George Demos, Republican candidate for the NY1 Congressional District explains~
Needless to say, it's been 9 years and St Nicholas still has not been able to start working on replacing their building. They have their plans, they have their funding, but the Port Authority refuses to meet with them to approve the rebuilding. The plans (pdf,see pg 15 ) of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation as of Feb 2007 were to move the church to the corner of Liberty and Greenwich Streets, a little to the south of their original location. At some point last year, that plan and position was withdrawn by the NY Port Authority.
But Cordoba House gets fast tracked...
Then we get from our President (emphasis mine)~
But let me be clear: as a citizen, and as President, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country. That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances. This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakeable. The principle that people of all faiths are welcome in this country, and will not be treated differently by their government, is essential to who we are. The writ of our Founders must endure.So, what about the Greek Orthodox Mr President? Is your "commitment to religious freedom" unshakeable here too? They can't even get St Nicholas rebuilt in nine years time, with no solution to that problem in the near foreseeable future. What about their "right to build a place of worship"? To not be "treated differently by their government"? It seems they are definitely being treated "differently by their government" than a group that plans on groundbreaking ceremonies in a year's time, and doesn't even own the property they want to build on!