Some people in Spain want to turn the “Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba" back into a Mosque even though most Spaniards see Islam as a threat to their way of life. The Catholic Church (or at least a portion of it) wants the place to be a church only. As always I expect elite interests to win.
In 2013, 65 percent of Spaniards surveyed by the Bertelsmann Foundation agreed with the statement that “Islam is not compatible with the Western world,” as compared to 55 percent in France and 45 percent in Britain.
But Spain's politicians and travel industry see a profit to be made from Islam:
At the same time, Spain is looking to cast itself as a leader in the ongoing conversation about Europe’s increasingly troubled relationship with Islam — based in part on Córdoba and Andalusia’s historical reputation for religious tolerance. The country is trying to position itself as both an international symbol of interfaith harmony and a major destination for Muslim tourism and business.
The Catholic Church's influence is declining with the decline in Christian faith in the West. So how is this going to go?
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