Rachel Donadio, anti-papalÂ conspiracy theorist,Â resident priestÂ basher andÂ Islamapologistfor theÂ New York Times, has turned her attention to theÂ clash between Christians and Muslims in CÃ³rdobaÂ over theÂ Catholic Cathedral or, as DonadioÂ callsÂ it, “the great mosque of CÃ³rdoba”. As theÂ New York Times engages openly in theÂ practiceÂ of obscuring history in a manner that helpsÂ Islam, perhaps instead of a mosque at Ground Zero there ought to be a minaret alongside the “Gray Lady“. Â (Right Side News-full report below the fold….)
What Donadio totally ignores is that there have been many attempts by Muslims to appropriate the cathedral of Cordoba, just as there are massive attempts to appropriate all Jewish, Christian, Hindu and Buddhist sites by Muslims/Islam, Â around the world. Â The latest, most egregious example Â is Rachels Tomb, Â which UNESCO re-labeled as an Islamic mosque. Â Hard to believe, but the OIC dominated UN Â assisted the Muslim Arabs to appropriate the tomb of Rachel, Israel’s other matriarch, and demanded that Israel remove the site from its National Heritage!.
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- The New York Times, and That Business At the Cathedral In Cordoba
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Donadio fundamentally fails in her explanation of the history ofÂ CÃ³rdoba in the context of Islamic-Christianconflict by offering as equally debatable points the historical revisionism of Islamists, both openly radical and ostensibly moderate, while mischaracterizing theÂ position of Bishop Demetrius Fernandez, the latter being based on a history that is disputed by virtually no one outside theÂ Muslim community and their leftist, Catholic-hating apologists.
“The great mosque of Cordoba”, as Donadio calls it, is actuallyÂ La Catedral de CÃ³rdoba, a Catholiccathedral. While it is true that the current building was formerly a mosque, Donadio fails to point out that it was built by ChristianÂ dhimmis on the ruins of the Basilica of Saint Vincent which had beenÂ destroyedby theÂ invading Muslims. In 1236, King Ferdinand succeeded in aÂ bloodless return ofÂ CÃ³rdobaÂ to Christian hands and the building was consecrated as aÂ cathedralÂ which, byÂ definition, refers to its place as theÂ official seat of the Catholic bishop, theÂ teaching authority of the diocese.
Donadio’s reference to theÂ Cathedral of Cordoba as “the great mosque” indicates an appalling bias giving credence by strong implication to the Muslim claim that Muslims have some right to worship in theÂ Cathedral. She even suggests that because it is aÂ cathedral, Muslims should be able to worship in it.
[D]iocesan officials are upset that some Muslims have tried to pray there, even though it is a consecratedÂ cathedral. [Emphasis mine.]
Muslim worship may not occur in a CatholicÂ cathedral. As Canon LawÂ states in regard to sacred places such as churches, “anything not consonant with the holiness of the place is forbidden.” Suggesting for any reason whatsoever that a Catholic bishop should violate Canon Law, particularly in the context of allowing hisÂ official seat of authority to beÂ sharedÂ byÂ Islamists engaging in what Catholics consider to be unholy worship, is not only contrary toÂ religious freedom but horrifies the sensibilities of Catholics everywhere.
Today, the legacy of Al Andalus is highly contested. While Osama bin Laden and other radicals have called repeatedly for the return of Al Andalus to Muslim hands â€” that is, for the Islamic reconquest of Spain and implicitly Europe â€” others look to Al Andalus as an almost utopian era ofÂ peaceful coexistence among Christians, Muslims and Jews.
Catholics who remember their history and honor the memories of theÂ Christian Martyrs ofÂ CÃ³rdobawould beg to differ with both of these two IslamistÂ points of view.Â SharingÂ the view ofÂ Osama bin Ladenas if it might have some weight as a debatable point is shocking in and of itself. Even further, Donadio could use some instruction on the historical realities ofÂ dhimmitude.
A non-Muslim community that is forced to accept dhimmitude is condemned to live in a system that will protect it from violent jihad on only one condition: if it is completely subservient to a Muslim master. In return for that subservience, the community is granted limited rights, although dhimmis could be capriciously subjected to such depredations as mass slavery, abductions, and deportations.
It seems clear that as long as there are Catholic-hating Islamapologists at theÂ New York Times inManhattan, there is really no need for a mosque at Ground Zero. Just build a minaret at 620 Eighth Avenue and VoilÃ ! An “Islamic Cultural Center”!