The Olympic closing ceremony has focussed attention on Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Outside the Olympics, the Muslim ‘Evil Olympics’ group tried to hold a demonstration. Whatever misgivings Christians had about the Games, we thank God they passed peacefully.
M. Rogge was on hand to award the medals for the Men’s Marathon in the last medal ceremony of the games.
No ‘One Minute of Silence’
The IOC refused to hold a minute’s silence to remember the 11 Israeli victims of the Munich massacre in 1972. Demands for such an observance came from the governments of Canada, Australia, USA, Germany, Italy and Israel, but not from that of the UK. In response, IOC officials attended a small ceremony on 6th August outside the games organised by the Israeli Embassy.
Suspicions have been raised of a pro-Palestinian bias in the IOC by a photograph published by Forbes magazine in November 2011. The caption below it read:
‘President of the International Olympic Committee Jacques Rogge pauses during a press conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010. Rogge on Tuesday expressed concern over “obstacles” facing Palestinian athletes, and in veiled criticism of Israel said athletes should be granted free movement regardless of politics.’
There was in fact a Palestinian team at the London Olympics in 2012, as there has been in every Olympic Games since 1996. None of the five athletes progressed to the finals.
‘Evil Olympics’ is ‘Muslims against Crusades’ revisited
Meanwhile, outside the stadium, a planned demonstration against the ‘Evil Olympics’ by Islamists was called off when police refused it a static license.
The new group has put up a website, http://evilolympics.com/index.php#, on which they complain that nations taking part are ‘oppressing Muslims’. In reality, the new group is merely the banned ‘Muslims against the Crusades’ under a new name. SMS messages were sent out from a number associated with Anjem Choudary, who describes himself as Chairman of the Society of Muslim Lawyers, Judge at the Shari’ah Court of the UK and Former UK Head of Al-Muhajiroun.
‘Evil Olympics’ singles out four countries for particularly oppressing Muslims.
The first is Israel, so that is no surprise, accused of being where the mainly-Sunni Muslim Palestinians want to be. The second is China, which dislikes any religion, and is mounting a Ramadan clampdown on the Uighur Sunni Muslims in the northwestern region of Xinjiang. The third country is Burma, where the Buddhist regime has closed mosques attended by the Sunni Muslim Rohingya people in Arakan.
Interestingly, the fourth country accused by ‘Evil Olympics’ of oppressing Muslims is Syria. Syria is usually thought of as a Muslim state. However, In Syria, the Alawite Shia minority, led by President Assad, is fighting for its life against Sunni Muslim rebels, as we have reported before. (see links below)
The Sunni / Shia divide
It is curious that in all four countries accused of oppressing Muslims, it is Sunni Muslims whom ‘Evil Olympics’ support. It can be argued that Sunnis form the majority of Muslims in the UK and worldwide, and we shall come to that. But ‘Evil Olympics’ taking sides in Syria makes sense when we realise that Anjem Choudary has been identified as a Sunni Muslim. Al-Muhajiroun, of which Anjem Choudary was the UK head and Sheik Omar Bakri the spiritual leader, is said by US intelligence to be a Sunni Muslim group. Al Quaeda is Sunni Muslim, as is its birthplace of Saudi Arabia, which is why they are supporting the Syrian rebels rather than President Assad.
‘Evil Olympics’ also castigate the USA and UK for their actions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Christian Voice has consistently opposed British involvement in both countries. But Afghanistan has a Sunni Muslim majority, whilst the deposed Saddam Hussein was a Sunni Muslim in a majority Shia nation. The terrorist group Hezbollah, prominent in Lebanon and supported by Syria and Iran, is Shia Muslim. Iran is 93% Shia, Azerbaijan 75%, Iraq 63% and Bahrain 61%. Yemen is 47% Shia and Lebanon 41% Shia. All other Muslim countries have greater Sunni majorities.
Worldwide, Muslims split into an estimated 90% Sunni and 10% Shia. Most Muslims in Britain (around 95%) are Sunni Muslim. See this pro-Muslim link: http://guide.muslimsinbritain.org/guide3.html
Finally, we thank God there was no terrorist incident at the Games. That can mean the conspiracy theorists were wrong or that it was only averted because of the noise they made, according to one’s point of view.
See our previous stories:
10/08/2012: £32.5m for the anti-Christian Syrian rebels
02/08/2012: An Explosion of Olympic Conspiracy Theories
27/07/2012: Syria – Thank God for the Russians
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