Chess More Sinful Than Gambling? One Televangelist Thinks So

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Turkish newspaper Hurriyet is reporting that the Turkish Chess Federation is filing suit against a televangelist who claimed that the game of chess is more sinful than gambling or eating pork.

The controversy stems from popular Turkish televangelist Ahmet Mahmut UnlU, who also goes by the name Cubbeli Ahmet Hoca. He claimed in one of his sermons that people who played chess were committing a sin that was worse than gambling or eating pork, dooming players to hell after they die. "Playing chess is worse than gambling and eating pork ... People who play chess are more prone to lying than others. People who play chess may not say the shahada [declaration of Islamic belief] while they are dying," the televangelist said.

That statement caused the Turkish Chess Federation to launch legal proceedings against UnlU, with the group writing: "The remarks of the person in question on chess in a video are unacceptable and have drawn a reaction from our community."

It is currently unclear what relief the TCF is seeking, whether it be monetary or seeking a retraction by the televangelist. This is certainly a strange case, and is the first time we've ever heard someone call chess evil, and certainly the first time we've heard it compared to gambling or eating pork in a religious sense.

Needless to say, we'll be keeping abreast on the case and will update you as we learn more.

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3 January 2017 - 8:10pm
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I`ll better stay alive forever then... I`m gambling, eating pork AND playing chess... sometimes all those at once 🙂

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4 January 2017 - 1:03am
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I'm not much of a chess player but I guess this doesn't mean I'll go to heaven 😉 if there's any...
I really enjoy when they excuse all human stupidity with religion...that guy is delirious...and obviously he hates chess.

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4 January 2017 - 2:59am
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I'm with you there Caliber26. 😂 It sounds like I'm going to rot in hell for eternity!

I just thought about what might happen if you were eating some pork while playing chess with your friend and betting on a football match on TV at the same time. Spontaneous human combustion?

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4 January 2017 - 10:36am
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You're sinful even only when that crosses your mind Ed! That's the evil itself, quit before it's too late for you 😉

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4 January 2017 - 1:26pm
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Are there casinos in hell? If not, lets meet and make one when we get there? 🚬

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5 January 2017 - 12:25am
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Are there casinos in hell? If not, lets meet and make one when we get there? 🚬

No problemo dude, I'm all in for that 👍 you will recognise me by the chess board I'm bringing 😀

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5 January 2017 - 5:32am
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I'll bring the bacon. And beer too!

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I guess the bacon will be real crispy in hell 🙂 But probably hard to keep the beer cold...

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5 January 2017 - 9:37am
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Oh, I just remembered:

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I'll bring the bacon. And beer too!

What a chess game that would be 😕

Caliber26 wrote:

I guess the bacon will be real crispy in hell 🙂 But probably hard to keep the beer cold...

Yeah will have to figure it out that 🤔

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Oh, I just remembered:

Well, no problems to keep the beer cold there I guess 😀

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6 January 2017 - 4:12pm
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Oh, I just remembered:

We have a Hell here in Michigan too. It always is cold!

I think I'm going to uber-Hell, as I only play chess with pieces that I've carved out of ham that's been sourced from the casino buffet. I deserve my own wing!

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We have a Hell here in Michigan too. It always is cold!

I think I'm going to uber-Hell, as I only play chess with pieces that I've carved out of ham that's been sourced from the casino buffet. I deserve my own wing!

Oh, but that`s great, maybe we can use your wing for the casino then?

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Oh, but that`s great, maybe we can use your wing for the casino then?

Sure! Just no licorice in my wing. That stuff is more sinful than gambling, ham, murder, extortion, and bath soap.

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Sure! Just no licorice in my wing. That stuff is more sinful than gambling, ham, murder, extortion, and bath soap.

That`s ok. But there is one thing that is even worse than licorice.... Pickles...!!! Not even Belsebub himself will allow that on the menu...

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8 January 2017 - 12:39am
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Some people are simply delusional, I could never think of chess as a sinful game.Ridiculous.

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That`s ok. But there is one thing that is even worse than licorice.... Pickles...!!! Not even Belsebub himself will allow that on the menu...

So what's wrong with the pickles anyway? 😉 Someone should bring Vodka I guess..

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11 January 2017 - 8:52pm
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So what's wrong with the pickles anyway? 😉 Someone should bring Vodka I guess..

I hate pickles! They only taste good with vodka and I don't drink that! 😂

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Well I think you should try it...and by the way how you know they great with Vodka if you didn't tried that before.. 😉