Folks, this morning, as I watched NBC’s The Today Show journalist Richard Engel, while gushing about President Obama’s visit to Turkey’s Blue Mosque and then to Hagia Sophia, called the latter “a symbol of reconciliation” after remarking that it was first a “church, then a mosque, and now a museum.”
I don’t know why Mr. Engel said such a thing. To call Hagia Sophia “a symbol or reconciliation” it’s grating to those of us who know the history behind this “museum.” It is as if the Basilica of St. Peter were confiscated by a Muslim army, added 4 minarets to it, vandalized all the Christian art on the walls, taken down the cross, and made it into a mosque. Much later, a secularizing military dictator would’ve come in and then freeze the basilica in its Moslem stage when the true act of reconciliation would have been to return the temple to its legitimate, original owners.
This is the logic of “progressives”: that the world would be a better place if Christian temples were to become worship spaces for those of other faiths, or even better, museums for the popcorn-chewing crowds. To them, Christian temples can only be “symbols of reconciliation” if they are but empty shells, signs of a past long gone.
Pardon me while I barf, and then pledge to do my part to confront the thick evil surrounding us.