Bishop Rejects Muslims' "Right" to Pray in Cathedral
Juan Jose Asenjo rejected the request made by Spain's Islamic Board in a letter to the Pope.
It had asked that the cathedral become an ecumenical temple where believers from all faiths could worship.
The bishop said such a move would not contribute to the peaceful co-existence between people of different religions.
- BBC News, 28 December 2006, 12:50 GMT
So - the Muslims want the "right to pray" in a Christian cathedral and turn it into an "ecumenical temple" at the same time?
Let's get things right - these people are Muslims, right? The very same sort of people who held mass protests and threatened violence should Pope Benedict make the sign of the cross when he visited the Hagia Sophia, once a church, but currently a MUSEUM.
If they want the right to pray in the religious edifices of other faiths, then they should start by allowing Christians to pray in Hagia Sophia, which, I might add, is no longer a mosque.
Kudos to the good bishop for standing up to this utterly ridiculous request.