Why do they call it "Cordoba Mosque?"

Frank Gaffney on the ‘Cordoba House’ mosque at ground zero/Vlad Tepes Blog

Update from TRoP:

A Shrine to Sharia

For Muslims, the Ground Zero mosque is not about freedom of worship. It is about symbolism.

Raymond Ibrahim: The Two Faces of the Ground Zero Mosque

In “The Two Faces of the Ground Zero Mosque” in Pajamas Media (via MEF), June 22, our great friend Raymond Ibrahim exposes yet more duplicity from the Ground Zero Islamic supremacist mega-mosque organizers. Sign the petition here.

Depending on whether Islamists address Americans or fellow Muslims, the same exact words they use often relay diametrically opposed meanings. One example: when Americans hear Muslims evoke “justice,” the former envision Western-style justice, whereas Muslims naturally have Sharia law justice in mind.Islamists obviously use this to their advantage: when addressing the West, Osama bin Laden bemoans the “justice of our causes, particularly Palestine”; yet, when addressing Muslims, his notion of justice far transcends territorial disputes and becomes unintelligible from a Western perspective: “Battle, animosity, and hatred–directed from the Muslim to the infidel–is the foundation of our religion. And we consider this a justice and kindness to them. The West perceives fighting, enmity, and hatred all for the sake of the religion [i.e., Islam] as unjust, hostile, and evil. But who’s understanding is right–our notions of justice and righteousness, or theirs?” (Al Qaeda Reader, p. 43).

Of course, that Osama bin Laden–slayer of 3,000 Americans and avowed enemy to the rest–exhibits two faces, one to Americans another to Muslims, is not surprising. Yet the reader may well be surprised to discover that the controversial Cordoba Initiative, which plans on manifesting itself as the largest American mosque, situated atop Ground Zero–that is, atop the carnage caused by none other than bin Laden–also has two faces, conveying one thing to Americans, quite another to Muslims.


The very name of the initiative itself, “Cordoba,” offers different connotations to different people: In the West, the Andalusian city of Cordoba is regularly touted asthe model of medieval Muslim progressiveness and tolerance for Christians and Jews. To many Americans, then, the choice to name the mosque “Cordoba” is suggestive of rapprochement and interfaith dialogue; atop the rubble of 9/11, it implies “healing”–a new beginning between Muslims and Americans. The Cordoba Initiative’s mission statement certainly suggests as much:

Cordoba Initiative aims to achieve a tipping point in Muslim-West relations within the next decade, bringing back the atmosphere of interfaith tolerance and respect that we have longed for since Muslims, Christians and Jews lived together in harmony and prosperity eight hundred years ago.

Oddly enough, the so-called “tolerant” era of Cordoba supposedly occurred during the caliphate of ‘Abd al-Rahman III (912-961)–well over a thousand years ago. “Eight hundred years ago,” i.e., around 1200, the fanatical Almohids–ideological predecessors of al-Qaeda–were ravaging Cordoba, where “Christians and Jews were given the choice of conversion, exile, or death.” A Freudian slip on the part of the Cordoba Initiative?

At any rate, the true history of Cordoba, not to mention the whole of Andalusia, is far less inspiring than what Western academics portray: the Christian city was conquered by Muslims around 711, its inhabitants slaughtered or enslaved. The original mosque of Cordoba–the namesake of the Ground Zero mosque–was built atop, and partly from the materials of, a Christian church. Modern day Muslims are well aware of all this. Such is the true–and ominous–legacy of Cordoba….

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3 thoughts on “Why do they call it "Cordoba Mosque?"”

  1. Knowing these historical facts are so important to understand what is going on today, the same thing that took place all along the 1 400 years of conquest. Nothing changed. They have been converting churches and building mosques all this time. Look, what happened to Jerusalem, to Instanbul (Constantinople, Byzantium), to Cordoba. Church converted into mosque.

    They conquered the Eastern part of the earlier Roman Empire, and converted the Hagia Sofia cathedral, almost first thing, in what is now called Istanbul.

    To this very day they talk about “taking Rome”. They talk about reconquering Andalucia.

    Conquest. This is also their intention about New York and the “Cordoba House”.

    Keep in mind the Austrian muslims’ sudden urge to “pray” in the Cordoba cathedral in Spain, stirring up disorder in the cathedral, at Easter 2010.

    Paying attention, knowing history it’s all crystal clear.

  2. “the Christian city was conquered by Muslims around 711, its inhabitants slaughtered or enslaved. The original mosque of Cordoba–the namesake of the Ground Zero mosque–was built atop, and partly from the materials of, a Christian church. Modern day Muslims are well aware of all this. Such is the true–and ominous–legacy of Cordoba….”

    I only wish the Lefitst “Main Sleaze Media” would get this kind of information out so people could really understand what the threat is all about.
    History repeats itself for those who forget it.
    The Cordoba House, I suspect will officially open exactly on the anniversary of the Cordoba mosque in Andalusia.
    This is a 1300 yr-old deja’ vu, 711 AD-2011 AD.

  3. I don’t trust much of anything that comes out of the mouth of a politician and especially the mouth of anyone religious. To me, both are infected with lies and agendas that serve only those who have picked up the torch of their choosing and run with it like an olympian toward their goal of dominance over people and delusions of world conquest in the name of a fucking diety. If the US lets this happen, then I hope that there is riots in the streets of New York and everything muslim is destroyed to send a message back to fucking sand rats that the world is tired of bullshit from a shit religion. You can laugh at me if you want, but I predict that if the muslims persist with their shit, the entire world will turn on them perhaps in the form of a nuclear holocaust and wipe every mosque from the planet starting with Jerusalem. Open season on the assholes. Now if I’ve gone against the rules of communication of this particular site, then by all means, scratch me from the list. I say what I feel I won’t be intimidated by some piece of shit cleric who thinks he knows something about the universe. I feel the same way about all religion as the basic message of the golden rule is good, but, most people don’t live by it other than the facade that they show the world. It’s obvious that lying, cheating and murder are OK as long as you get away with it. That’s the ugly truth that I have observed within my life. “Don’t get caught and everything will be alright” I just hope that the belief in Kharma is correct and that all these horrible people eventually get theirs.

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