Gort Nation: 'Nuff Said
I was looking at this cartoon and realized it said more than one thing (as all cartoons should). The obvious is that Christians have forced Christianity upon the Native Americans (The Laws of Burgos, 1512-1513 CE). I suppose that is true enough. They did more than that but let's focus on that aspect for a moment. The Conquistadors came to America (mostly Central and South America) and took control with superior weapons. They enslaved the population and for the most part forced them to Christianity. That was the way of the times. Before that the Spaniards had forced the Jews out of Spain (1492), killing many and forcing the rest to become conversos or the more denigrating term: "marranos". Many of these Crypto-Jews are living here in Texas and I have met such people here in Austin. Good people, but they have kept to themselves all these centuries, marrying only amongst themselves, not even realizing why they were hiding. I understand the issue with oppressive religious groups imposing their ideas upon another religious group.
|Great Cordoba Cathedral-Mosque|
It was the conquering of a portion of Spain by the Muslims that prompted the building of the Great Cordoba Mosque in 784 CE (the Common Era) over top of the Christian Church that once stood there. The area was recaptured by the Spaniards in 1236 CE and the mosque was converted to a church. Apparently it was not torn down but it was redesigned. My point is that during these times, the times of the Inquisition, many groups were fighting for supremacy of their religion and when they would conquer and area a long with that was subjugation of the population and removal of their sacred symbols. This was less true of the Christians than it was of the Muslims or Moors as they were called.
|Dome of the Rock|
|Dome of the Rock|
The cartoon suggests that "one bad turn deserves another" or "you did it to others so you shall have it done to you" but that is the way it has always been. Since the cartoonist obviously thinks this is bad in principle, why continue it? Why not call a halt before it happens again?
I apologize for not taking a firmer stance that the cartoonist has taken. I think the mosque could be built near the 9-11 site but it depends on the intent, frankly. If it is a convenience for the Muslims in the area then I have no problem with it, but as I understand the issue, there are few Muslims in the area. So why is it there? I believe it is there to make a statement and that is what people are objecting to.
|Viewing Ground Zero|
New York doesn't want to look at its own fault. They point to the mosque to hide their own shame.
-- Alex Shrugged