The punchline: It was organized to promote interfaith understanding. Which, in a way, it did.
Evidently the thought of being tripped by a female priest was just too hotttt.
Muslim and Christian leaders in Oslo scrapped a soccer match meant to foster understanding between religions Saturday after the imams refused to play a team that included women priests.
The imams said physical contact with women would be inappropriate, NRK public television said, and the Norwegian Christians refused a proposal of a male-only clash. The match was to have followed talks meant to build bridges between faiths in Norway.
“Some say that bodily contact is the problem. It leads to special feelings that can lead to something forbidden,” imam Senaid Kobilica told NRK public television in explanation…
[One female priest’s] objection prompted the Christian captain to cancel the match. “There are both men and women priests in Oslo, and you can’t have a dialogue in which everyone can take part and then have a game where only men are allowed,” Trond Bakkevig said.
The pressure on the Christian side to relent by benching its female player must have been intense. Good for them for holding out.