Islam and Leftism – BFFs July 5, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, disaster, Ecumenism, error, General Catholic, horror, sadness, scandals, secularism, sickness, Society, the struggle for the Church.
A couple of indicators that my theorem that the religion of leftism truly only abhors ONE religion – Christianity – and that it will not only tolerate, but willingly submit to islam (or whatever else, but none seem likely to pose a similar threat in the foreseeable future) as their own false religious beliefs gradually fall to tatters before the face of an unyielding reality have come to light recently.
The first – islam is growing rapidly in communist Cuba, and the government – which has persecuted Catholics for decades – seems none too concerned:
Pedro Lazo Torres, known as the Imam Yahya, said there used to be so few Muslims in Cuba that they could hold their prayers inside someone’s home. As they grew, their prayers spilled out into the street. Torres is now president of Cuba’s Islamic League and says the number of Cubans asking to convert continues to increase.
He now operates out of a mosque that was inaugurated in June of 2015 thanks tofunding from Turkey’s president, Recep Erdoğan. Located in Old Havana, the mosque sits next to an Islamic museum, known as The Arab House, and has brand new Spanish-Arabic copies of the Koran…….
……..But for an island that sees little immigration, most Muslims in Cuba are converts.
“Ninety-nine percent of Cuban Muslims are converted to Islam and not descended of Arabs,” said Ahmed Abuero, the mosque’s religious leader…….
……..Standing on the doorstep of the mosque, Carlos Manuel, 17, a nursing student who adopted the Islamic name Ahmed Abdel Salam, says he converted to Islam over a year ago.
“My three brothers are all Christians,” he said. “For now.”
Abuero hears that and whispers “Inshallah,” or “God willing.”
Catholicism in Cuba has been pounded for decades, to the extent that a population that was once 99% Catholic is now perhaps 25%, and really only a handful actually practice the Faith seriously. It is hardly surprising, then, that islam would make such inroads. A further factor is Cuban’s indoctrination in leftism for decades, and a local Church that has long been morally weak and corrupt (as the biography of St. Anthony Marie Claret so clearly reveals). Thus, souls are starved, and fed almost entirely on false progressive pablum. Easy pickins.
Nevertheless, many of the souls now converting to islam were at least baptized Catholic, and are now throwing away their birthright for a mess of poisonous pottage. What a tragedy.
On another continent, islam continues to advance in once secular, left-wing leaning Turkey. It seems Kamal Ataturk’s plan to secularize Turkey has completely failed, and Turkey is descending further and further into radical islamism. Once again, souls starved on a thin progressive gruel are casting about for anything real to replace it, and, in the absence of any substantive missionary efforts on the part of the ecumaniacal post-VII Church, muslim prayers were heard in the Hagia Sophia over the weekend for the first time in over 80 years:
The first Muslim call to prayer in the post-Atatürk era from within the Hagia Sophia occurred last week on July 1.
The former basilica, converted by force into a mosque in the 15th century, hosted a call to prayer the last Friday of Ramadan this year after the government allowed regular recitations of the Quran from within throughout the Muslim holy month. Turkey’s Hurriyet newspaper notes that, while Muslim calls to prayer have been made in designated prayer areas in the Hagia Sophia complex – near the minarets Muslim conquerers added to it following the siege of Constantinople – it has not been made in the building itself in nearly a century.
The Hagia Sophia, one of the most important sites in Christian history, ceased being a mosque in 1935 after Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey, designated the site a secular museum……..
……The Hagia Sophia, and Turkey generally, has come under increasing Islamization during the tenure of current president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Shortly before Ramadan began, Erdogan’s government announced that the site would host Koranic recitations throughout the month, an unprecedented extended use in the post-Atatürk era……
…….Turkish leaders in the ruling Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP) and prominent clerics have appeared confident that the Hagia Sophia will soon be designated a mosque.
And so 90+ years of a progressive, secular oriented government in Turkey come to a close, replaced by militant islam. This one particularly hurts, because the Hagia Sophia church is such a symbol of not only Christendom, but especially Christendom’s long resistance to muslim aggression. Muslims are very aware of such symbolism. Having the Hagia Sophia as a mosque is, to them, incredibly important, as it symbolizes in stark terms islam’s ascendance over the West, and, especially, Christianity.
I fear especially for the ancient mosaics that have been restored in the glorious structure. Most were lost forever when muslims either ripped them from the walls or covered them in concrete after seizing the church – for centuries, Christendom’s grandest. A few have been restored to at least some semblance of their former glory. But islam is a totally iconoclastic religion, even more so than the errant Judaism from which it is derived, so if the Hagia Sophia returns to being a full-time mosque, how long will these irreplaceable artistic treasures and monuments to a glorious faith survive?
Darkness seems to be descending all around the world.