Who is crazy here? Is it the government or is it the people? Two peoples, two stories, two countries – both the same. In New York City, there was a small Greek Orthodox Church – St. Nicholas’ Greek Church – which stood four stories high in the shadows of the World Trade Center. On September 11, 2001, when the towers fell, the historic little church was crushed. The congregation has been trying for the last nine years to get official permission to build the church back where it once stood. Former New York Governor George Pataki even worked with the church trying to get the Port Authority and state of New Jersey to allow plans to move forward with replacement of the little church.
Meanwhile, just a few blocks away, stands an old historic Burlington Coat Factory building that suffered injury from a portion of one of the airplanes that struck the towers. The part penetrated the roof of the building and caused some damage although the building stood and is repairable. That building is now the center of media attention as the world looks on while a proposed Mosque and ‘Community Center’ are planned to be built in place of the old building. Protests upon protests have met with rude rejection as NYC Mayor Bloomberg and others have endorsed and encouraged the building of the mosque and ignored the plight of the little church or the despair of the families of the 9/11 victims murdered by Muslim extremist.
Looking eastward across the Atlantic beyond the Mediterranean toward Israel we see a similar conflict being played out in the Jewish land of Israel. Residents of the Jewish community of El Matan in Shomron (Samaria) have been told by the Israeli court system that their synagogue must be closed and sealed shut because it is on ‘nature reserve land.’ Sagit Mor, El Matan Councilwoman argues that it is a ridiculous thing because the synagogue is situated near the Jewish homes, not on reserve land and there are no Arab homes anywhere around.
But in Israel, as in New York City, logic and intelligence don’t seem to mean much when it comes to favoritism toward Muslim communities. It is more of an appeasement move to placate the Arabs in nearby villages and the leftists who filed the suit than it is a matter of where the synagogue is located or that it is a righteous decision. While the courts have ordered the little synagogue to be shut up, Arabs in a nearby village are building an illegal mosque and remodeling another.
Where is the rationale in either of these stories? Have all governments in all states in all countries lost their ability to stand up and see truth? Or is it a matter that all governments in all states in all countries are afraid of Muslim backlash? If the latter is true, then perhaps we should all put on burqas and line up for our beatings or chose to make life simpler and cut our own throats! When government is so afraid of what lurks in the shadows that it rules against its own people, then it is only a matter of time until the knife slices away … if we do it ourselves, perhaps it will be more merciful!