Not a joke. The origin derives from the knighting of a loin steak by King James I of England on his return from Scotland in 1617, he stopped at Hoghton tower for three days, and was entertained with great hospitality by Sir Richard Hoghton. A full account of these festivities is still preserved. His majesty, in his appreciation of Lancashire beef, did thrice strike the joint with his sword and is said to have knighted the loin of beef served on that occasion. That portion of beef has ever since been called “Sir Loin.”
This is the great house of tolerance from whence the Cordoba Initiative derives it’s name.
I’m sure it is a great source of pride for Muslims. It’s an affront to any Christian, Jew and non-Muslims in general.
He may as well call it the Andalusia Initiative.
Andalusia, also known as al Andalus, was the name of that part of Spain conquered by the Muslims. A piece of the old World of Christians and the West forcibly taken by Islamic Warriors and later retaken by the Spanish. Cordoba was the greatest of the Cities of Andalusia. Al Andulus was under Muslim rule from about 711 until 1492.
Why would a tolerant and peace loving Sufi name his initiative after this era of history. An era of Muslim domination of Christians and southern Spain. It seems that he is reliant upon the ignorance of the masses to not understand the slight of his name selection.
although Professor Ormsby does offer some muted criticism of Abdul Rauf’s hagiography of Muslim Spain, once again, this critique grossly understates the historical reality and the alarming depth of the distortion:
For example, he heads up a venture called the Cordoba Initiative, inspired by a rose-colored view of medieval Islamic Spain. Of Muslim Cordoba, a city of great and subtle culture but one also riven by ethnic and tribal rivalries, he writes: “For many centuries, Islam inspired a civilization that was particularly tolerant and pluralistic…Great philosophers such as Maimonides were free to create their historic works within the pluralistic culture of Islam.” He sees this as a model for the future but fails to note that Maimonides, the great Jewish philosopher who wrote in Arabic, had to escape Cordoba with his family when a mere teenager because of the intolerance of the Almohad Dynasty, moving first to Fez and finally settling in Cairo.
From the two greatest modern historians of Muslim Spain, Evariste Levi-Provencal8 and Charles Emmanuel Dufourcq,9 we learn the following, all of which occurred before (and thus in addition to) the 12th century Almohad persecutions alluded to by Professor Ormsby:
Iberia (Spain) was conquered in 710-716 AD by Arab tribes originating from northern, central and southern Arabia. Massive Berber and Arab immigration, and the colonization of the Iberian peninsula, followed the conquest. Most churches were converted into mosques. Although the conquest had been planned and conducted jointly with a faction of Iberian Christian dissidents, including a bishop, it proceeded as a classical jihad with massive pillages, enslavements, deportations and killings. Toledo, which had first submitted to the Arabs in 711 or 712, revolted in 713. The town was punished by pillage and all the notables had their throats cut. In 730, the Cerdagne (in Septimania, near Barcelona) was ravaged and a bishop burned alive. In the regions under stable Islamic control, Jews and Christians were tolerated as dhimmis – like elsewhere in other Islamic lands – and could not build new churches or synagogues nor restore the old ones. Segregated in special quarters, they had to wear discriminatory clothing. Subjected to heavy taxes, the Christian peasantry formed a servile class attached to the Arab domains; many abandoned their land and fled to the towns. Harsh reprisals with mutilations and crucifixions would sanction the Mozarab (Christian dhimmis) calls for help from the Christian kings. Moreover, if one dhimmi harmed a Muslim, the whole community would lose its status of protection, leaving it open to pillage, enslavement and arbitrary killing.
By the end of the eighth century, the rulers of North Africa and of Andalusia had introduced rigorous Maliki jurisprudence as the predominant school of Muslim law. Three quarters of a century ago, at a time when political correctness was not dominating historical publication and discourse, Lévi-Provençal, wrote:
The Muslim Andalusian state thus appears from its earliest origins as the defender and champion of a jealous orthodoxy, more and more ossified in a blind respect for a rigid doctrine, suspecting and condemning in advance the least effort of rational speculation.10
Al-Andalus represented the land of jihad par excellence. Every year, sometimes twice a year, raiding expeditions were sent to ravage the Christian Spanish kingdoms to the north, the Basque regions, or France and the Rhone valley, bringing back booty and slaves. Andalusian corsairs attacked and invaded along the Sicilian and Italian coasts, even as far as the Aegean Islands, looting and burning as they went. Many thousands of non-Muslim captives were deported to slavery in Andalusia, where the caliph kept a militia of tens of thousand of Christian slaves, brought from all parts of Christian Europe (the Saqaliba), and a harem filled with captured Christian women. Society was sharply divided along ethnic and religious lines, with the Arab tribes at the top of the hierarchy, followed by the Berbers who were never recognized as equals, despite their Islamization; lower in the scale came the mullawadun converts and, at the very bottom, the dhimmi Christians and Jews.
The Andalusian Maliki jurist Ibn Abdun (d. 1134) offered these telling legal opinions regarding Jews and Christians in Seville around 1100 A.D.:
No…Jew or Christian may be allowed to wear the dress of an aristocrat, nor of a jurist, nor of a wealthy individual; on the contrary they must be detested and avoided. It is forbidden to [greet] them with the [expression], “Peace be upon you’. In effect, ‘Satan has gained possession of them, and caused them to forget God’s warning. They are the confederates of Satan’s party; Satan’s confederates will surely be the losers!” (Qur’an 58:19 [modern Dawood translation]). A distinctive sign must be imposed upon them in order that they may be recognized and this will be for them a form of disgrace.11
Ibn Abdun also forbade the selling of scientific books to dhimmis under the pretext that they translated them and attributed them to their co-religionists and bishops. In fact, plagiarism is difficult to prove since whole Jewish and Christian libraries were looted and destroyed. Another prominent Andalusian jurist, Ibn Hazm of Cordoba (d. 1064), wrote that Allah has established the infidels’ ownership of their property merely to provide booty for Muslims.12
I could have done without the last portion. Kinda childish. But, what are ya gonna do…
Don’t believe a thing you read on the internet without fact checking it yourself. And I’m not talking about snopes.com. I’m talking about real research. 90% of the tripe that folks forward is half lie, half truth or pure unmitigated frakin’ bull scheit!
Ya gotta love the things that people forward. Great jokes. Awesome stories that inspire and some that help with every day things like getting stains out of your favorite shirt.
Then….ya get those political emails.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I actually like a good political email. I love talking politics. I go to several political boards and get down to the nitty gritty arguing various issues and policy as well as Foreign Affairs.
What I can’t stand are the email forwards that are full of idiotic lies and propaganda. These emails irk the shit out of me. It doesn’t matter to me at whom the lies are directed. Lies directed against Barry Obama. are just as idiotic and heinous and INSULTING to my intelligence as lies directed against George Bush. Often times, it’s so easy to tell that the forwards are lies and ignorant hit pieces that I find it difficult to believe that anyone is sending them to me with a straight face. Even more incomprehensible is the fact that so many willingly believe these lies. I’m told that the world is full of idiots. Stalin called them useful idiots and there is truth to Stalin’s claim.
The latest email is this classic batch of outright lies and not so clever half truths:
This is chilling…
established one day a year as a
“National Day of Prayer.”
First Thursday in May of each year as
the National Day of Prayer.
Candidate Barack Obama
declared that the USA Was no longer a
21st annual National Day
of Prayer ceremony
at the White
House under the ruse
Of “not wanting to offend anyone”
On September 25, 2009
from 4 am until 7 PM,
a National Day of Prayer
for the Muslim religion was Held on Capitol Hill,
Beside the White House.
There were over 50,000 Muslims that
Day in D.C. (Dave’s Edit: This prayer rally was not government sanctioned. This was free people assembling near the White House to express their beleifs. This is part of what it means to be America and American. Freeedom of Assembly is a right of every American. It’s no only for White Americans or Black Americans or Christian Americans or Heterosexual Americans. It’s for all Americans. It’s in the Bill of Rights. Is it possible that the idiot who sent out this email is only for the Bill of Rights when it assists his cause. If the Bill of Rights is used by “others” it’s bad. That’s what this assmite is saying. Do you agree with this?)
HE PRAYS WITH THE MUSLIMS! (Dave’s Edit — NO! He’s taking his shoes off to enter a Mosque. He’s not praying. Not that there is anything wrong if he did. I’ve prayed with Muslims in Mosques. Does that mean that I’m a Muslim? No, It doesn’t. It means that I was with a group of people that I respect and feel that most of the holy places of the world are filled with people who are humbly beseeching God for comfort and assistance or simply peace of mind. Praying does this. It gives peace of mind. Even for a heretical non-believer such as me.)
I guess it Doesn’t matter
Are offended by this event –
Don’t count as
this country is headed
should strike fear in the heart of every Christian,
especially knowing that the
Muslim religion believes that if Christians cannot be
converted, they should be annihilated.
This is not a Rumor –
Go to the website
To confirm this info:
( http://www.islamoncapitolhill.com/ )
Pay particular attention to the very bottom of the page:
“OUR TIME HAS COME”
I hope that this information will stir your spirit.
The words of 2 Chronicles 7:14
“If my people, Who are called by my Name,
Will humble themselves And pray,
And seek my face, and Turn from their Wicked ways,
Then will I hear from Heaven
And will forgive their Sin and will heal Their land.”
We must pray for Our nation, our communities,
Our families, and especially our children.
They are the ones who are going to suffer the most.
If we don’t PRAY
May God have Mercy.
IN GOD WE TRUST.
Please pass this on
Maybe someone, somehow can figure out a way to put America
back on the map as it was when we were growing up,
a safe place to live, and by
The Ten Commandments and Pledge of Allegiance.
For Obama to continue as our president
is an INSULT TO OUR FOUNDING FATHERS
AND DISGUSTING TO EVERY RED-BLOODED AMERICAN.
Honestly, every red blooded American who received this tripe should be hunting down the lying fuck who created this Orwellian fabrication. I’d love to mangle his fingers so that he’ll never be able to type out idiotic tripe like this again.
This is a 100% fabrication.
The pic is of old Barry entering a the Blue Mosque in Istanbul Turkey.
EVERYONE takes their shoes off to enter that Mosque and every other mosque in the world. I’ve been to hundreds of Mosques and I’ve taken my shoes off in each and every Mosque that I entered. There are quite a few pictures to that effect on my blog.
So this is just another big lie being sent round and round the internet that gullible folks who don’t know the definition of the word “research” will believe because they’re, well……gullible.
Should I be offended that someone thinks I’m this stupid and that I would unquestioningly believe propaganda reminiscent of Stalin and his KGB ran Tass news organization? Should you? Are other people out there who have Right Leaning, Conservative Views truly this willing to be lied to and led by the nose? Is America this devoid of integrity? I wonder. More and more, I wonder. And If one such as I am asking this question, the problem runs deep. Barack Obama can’t get out of office soon enough for me. But I don’t want just another, dumb ass Republican in the White House after him. It’s like trading in a broken down Ford for a broken down Hyundai.
I want someone who will make a real difference instead of lie about changing things like Bush and Obama did and do.
What’s the diff?
How about someone who actually gives a damn about our Republic?
We could start by people rejecting this internet trash.
Honestly and from experience, I know that there are many weak minded folks who believe all of this tripe. Many who want to believe these lies and go on believing these lies even after they have been unequivocally exposed as lies.
I’m constantly told that I need to move back to America because I refuse to lay down and accept these lies or because I don’t see the world so black and white that I will intentionally become angered by machts nicht issues such as these and “Dialing 1 for English.” I do not understand the angst caused by these issues now nor will I if I move back to the States. I’m not apologetic about it either. I have no wish to become somoenes useful idiot.
Enlighten yourself. Raise your awareness. Do no believe the lies. Counter the lies at every opportunity. I’d say that folks should go so far as to ridicule the proponents and propogators of these lies. Certainly, those who lie to us in order to attain high office will lie to us in order to maintain their power. Look no further than Bush and Obama. Both live in houses built upon lies and had/have no choice but to build lie upon lie to stay in power and to keep one step ahead of prosecution.
Yet, we voted these folks into power along with their lying staffs and lying sycophants and press agents. Each lie degrades our Republic and all for which it stands. We are no longer One Nation Under God, we are a nation under a house of lies and our house grows daily into a decrepit cess pool of lies, half truths and propaganda.
Is this the America that was once called the Last Best Hope of Earth by Abraham Lincoln or the America that we are accused of being by our enemies.
You tell me.
Peace and God Bless all of you…Dave
P.S. Obama did not cancel National Prayer Day. And I don’t really care if he did. Americans who want to pray should pray. And be happy that they don’t live in the old Soviet Union where you might have been shot for praying. Depending on how drunk the Officer in Charge was or if he liked you or not.
That simply means God is Great in Arabic. Surely, you agree with that and surely one can have no problems with these words as there are many an Arabic speaking Chrisitan living in the Middle East.
I think that the UN should hire consultants from HAMAS, al Qaeda and Hezbollah via Iran and Saudi Arabia to teach the Kurds and Tibetans, etc how to shore up support for their quest to gain a Autonomy/Self rule.
I think terrorism is an excellent marketing strategy as evidenced by the Obama Plan for Gaza. It works. It worked for the the 13 Colonies that became the USA. it worked for Israel against the British Mandate. It is working for the Palestinian Gazans as we speak. (When is the last time that you heard anyone in serious discussion about the West Bank?) It will work forever as most people don’t have the stomach for conflict. It’s a world of wusses especially in this modern age and gloriously more so in the West. We like to style ourselves “enlightened” and “sophisticated.” Oh, oh, my my, aren’t we so.
No one cares about the Kurds now. But! If they start mass murdering innocent civilians in the major metropolitan areas of their oppressor nations (Iran/Iraq/Turkey) and in third party countries such as the US and across Europe, I think that ground support across the globe would swell.
And by all means, they should blame all of their troubles on the West in general and America specifically. As this will certainly enhance their efforts to gain credibility and generate cash flow from the gullible masses of Europe and America.
I think it’s the wave of the future.
I may have to write a book about this. Encourage it along.