Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Ground Zero Church Is Left In The Dust,But Not The Mosque

The battle raging over the Ground Zero mosque is bringing new attention to another, less publicized controversy involving a house of worship in Lower Manhattan.St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, which once sat right across the street from the World Trade Center, was crushed under the weight of the collapse of Tower Two on September 11, 2001. St. Nicholas was the only church to be lost in the attacks, and nine years later, while City of New York officials are busy removing every impediment to the building of the Cordoba mosque two blocks from the site, St. Nicholas’ future remains unclear.The last bit of hopeful news for St. Nicholas came two years ago, in July 2008, when church officials and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced a deal which would have allowed the church to be rebuilt about two blocks from its original location.The Port Authority agreed to give the church a parcel of land at Liberty and Greenwich Streets, and contribute $20 million toward construction of a new sanctuary. The Port Authority also agreed to build an explosion-proof platform and foundation for the new church building, which would sit on top of a screening area for cars and trucks entering the underground garages at the new World Trade Center.Trouble emerged after St. Nicholas announced its plans to build a traditional Greek Orthodox church building, 24,000 square feet in size, topped with a grand dome. Port Authority officials told the church to cut back the size of the building and the height of the proposed dome, limiting it to rising no higher than the World Trade Center memorial. The deal fell apart for goodin March 2009, when the Port Authority abruptly ended the talks after refusing to allow church officials to review plans for the garage and screening area underneath. Sixteen months later, the two sides have still not met to resume negotiations.St. Nicholas Church’s difficulty in getting approvals to rebuild stands in stark contrast to the treatment that the developers of the proposed Cordoba mosque have received. New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, state Atty. Gen. Andrew Cuomo, and a raft of city officials have all come out publicly in favor of building the mosque, and the city’s Landmarks and Preservation Commission recently voted unanimously to deny protection to the building currently occupying the site where the mosque is to be built.The mosque is proposed to rise 13 stories, far above the height of the World Trade Center memorial, with no height restrictions imposed. So where is the equal treatment of religions? Where is the outrage from the left on this? I had a blogger try and say this ground zero Mosque was just about racism or whites and Christians. What say you leftists now?


  1. Its a shame that the church isn't getting any help from the Port Authority. its a damn shame.

    The reality is though that this is typical of how the partisan culture warriors like Chris work. They latch unto something they can spin into a negative while ignoring the positive and the issues within their own side.

    Their was no outcry over the church before the landmark society cleared the way for the Mosque. I read Free republic and Redstate. No one talked about helping that Church. It didn't exist in the minds of righties till it became political profitable. Someone found about it and it became rightwing cannon fodder for a bigger war.

    Now they can be the victim. Look at how the left treats the Christians. Poor us. They want to help the Muslims more than us. Its all bullshit. Your using a Church in a political culture war. How fucked up is you?

  2. Joe The Point Is Why Is Mosque OK And Church Not?
    For A Pretty Simple Person Thought Even You Could Figure It Out. You Have Become The New "Bruce". No Actual Thoughts Just Progressive Spin Which As A Whole Gives Nothing Of Any Value To Issue.

    You Got To Admit Joe The Longer This Issue Stays On The Front Burner The Less Regime Is Asked Where In The Hell Are All Those Lazered Jobs Joe? Now Thats The Bullshit Your Talking About!

  3. Joe get a grip. You are as unhinged as ever. The Church not the other buildings have been built thanks to the governement holding everything up. You didn't hear about it because their have been many other things on my mind. But now the lack of help to a Christian Church kind of makes the lefts argument that it is "White Christians" sound stupid. You get the help you need. I'm sure you can be fixed but Bruce is just beyond fixing.If been 9 years to build the Church and the 13 story Mosque gets all it's duck given to them. How is that Joe? Why did it take 9 less years for a Moasque to be OKed over a Church? That is politics and that is why you came unhinged Joe. Because the truth sets you off like a little child. When reality hits you Joe and you become part of the real world where Christian Churches are the ones getting screwed,not the Mosques like you libs try and make it sound. Let us know. I'm quessing you will come unhinged when you have to pay the "Caddilac" tax on your insurance because that is the way they designed it. Or maybe you will just keep being a dope as the crap you dish invelopes you and your ideology.


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