Thanks, Charlie! That's amazing. Sometimes the hypocrisy is breathtaking. Granted, Soledad didn't go to Chick-fil-A during Pride Month, but the accusation still seems a bit rich.
In other news...
War between cross and crescent.
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, president of the increasingly Islamist Turkey, accused Austria of "leading the world towards a war between the cross and the crescent." Austria's government is going to close a few mosques that allegedly foster radical Islamist ideology.
This is rather rich coming from Erdoğan, who turned the Hagia Sophia back into a mosque. The Ottoman Turks converted this historic Christian church into a mosque after the fall of Constantinople in 1452, but the secular government of Turkey under Mustafa Kemal Attaturk turned it into a museum, and allowed Christian art to be visible underneath parts where Muslims had covered it up.
Erdoğan's remarks also represent a flaring up of the old battle between Turkey and Austria. Turkey attempted to conquer Vienna, the capital of Austria, twice. Both the sieges of 1529 and 1683 proved unsuccessful, as Austrians beat back the army of Suleiman the Magnificent, and Polish hussars came to the rescue in 1683. (The 1683 siege inspired J.R.R. Tolkien's battles in "The Lord of the Rings.")
Turkey represented the biggest Islamic threat to Europe after the Reconquista of Spain, which ended in 1492. The Turks made it all the way to Vienna, but the forces of Islam were pushed back, allowing the West to develop independently.
Now, Erdoğan represents the rising force of Islamism in eastern Europe, and he has pushed to make sharia (Islamic law) the national law of Turkey. His defense of these allegedly Islamist mosques in Austria should only increase suspicion that these mosques are indeed encouraging Muslims to undermine Austria's secular law in various ways.
The large influx of Turkish migrants into Austria may never conquer this Western country, but they may represent a third wave of Turkish aggression into the heartland of central Europe. Erdoğan's remarks provide the cultural support to continue their activism.
Many Western Muslims do not push for Sharia to be enshrined in civic law, and they do indeed wish to live and let live. Leaders like Erdoğan are their enemies, as they suggest that living by Islam necessarily means forcing Sharia upon non-Muslim countries.