Church Destroyed on 9/11 Still in Shambles

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While a mosque is one step closer to being built in New York City blocks away from Ground Zero, a church that was destroyed in the 9/11 attacks has yet to be restored.

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church stood in the shadow of the Twin Towers and was crushed when the South Tower collapsed.

George Demos, the Republican candidate for Congress in the First District of New York, called the delay in rebuilding the church a disgrace and blamed the Port Authority for the hold up.

Click play for more from Demos on why he's outraged this church has not been cleared to be rebuilt yet, and why it must be allowed to "rise from the ashes" of 9/11.

"What an outrage that our government has put roadblocks in the path of its own citizens trying rebuild their beloved church destroyed by Islamic extremists," he said.

"[This is done] while Saudi Arabia, a nation that prohibits people from even wearing a cross or the star of David, now provokes the families of those who lost loved ones by apparently funneling money to build a mosque at the same location."

The church was supposed to be relocated to a nearby site in a land swap deal with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Demos says the project has been mired in bureaucratic red tape for most of the last decade.

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