Muslim “Breaking of the Crosses” in Syracuse, NY as Catholic Church converted to mosque
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…
Such is the significance of the 10,000 crosses, and the name of the former parish, Holy Trinity. It was one of the most visible, symbolic representations of the Christian presence in Syracuse, and in New York State and the United States by extension.
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.)
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