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Greek Orthodox parish sues for right to build near Ground Zero site

Catholic World News - December 07, 2010

A Greek Orthodox parish in New York, claiming that local officials are illegally blocking plans to rebuild a church that was destroy in the terrorist attack of 9/11, is filing suit.

Officials of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church claim that they had reached an agreement with the Port Authority for the rebuilding of the church. They argue that the officials have filed to fulfill their responsibilities under the terms of a preliminary agreement reached in 2008.

The building of houses of worship near the site where the World Trade Center once stood has become controversial because of a separate plan to construct a mosque nearby.

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  • Posted by: samuel.doucette1787 - Dec. 08, 2010 8:56 AM ET USA

    Poor Greeks have been taking on the chin from the religion of peace well before 9/11. You can go all the way back to 1453 with the Fall of Constantinople when the adherents of the religion of peace desecrated the Church of Hagia Sophia and made into a mosque, as Chestertonian pointed out. I hope the Orthodox win this one.

  • Posted by: Chestertonian - Dec. 07, 2010 6:36 PM ET USA

    It is one thing to want to rebuild a pre-existing church that was destroyed by the attack, quite another to build a new Muslim center, supported by a Muslim with questionable connections, when all know that Muslim conquerors historically have built mosques on the rubble of Christian churches at the sites of their victories, or converted Christian churches to mosques. Look at Spain, look at Hagia Sophia in Turkey. This is why there is so much protest in NY; it smacks of triumphalism.

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