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Mosques in Manhattan [Aug. 20th, 2010|01:26 pm]
I know y'all read him, but my sweet baboo really hits it out of the park in his argument for why the Islamic Cultural Center should be allowed to be built in Manhattan.

[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-08-23 07:29 pm (UTC)
I didn't hear about a church being denied permission to rebuild. That would be wrong, too.
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-08-23 10:16 pm (UTC)
It would be, if they were denied permission because they are a church. I know nothing about this denial, other than what I read right here, but I'm going to stick my neck out and guess that wasn't the reason.

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-08-23 10:36 pm (UTC)
Also, it's a lie. They weren't denied rebuilding, they just weren't given as much money as they wanted:

The authority now says that St. Nicholas is free to rebuild the church on its own parcel at 155 Cedar Street, just east of West Street. The authority will, in turn, use eminent domain to get control of the land beneath that parcel so it can move ahead with building foundation walls and a bomb-screening center for trucks, buses and cars entering the area.

“We made an extraordinarily generous offer to resolve this issue and spent eight months trying to finalize that offer, and the church wanted even more on top of that,” said Stephen Sigmund, a spokesman for the Port Authority. “They have now given us no choice but to move on to ensure the site is not delayed. The church continues to have the right to rebuild at their original site, and we will pay fair market value for the underground space beneath that building.”

They have had permission to build there for a long time. They just keep asking for more and more from the port authority.
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