another building at Ground Zero
By Diogenes (articles ) | Aug 16, 2010
All the public attention is directed toward the proposed mosque. Meanwhile the Greek Orthodox parish of St. Nicholas, destroyed by the bombing on 9/11, is still plodding through the process of obtaining legal permission to rebuild the church that was once on the site. Nine years later, the City of New York-- which is so deeply committed to religious freedom as applied to Muslims-- hasn't managed to cough up a building permit for the Orthodox community.
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Posted by: CatherineNY -
Aug. 20, 2010 11:23 PM ET USA
Well, I don't agree, and I'd rather have my children walk by an Islamic center with a mosque than by some of the other establishments that are just as close to Ground Zero (such as the two strip clubs). As for the rebuilding of the Orthodox church, here are some of the facts: http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/08/question_amidst_mosque_flair-up_what_about_the_gro.php?ref=fpblg
Posted by: DJM749 -
Aug. 18, 2010 5:48 PM ET USA
That would be true, Cathy, if the "Community Center" didn't include a mosque; and it is the mosque that is the centerpiece--everything else is flash to gild the lily.
Posted by: CatherineNY -
Aug. 18, 2010 8:41 AM ET USA
You are comparing apples and oranges here. What the community board approved for Park51 is not a church, but a community center that will be open to anyone who wants to take out a membership. In place of a derelict pair of buildings, the community will be getting a new pool, gym, meeting spaces, etc. In purely secular terms, this represents an economic boost for lower Manhattan. I very much support the Orthodox church being rebuilt, by the way, but these are two unrelated issues.
Posted by: cloudchaser64 -
Aug. 17, 2010 11:56 PM ET USA
I like all the comments, but since Muslims don't kill their babies, and believe they should have many children, they won't have to use a sword to become the dominant religion in this country. They will overwhelm all of those espousing "pro-choice." Also, I have a feeling that the good people of New York will take things into their own hands.
Posted by: Gregory108 -
Aug. 17, 2010 1:59 AM ET USA
In this country we have equality of religion....only some religions are more equal than others. I agree with you, patriot6908. In this country, there is indeed only one official "Religion of Peace," which urges its followers to spread it "with the sword," but it is actually very peaceful!
Posted by: TheJournalist64 -
Aug. 16, 2010 7:57 PM ET USA
The mosque and now this delay--a story that is so Orwellian I would expect the Orwell estate to sue for copyright infringement.
Posted by: Defender -
Aug. 16, 2010 7:21 PM ET USA
Maybe you can get the president to comment so things can speed along?
Posted by: Gil125 -
Aug. 16, 2010 5:02 PM ET USA
Maybe they'd have more luck if they changed their name to Greek Heterodox. "Orthodox" is a bad word to the leftists who run New York---and the country---today.
Posted by: patriot6908 -
Aug. 16, 2010 4:39 PM ET USA
That's because there is only one official Religion of Peace and it's not the Greek Orthodox Church. Try again. Hint: Begins with an "I".