$1 Billion Real Madrid Resort in United Arab Emirates, Minus one tiny Cross

Real Madrid is a royal Spanish soccer team that is central to a $1 Billion resort island project in the United Arab Emirates. The video (shown below) demonstrates just how luxurious the resort will be.

However, in addition to costing $1 Billion, it will also cost Real Madrid something so small that hardly anyone will miss it. Unfortunately, it’s the perfect example of subtle dhimmitude. Real Madrid has agreed to remove the tiny cross that sits atop the crown featured on the team’s crest.

Via Yahoo News:

As the Spanish paper points out, the club removed the little cross from the crown atop their logo on the project’s promotional materials (you can see the modified crest at the start of this video). Marca describes the change as a means “to avoid any confusion or misinterpretation” in relation to a project being built in a largely Muslim region.

The cross has only been a part of the club’s crest because it was a part of King Alfonso XIII’s crown, which was added to the crest in 1920 when he granted the club his royal patronage and their name changed from Madrid Club de Futbol to Real Madrid. All the royal symbols were then removed from the club’s crest and name in 1931 when the monarchy was dissolved, though they were restored at the end of the Spanish civil war in 1941 and have remained since.

All of this is reminiscent of Matthew 4:8-11, which says:

8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”

10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’[e]”

11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

Here is the video which demonstrates what Real Madrid is getting in return for that tiny little cross.


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