Why is the proposed mosque getting so much attention and go-ahead prompts by the city when other religious groups have been waiting patiently for permission to go forward? Not to build, but to rebuild.

All the public attention is directed toward the proposed mosque. Meanwhile the Greek Orthodox parish of St. Nicholas, destroyed by the bombing on 9/11, is still plodding through the process of obtaining legal permission to rebuild the church that was once on the site. Nine years later, the City of New York– which is so deeply committed to religious freedom as applied to Muslims– hasn’t managed to cough up a building permit for the Orthodox community.

And so far, I’ve only seen this on the blogs.

Sheila Liaugminas

Sheila Liaugminas is an Emmy award-winning Chicago-based journalist in print and broadcast media. Her writing and broadcasting covers matters of faith, culture, politics and the media....