So after the rugby match on Saturday, Heyneke Meyer thought it appropriate to “firstly thank the lord” for helping the team. The coach of a national side, on national TV, thought it appropriate to thank his personal god for “being with” the country’s team during a match…. Off course most of you didn’t even pick up on this, and as far as I’m aware nothing has or will be made about it either.
Now let’s move to cricket. Our newly appointed national captain, Hashim Amla, is a devoted Muslim as everyone knows. Imagine good old Hash publicly thanking Allah for assisting us during a match? No matter what any Christian would try and tell me, I guarantee you that South Africa will erupt.
We will not hear the end of it and action will be taken, no doubt. I can already hear the outcries from churches and other groups to boycott cricket and get rid of the godless, no good Muslim.
So next time you ask me to leave your religion alone, screw you. If the national coach of a team can publicly thank his personal god on TV for helping a team that represents the entire country, we still have an awful long way to go.
And before you say anything, first consider whether you would honestly be fine with Amla thanking Allah after each cricket match.
Keep your god and your superstitions out of our faces, and only then will we leave you alone.