Sunday, August 29, 2010

GZ Greek Church Gets Low Priority Next to $100m 9/11 Mosque


Mayor Bla-Bla Bloomberg to GZ Greek Church:

It's simple ~ you don't got $100 million and there's no Islamophobia involved! What we the Mayor and the City of New York don't want to do is to appear racist / Islamophobic and a Greek chapel ain't gonna help with that. That being to improve our image around the world.. ah.. Muslim world! We want to demonstrate to the Muslim people that America is a place of tolerance and respects their religion of Islam. [Smile!!] [Ignore any question about religious freedoms in MW] [Make sure to get shot of me and Rauf ~ there's still a Bloomberg business to run.]



Mayor Optimistic About Rebuilding At Ground Zero

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Friday he was confident that St. Nicholas Church, the only place of worship destroyed in the 9-11 attacks, would be rebuilt.

In his weekly conversation with radio host John Gambling, the mayor suggested a deal for the church's rebuilding was imminent.

"Oh, there's no question about that," Mr. Bloomberg said on the radio program. "The archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Church lives across the street from me, and if you think I want him coming across with his staff and beating on my door and saying, 'Come on, Mike!' I'm not going to let that happen."

Mr. Bloomberg said the church and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which oversees the construction site, have simply had differences concerning the exact location and size of the new church.

Indeed, the parties appeared to be close to terms for the rebuilding back in 2008, but the deal was never finalized, as the size and location of the church remained the sticking points.

The mayor's comments come as officials from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America are using the furor over a proposed mosque and community center near Ground Zero to draw attention to their own effort to rebuild. The potential rebuilding of St. Nicholas has taken a distant back seat in terms of both political and media attention to the national uproar over plans for the proposed mosque.

The disparity has led some to say that the city is green-lighting the space for the mosque, but shutting out the church that was in the area beforehand.

Stephen Sigmund, a spokesman for the Port Authority, said the church "has and will always have the right" to rebuild the church. He said the two sides have begun negotiating on the terms again.

Messages left for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America weren't immediately returned Friday.

WSJ

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