Open Letter to President Obama from George Demos
August 17, 2010
President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington DC, 20500
Dear Mr. President,
You recently offered your strong support for the right of the Mosque near Ground Zero to be built and stated that "Muslims have the right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country - that includes the right to build a house of worship."
I believe that a Mosque near the hallowed Ground Zero where Islamic extremists murdered 3,000 Americans, including 168 from Suffolk County where I am a candidate for U.S. Congress, is inappropriate, provocative, and wrong.
While we may disagree on the appropriateness of the Mosque, we can surely agree that it is an issue of national importance that the only house of worship actually destroyed on September 11, 2001, the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, be rebuilt. For the last year, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has refused to meet with Church officials and has placed bureaucratic roadblocks in way of rebuilding St. Nicholas Church.
The world is watching to see if the humble Church that stood as a quiet refuge at the crossroads of commerce will rise from the ashes of that fateful September morning and become a vibrant symbol of our faith and resiliency as a nation.
Mr. President, please stand up and defend our Judeo-Christian values, express your public and unwavering support for St. Nicholas Church, and ensure that it is rebuilt.
Candidate for U.S. Congress (NY-1)