Monday, August 23, 2010

El Cid Versus the Mosque, Part 3

El Cid

Below is the third part of a seventeen-part video of the classic 1961 movie El Cid, starring Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren (and subtitled in Portuguese). As I mentioned last week, I will publish an installment every weekday, which means that #17 will air here on September 10th.

This is part of the El Cid Project, which is offered as a response to all the furor surrounding the proposed Ground Zero mosque:

El Cid was willing to associate with neighboring Moorish kingdoms in Iberia, and ally with them against the invading “foreign” Moors from North Africa. This should make him a fully acceptable multicultural role model for liberals who would otherwise blanch at the thought of fighting an Islamic enemy.
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The El Cid Project proposes to screen the movie near Ground Zero, and has invited Imam Rauf and Mayor Bloomberg to attend. And why shouldn’t they? The occasion will be an opportunity for real interfaith reconciliation.

Part 1, along with a fuller explanation of the El Cid Project, is available here, and here is Part 2.