Most readers will be aware that on Friday, a Muslim prayer service was held, for the first time ever, in the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
Fewer may know that the date, 14 Nov 2014, marks the 100th anniversary of the last declaration of holy war, or jihad, by an Ottoman “caliph.” The average American may not know that, and it’s quite possible the clerical staff of the cathedral didn’t know it either, but as Dr. Sebastian Gorka points out (see link), the officials of CAIR, the Islamic Society of North America, and other organizations that arranged the prayer service undoubtedly do.
As is traditional in these cases, our brothers in the British Isles got there first. St. John’s, an Anglican church in Aberdeen, Scotland, reportedly began allowing Muslims to use the church for prayers in 2013, when the local mosques were becoming overcrowded. Gates of Vienna (“Baron Bodissey”) mused on the principle that the church now belongs to Islam:
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