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Potent Politics: the ‘Cordoba House’ mosque

DAN DOWD
Contributing Columnist
dowd@lbknews.com

I am going to divert my attention from local politics to a subject more in the nature of national politics, if this can be considered politics at all—the proposed mosque near Ground Zero in New York City.

I am opposed to the construction of the “Cordoba House” mosque near the hallowed ground zero. My objection starts with the fact that Saudi Arabia has not permitted any churches or synagogues in their country.

Further, the proposal of the “Cordoba House” within two city blocks of the World Trade Center site is offensive, because it’s the place where a terrorist group of jihadists killed and maimed 3,000 Americans while destroying one of our most cherished landmarks. I believe most Americans don’t understand that the term “Cordoba” refers to Cordoba, Spain, the capital of Muslim conquerors who slaughtered Christian Spaniards and constructed a huge mosque there.

Cordoba is actually a symbol of Islamic conquest. Religious tolerance is not the question here. There are already more than 100 mosques in New York City, yet there are no churches or synagogues in Saudi Arabia. Do you know that a Christian or Jew cannot enter Mecca—how is that for tolerance?

It has been nine years since the horrible terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. And now we are asked to permit a huge, $100 million mosque to be built in the next year, overlooking the site of that surprise dastardly attack. The money needed for that building is being raised anonymously. From where does it come? We should not allow it to happen. Let’s make sure it doesn’t happen.

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1 Response for “Potent Politics: the ‘Cordoba House’ mosque”

  1. loesje says:

    Seems to me that you read history upside down. Inform yourself better. Here’s some help, provided by the city of Cordoba; the last paragraph is quite interesting.

    Cordoba History
    Welcome to a brief journey to the history of Cordoba.

    The city is of Roman heritage. It goes back to a Iberian settlement which was occupied by the Romans in 169 B.C. Roman governor Claudius Marcelus developed the settlement, then known as Corduba, and made it the major town in the southern part of the Iberian peninsula. Remains of a Roman temple, a Roman bridge, and several other Roman remains can still be seen in and around Cordoba.

    In the third century of our time Cordoba became seat of a bishop.

    When Moors conquered the city in 711 after their victory over the Visigoths, a new era began. Cordoba became one of the most remarkable cities in the world.

    Already five years later, in 716, Emir Al-Horr declared Cordoba an emirate under the rule of the caliphate of Damaskus. This state lasted for 40 years. In 756, Abd al-Rahman I took power oppressively and declared Cordoba an independent emirate with strong ties to Damaskus.

    The year 785 marks the beginning of the construction of the world-famous Mezquita mosque where columns of an ancient temple were used.

    In 833, the Mezquita received its first enlargement. Under the power of Abd-al Rahman II the city took a steady development. Cordoba became the first city with a central water supply, paved streets and street lighting. Numerous public bath houses were erected.

    In the 10th century, Cordoba reached its very peak. in 929, ruler Abd al-Rahman III of the Umayyad dynasty declared Cordoba totally independent and founded the Caliphate of Cordoba. The economic and cultural development of the city picked up speed. Cordoba became the world’s largest city with about one million residents. It embodied a sophisticated culture and the most advanced bureaucracy in Europe. Cordoba had more than 1,000 mosques and about 600 public bath houses. As a result of this massive upturn, the magnificent and splendid palace city of Medina Azahara was built near Cordoba.

    Al-Hakam II, a sponsor of art, culture and science, enlarged the Mezquita, built schools and a library with 500,000 volumes. He made Cordoba a scientific center. Therefore, Cordoba is named as the origin of Islamic law. However, Al-Hakam II lost sight of strategic policy which was a cornerstone for the later collapse of the caliphate.

    In 987, the third and most extensive enlargement of the Mezquita began.

    After 1000, the collapse of Cordoba was inevitable. In 1009, the palace city of Medina Azahara became looted and then destroyed. In the 1020s, the political structure collapsed and the so called Taifa Kingdoms separated from the caliphate. The astable rest of the caliphate became vulnerable to Christian attacks.

    The year 1236 marks the begin of the Christian era in Cordoba. On June 29th of that year, Ferdinand III entered the city and retook the power. Cordoba became a center of activity against the remaining Muslim population. Dozens of churches and monasteries were erected over the following period.

    In 1486, discoverer Christopher Columbus decided to live in Cordoba. He planned to bid for royal support for his intended expedition to the Indies, but the monarchs, Ferdinand II and Isabella I gave permission to travel not before April 17th, 1492.

    After Ferdinand II and Isabella I had beaten and expelled the last Moors, the so called Reconquista (recapture), including forced proselytization of people of different faith, got its peak with the erection of the Christian cathedral in the very center of the Cordoba mosque.

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