Islamic tolerance at work.

by on 4 July, 2013

by Sebastion Melmoth, Chisling Wells UK

Hagia Sophia—Greek for “Holy Wisdom”—for a thousand years was Christianity’s greatest cathedral. Built in Constantinople, now Istabul, then the heart of the Christian world, it was a symbol of defiance against eastern aggressive Islam.

For nearly seven centuries Islam attacked Constantinople and finally broke through in 1453.

Hagia Sophia’s crosses were desecrated, its icons were defaced, and it was converted into a mosque, surrounded by triumphant tall minarets.

So much for the cant about Islam always being tolerant of other faiths.


After Turkey teamed with the losers in WW1, there were political upheavals there ending with Kemal Ataturk being the boss. As part of many, many reforms, Ataturk transformed Hagia Sophia into a “neutral” museum – not a Christian cathedral but not a mosque either. Nobody, but nobody, could hold religious services there.

Now the push is on by resurgent Islam to turn the museum back into a mosque.

And that is not the end of it.

As you read this, other historic Christian churches are currently being transformed into mosques, such as 800 years old church—also called Hagia Sophia—in the Black Sea city of Trabzon.

After the Islamic conquest, it too, was turned into a mosque, but because of its “great historical and cultural significance” for Christians, under the secular Ataturk it was treated like the Hagia Sofia and turned into a museum with its frescoes and icons restored.

However, recently, local authorities decreed that the frescoes would again be covered and the museum turned into a mosque.

The 1600-year-old Studios Monastery of St. John the Baptist is also set to become an active mosque.

And the existence of the oldest functioning Christian monastery in the world, the 5th century Mor Gabriel Monastery, is at risk. It is inhabited today by only a few dozen Christians dedicated to learning the monastery’s teachings; the ancient Aramaic language spoken by Jesus, and the Orthodox Syriac tradition. Muslims have filed a lawsuit accusing the monks of practicing “anti-Turkish activities”, and of illegally occupying land allegedly belonging to Muslim villagers.

The highest appeals court in Turkey ruled in favour of the Muslim villagers, saying the land that had been part of the monastery for 1,600 years is not really its property. Flinging away the slightest pretence to be real lawyers it absurdly ruled that the monastery was built over the ruins of a mosque—even though Muhammad himself wasn’t born until 170 years after the monastery was built!!

Calls to now turn Hagia Sophia into a mosque is not about Muslims wanting a place to pray—there are 3,000 active mosques in Istanbul alone. It’s about their trying to revive the glory days of Islamic jihad and conquest and restoration of the Caliphate.

They make no bones about it.

And the West could not give a toss. No complaints from the usual “save the…” mob

The US even co-operates with Muslims building a mosque next to the Twin Towers atrocity.

A symbol of tolerance?

Or a symbol of smirking triumph?

This is the way the US ends – with a PC whimper.

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