Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Everyone has heard about the Ground Zero Mosque. Mayor Bloomberg, sidestepping the crass insensitivity of locating a mosque so close to Ground Zero has defended it in grounds of religious freedom, an argument that could justify a Shinto shrine at Pearl Harbor.
Lost in the discussion of religious freedom at Ground Zero has been the issue of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, which was destroyed when one of the World Trade Center towers fell on it. It remains destroyed 9 years later, despite the desire of many of its faithful that it rise again from the ashes, efforts to rebuild it remain mired in a bureaucratic maze.
There have been efforts to relocate the church away from its original site, as well as rumours that some of these efforts may succeed. But so far, most of the defenders of rebuilding the St. Nicholas Church seem to be Republican conservatives such as George Demos, who is running for Congress on a Conservative Republican ticket.
Why are the defenders of religious freedom for Muslims silent when it comes to rebuilding a church that was actually destroyed by the 9/11 attackers? It's time to clear a path for the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church to be rebuilt. If we are to argue for the religious freedom of Muslims, we must not be silent when the rights of other denominations are violated. Sphere: Related Content