Muslims cut down, paint over 10,000 crosses to convert former Roman Catholic church to mosque. Plan approved by US Conference of Catholic Bishops, Syracuse Landmark Preservation Board, funded by U.S. tax dollars.
In addition to being yet another violation of the establishment of religion clause in the First Amendment under the Obama administration, this is an ominous sign of our times, a sign of the spread of Islam in America, and the collapse of Christianity. The breaking of crosses and conversion of churches into mosques is widespread in Europe, but not yet so much in America.
Muslim Prophecy Fulfilled?
For observant Muslims, this and similar conversions of churches to mosques will be seen as early fulfillment of one of Muhammad’s prophecies about the end times, when, Muslims believe, Jesus will return to “break the crosses”:
Isa (the Muslim Jesus) will return and “fight the people for the cause of Islam. He will break the cross, kill the swine and abolish jizya” and establish the rule of Allah throughout the world (Hadith from Sunan Abu Dawud, Book of Battles, 37:4310).
The Islamic State (aka ISIS/ISIL), Al Qaeda and other jihad groups hold to this apocalyptic scenario, as Ryan Mauro notes:
[Their] offensiveness at the sight of a cross comes from these teachings [about the cross] about Sharia. Since they believe Jesus finds it so offensive that he will one day break the crosses, these Islamists believe they are commanded to likewise be offended by Christianity and the symbol of the cross in particular… Islamist terrorists like Al-Qaeda can cite authoritative Sharia rulings to show that attacks on Christianity are permitted before Jesus’ descent from heaven.
When Islamists destroy crosses or talk of destroying the cross, they are emulating the anger they believe Jesus has towards the cross.
What’s in a name?
The closed parish was named “Holy Trinity.” Those familiar with the Quran know that it vehemently rejects the Christian revelation of God as Trinity:
Say not “Trinity”: desist: It will be better for you: For God is One God: Glory be to Him: (Far Exalted is He) above having a son. . . . (Sura 4:173)
They do blaspheme who say: “God is Christ the son of Mary . . .” They do blaspheme who say: God is one of three in a Trinity: for there is no god except One God. If they desist not from their word (of blasphemy), verily a grievous penalty will befall the blasphemers among them (Sura 5:75,78)
The number of crosses covered over — 10,000 — is a deeply symbolic number, and was no doubt chosen by the Holy Trinity Church founders based on Revelation 5:11:
Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands…
Importantly, the “breaking of the crosses” in Syracuse is a direct result of the growing Muslim refugee population, and the success of Islam’s immigration jihad (or hijra). Amazingly, the sale of the church for conversion to a mosque was enabled by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, and paid for by U.S. taxpayers. Per Counter Jihad Report:
While the US Catholic population has grown by more than half to 69 million according to Catholic World News, nevertheless 1,800 parishes have closed over the past 20 years.
One of those parish churches that closed is Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Syracuse, New York, that held its last Mass in February 2010. Now, it is being purchased and converted into a Mosque by the burgeoning refugee population in Central New York. The irony is that this is being abetted by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, one of the leading voluntary agencies, VOLAGS, engaged in processing refugee resettlement. It and other contractors are funded by US taxpayers under programs administered by our State and Health and Human Services Departments.
Muslims converting a church to a mosque, breaking and covering over ten-thousand crosses, all enabled through inter-faith dialogue with Catholic bishops, using taxpayer dollars, hearkens back to the days of the dhimma contract and the Pact of Omar. Consider this an early installment of jizya.
“Syracuse: Muslims cut down, paint over 10,000 crosses to convert church to mosque,” by Creeping Sharia — August 17, 2015 (Comments in italics below in original post.)
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Two gray church spires grow out of a bumpy plain of city rooftops along Park Street. The skyline is the same as it has been for the better part of a century until you look closer at Holy Trinity Church: There are slim copper crescents where, for 100 years, there had been crosses.
The six crosses were removed and replaced at the end of June. Four of them were massive: 600 pounds of concrete each, and more than 4 feet tall. The step was the last, and most visible, in the building’s change from church to mosque.
The transformation has been a series of careful choices aimed at balancing the forces of two religions in a neighborhood that is shifting. The North Side, once full of Italian and German immigrants, is increasingly home to new Americans who are refugees from countries where Islam is the dominant religion.
Even as the crosses were cut from the church spires on the outside, and 10,000 crosses were painted over on the inside, the new owners of 501 Park St. tried to leave what they could, and reuse what they couldn’t.
The wood from the pews has been repurposed to fix the floor, which is where Muslims sit to pray. Painters worked to make the minbar, the pulpit where the imam stands, blend in with the stonework. The name of the mosque is Masjid Isa Ibn Maryam, which translates to Mosque of Jesus Son of Mary.
Is this the history we want to leave for future generations? It will be and it will get much worse if Muslim immigration is not halted and/or reversed very soon.
The cost to buy and transform the church was great: $300,000 and counting, said Yusuf Soule, the volunteer director of the North Side Learning Center, which bought the property and is overseeing the mosque construction.
But the physical work and fundraising has been the easy part of the transformation.
Soule stood inside the mosque, his nearly 7-foot frame diminished by the vastness of the space. The 50-foot ceilings seem higher than they were when there were church pews and an altar inside the building. Painters, paid and volunteer, were up on ladders for weeks, painting over some 10,000 crosses, Soule said.
The crosses were turned into other designs, or, in some cases, covered over by gray paint so they blended into the walls.
Covering those 10,000 crosses was a small feat when compared with what it took to remove the crosses from the church spires. That took months of back and forth with the city’s Landmark Preservation Board, submitting and resubmitting plans for removing the crosses and storing them onsite, which the board required.
On June 29, Paul Waelder rode a crane to the top of the church. Along with workers from Giarrosso Sheet Metal, Waelder spent two days 200 feet in the air, working first with concrete saws to remove the crosses. Then his son, David Waelder, an artist and metal worker, hammered the domes and crescents into place. The crescents are smaller, less than a foot, on top of thin metal spires. They cover up the lightning rods that were part of the crosses and had to be left to protect the building.
Paul Waelder said the high-profile job came with two stipulations: no talking to the press and no pictures or video of the cross removal.
Waelder understood. “They had a bull’s eye on their backs,” he said. “They are doing good things over there.”
So good they didn’t allow Waelder to talk to the press or allow anyone to take pictures of the crosses being taken down. Did they not want to catch Muslims cheering?
Watching the crosses come down off of Holy Trinity was hard for the people who found their spiritual home there, week after week, year after year.
Anne Angiolillo raised her 10 children spending every Sunday in the pews of Holy Trinity. She opposed taking down the crosses, and cried inside when it was done, she said.
Angiolillo moved from the neighborhood last year, but when she goes back and looks to the sky now, it seems empty. “They’re missing,” she said. “They really were a landmark.”
Even now, Soule was reluctant to have pictures taken of the massive crosses. After they were removed from the building, they were carefully wrapped in plastic and cloth. They look a bit like mummies. The two copper crosses, less than 100 pounds each, were easier to remove. They are not wrapped.
The city allowed Soule’s group to take the crosses down, but it also required them to keep the crosses at 501 Park St. Soule said the hope is that the crosses can be kept in a way that lets the public see them. But the final plan hasn’t been worked out.
Why would the city allow them to take down the crosses then keep them on site? Don’t hold your breath waiting for a plan.
Read it all to notice the inherent Islamophilia in the Muslims-good, Americans-bad puff piece by Marnie Eisenstadt.
Our previous coverage of the church-now-mosque and previous Eisenstadt Islamophilia here.