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  1. Daz says:

    Ah, football — the only non-water sport where diving technique is part of the training…

    Love the headline on Jesus’s paper!

  2. Neil Hoskins says:

    I’m praying for Dawkins, too.

  3. Nassar Ben Houdja says:

    Dick Dawkins is the poster fan boy for fundamental evangelical collection plate passing athiests.

  4. AchillesAndTortoise says:

    So is football the only thing you can use to make a prophet doubt his faith? Apparently, Author says yes!

  5. cass_m says:

    As always Jesus’ reading material is awesome.

  6. BBS says:

    For once I have to agree with Mo, look what happened to Italy, its just so unfair!

  7. azurefrog says:

    Italy deserved what it got.

  8. FrankN.Stein says:

    If there is a football God, he’s obviously German.

  9. Nassar Ben Houdja says:

    Is it so that the groundskeepers remove the players when mowing the field, then replace them to finish the game after the grass is cut?

  10. Plop says:

    I don’t get it. Ghana is mostly christian.

  11. Daz says:

    @Plop:
    That’s the point, I think. Mo is having a small crisis of faith because of Ghana’s fate.

    @FrankN.Stein:
    If there is a God at all, then She / He / It obviously has a really screwed up sense of humour. At least, I can’t see any other reason for creating fundies…

  12. dxp says:

    (whisper) Don’t mention the score!

  13. Maggs says:

    Come on Daz, of course He/She has a sense of humour, it’s obvious, not just in football scores and the unfairness of everything but … take s*x for instance… ROFL

  14. Daz says:

    @Maggs:

    S*x? I’m trying to remember …

    Ah yes. Still not as funny as fundies though. Although the noises make more sense.

  15. MrGronk says:

    Obviously god is a Uruguayan. This explains everything.

  16. John The Geologist says:

    The EU funded a football ground in Kabul back when the Taliban ruled the entire country.

    The Taliban used it for public executions.

    The EU complained that they had not funded it for beheadings, stonings etc but for football.

    The Taliban said “if that is the case then you should have funded an execution ground as well”.

    Y.C.M.I.U

    Personally I am surprised they allowed football as they banned so many other games/sports – flying kites for example. It was illegal to import kites into Afghanistan. Obviously a kid flying a kite is a vile apostate who needs his head sawn off in public.

  17. daoloth says:

    Thanks to all who replied to my post in the last comic. Only just caught up. Some very interesting points.
    Salem hypothesis caught me totally by surprise. My own, as yet utterly unscientific, pilot-studying of the issue has suggested that religiosity (roughly as used by Bouchard et al in their heritability studies, e.g. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15745438) Goes something like this:

    Most religious – Mathematicians (the good ones are all Platonists)
    Next most- Physicists & Chemists roughly equally (surprising given what Feynman had to say)
    Nearly last- Biologists
    Last- psychologists

    I have known entire maths & physics departments where all or nearly all are NEW EARTH CREATIONISTS. I promise you I am not making this up.
    It is very odd indeed.

    Any thoughts very welcome. Some obvious areas include the requirements of abstraction vs reality in ones discipline, awareness of how orgasnisms self-deceive etc.

  18. Uncle Roger says:

    So is football really just a big kiss-ass contest? The team that brown-noses God the most/best wins? And if a team loses, perhaps the local church ought to be looking into what the players might be doing that brought such disfavor from God?

    Come to think of it, if football really were a competition of faith, I might be more interested in it — if the prize for the winners was that they got to meet their god at the end of the game.

  19. lol says:

    indeed. i’m still annoyed about suarez defiling the game of football and getting a (now thankfully denied by the dutch!) chance at grabbing a medal, lampard’s goal not being counted, henry’s handball, england vs portugal I and II and even maradona’s hand-of-egotistical-twat incident, though it happened before i was born.

  20. Daz says:

    @lol

    The ‘Hand Of Bog’ was before you were born? Thanks, I feel so old now …

  21. MrGronk says:

    @John the geologist
    Interestingly, the putative reason for the Taliban banning kites was because the things had a tendency to saw kid’s heads off – apparently the silly little buggers were much given to coating the strings in powdered glass for kite battles. IIRC a recent kite festival in Pakistan had a pile of fatalities from beheadings and idiots falling off buildings. I imagine their tiddywinks competitions must be a sheer gore-fest.

  22. wright1 says:

    @ Uncle Roger…

    I think the Aztecs did just that, though IIRC, it was the losers who got the ultimate privilege.

  23. AchillesAndTortoise says:

    @Daoloth: Very interesting. I’m hoping though that religiosity is going down in all categories. Do you have information on that?

  24. bk says:

    apparently people now worship an octopus. (go spain?)

  25. Gus says:

    It’s absolutely clear that god is an octopus

  26. John The Geologist says:

    MrGronk

    I partly accept that.

    However, the banned imports also included:

    “billiard tables, chess boards, masks and fire crackers”

    So they do seem to have had a bit of a downer on recreation (other than recreational stonings and beheadings)

    And they also banned lobster which the rules explained was a kind of animal (although in mitigation I suppose Afghanistan is landlocked and you rarely get lobsters up mountains).

  27. fenchurch says:

    @MrGronk – The idea that glassed-up kite strings cause beheadings make me think of the equally spurious and ethnically similar excuse made of an Ontario Muslim father that *he* didn’t decapitate his 6 year old daughter: she looked depressed and likely killed herself.

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