Currently in England there is much positive action and interest in a large number of sports culminating perhaps today with The Tour de France Yorkshire Section, Grand Prix racing cars at Silverstone, Wimbledon Tennis men's final, Wimbledon Common 10k not to mention the Henley Royal Regatta and Royal Ascot Horse racing only a few days back.
Even in the World Cup Football where the English team came home earlier than usual from Brazil almost as expected there are still many talented Premier League football players with their countries teams in Brazil giving some exciting games to watch.
Yet at the same time there is much evil and carnage taking place in the Middle East apparently in the name of Allah or religion of some kind.
Obviously the religious justification for fighting killing maiming those whose religious persuasions might not be the same as that of the killers, is absurd and in my humble opinion evil. Christianity though more a victim in the Middle East at present has been used as such an awful weapon by dreadful men in the same way not only in the long distant past but also more recently even in Europe. No one in their right mind who is truly a servant of god would seek to maim injure or kill another simply because of religion. Clearly what is occurring in the Middle East a is a selfish quest for power wealth and control with religion being used in Karl Marx style
Yet the fanatics in the Middle East threaten us all. How seriously to take the threats of such people is a difficult question especially since the appalling 9/11 killings in New York. My own view is that we should avoid curtailing UK citizens' freedoms as an answer to threats from such primitive people. Such curtailments in essence create an escalation of the evil ones actions and in my humble opinion weaken our freedoms and strengthens the hands of those who try to intimidate.
Karl Marx said that religion is the Opium of the People. That he was wrong is especially apparent these days when even in Russia not to mention China and of course the UK, people look to shopping and consumables for their opium. Religious belief requires inspiration thought prayer good works and kindnesses. These attributes are straightforward to state but far more difficult to practice and certainly do not entail hurting fellow human beings.
So let the sport and camaradie continue, unaffected by the druggies of the world and it is perhaps relevant that the Vatican now has a cricket 11. Let real religious believers seek to enhance people lives through sport and other areas where ordinary people seek to live their lives in peace.