January 23, 2016 at 9:30 pm (Uncategorized)

My dad taught me to play chess. I was never a great player, but I do like the game. I taught my son to play. He;s not great, but he likes the game too. It’s a thinking game. It’s a game of strategy.

Imagine my surprise when I read of a Saudi cleric’s “ruling”against chess as un-Islamic and a tool of the devil akin to gambling. And there was me thinking that the modern version of chess owes its origins to Islamic countries. But after I did a little looking into this, I found lots of Christian web site which frowned on chess as well.

Sometimes I wonder if the fundamentalists of all stripes just sit around all day looking for things to pronounce against. In the case of the Saudi cleric, if the didn’t frown on music too, I’d wonder if he wasn’t taking those Chris de Burgh records a little too literally.



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