Qatar, Saudi Arabia To Islamize One Of Europe's Greatest Cathedrals

Authored by Giulio Meotti via The Gatestone Institute,

  • In Islamic symbolism, Córdoba is the lost Caliphate. Political authorities in Córdoba dealt a blow to the Catholic Church's claim of ownership of cathedral by declaring that "religious consecration is not the way to acquire property". But this is how history works, especially in the lands where Christianity and Islam fought hard for dominion. Why are secularists not pressing Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to give Christians back the Hagia Sophia? No one has raised an eyebrow that "Christendom's greatest cathedral has become a mosque".
  • The Spanish left, governing the region, would like to convert the church into "a place for the meeting of faiths". Nice ecumenical words, but a death trap for the Islamic domination over other faiths. If these Islamists, supported by the militant secularists, will be able to bring Allah back inside the Cathedral of Córdoba, a tsunami of Islamic supremacism will submerge Europe's decaying Christianity. There are thousands of empty churches just waiting to be filled by the voices of muezzins.
  • The Western attempt to free Jerusalem in the Middle Ages has been condemned as Christian imperialism, while the Muslim campaigns to colonize and Islamize the Byzantine Empire, North Africa, the Balkans, Egypt, the Middle East and most of Spain, to name but a few, are celebrated as a season of enlightenment.

Muslim supremacists seem to have fantasies -- as well as a long history -- of converting Christian sites to Islamic ones. Take, for example, Saint-Denis, the Gothic cathedral named for the first Christian bishop of Paris who was buried there in 250, and the burial place of Charles Martel, whose victory stopped the Muslim invasion of France in 732. Now, according to the scholar Gilles Kepel, this burial place of most of France's kings and queens is "the Mecca in Islam of France". The French Islamists are dreaming of taking it over and replacing the church bells with the call of the muezzin.

In Turkey's greatest cathedral, Hagia Sophia, a muezzin's call recently reverberated inside the sixth-century church for the first time in 85 years.

In France, Muslim leaders called for converting abandoned churches into mosques. thereby echoing The late writer Emile Cioran once predicted of Europe: "The French will not wake up until Notre Dame becomes a mosque".

Now it is the turn of Spain's greatest Catholic site, the Cathedral of Córdoba. Spanish "leftists" and secularists would now, it seems, like to convert to Islam the cathedral of Córdoba, the symbol of a time when "Islam was on the verge of turning the Mediterranean into a Muslim lake". Now that Islam is again conquering large swaths of the Middle East and Africa, is it not a coincidence that this campaign is gaining ground?

In 550 the Cathedral of Córdoba was a Christian basilica, dedicated to a saint; then, in 714, it was occupied by the Muslims, who destroyed it and converted it into the Great Mosque of Córdoba during the reign of Caliph Abd al Rahman I. The site was returned to Catholic worship by King Ferdinand III in 1523 and became the current great Cathedral of Córdoba, one of the most important sites of Western Christianity. Now an alliance of secularists and Islamists are trying to turn the church back to Islamic worship.

The Wall Street Journal called it deconquista, playing with the word reconquista, the time when Spain was returned from Islam to Catholicism. "The Great Mosque of Córdoba" is what UNESCO -- also torturing, upending and turning history on its head to rewrite the past of Jerusalem and Hebron -- calls it. In the last six centuries, however, only Catholic mass and confessions have been officiated there. The WSJ charges "left-wing Spanish intellectuals" with trying to "de-Christianize" the site.

The main altar of the Cathedral of Córdoba. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons/© José Luiz Bernardes Ribeiro / CC BY-SA 3.0)

A recent Islamic State map of domination includes not only the Middle East, but also Spain. ISIS calls it "Al-Andalus". Gatestone's Soeren Kern, among others, has detailed ISIS's call to retake Spain. Osama bin Laden, who targeted Spain in a terror attack in 2004, frequently referred to Al-Andalus in his videos and speeches. Daniel Pipes has further explained, "even centuries after the reconquista of 1492, Muslims continued to long to recreate Muslim Andalusia". Bin Laden's heir, Ayman al-Zawahiri, also weighed in: "The return of Andalus to Muslim hands is a duty for the umma [Muslim community]". Syrian Jihadists call Spain "the land of our ancestors". In Islamic symbolism, Córdoba is the lost Caliphate.

It is self-destructive and surreal that Spanish secularists -- those who claim to care about separation of church and state -- are now supporting Muslim supremacists in their "reconquista of the Mosque of Córdoba".

The recent wave of immigration has brought many Muslims to Spain; the Islamic Spanish population has almost doubled from about a million in 2007 to 1.9 million today. 350,000 people signed a petition promoted by the Spanish "left", calling for the expropriation of the Christian building. Political authorities in Córdoba dealt a blow to the Catholic Church's claim of ownership of cathedral by declaring that "religious consecration is not the way to acquire property". But this is how history works, especially in the lands where Christianity and Islam fought hard for dominion. Why are secularists not pressing Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to give Christians back the Hagia Sophia? No one has raised an eyebrow that "Christendom's greatest cathedral has become a mosque".

The Spanish "left", governing the region, would like to convert the church into "a place for the meeting of faiths". Nice ecumenical words, but a death trap for the Islamic domination over other faiths. In 2010, a group of Muslim activists tried to pray inside the building. To raise support from American Catholics, the Bishop of Córdoba, Demetrio Fernández González, recently explained that the law of Andalusia would allow the expropriation of the cathedral if a court ruled that the Catholic Church failed to preserve the building. "It has become fashionable on the left to romanticize the Islamic past of Spain", noted the Wall Street Journal.

"The Catholics of the Reconquista are thought of as crude fanatics, whereas the caliphate is presented as a haven of tolerance and learning where Jews and Christians—never mind their second-class status—lived side-by-side with Muslims in happy convivencia. Barack Obama even cited Andalusia as an example of Islam's "proud tradition of tolerance" during his 2009 speech in Cairo".

Our secular establishment in the newspapers, universities and popular culture damns the Crusades as a proof of Western guilt towards the Islamic world. The Western attempt to free Jerusalem in the Middle Ages has been condemned as Christian imperialism, while the Muslim campaigns to colonize and Islamize the Byzantine Empire, North Africa, the Balkans, Egypt, the Middle East and most of Spain, to name but a few, are celebrated as a season of enlightenment. Nobody, however, seems to have any concern about Islamic muezzins rising from the roofs of many cities in the West. While the West whips itself for slavery, it never raises any questions about slavery in the Islamic world, currently in full force (although officially "abolished") in Saudi Arabia, Mauritania, and West Africa, among other places.

The question about Córdoba's cathedral now on everyone's lips is: Who will fund the campaign to bring Islam back to the great Christian site? The answer is Qatar. The emirate is supporting the campaign of Islamic organizations to convert the church to Islam. The Middle East is full of churches transformed into mosques, such as the Omayyad of Damascus, Ibn Tulun of Cairo, and the Hagia Sophia Cathedral in Istanbul. Islamists are now eager to do the same in Córdoba. The Catholic Church has taken a position. As the Bishop of Córdoba, Demetrio Fernandez, said, "sharing the space with Muslims would be like a man sharing his wife with another man".

An analyst at the Spanish Institute of Strategic Studies of the Ministry of Defense, Colonel Emilio Sánchez de Rojas, recently gave a lecture in which he explained that Córdoba is "a reference for Islam". He charged Qatar and Saudi Arabia with "campaigns of influence in the West", and as "a source of funding for the campaign for the re-Islamization of the Cathedral in Córdoba".

If these Islamists, supported by the militant secularists, will be able to bring Allah back inside the Cathedral of Córdoba, a tsunami of Islamic supremacism will submerge Europe's decaying Christianity. There are thousands of empty churches just waiting to be filled by the voices of muezzins.

Comments

GUS100CORRINA Wed, 07/19/2017 - 04:06 Permalink

Qatar, Saudi Arabia To Islamize One Of Europe's Greatest CathedralsMy response: Interesting! This process has been underway for a number of years now in Europe. In fact, many churches in England are now souvenir shops, tatoo parlars, tourism shops, etc.NOTHING NEW TO SEE HERE.

Manthong GUS100CORRINA Wed, 07/19/2017 - 04:17 Permalink

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Maybe my recollection is not as good as it should be, but. I have been to the Alhambra in southern Spain… Exquisite architecture….. I think it was done before Mo the Mordred wrecked the civilization.

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blueyefinity@y… (not verified) Troy Ounce Wed, 07/19/2017 - 04:25 Permalink

Time to tell shitskins and jew-controlled socialism=christianity FUCK OFF and go back to our pagan ancestry.The Anglo-Saxon god has a hammer, while hippie socialist beta cuck one was nailed on a cross.  Any questions?Back to the Roots: Greeks are Worshiping Their Ancient Gods Againhttp://dailywesterner.com/news/back-to-the-roots-greeks-are-worshiping-…

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Manthong blueyefinity@y… (not verified) Wed, 07/19/2017 - 04:32 Permalink

OK...He was a Spaz..I am good with that.but
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there was also this little thing about the gates of  Vienna. ..... mayybe they can figure out how to stop the cancer this time around.

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Ofelas Manthong Wed, 07/19/2017 - 04:33 Permalink

Big difference, most of the muslims which lived in Spain were actually North African Berbers (who are actually Caucasians) and the text of the days spoke of blond people. The Arabs were a minority, but mainly heraldet from Syria and the levant, quite different to the desert people on the peninsula and certainly in their interpretation of the religion. They are and always have been less dogmatic.  The spread of the Saudi ideology is giving the syrians a real problem, and it continous with the support of the West now in Spain

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Expat Manthong Wed, 07/19/2017 - 05:54 Permalink

Oddly enough, US christians were slave-owning, neck-hanging racists only 160 years ago.  In reality, black southerners were only finally freed about 30 years ago.  And the Catholic church remains the largest official pedophile organization in the world.  The US military and intelligence services kill many more Muslims every year than Muslims kill Westerners.How about this?  Ban all religions. Free our children from the brain-washing and delusions created by millenia old novels written by ignorant savages and assholes.

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Cloud9.5 eatapeach Wed, 07/19/2017 - 08:33 Permalink

Wealthy blacks owned slaves as well.  Islam still supports slavery.  Just recently a bill of sale was posted showing the sale of a woman as a sex slave. Wars of capture and slavery are as old as the species.  The ignorant have been beguiled into thinking that slavery is uniquely a white institution.

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iamrefreshed Expat Wed, 07/19/2017 - 08:44 Permalink

I assume your pedophile comments refers to priests? You couldn't be more wrong. The priests who heaped sxual abuse upon teenagers were, in fact, faggots allowed into Seminary back in the 60-70's when you and your ilk statred trying to ram your sodomy down upon society.So, fuck off faggot.

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just the tip Troy Ounce Wed, 07/19/2017 - 04:32 Permalink

LOLsorry.   troy, look at the name of the school in the link of your video you posted.LOLsorry.  if you want to post a comment in german it is the frankfurter schule.if you want to post a comment in english it is the frankfurt school.if you don't, and mix the language, someone is going to mistake your comment for talking about nathan's.LOLsorry.LOL

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Veritas X- Chief Wonder Bread Wed, 07/19/2017 - 05:43 Permalink

re: "The effort is Muslim in genesis but jooish in concept. See Edward Bernays."I beg-to-differ-with you cwb.Upon proceeding to 'click on the headline*click bait*', I immediately thought, Gatestoned Presstitute.Yepp, it was a correct thought.Considering I'm not 'Insouciant' ......cough-cough....I thought it be best to correct your typo-error;"The effort is Muslim in genesis [and] jooish in concept. See Edward Bernays.";)  X- 

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GUS100CORRINA Max Damage Wed, 07/19/2017 - 05:24 Permalink

If one really wants to understand what is going on in this situation, one needs to understand the "TWO HOUSES OF ISLAM". In this situation, ISLAM now considers EUROPE (or SPAIN in this CASE) conquered! I wish Europe good luck with your new found masters.Not to worry everyone, America may not be far behind. The only thing standing in the way is the US Constitution and President TRUMP.As a side note, when Christianity gets thrown out, something else is moving in.=======Islam: House of Islam and House of WarThe world is divided into the House of Islam and the House of War, the Dar al-Islam and the Dar al-harb. The Dar al-Islam is all those lands in which a Muslim government rules and the Holy Law of Islam prevails. Non-Muslims may live there on Muslim sufferance. The outside world, which has not yet been subjugated, is called the "House of War," and strictly speaking a perpetual state of jihad, of holy war, is imposed by the law. The law also provided that the jihad might be interrupted by truces as and when appropriate. In fact, the periods of peace and war were not vastly different from those which existed between the Christian states of Europe for most of European history.The law thus divides unbelievers theologically into those who have a book and profess what Islam recognizes as a divine religion and those who do not; politically into dhimmis, those who have accepted the supremacy of the Muslim state and the primacy of the Muslims, and harbis, the denizens of the Dar al-harb, the House of War, who remain outside the Islamic frontier, and with whom therefore there is in principle, a canonically obligatory perpetual state of war until the whole world is either converted or subjugated.

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nmewn Max Damage Wed, 07/19/2017 - 05:38 Permalink

It is, it should always read "leftwing pseudo-intellectual"...lol...its a lot like them misappropriating the word "liberal" to describe themselves which denotes a live & let live existence & character.There is nothing "liberal" about trying to ban sugar, gunz, salt, speech, eggs, milk, coffee, oil, Christianity or using the power & resources of government to destroy political opponents.Not to mention pilfering your purse to prop up non-viable corporate entities like Solyndra, A123, Tesla & ObamaCare ;-)

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machiavellian-trader Wed, 07/19/2017 - 04:06 Permalink

Being that my origins are from the North of Spain where the reconquest was initiated centuries ago, all i can say is i cant wait till Reconquest II happens . We slaughtered all those dogs and did the world a favour. 

johnconnor machiavellian-trader Wed, 07/19/2017 - 04:22 Permalink

What saddens me is how quick people forget history... for hundreds of years Spanish fought to kick out the muslims invaders and now some leftish, the same that want to destroy the Cristian family, the ones with the draconian family law implemented in Zapatero, and same ones who support the break into pieces of Spain are inviting with open arms the old enemy... it won't end up well

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Bubba Rum Das Wed, 07/19/2017 - 04:21 Permalink

"We slaughtered all those dogs and did the world a favour."-And it will happen again, as the invaders do not realize; or care, when they are pushing the limits too far.

just the tip Wed, 07/19/2017 - 04:23 Permalink

so.  this means qatar and KSA are BFF.  i missed the article here as ZH where they kissed and made up.  my bad.  i thought KSA was still trying to dry fuck qatar.

Grandad Grumps Wed, 07/19/2017 - 04:49 Permalink

There are something like 1.4 billion muslims in the world. Only a very small fraction, such as those in control of Saudi Arabia are extremists who do not tolerate other faiths and believe that they have some right to rule over others.

I also learned just this week that female mutilation is not an Islamic thing, but a Central African thing, common in Christian countries as well. Most muslims respect women and in places such as Indonesia there have been more female leaders than any other country.

We need to realize that The Saud are an abomination and the source of radical Islam. If the US government was righteous and cared about our supposed principles we would not have made the devil's deal with the Saud!

Joe A Grandad Grumps Wed, 07/19/2017 - 05:47 Permalink

In my country -NL- even the most moderate Muslims say that if they get a majority then Christians, Jews and unbelievers will have less rights than Muslims (let's not even think what the rights of the LGBT community will be). That is why many people in Bosnia during the Ottoman Empire converted to Islam. That gave them more rights than others. Regarding FGM, that is a standard practice in many Muslim countries such as Egypt for example where it is as high as 80% (!!). Here is a link, scroll down for a map. It is mostly done in Islamic countries.Name me one Islamic country, just one, that is a democracy, respects human and minority rights, where people are free to live the life style they want and that is prosperous. Just one. 

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Expat Joe A Wed, 07/19/2017 - 06:00 Permalink

Name the non-Islamic country that is a democracy, respects human and minority rights, where people people are free to live the life style they want and is prosperous.Try living as a Jew or atheist in small town America.  Lol.  Try being openly gay in most of England. Oh, and can I see your polling data since you have apparently spoken to every Muslim in Holland?  Or did you just speak to your local grocery store clerk?  Well, I guess one Muslim is representative enough, right?  I spoke to one half-Dutch person, myself, who said you were ignorant and ugly.  Statistically valid?  LOL

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Joe A Expat Wed, 07/19/2017 - 07:53 Permalink

You did not mention one country. Not one, since there isn't any. Most of the countries that had the renaissance and/or democracy adhere to the qualifications I mentioned. At least for the most part of it. Perhaps you prefer an Islamic country, I don't. We could compare these countries but I don't see the point. There is no way the Islamic countries even come close to the West in these aspects.Try living as a homosexual in 'diverse' Amsterdam. Homosexuals there are regularly beaten up by Muslims, not by autochtonous Dutch. Jews also for that matter. Beaten up by Muslims, not blonde Dutch. Homosexuals in Amsterdam or other cities no longer walk hand in hand, Jews remove their religious symbols. There are statistics on that. I know that as a matter of fact because I worked for the Dutch courts. Many Moroccan immigrant youths have been in contact with the Dutch police or have had some legal trouble. They are overly represented in the legal system compared to their share of the population. Same goes for unemployment rate, use of social benefits, etc. These are official statistics. You can look them up. There are plenty of them conducted in NL that show that Muslims favor Sharia law over democracy or where Muslims agree to jihad in whatever shape or form.

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Centerist Expat Wed, 07/19/2017 - 07:12 Permalink

You speak of statistical validity, and then you bring up "small-town America" as some generalized example of where minorities get abused.  Ignoring the fact that you didn't provide any statistics to back up that libelous statement of yours about small towns, you didn't even bother to mention how your listed victim groups suffer in the US--or any other democratic Western country.Hell, your country of France bans head scarfs and other religious affectations.  The rest of Europe and the US don't even do that.

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smacker Wed, 07/19/2017 - 05:33 Permalink

The Cathedral of Córdoba is a beautiful place to visit. If it goes to Islam, so will go Spain. It's just a matter of time. The malignant cancer known as "Sharia law" will be imposed and the European ex-pats living in Spain will be given an ultimatum: convert to Islam or else. The Islamists will join forces with their kind now increasingly embedded in France, Germany, Italy and many other EU member states including Scandis to create a European Caliphate. At the very best Christians will become 2nd class citizens in their own country, at worst they will be eliminated. All without a fight.Europe's Left is embarked upon a suicide mission. 

Ghordius smacker Wed, 07/19/2017 - 06:54 Permalink

indeed, it's a beautiful complex, both the original and the later baroque buildingsmeanwhile, smacker, a few little things:1. "Sharia Law" reminds me how a Brit talked about it. specifically, the Archbishop of Canterbury2. Spain has way less Muslims then the UK3. the UK is leaving the EU. this will mean less Christian europeans going to set tents in Britain. will it mean... less Muslims?from Pakistan, for example?because... this is exactly where the camel reports that the next straw will break it's patienceall this cry for "borders, borders!"... but Brexit will change nothing about the immigration practices of the UK... from non-EU countriesnothing, nada, niente, rien de tout. the EU had nothing to do with the sovereign choices of the UK in regard to immigration from non-EU countries, and your PM May used to be, for six years, the Home Affairs Secretary in charge of such things. all purely British national and sovereign affairsa case of not seeing the plank in front of your eyes but easily spot the mote in the eye of your neighbour?

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gmak Ghordius Wed, 07/19/2017 - 07:10 Permalink

Except it will eliminate those hordes of Islam-practitioners claiming refugee status then getting an EU Visa and hopping over to the UK (which they say Allah has given to them - don't forget that important point).  Maybe kepp those 200,000 Islam -practitioners in Italy that that country keeps threatening to unleash on the rest of Europe.And... the UK immigration policies can be changed by public will. The EU shenanigans can't.

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Ghordius gmak Wed, 07/19/2017 - 07:35 Permalink

except that you forgot the most important detail of all this scenario:Italy "unleashing" them would be a headache for the Schengen Area countriesnot so the UK, which is not member of this club, and has full control of it's borders, with checks and border guards and passport controls, the full monty. always had, most probably always will, another of those things "EU" which are constantly misunderstoodfurther, what "public will"? expressed by which party? the Conservative and Unionist Party of the UK had a Home Affair Secretary for six years in a row: Mrs May, now Prime Ministershow me the numbers that support that Mrs May decreased the numbers of those immigrants that have nothing to do with the EU

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smacker Ghordius Wed, 07/19/2017 - 08:09 Permalink

You omitted to mention that the EU is fully aware of the huge numbers of "fake refugees" being shipped into Italy by Soros-funded NGOs including MSF. Not to mention the several millions coming overland complete with their chronic diseases (see ZH - but not mentioned by legacy MSM)IOW: the EU is complicit in the Islamification of Europe.I've said 100 times: Moslems generally do not understand Western culture and resent and reject it. They rarely assimilate. Rather, they attempt to ((impose their culture onto us)) with .gov complicity like in Spain.That's not acceptable to millions of Westerners.But please don't assume for one minute that I blame the EU for ((everything)), the Brit.gov has a lot to answer for too, mostly HRH Tony Blair but also May. And successive govs a long time before that when it comes to Indo-Pakistani and Caribbean immigrants (I refer you to Enoch Powell).This matter will not be resolved peacefully I believe. 

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