the free and the home of the brave???

Right now it is my right to boycott A&E and to voice my belief that the Bible condemns homosexuality – and condemns all sinners, which we all are. So essentially, the Bible throws everyone under the bus and says that we all deserve hell. I know that’s not a much loved concept, but if you have true tolerance, you have to respect my right to speak my belief that I hold to be true. I should also respect your right to not pay me and use me to represent your company if that goes against your belief or brand.

What should you do if you are a Robertson:

Continue to speak to any magazine that will publish your beliefs… and don’t apologize for calling something sinful if the Bible calls it sinful.  Apologize if the Holy Spirit convicts you of not winsomely telling the truth.  We are commanded to speak the truth in love, so if your conscience is guilted about breaking that command, then apologize for that… but ONLY apologize for that.

What should you do if you’re a Duck Dynasty fan:

Buy the current GQ issue and support them for publishing Phil’s words and not censoring them and you’ll show the media that there is a market for your beliefs to be expressed in Hollywood.

Buy the current issue of GQ!  Boycott A&E!  Yet respect A&E’s rights.  That’s true TOLERANCE! 

Oh, and buy a Contradict sticker.  Or, buy a pack of 50 Contradict tracts and you’ll get a free sticker with them.  Go to www.contradictmovement.org to learn more.

Peace in Christ,
Andy Wrasman

Oprah Winfrey says that my grandparents need to die!

It never ceases to amaze me how racist some people can be while claiming they are not racist.  Oprah Winfrey is a prime example of someone who is clearly racist but doesn’t acknowledge it.

In an interview with the BBC, as she was advertising her film, The Butler, Oprah was asked a question about President Obama not receiving proper respect because he is black, I mean African-American (and for President Obama, he actually might be an African-American).  Oprah responded that she thought very clearly that President Obama is being judged and disrespected because of the color of his skin.  She goes on to say:

Of course the problem is not solved, as long as people can be judged by the color of their skin, the problem is not solved.  As long as there are people who, and there’s a whole generation of people, and I say this for, you know, for Apartheid in South Africa, I say this for my own community in the South, there are still generations of people, older people, who were born, bred, and marinated in it, in that prejudice and racism, and they just have to die.

If you don’t believe me that this kind, tolerant, loving liberal passed such a sweeping judgment on an entire people group from the South, then here is the video footage for you to watch her say it for all of England to hear:

Oprah Winfrey on BBC (Video of her saying a whole generation in the South needs to die)

My grandparents who currently reside in East TN and were born and raised in North Carolina fit into this geographic people group that needs to die.  She blatantly lumps all of them from a certain era, geography, and I’d even say ethnicity (white skinned) into a single pool that needs to ALL DIE to solve the problem of racism.

Oprah however fails to see that she is part of the problem.  She says that racism will not die until people who judge others by the color of their skin all die, but she has passed a harsh judgment upon an entire people group based on the color of people’s skin and geography.

We must all confront such self-contradictory, liberal nonsense if we hope to have a world of tolerance and a society that values truth and life, because you know what, just for writing these words, Oprah probably thinks I need to die too, and likely thinks everyone who posted the following related articles also needs to die.

2,000-man Brawl at Chinese Apple Factory

In Taiyuan, China there was a massive brawl that broke out at a dormitory at a Chinese factory. 2000 employees were involved in the brawl, and 5000 police were sent to stop the violence.  I think such outbreaks of violence are in fact very common in China, and that we are just hearing about this outbreak because it happened at a factory making Apple iPhones, a popular commodity for us in America.

Such outbreaks can occur for numerous reasons… demanding more pay, not being paid at all, the long hours, and the living conditions can lend themselves to such outbursts.  This one seems strange, because it was amongst the employees.  The article I read from Beijing (AP), “Apple supplier halts China factory after violence,” doesn’t mention the reason for the violence, and it seems very odd that they would all be fighting amongst themselves.  I suspect this was a protest against the factory employers in some way, but I could be wrong.

Let me paint some of the scenario for you:

Many Chinese factory workers live at their factories.  They work long days, and sometimes everyday.  They rarely leave the factory site, they eat all their meals at the factory cafe, and then they sleep in a dormitory that has bunk beds with each dorm room housing 6-10 workers.  It’s a rough gig.  We have similar setups in America, such as the oil working towns in North Dakota, or the island canneries in Alaska.

An example of a Chinese factory dorm.

In China, such working scenarios are common in all cities and urban environments.  I saw it first hand leaving in Hangzhou, China, and it is very common for construction workers to live in the buildings as they are being constructed, or to have temporary dorms built on site.  Usually these workers are willing to do the work and put up with the conditions for the same reason that the oil workers and cannery workers do in America, the pay is great and the living expenses throughout the process is nil since they’re covered by the employers for the most part.  However, in China, the pay isn’t good, it’s just good for the people who have no other choice.  They are often migrant workers – China has their own cheap labor sector that due to their registered residency in poor provinces, or rural areas, were they can legally work, choose to migrate to more affluent cities and provinces to find work.  They essentially are illegal migrant workers, in their own country, working were they do not have a permit to work, but employers hire them for tough jobs at substandard rates, at least that is how I understand the situation for many Chinese factory workers from my time living in China.

Some people travel far from home for work, and then get injured on the job, lose their job, and don’t have insurance or the proper funds to fix the injury or even get home.  I have seen it and talked to people who have gone through such struggles.  If you put thousands of young, strong men in one place and treat them poorly, expect uprisings periodically.  As long as the cops can outnumber them like they did in Taiyuan just recently, the system can stay as it is, and the workers for the most part get paid better than would back home, bust their tails for a few years, and go back pretty wealthy.  The young ladies might choose prostitution since it pays way better  than factory work, and there is a ton of customers from all the migrant guys, but no one back home really asks or cares as long as the money comes back home.

I know a guy from Maylasia who was living in China who worked for a company that was having their product made in China at various factories.  At one of his factory visits, there was a protest, and he and his co-workers, and factory leaders, could not leave the site.  They were trapped in the factory overnight and couldn’t leave until many police arrived and made a path within the mob using riot shields to escort them all out.  His experience and other articles and stories I have heard from eyewitnesses makes me question that this outburst in Taiyuan was just employees fighting each other!  I could be wrong, but I think it was a protest against the factory, and I do think this happens all the time, and we only hear what the Xinhua, China’s central news agency, allows to hear.  All the info in the article from AP came from Xinhua.  So yea… I’d double all the numbers, and add a lot of fatalities, and throw in some major problems.  I investigated some Xinhua articles firsthand in China and I found that the numbers can’t be trusted, unless things have recently changed.

An example image of a Chinese factory being surrounded by protestors. This protest is in Zhejiang province, where I lived for three years.

“I’m Ready to Die for Mohammed.”

Today on Sept. 11th, 2012, Muslims in Egypt scaled the US embassy walls in Cairo, captured the American flag, tore it to bits, and burned it outside the embassy walls.  Apparently, they are made because America is making a film that insults the prophet Mohammed.  The name of the film isn’t given, nor is the American film company.  I wonder if these Muslims actually think that the American government is making the movie?

Check out the guy’s sign on the far right of the above image.  It says on the bottom, “Ready to Die for Mohammed!”  Why would he be ready to die for Mohammed?  Shouldn’t he be ready to die for Allah?

According to a Yahoo News article, “Washington has a big mission in Egypt, partly because of a huge aid program that followed Egypt’s signing of a peace treaty with Israel in 1979. The United States gives $1.3 billion to Egypt’s military each year and offers the nation other aid.”

As America remembers Sept. 11th, 2001 in our way, the Muslims overseas remember it in their way!!!

For more information, check out the following article: