Journalist Benny Davis, who writes for the expat paper, EuroWeekly News, said: “Brits tends to live in a bubble. With more and more information available in English, there’s less reason to learn Spanish and, as a consequence, less opportunity to understand the local culture. Many residents speak no more than 10 Spanish words in an average week – usually restaurant Spanish – and they pride themselves on ‘getting by’.http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/mar/29/europe-news
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A look at ‘Europe’s first Christian theme park’, which will be built in Spain:
Religious tourists in Europe already have the Vatican, Lourdes and Fatima. But the developers behind an amusement park proposed for Mallorca believe they need the attraction of the Holy Land – the continent’s very first Christian theme park.
The €10m development is to be built on seven hectares (17 acres) that include the former municipal rubbish dump at Capdepera, in the north of the island, if the plans presented to the town hall come to fruition.
The park will offer visitors everything from the last supper to “live resurrections” in a rolling programme of shows repeated through the day.
Although similar parks exist in Latin America and the US, Europe has yet to build a Christian theme park, perhaps because the number of those with faith is dwindling. But Sigma, the prospective builder of Mallorca’s venture and owner of a similar park in Buenos Aires, Argentina, want to bring its concept to Europe with a place that promises to recreate scenarios from the old and new testaments.
Among the many humdingers (really, one could spend days of sadness in there) that pepper the Newt Gingrich speech to AEI, referenced in the Slate article below, is this one concerning Park51…
Anybody who knew anything of history knew it was an act of triumphalism from
the original name; it was going to be called the Cordoba House. Well, Cordoba is the city in Spain where a conquering Muslim army built a mosque on top of a church. Do you think they happened to randomly pick that because they’re sitting around one evening and go, gosh, what will be a
good name in New York? What they’re relying on was that half of us are too ignorant and the other half are too timid to stand up and say “Baloney, this is nonsense!”
All together now: “Baloney, Mr. Gingrich. This is nonsense!”
The implication from the former Speaker is that a bunch of peace loving Catholics, much like himself, had been hanging out in Cordoba, when, all of a sudden, some barbaric Moors swooped in, conquered the region, seized a church from the peace loving Catholics (much like himself), and, in an act of “triumphalism”, maliciously built a mosque on top of the venerable, sacred structure, with no concern for the dignity, rights and feelings of the peace loving Catholics (much like himself).
Of course nothing like this happened at all. In fact the Moors had been in the region going on 75 years by the time construction was begun on the Great Mosque. It is believed that the church, prior to this, may have been a worship space shared by Christians and Muslims. The ruler responsible for building the mosque, Abd al-Rahman I, had been in the city 30ish years by the time he undertook the project. And he did not seize the property in an act of “triumphalism”…HE PURCHASED IT! Given the history of Medieval Europe, this is hardly the image of violence, inhumanity and triumphalism that Mr. Gingrich wished his audience to conjure.
Btw, it was Charles V of Spain who “consumed” the Great Mosque within a new cathedral; this would be the same man who finally and completely made it illegal to be Muslim in Spain, after rescinding the toleration enjoyed by the large Muslim population in the Kingdom of Aragon (January 1526). This completed a pattern already initiated by his predecessors (affecting Jews and Muslims, and subjecting the converso and morisco populations to the dangerous hands of the Inquisition, who were, no doubt, peace loving Catholics, much like Mr. Gingrich himself).
One wonders which half of his audience were too ignorant, and which too timid, to say “Baloney!”.
One is led to guess that indeed, as Mr. Gingrich himself suggests, the name of Cordoba House was not chosen at random, but was chosen precisely because of the symbolic place al-Andalus holds, not only for Muslims, as a time in which — relative to the period, and to what would come following the defeat of the Moors in Spain — Muslims, Jews and Christians lived together harmoniously. However idyllic such an image of al-Andalus might be, it is a much grander vision than the one offered by the former Speaker.
I don’t see why this is Islamophobia:
A Spanish judge yesterday expelled a Muslim woman wearing a burka from his court for refusing to show her face when testifying in the trial of a group of Islamic extremists.
“Seeing your face, I can see if you are lying or not, if you are surprised by a question or not,” Judge Javier Gomez Bermudez told the woman, the sister of an Islamic radical killed in a suicide bombing in Iraq in 2005.
The woman said that her religion forbade her from appearing in public without her burka, the all-covering article of clothing worn by some Islamic women, according to a journalist present.
When she refused to reveal her face, the judge expelled her from the courtroom.
But after speaking to the judge later in his chambers, a compromise was reached.
She said she had agreed to testify on Monday minus the part of her burka which normally covers the face “between the chin and the eyebrows” and with her back turned to the public in the courtroom.
First Islamic Architecture Mosque Tour in the Bay Area – Friday May 1st in Fremont, CA. Check the details here:
‘No chance’ of Spanish case against the Bush Torture Six moving forward.