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The church v. the community center August 23, 2010

Posted by sharon in Uncategorized.

It’s amusing to me to read how many people are concerned about St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church being rebuilt. That’s the little church that sat at the foot of the WTC. When I was a kid, growing up in Texas, the Orthodox Church was invisible. And if it was known about, it was in the same category with the Catholic Church, i.e., not “really” Christian. (This was way before the practice of holding an annual food festival became widespread.)

There are conflicting reports as to why the St Nicholas project is stalled. That’s unfortunate. But the point is that St Nicholas has to deal with the Port Authority, and the Islamic community center does not. That’s because the Islamic community center is not AT “ground zero.” If the St Nicholas community is adamant about rebuilding in the same spot, then they are going to have to deal with more bureaucracy. If they are willing to sell their property to the Port Authority and move a few blocks away, I’ll bet they can find plenty of suitable properties.



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