John R. Houk
© December 8, 2010
I am part of the Facebook cause entitled, “Rebuild St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church Destroyed on September 11, 2001”. It is this cause that I heard about the last post about some Christians and members of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church holding a prayer vigil in my last post. I moved on to the next cause alert and discovered an important piece of information about the Church.
But allow me to provide a little mini background to the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church that was located close enough to the World Trade Center to be destroyed along with it on 911. After the Church’s destruction in 2001 the Congregation (yep the terminology betrays my Protestantism) sought to rebuild it Church. For whatever reasoning the NYC agency that had to approve construction drug its feet until 2008 when a tentative agreement seemed to pave the way for St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church to rebuild with the permission and some cash influx from the New York Port Authority. For reasons that I have not fully researched the Port Authority reneged on it “OK”.
Here we are in December 2010 with the 2011 right around the corner and the Port Authority still is not cooperating with the reconstruction of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church.
Between 2008 and 2011 is a near three years of balking by the Port Authority. And so the cause alert notifies me of something a very patient Church should have began long ago. The St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church has begun a civil suit against the Port Authority to regain the go-ahead to reconstruct their Church. I understand the Port Authority isn’t publicly responding to the civil suit claiming they have not read the summons.
My wonder is this: Why are the New York City authorities from the Mayor on down taking such a stand to ensure a Muslim Mosque with connections to Radical Islam been given the go-ahead to build a multi-million dollar building for the glory of Allah be built near the site in which Islamic Terrorists undoubtedly shouted Allahu Akbar as they crash fuel engorged Jet airliners into the Twin Towers murdering thousands of people on American soil?