Andrew Bostom speaks VERY slowly for the wimpy, “nuanced” “conservative” appeasers:
Take Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan’s provocative statement:
“The mosques are our barracks, the domes are our helmets, the minarets are our swords, and the faithful are our army”)
From the official Brill Encyclopedia of Islam:
It must be remembered, however, that throughout the mediaeval period, the role of the minaret oscillated between two polarities: as a sign of power and as an instrument for the adhān.”
In other words:
Minarets are not the “moral equivalent” of church steeples.
They are the moral equivalent of burning crosses.