Spain: Violent Muslim Occupation of Cordoba Cathedral did not Violate Law Against Offending Religious Sentiments, Judge says

A Spanish judge has ruled that a violent occupation of the Cathedral of Cordoba by a group of Muslims in March of this year did not violate the nation’s law against offending religious sentiments.

According to Europa Press, the judge occupying the seat of the Fourth Court of Instruction of Cordoba ruled that the incursion into the cathedral, which culminated in an assault on several guards and a policeman, was merely a “public disorder” and was not intended to offend anyone’s religious sentiments.

“There isn’t so much an intention to minimize or harm the religious sentiments of the Catholic religion so much as an attempt to favor, not to say clearly impose, in a false gesture of tolerance, the possibility of carrying out joint worship [in the cathedral],” the judge declared. “It doesn’t act to demerit or discredit the Catholic religion, but rather in favor of joint use.”

Spanish Muslims have long demanded the right to carry out Islamic worship in the Cathedral of Cordoba, which was demolished by Muslims in the 8th century and replaced with a mosque following their conquest of the area.  The cathedral was rebuilt in the 13th century after Christians reconquered Cordoba. However, much of the original architecture of the mosque was left intact.

Despite a prohibition against Islamic worship in the cathedral, a group of approximately one hundred Muslims from Austria entered the building during Holy Week on March 31, led by an imam and sporting walkie-talkies.  After they began to carry out the rites of the Islamic religion they were confronted by security guards and police, several of whom suffered injuries after being attacked by eight members of the group, one of whom brandished a knife. The eight aggressors were arrested, while the rest were allowed to go free after being forcibly removed from the cathedral.

via Violent Muslim Occupation of Church did not Violate Law Against Offending Religious Sentiments: Spanish Judge.


If someone would have gone to a mosque to try to pray there, would this judge have reached the same solution?

Background: Spain: Muslims protest Bishop’s petition not to call Cordoba’s Cathedral as a “mosque”.


7 comments on “Spain: Violent Muslim Occupation of Cordoba Cathedral did not Violate Law Against Offending Religious Sentiments, Judge says

  1. ingrafted says:

    Great post. Thanks. I have a piece on Cordoba at
    I am adding you to my blogroll. Keep up the good work.

    • Claudia says:

      TX for sharing your blogpost. 😉
      There is one point though that it’s not correct. Cordoba was not the capital of Hispania, but of Baetica, one of Rome’s provinces. Hispania was divided in two parts at first: Hispania Citerior and Hispania Ulterior. Then Hispania Citerior was renamed as Tarraconensis (more or less, all the Eastern Peninsula) and Hispania Ulterior was divided into two other provinces: Baetica (Southern Spain) and Lusitania (Western Spain and Portugal).
      Although placed near the Guadalquivir River, big cargo ships can hardly get to Cordoba, because it’s not (nor were) so deep, that’s Seville/Hispalis. But Cordoba’s importance was not about having a navigable river but the mines surrounding the city and, as you say, because of the rich agriculture that area has even today (for example, in olive oil).
      Thanks for adding me to your blogroll and tell me if you want your blog to be added here. And I hope you don’t mind the little note on Spanish history. 😉

      • ingrafted says:

        I can always stand corrected when in err! Thanks and I will make the necessary edits asap. Yes I would be honored to be on your blogroll.:-)

        However, a question ensue’s. Would not the ancient ships (relatively very small and light displacement) have been able to navigate the River? (Forgive me discussing; unrelated to your post here)

        Thank You and Kind Regards,

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  3. Claudia says:

    Would not the ancient ships (relatively very small and light displacement) have been able to navigate the River?

    Gee, I don’t have the slightest idea 😆 . We have always studied (since school) that the river has been traditionally navigable till Seville. I can’t be 100% sure, so I will try to search for more data, now I also want to know! 😀

    Although (just thinking) considering the importance of the site (specially with the mines), I guess the ships (specially cargo ones) should have been big.

    Anyway, I don’t like to correct anyone. It seems like I’m their teacher or something, and I really don’t like that! 😉

    You’re welcome!

  4. Bob Mack says:

    If, in the jurist’s learned opinion, the occupation did not violate the law against offending religious sentiments, I wonder what he WOULD consider to be in violation? Hand grenades in the pews? Flamethrowers by the altar? Good grief.
    BTW, I believe the Roman Emperor Trajan was born in Baetica (just wanted to throw that in ’cause I’ve been reading a bit of Roman history lately–also doing some reading on the British Raj & the Mutiny, and guess what? The Islamists were causing the same kind of trouble 150 years ago as they are today).

  5. Claudia says:

    I haven’t read the text of the sentence. But I guess that he has made a very complicated and somewhat unreal distinction. He thinks that they don’t want to insult Catholic sentiments, because, in his opinion, they didn’t mock Catholicism, but only wanted to obtain the joint use of the Cathedral. I also guess he would consider an insult things like mocking the priests while holding Mass, writing insults in the walls or what a Somali refugee did in Italy some days ago: dancing in the altar.
    But I don’t think that the difference is logical: praying to a God where other is being worshipped for more than 7 centuries now, is mocking those beliefs. At least, for me.
    Yes, Trajan was born in Hispalis (Seville)! He was a real good man and a real good emperor. He conquered Dacia and adopted Adrian (the one who built the Adrian’s Wall) as his successor.
    Well, Indians have had a good deal of conflicts with Islamists… 😦

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