Because while we may expect Sarah Palin to whiff on important matters of Western civilizational history, we should expect an actual ivory towered historical scholar to take scholarly accepted Medieval history a bit more seriously. (And seriously, the fantastic linked post is of moderate length, but so worth the read to remind us of a singular time in Western Civilization we rarely hear about.)
So it's easy to see why a group of Muslims creating a community center in the heart of a majority Christian country in a city known for its large Jewish population might name it "The Cordoba House." They're not, as Gingrich hopes we would believe, discreetly laughing at us because "Cordoba" is some double-secret Islamist code for "conquest"; rather, they're hoping to associate themselves with a particular time in medieval history when the largest library in Western Europe was to be found in Cordoba, a city in which scholars of all three major Abrahamic religions were free to study side-by-side.
Unless he actually does know the real history, combines that with the understanding that many Americans do not know (or care to investigate) the real history, and will instead send him money and attention if he intentionally misrepresents the topic for personal political gain.
And now even Pawlenty is getting in on this nonsense.
Nothing. But. Disgust.
(HT: The Daily Dish)