Monday, August 9, 2010
'Cordoba House' was named for a reason
First, a short history of Islam and Cordoba, Spain: Conquered in 711 by the Moors, the Muslim Umayyad Caliphate ruled from the city for nearly two centuries.Cordoba was the largest urban center in Spain during Muslim rule there, which lasted more than 700 years. Muslim invaders commonly turned churches and other faiths' houses of worship into mosques, or destroyed those buildings altogether and then used their remnants to build new mosques. That's exactly what was done in Cordoba, where a church was turned into one of the world's largest mosques.
The World Trade Center wasn't a house of worship, but in the free-market melting pot that is church-and-state-separated America, finance is about as near to a national religion as we get, and the Twin Towers - which held the offices of more than 400 international businesses and employed some 50,000 people - embodied that "religion."To build a mosque just 600 feet from where they once stood seems to smack a bit too much of the aforementioned practice to be mere coincidence.
Nor, it should be noted, has anyone involved in the planning or funding of the center provided a cogent reason for wanting to build it so close to ground zero. Whatever the purported reason for calling the planned Islamic center Cordoba House, we cannot afford to overlook the significance of the name.