Posted by Christopher Johnson | Saturday, August 21st, 2010 | Uncategorized | 38 Comments
This is the reason (well, one of them) why so many of us don’t like you. You refuse to let go of that mindset so brilliantly described by John F. Kennedy. What’s mine is mine and what’s yours is negotiable:
While the dispute over the proposed Cordoba House near New York City’s Ground Zero has been highly publicised over the past few months, less known is the debate over Spain’s Cordoba Cathedral, which was formerly the Great Mosque of Cordoba.
For some time now, Muslim groups have been trying to convince leaders of the Cathedral of Cordoba in southern Spain to allow the Catholic church to be used for both Muslim and Christian worship as the site still remains significant for many Muslims.
You lost, said Bishop Demetrio Fernandez. Man up and deal with it.
The Bishop of Cordoba, Demetrio Fernandez, says sharing the space with Muslims would be like a man sharing his wife with another man.
“There are things that are shared and others that are not, and the Cathedral of Cordoba is not shared with Muslims,” said Fernandez, according to the Spanish-language Europa Press.
Fernandez told the Europa Press back in June that his church reportedly has “a good relationship with Muslims” and wants to collaborate with Muslims in search of “peace, justice and coexistence between peoples”.
“But that is one thing,” he said. “[It’s] another, very different, to want to share the same temple for worship, which is neither possible for Muslims nor for Catholics,” he stated.
Spanish Muslims won’t take No for an answer.
Despite the bishop’s rejections, efforts to open Cordoba Cathedral for Muslim prayer and worship are ongoing.
Mansur Escudero, who is leading the push for Muslims to pray at the Cathedral, said the issue is not only important for Muslims but for humankind.
The Spanish convert to Islam told CNN recently that the sharing of Cordoba Cathedral would be “a beautiful paradigm of tolerance, knowledge, culture”.
“We want it to be a place where anyone – whether Muslim, Christian or Jew – can do his meditation or his internal way of worshipping, or praying or whatever he wants to call it,” he added.
Tell you what there, Mansur. Get the folks in charge of the Saudi entity to allow the free and open practice of the Christian religion, including the establishment of churches, inside the borders of the Saudi entity, convince the “Palestinians” to allow Jews to freely pray on the Temple Mount rather than beside it and then get back to me.
Where are you going with this, Chris? Are you suggesting that the West should lower its religious toleration standards to the Muslim level?
No, I’m not saying that at all. I’m saying that if the Muslim world ever wants respect from non-Muslims, it needs to raise its toleration standards to the Western level.
“With what measure ye mete…” as the Lord Jesus Christ said. You have no right to expect me to display a moral trait that you refuse to display yourself.