A Tale of Two Churches
Fox News reports that the parishioners of St. Nicholas in New York City have waited eight years to rebuild their church. They’ve negotiated with city and state government officials and still can’t get permission to move forward.
St. Nicholas was destroyed on September 11, 2001 when one of the towers of the World Trade Center collapsed. The church was the only house of worship damaged in the 9/11 terror attack.
The owners of the World Trade Center, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (locally known as PATH), agreed in 2008 to a settlement of $20 million and land on which to relocate. Church officials claim PATH has refused to release any of the funds for the rebuilding project, thereby keeping them from proceeding.
Meanwhile, the City of New York has cleared the way for a $100 million mosque to be built two blocks from Ground Zero. Mayor Bloomberg and President Obama lecture that we must be “tolerant” of the mosque plan. And, yet the only church damaged in the 9/11 attack still isn’t rebuilt.
With all due respect, the parishioners of St. Nicholas have been plenty tolerant.
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