South Africa vs. Mexico: Opening Game World Cup 2010In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last week or so, the 2010 World Cup is being played right now, in South Africa. Outside of the US, soccer is a popular sport, and interest worldwide is high. A couple billion or so people will likely be watching one or more games during the course of this massive tournament. But hyperreligiosity knows no bounds, and a desire to watch a game, cost a man his life, as CBS News reports (WebCite cached article):

A South African man who wanted to watch a World Cup football match instead of a religious program was beaten to death by his family in the northeastern part of the country, police said Thursday.

David Makoeya, a 61-year-old man from the small village of Makweya, Limpopo province, fought with his wife and two children for the remote control on Sunday because he wanted to watch Germany play Australia in the World Cup. The others, however, wanted to watch a gospel show. …

“It appears they banged his head against the wall,” Malefo said. “They phoned the police only after he was badly injured, but by the time the police arrived the man was already dead.”

Soccer fans who live with religious families, had best beware: Your soccer-watching is an evil vice that Jesus disapproves of — apparently — and it could get you killed!

Hat tip: iReligion Forum on Delphi Forums.

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