Christians angered by Muslims praying at Virgin Mary statue

Christians angered by Muslims praying at Virgin Mary statue

A row has broken out in the Spanish city of Grenada, where Muslims gathered last Saturday to pray at the site of a Virgin Mary statue.

According to this report, the event, which took part in the Jardines del Triunfo and was promoted by the city with signs that read “come and know Ramadan”, sparked outrage among Granadian politicians, with a far-right party calling on Catholics to respond with a “night of prayer” at the same site.

The photo above, grabbed from a YouTube video, shows a Spanish woman at a protest that followed the Ramadan prayer event.

Although the event was sanctioned by the City Hall and welcomed by Mayor Francisco Cuenca as an act promoting Granada as a “city of co-existence and tolerance”, others took issue with the chosen location, as the Virgin Mary statue situated in the gardens is cherished by Catholics in the city.

Several politicians took to Twitter to express their outrage, including MP Luis Salvador who said:

Mr. Paco Cuenca confuses tolerance and religious respect with provocation. Call for Muslim Prayers at the Virgin of Triumph?

That sentiment was echoed by politician Manuel Olivares, who took to Facebook to call the city’s decision “regrettable”, as well as “incomprehensible” and “disrespectful”.

The far-right VOX party called for an “act of reparation” to take place in the park, during which Catholics would recite the rosary.

In a statement, the party said the event is:

For those who show their faith and defending the customs, values, and culture inherited from our parents. And to protest against the council of this municipality who, by action or omission, have given permission and consent to a symbolic public space being taken over by the Muslim community.

Meanwhile, the Partido Socialista Obrero Espanol (PSOE) councilor in Granada, Jemi Sanchez, defended the event. She said:

Multiculturalism can never be a threat, it is an added value. For the first time, the City of Granada supports its Muslim community wishing them a happy Ramadan in the gardens of Triumph. [It is something] unprecedented that brings us closer and makes us more equal.

Sixty-eight percent of Spaniards identify as Roman Catholic, according to a 2016 report from the Centre for Sociological Research.

Granada was under Islamic rule for almost 800 years, until a reconquest took place in 1492 during the reign of Catholic King Fernando and Queen Isabel.

SOT, a Muslim organisation in Granada, dismissed the protest as a display of “ignorance”. A spokesman said here:

This little group of Christians does not represent the entire Catholic community. It would be a mistake to think that [the prayer] was a provocation. In fact, this act was to explain to everybody the culture of Islam.

The way to fight the ignorance is culture and information. That’s the way.

A female organiser of the event added:

We chose this site because it’s a central park in Granada and a very big place to share with all the people who accepted our invitation to join.

19 responses to “Christians angered by Muslims praying at Virgin Mary statue”

  1. Brummie says:

    How entertaining. Stand back and watch the scrap! My sky fairy beats your sky fairy.

  2. Alan says:

    But its the SAME sky fairy!

  3. barriejohn says:

    It’s Virgin on the ridiculous.

  4. Trevor Blake says:

    Not to worry: Christians are always invited to celebrate Easter in mosques all over the world, in the spirit of co-existence and tolerance.

    Or do co-existence and tolerance seem to always and eternally go one way?

    If you want to not be called a bigot, you have to not notice co-existence and tolerance seem to always and eternally go one way. If you want to speak the truth…

  5. Ian Mason says:

    ‘Miraim’ is mentioned more times in the Q’uran than in the Bible.

  6. barriejohn says:

    Ian Mason: That’s because the writer confused her with Miriam, the sister of Moses and Aaron!

  7. A Confused Atheist says:

    I really do not care about the complaints and protests of this elderly lady. Both she and the praying Muslims look towards the ‘salvation’ of the same ego-maniacal, sexist, racist, homophobic, dictatorial, tyrannical bully that they fear so much.

  8. Rob Andrews says:

    Muslims seem to want to take over other people’s space. Reminds me of the time they wanted to build a Mosque near the the former World Trade Center plaza.

    This was a “sign of peace” it was widely reported. The first thing that went through my mind when I heard this on the news was “the peace of conquest”.

    “They’ve made a desert and called it peace”. Said of the Roman conquest of Carthage.

  9. Gui says:

    “The way to fight the ignorance is culture and information. That’s the way.”

    Is this include know how women, homossexuals and religious minorities are treated in most muslim countries, well how is perfectaly fine to enprison or kill someone for alleged blasphemy against Mo and the thin skinned god which he is ‘prophet’?

  10. Ian Sayne says:

    Petrol … Match. Incendiary recipe.

  11. RussellW says:

    ‘Multiculturalism can never be a threat’ Crap, yes it can.

    Rob Andrew,

    That quote is attributed to the British Chieftain Calgacus, it doesn’t refer to Carthage.
    I’d agree in regard to Mulsims appropriating other people’s space, although Christians used the same tactics.

  12. John the Drunkard says:

    Granada was the LAST Muslim ‘state’ in the Iberian peninsula. After its fall, the Jews, (first) and later Muslims were expelled from all of Spain. It was paranoia about ‘secret’ false conversions that made the Spanish Inquisition what it became.

    Having a public space open for a Ramadan observance COULD be an hospitable gesture. But given the Jihadi obsession with reconquest, and the location, somebody needed to to some serious thinking about planning such an event.

  13. 1859 says:

    One blind group complaining about another blind group.

  14. RussellW says:

    John the Drunkard,

    Yes, “the jihadi obsession with reconquest” combined with the myth of glorious, ‘tolerant’ Al Andalus and its “Golden Age” are powerful motivators for Muslim fantasies. Islamic Spain was neither as consistently tolerant or as ‘golden’ as Muslim apologists like to present it.

  15. Gui says:

    John the Drunkard,

    Add to this the fact that it hardly would occur if the situation were the reverse, how Trevor has stated above.

  16. Philip Smeeton says:

    It is not enough to be angry, Christians have to react, by demanding that Islam be removed. They have to get over the love thy neighbour principle that is placing them in mortal danger, Muslims have to be deported and Islam banned. Religious freedom and tolerance does not apply to a religion that tolerates nothing and persecutes other religions.

  17. barriejohn says:

    Philip Smeeton: I’m glad you approve of such radical action.

  18. andym says:

    I’ve just heard a rep of the Council for Muslims express his anger about increasing violence towards Muslims. Well, fair enough. But it might have carried a bit more weight if his organisation hadn’t been so indifferent about violence towards ex-Muslims-something they have effectively condoned by their silence for years.

  19. Maggie says:

    They’re moving in. Get used to it or be expected to be called names.