Turkey soccer team

A moment of silence for Paris terror attack victims in Green Bay, Wisconsin, was ruined when a single fan out of 78,000 screamed “Muslims suck!” The outburst was condemned by Packers quarterback Aaron Rogers.

Two days later a stadium filled with 17,000 Turkish soccer fans shouted “Allahu Akbar!” during a similar ceremony in Istanbul. One would think the two incidents would be worthy of comparison, but for the most part media would like to just do the, “Move, along. Move along. Nothing to see here” coverage.

Time magazine covered both incidents, but there was zero mention of Lambeau Field’s fans during coverage of the fiasco at Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadium.

Here is what Rogers said after last Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions:

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers publicly called out the fan who made the remark during his postgame press conference, .

“I think it’s important to do things like [the moment of silence]. We’re a connected world, you know — six degrees of separation,” he said. “I must admit, though, I was very disappointed with whoever the fan was who made a comment that I thought was really inappropriate, during the moment of silence. It’s that kind of prejudicial ideology that I think puts us in the position that we’re in today, as a world.”

In a different world, Rogers would be able to acknowledge just how amazing it is that in a stadium filled with 78,000 fans who just tailgated for an hour prior to taking their seats, only a single fan decided to make an outburst like a character straight out of an Adam Sandler movie.

In a different world, reporters would circle back with Rogers and ask him what it means when thousands of fans in Turkey chant “Allahu Akbar!” during a moment of silence for the 129 killed and 350 injured in last Friday’s terror attacks.

Aaron Rogers press conference

Here is what Time reported in response to Nov. 17’s fiasco in Istanbul:

The incident, reported by Reuters and other news outlets and depicted in videos uploaded to Twitter, took place before the Turkey vs. Greece game, as the players from both teams stood silent to honor the 129 people who died during the attacks last week. One well-known commentator on Islamic issues wrote on his Facebook page that “it has become common practice for Turkish fans to chant during moments of silence [to] honor the victims.”

But the Turkish team’s manager condemned the fans’ behavior, saying it damaged the country’s image internationally. “If we don’t act like we did today, we can prevent sports from being sacrificed to terrorism,” he was quoted as saying.

The Green Bay fan who screamed “Muslims suck!” acted very much like a pathetic clown, but it should not be lost on Americans that such individuals are often responding to the very-real culture of intolerance permeating the Middle East and North Africa.

Think about how sick and twisted a culture would have to be in order to get thousands of attendees at national soccer game to chant “Allahu Akbar!” during a ceremony for terror victims.

If Aaron Rogers wants to really experience “prejudicial ideology that … puts us in the position that we’re in today,” then perhaps he should buy a few tickets to sporting events in the Middle East.

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

6 comments

  1. Why do we have to apologize that someone was angry at a group that constantly commits crimes of that nature? Why do we immediately have to defend the group that all these murderers come from right away?

    It’s like with Michael Brown. A member of a group does something that his group does very disproportionately to the white group, and the whites end up apologizing to the group that victimizes them as a result!

    Who cares if some Muslims get offended? We seem to have lost track of the fact that if a group is acting badly, it’s reasonable for the reaction to that to fall on all the members of that group. People have no trouble assigning blame for colonialism to all whites, but for some reason assigning any group blame to any other group, even when it’s as richly deserved as it is with Muslims, is the most evil thing in the world.

    It was a great experiment to see if all people could live together peacefully. But realistically, it could never have worked. You can’t have people in your society, especially your universal democracy, who hate the values that make up that society and want to replace them with something totally different, as a large percentage of Muslims do. It’s insane to bring people into the country (Mexicans, Muslims, etc.) who have a culture which is fundamentally incompatible with Western culture. We may be able to afford to ignore them over there, as long as we don’t let them come over here.

    1. I think the problem with immigration today is that people who come here often have no desire to assimilate into American culture, and the educational system is essentially run by leftists who cultivate a separatist mentality. The U.S. is becoming Balkanized.

      The U.S. essentially had an open-borders policy prior to 1918, but there was a huge difference: No welfare state. People used to come to America because they were entrepreneurial by nature, or if they were fleeing oppression they knew that the onus was on them to make it work — not their next door neighbor. The U.S. used to attract people who had all the raw material of a “real” American, and the system was designed to mold them into the best version of themselves that they could be. Today people come from places like Venezuela, but they really just want the U.S. to be Venezuela with a nicer version of Nicholas Maduro.

      Today we have Americans who are Americans-in-name-only. They live here. They work here. They may collect benefits. But they really don’t have an allegiance to the principles that made the country exceptional to begin with. It’s sad to watch all of this unravel.

    2. We have to raise our children to understand this is the best country in the world we must stand beside her and guide her God bless America and see day our enemies will see the light and embrace her.

    3. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment, Lindsey. I appreciate it. I agree with your underlying sentiment, but fear it may be too late to save the patient. Regardless, we have a duty to keep fighting for her until the end.

  2. I want so bad to post a blog. A legit blog about Islam, the Qur’an, Sharia, etc. And I’ve just been advised I need to wait to do that until I graduate (next December). So many leftists are quick to call you Islamophobe, and cherry pick verses from the Qur’an that show peace… but then when you challenge them to quote the VERY NEXT VERSE which details destruction of all who don’t worship Allah… well, you get quizical looks and are told you are racist??? This is me trying to keep my mouth closed but as one who has studied both the religion, and the culture from which it comes from, it’s extremely difficult to watch my friends on social media post things like” #TerrorismHasNoReligion”. Well… yes it does. Go online and do a check of all terrorist attacks just in the last 15 years. Only one belief system comes up over and over. But for SOME reason, if you sprout fact on FB, which I made the mistake of doing once, you get called all kinds of nasty things. Obviously, one shouldn’t scream “Muslims suck”. That’s ridiculous. But we as a country must be willing to have a logical, political and theological discussion of the Islamic belief system in a civilized manner. Immigration is only one part of that. Yet even now that discussion is being steered from “We should be smart as a country in determining who gets to reside here from foreign lands, especially when the countries they hail from have made very clear statements of willingness to attack us” to “we’re inhuman if we don’t allow refugees to come here. Shame on you.” Sigh…

    1. Once again you’ve given me a golden opportunity to share one of my favorite Mark Steyn clips.

      It’s pretty sad that we can’t seem to have an honest discussion about this issue. Someone like you will say, “Have you ever noticed how majority-Muslim countries have atrocious human rights records? Maybe we should be careful about saying all cultures and religions are ‘equal,'” and then suddenly you’re the bad guy.

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