Greek Orthodox launch rebuilding of St. Nicholas, the only church destroyed on 9/11

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Archbishop Demetrios of America addresses the crowd during a ceremony on Saturday (Oct. 18) that marked the beginning of rebuilding St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, which was destroyed on 9/11. Religion News Service photo by Sarah Pulliam Bailey

Archbishop Demetrios of America addresses the crowd during a ceremony on Saturday (Oct. 18) that marked the beginning of rebuilding St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, which was destroyed on 9/11. Religion News Service photo by Sarah Pulliam Bailey

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NEW YORK (RNS) The church designed by renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava will include an interfaith memorial for victims of the 9/11 attacks.

  • Sarah, Thank You for this story.
    It should provoke a lot of thought.

    “It was the Greek city-states that gave us our belief today in freedom,” – Gov. Pataki

    Exactly – so why do we repeatedly abandon it for religion?
    If only we could respect those Hellenistic pioneers who taught the dialectic; Socrates and Lucretius and the rest. Asking questions, even questioning the validity of the claims about Zeus and other gods!

    Instead, we get mumbo jumbo about ‘faith’ a primitive, inhuman concept which did not originate in Greece at all but long before in the caves superstitious illiterates. Greek culture WAS THE REMEDY for faith. Freedom is the cure for faith.

    Ground Zero is a place where God did nothing.
    Humans did everything.

    Humans crashed the planes – in the name of Faith – and slaughtered people.

    Humans cleaned up.
    Humans rebuilt.
    Humans endured and there isn’t the slightest evidence of God in any of it except as an inspiration to the hijackers who did the slaughter!

    Religion, Faith, God….all these primitive beliefs should have died forever at ground zero. The rebuilding of this church symbolizes not humanity conquering its demons, but blindly coddling them.

    I don’t celebrate the loss of St. Nicholas Church or any other destruction of houses of worship. They are beautiful relics.

    But this was an opportunity to directly confront the poison of religion; the phony baloney claims of God’s ‘protection’ and the hollow claims of Jesus.

    The fact that religion survives these horrors does not speak to our courage or our embrace of Freedom.
    But our collective cowardice.

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  • Sean Chaney

    There is a place for you inside The Church as well, “Atheist Max.” Be sure to visit it when the time comes. God bless you. 🙂

  • I think mr pataki is 100 percent correct without Saint Nicholas church built at ground zero the project in consider incomplete,the church is not only for Greek Orthodox people but also be for those who lost their love ones ,a holy place for prayers ,no matter what religion the decease people were theirs one god in my eyes .the church is. A must to be rebuilt for the 3000 people that lost their innocent lives ,because at the end of life for all is god ,may The Lord give all family’s the strength and prayers , and may we meet again amen

  • AnneM

    Congrats to the Greek Orthodox Church community for starting the rebuilding of St. Nicholas!

    To Atheist Max, it was the Byzantine east that preserved the manuscripts of the ancient Greek thinkers. Thank the Greek Orthodox Church for making that possible.

  • JN

    It’s a good thing that this church rebuilding is being initiated. People need more venues where they can experience humility and spirituality.
    As for all those “atheists”, I should say that they can have whatever beliefs that like, but do keep those to yourself. You, atheists, you all try to lecture any and all religious people with so much pressure, so hysterically, so psychotically that it always seems as though atheists are very unsure about their views and try way too hard to keep themselves convinced, while parading their useless ego and a desire to defile other people’s values.
    And them atheists are usually so insanely insulting. Like if they try to provoke their opponents who are normally uninterested and unwilling to enter any arguments with atheistic freaks just to get what is to be expected when you insult people in order to start running around screaming about “religious fanatics attacking us, intellectuals, etc.”.
    So, to “Atheist Max” I have this message: all your “human this, human that”, all your pseudo-“evidence” that religions somehow “cause” violence (while violence is caused by psychopaths most of whom are not religious and have no faith at all), all you cheap, flat provocation is pointless and boring. You all have the same exact “arguments” and “views” that you repeat after one another. Don’t try to “convert” anyone. Just learn to MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS. Get a job. Get a friend. Get a fish. Get yourself busy doing something, instead of chasing after religious people trying to convey your mind-numbing “ideas” to them. We all know WHY you do what you do. You don’t know it, because your are blind. So, stay blind, if you want to and stay away from the issues of faith and religion.

  • Dear Max,
    May you never reap the rewards of the faith of the people, the hope of the almighty God, and the LOVE of God the Father Jesus Christ the son and The Holy Trinity one in essence.

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  • Ana

    Well said!

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