The furor over the Ground Zero mosque in New York City is rising almost daily and last weekend there were thousands of New Yorkers protesting against the building of the mosque so near Ground Zero…which is truly a graveyard for many victims who died in the 9-11-2001 attacks and have never been found or identified, probably because they were incinerated in the attack.
It is early morning but I got the Kitty Alarm really early today..like before 5 a.m….so I have been up for a couple of hours already and it is only 7:15.
Getting up so early gives me time to read news and views on the internet sources. The one I want to quote is by SE Cupp who lives a few blocks from Ground Zero in New York. She writes that she is of Italian extraction and has thus heard many stories from the Old Country from relatives. But the one she related in today’s piece took place in recent times in Padua…the city which was also the setting for Shakespeare’s “The Taming Of The Shrew”.
But more recently in Padua, the citizens of that city did NOT want a mosque built at a site in their city even though permits and every other requirement had been put in order. The ground had been leveled and was all prepared for the beginining construction of the mosque.
Then one devout Catholic citizen took care of the “problem” that so many Paduans had protested against. One night, this person, under the cover cover of the nighttime darkness and stillness, brought a very well trained pig–on a leash—-and led the pig around the site, on which the pig urinated frequently. When the mosque proponents and builders learned about it, the site was immediately abandoned and the citizens of Padua had won their protest against the mosque.
SE Cupp also told of several other “crude” solutions to unwanted mosques in Italian cities….several severed pigs’ heads were put on spikes at the proposed sites for building a mosque.
Even the city governments in Italy (all heavily Catholic Christian) rejected plans for mosque buildings, unhampered by the New York City mentality that this is a constitutional issue in the United States.
Not many mosques are being built in Italy, apparently due to the “Italian Solution” of using pigs, and pig “products” at such proposed sites.
SE Cupp concluded that even New Yorkers are not crude enough to adopt such a solution. She said that she is opposed to the building of the Ground Zero site and lives only a few blocks from that place but she rejected the idea of bringing a trained pig to the mosque building (an old Burlington Factory store) and having it urinate at many places at that particular address.
Another incident in ancient history comes to mind. The Jewish religion is just as strict about the avoidance of pigs , pork, and anything associated with a pig, as are the Islamic believers. But in ancient times, a conqueror of Jerusalem committed the horrendous act of pouring pigs’ blood on the holiest place in the ancient Jewish temple. That would have been an act of supreme violation for the Jews.
In another article I read this morning, theÂ Ground Zero mosqueÂ developer…one of them at least…has revealed that the mosque within the “Islamic Community Center” as it is being billed, will have enough room in it to seat 1000 worshippers. Which is not exactlyÂ “a small place for prayer” as some others have made it out to be.
Do we have any places of worship that seats 1000 people around this area?
**the temple in Jerusalem was desecrated by a Seleucid ruler, Antiochus Epiphanes in one of the conquests in Jerusalem in ancient times