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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Mosque Yes, Christian Church No

Here is another aspect of the Ground Zero Mosque controversy that is going completely unnoticed.

The St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church was destroyed in the 9/11 attacks in which 19 Muslims caused the deaths of almost 3000 innocent people. The church itself was a four story structure that was crushed by the collapsing towers.

In the nine years that have passed since then, the congregation has been trying to rebuild their house of worship but have been constantly thwarted by bureaucracy and politcal posturing of the Port Authority and other local government entities.

From Fox News:

Though talks between the church and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey stalled last year, church leaders say they've been trying to kick-start discussions ever since. But amid debate over whether a proposed Islamic community center should go forward near Ground Zero, government officials threw cold water on the prospect of any deal with the church -- telling Fox News the deal is off the table.

Confronted with the Port Authority's verdict, Father Mark Arey, of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, said it's the first he's heard that.

"Negotiations did break off last year. We were expecting to hear from their lawyers -- we never did. We're still expecting to hear from them," he told Fox News. "We're disappointed. ... 130 Liberty Street was promised to us."

Now, contrast this with the Ground Zero Mosque which is being fast-tracked and is being endorsed by high-profile political figures like Barack Obama and Michael Bloomberg. Where are the endorsements of these politicians for rebuilding St. Nicholas? Is a Christian Church simply not worth it?

I'll give my own opinion here. This is political correctness running rampant over the wishes and sensitivities of the American people. All should be equal before the law, but those who espouse political correctness will consider some (e.g. the Ground Zero Mosque) to be more worthy of attention and support than others (e.g. St. Nicholas Church).

You can access the complete article on-line here:

Decision Not to Rebuild Church Destroyed on 9/11 Surprises Greek Orthodox Leaders
David Lee Miller, Kathleen Foster and Judson Berger
August 18, 2010

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