An ex-secular theist explains how you've been lied to.
I'm hoping you were being "fake ignorant" there. The Hagia Sophia was built during the reign of the Emperors Justinian and Justin II. The cornerstone was laid in A.D. 532, and the completed structure was dedicated in the year 537 - long before Islam even existed. Besides, "Turkey" didn't exist during the Crusades. That bit of landscape was then occupied by the Byzantine Empire, which was itself one of the crusading states.Side note: Imagine trying to build such a magnificent edifice in so short a time today. Couldn't be done!
Sarcasm, Bob, I assure you.Here's some more: "Well, I'm sure muslims wouldn't mind if the Pope held a Catholic mass in a mosque, so it's all well and good."
Technically there are a few historic Churches in Europe which used to be synagogues that had been taken by force from the Jews. So one could say at the time we where no better.OTOH if I where to rebut what I just said Pope St Gregory the Great during his reign did manage to give back some synagogues taken by force to the Jews. But of course he couldn't live forever (at least not in this world) and it did happen later in History. Still over time Christians ins spite of hiccups returned to their more tolerant roots.Muslims take advantage of Christian tolerance. A tolerance they do not extend to Christians. I have one question thought where there any Imams or Sultans who gave Churches turned into Mosques by force back to Christians? Where is the Muslim St Gregory?
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