Posted on August 22, 2010 by creeping
From Liberty Works:
First, lets consider the tiny St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, built in the 1960s. It was across the street from the World Trade Center and was destroyed on 9-11. It still has not been rebuilt.
Before 9-11 St. Nicholas was on a small parcel of land and was surrounded by a parking lot. After 9-11 the Port Authority took over planning, zoning and permitting for the entire Ground Zero area, purchased the parking lot, and announced plans to turn it into a park.
Several years ago the Port Authority offered the church another, nearby parcel in exchange for it’s land, which would become part of the park. But later the Port Authority apparently reneged on the land exchange offer and has since blocked the church from rebuilding on it’s own land.
A 2008 New York Times article quoted Port Authority Director Chris Ward:
We understand the church’s mission. It is part of the history of the site and we want to maintain that. We just need to put the project in the right context.
Greek Orthodox leaders trying to rebuild the only church destroyed in the Sept. 11 terror attacks expressed shock this week after learning, via Fox News, that government officials had killed a deal to relocate the church.
The St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, once a tiny, four-story building in the shadows of lower Manhattan, was destroyed in 2001 by one of the falling World Trade Center towers. Nobody from the church was hurt in the attack, but the congregation has, for the past eight years, been trying to rebuild its house of worship.
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.
Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot! Words can’t describe the utter insanity that has taken over this United States of America. Rebuild the Towers. Rebuild St. Nicholas’ church. No mosque. No sharia. Not now. Not ever. Take a stand.
Read more on the history of St. Nicholas Church and its current plight at the website.