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Published:October 5th, 2009 19:07 EST
Lebanon: Muslim Clerics Ban Brazilian Samba Show

Lebanon: Muslim Clerics Ban Brazilian Samba Show

By Robert Paul Reyes

"A protest by Muslim clerics torpedoed a Brazilian samba show in the Lebanese city of Tire on Thursday, local officials said.

A statement by the clerics condemned plans for the open-air display by a dance troupe that has been touring Lebanon.

`We support tourism but are against obscenity,` said Sheikh Ali Yassin, who heads a group of clerics in the predominantly Shi`ite Muslim city."

Reuters

Lebanon isn`t a hardline Islamic outpost like Iran or Saudi Arabia, nevertheless Muslim clerics never cease to quench all expressions of joy.

Brazilian samba troupes include musicians and scantily clad dancers, but even the most repressed individuals usually get caught up in the excitement and revelry.

Except for Islamic fundamentalists who are always trying to stamp out anything that`s fun or pleasurable.

Almost any city in the world would love to have a Brazilian samba troupe pay them a visit. There must be something awfully askew about a religion that considers a samba show sinful.