August 18th, 2010
03:12 PM ET

Muslims in Spain campaign to worship alongside Christians

Muslims in Spain are campaigning to be allowed to worship alongside Christians in Cordoba Cathedral - formerly the Great Mosque of Cordoba.

Today, at the original Cordoba mosque in Spain, there is no call to prayer, only the ringing of church bells. That's because the former mosque is now a working Catholic cathedral, performing a daily mass.

It's been a Cathedral since Spain's Christian monarchy conquered Cordoba in the 13th century and more than a million visitors walk through its doors every year.

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  1. Donald

    We visited this place in 2007. It's an odd arrangement of the cathedral in the great mosque. Note the name of the NYC Islamic Center group is Cordoba Initiative. Why? Have they explained that to us? How about a deal:open Haghia Sophia and the Ummayad Mosque in Damascus to the Christians- in exchange?And, how about allowing Christians to worship openly in all Muslim countries. What are the Saudis afraid of that they won't allow a church to be built or to allow their Muslim citizens to convert to Christianity if they wish? Imams and so-called "scholars" who say that stoning is a fit punishment for adultery show their moral inferiority to the superior teaching of Jesus: "Let him who is without sin cast the first stone."

    August 21, 2010 at 10:50 am |
  2. (B)iraq Hussein Osama

    over time most of these churches are going to end up in the hands of the muslims anyway. Looking down 200 – 300 years from now, only muslims and other ultra-conservative family-oriented child rearing cultures are going to survive. christianity and its addiction to capitalism is going to make it die out as christian women stop reproducing while trying to become like men. only children raised by muslims will live on and their children and their children and they will inherit all these empty churches and turn them into mosques.

    for your culture to survive, you have to reproduce, for you to reproduce, you have to make self-sacrifices, for you to make self-sacrifices, you need a culture that encourages that. If your culture encourages self-centeredness, your future is d ead.

    August 19, 2010 at 1:44 am |
    • Perlenspiel

      Yes, and wouldn't it be more pure if you, in the process, destructed all the knowledge and inventions of the kuffars? After all, it comes from infidels, so your lives in that utopia would be infinitely more pleasing to the great one if you lived in tents, without medicine, electronics and other technology and knowledge. The earth is the center of the universe and only the animals described in the book exist. Beat your wives and be happy.

      August 19, 2010 at 2:32 am |
  3. Jacob Katz

    All the five religions: Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism do NOT preach violence and hatred towards others. Problem stems with people, ignorance, personal and institutional agendas and vendettas; all the necessary ingredients to be a cooked up and a seasoned politician.

    August 19, 2010 at 1:33 am |
  4. AdnanMasr

    May I remind the moslems that their mosque was built on a church? I saw it's foundation underneath the Cordoba Cathedral
    Also, if they pray in the Cathedral, can the Christians and the Jews pray in the old churches and synagogues that the moslems stole and converted to mosques during their invasion? In Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine Turkey, countless examples. The Agha Sophia mosque, the Al Aqsa mosque only to name a few.. Thank you

    August 18, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  5. Reality

    All "worthless worship" on both sides of the aisle!!! Why?

    Recognizing the flaws, follies and frauds in the foundations of Islam, Judaism and Christianity by the "bowers" (like Akbar Ahmed), "kneelers" and "pew peasants" will quickly converge these religions into some simple rules of life. No clerics, imams, rabbis, professors of religion and priests needed or desired. Ditto for their houses and classes of "worthless worship". It will be called the great "Pink Slipping" of religion and its leaders.

    John Hick, a noted British philosopher of religion, estimates that 95 percent of the people of the world owe their religious affiliation to an accident of birth. The faith of the vast majority of believers depends upon where they were born and when. Those born in Saudi Arabia will almost certainly be Moslems, and those born and raised in India will for the most part be Hindus. Nevertheless, the religion of millions of people can sometimes change abruptly in the face of major political and social upheavals. In the middle of the sixth century ce, virtually all the people of the Near East and Northern Africa, including Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Egypt were Christian. By the end of the following century, the people in these lands were largely Moslem, as a result of the militant spread of Islam.

    The Situation Today

    Barring military conquest, conversion to a faith other than that of one’s birth is rare. Some Jews, Moslems, and Hindus do convert to Christianity, but not often. Similarly, it is not common for Christians to become Moslems or Jews. Most people are satisfied that their own faith is the true one or at least good enough to satisfy their religious and emotional needs. Had St. Augustine or St. Thomas Aquinas been born in Mecca at the start of the present century, the chances are that they would not have been Christians but loyal followers of the prophet Mohammed.- Somerville

    It is very disturbing that religious violence and hatred continues unabated due to radomness of birth. Maybe just maybe if this fact would be published on the first page of every newspaper every day, that we would finally realize the significant stupidity of all religions.

    August 18, 2010 at 4:23 pm |
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