So, God forbid (or maybe I should say Allah forbid) you play a sport that makes you sweat in the desert heat and you have the audacity to don shorts...if you live in Iraq that is...
Apparently Allah forbids shorts, 'cause, ya know -men's knobby knees are so lusted after... and it seems shorts show "forbidden parts". Forbidden parts?
"An Iraqi tennis coach and two of his players were fatally shot last week in Baghdad because they were wearing shorts, authorities said yesterday, reporting the latest in a series of recent attacks attributed to Islamic extremists.
In the Baghdad incident, gunmen stopped a car carrying the Sunni Arab coach and two Shi'ite players, asked them to step out and then shot them, said Manham Kubba, secretary-general of the Iraqi Tennis Union.
Extremists had distributed leaflets warning people in the mostly Sunni neighborhoods of Saidiyah and Ghazaliyah not to wear shorts, police said.
"Wearing shorts by youth are prohibited because it violates the principles of Islamic religion when showing forbidden parts of the body. Also women should wear the veil," the leaflets said.
No one claimed responsibility for the slayings." (source)
This is the second incident targeting athletes in a week --the other involved the kidnapping of 15 members of an Iraqi tae kwon do team. What the motivation was there I'm not sure --as there are no shorts in martial arts... maybe bare feet are also forbidden parts?
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