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(Daily Mail)   Even though the Vatican already gave Turkey an Eddie Bauer sweater for Christmas, Turkey really just wanted St Nicholas' bones back   ( dailymail.co.uk) divider line
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2012-12-24 08:32:11 PM  
3 votes:
"No problem.  We'll trade you for Constantinople"
2012-12-24 10:46:55 PM  
1 vote:
Lionel Mandrake:

"No problem.  We'll trade you for Constantinople"

"Istanbul not Constantinople!"

The fact of the Muslim conquests of Asia Minor and subsequent conversion of most of its people to Islam means he's no longer their saint. Islam recognizes prior prophets but especially eschews praying through intercessors, so what use would the Turks have for a saint? This is a matter of theology, not tourism or "national pride." I say give 'em the bones of St. Nick when the ulama and the Saudis allow other Peoples of the Book to make the Hajj: the Kaaba was established by Abraham, who was also a prophet for the Jews and by extension Christians, so it's only fair they also get to pay their respects. And remember, the Qu'ran says Muhammad only restored the proper practice of ages past, not that he invented them. Jews and Christians would follow the rituals of the Hajj just as Catholics follow those of Lourdes or the Jews daven at the Wailing Wall: there would be no sacrilege and need be no disruption. It is written in the Qu'ran in Hujurat 49:9 that "Allah loves the equitable," is it not?
2012-12-24 09:48:20 PM  
1 vote:
Weirdest white elephant gift exchange ever.
2012-12-24 09:44:40 PM  
1 vote:

yelmrog: Seth'n'Spectrum: Lionel Mandrake: "No problem.  We'll trade you for Constantinople"

... yeah, but the papacy had absolutely nothing to do with the Crusaders softening up Constantinople for the Turks right?

I just want to know why it got the works.

That's none of your business
2012-12-24 08:31:33 PM  
1 vote:
I've been to the crypt of St Nicholas. I keep pictures in case the kids are particularly bad one year.

/I kid!
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