Why Won’t Bloomberg Let A Church Destroyed on 9/11 Rebuild?

Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, which was destroyed on 9/11 by the collapse of the Twin Towers, has spent NINE YEARS trying to get building permits. Nine. Long. Years.

From Fr. Constantine J. Simones Waterford, courageous pastor of St. Nicholas Church:

Shame on Mayor Michael  Bloomberg and the members of his Landmarks Preservation Commission for  voting 9-0 to allow the building of a Muslim mosque at ground zero in  New York City.

Too many Americans are sleepwalking when it comes  to understanding Islamic policies during the last 1,400 years of what I  see as its brutal history. No one talks about St. Nicholas Greek  Orthodox Church, which was crushed by the collapsing Twin Towers.

Why  is the mosque put on the fast track to construction when St. Nicholas’  reconstruction is being hindered by New York City bureaucracy?

Wake  up, America, before it is too late. The Greek Orthodox faithful of the  Balkans were enslaved by Islam for 500 years. Ask me what it means to  live under the laws of Islam, under Sharia Law and the Hadith. Call me  and I will provide a history lesson on what can be like to live under  Islam extremists.

Fr. Constantine J. Simones Waterford

About the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church:

Since  1922, St. Nicholas Church had stood as a quiet sanctuary of prayer and  reflection amidst the tumultuous and bustling crossroads of commerce.  For the past nine years the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey has  used bureaucratic obstacles and false promises to hinder the rebuilding  of the St. Nicholas Church.

As Nice Deb (who has published an excellent commentary about the Ground Zero mosque, don’t miss it) pointed out:

City officials, eager to deflect the criticism of a righteously outraged  public, claim that nothing can be done [to stop the mosque from being built on hallowed ground]… something that anyone who has  contended with zoning boards across the country knows to be untrue.

Ask the congregation of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church of New York City.

Many thanks to patriot Chris Wysocki at Wyblog for a heads up on the Ground Zero Church. You’ll want to read his report on moderate Muslims in New York (and watch the video) here.

Cross-posted at Bread upon the Waters.