As the liberal establishment’s relentless propaganda war against Christianity takes its toll on church attendance, we see that nature abhors a vacuum:
Syracuse’s Holy Trinity has a new owner, and some major changes are coming for the former Roman Catholic church. …
[T]he church, rectory and its old school, currently used for refugee and immigration programs, have been sold to the North Side Learning Center, a North McBride Street-based all-volunteer organization founded in 2009.
Dr. Yusuf Soule, who heads up North Side Learning Center, confirms that his not for profit program has bought the campus and will lease the former church to a new Islamic society, which will name it ‘Mosque of Jesus the Son of Mary’ (Masjit Isa Ibn Maryam). The group is already working in the sanctuary, which Soule says has leaks in the walls and flooring after being vacant almost four years. Pews and benches, as well as the Christian symbols inside, have already been removed.
North Side Learning has filed with the Landmark Preservation Board to remove the crosses from the steeples and grounds. The reason, in the petitions, “Due to new usage of the church as a place of worship for other religious group than used previously, where crosses on the building are not in line with the worshipping practices.”
The Landmark Preservation Board previously denied a request to remove the stained glass windows so that they could be used in another church. But bureaucrats are likely to be more cooperative, now that the church will be made into a mosque, just like the great Hagia Sofia after the Greeks fell to Islamic conquest — and just like will someday happen to Saint Peter’s Basilica if current trends continue.
Often mosques in this country are financed from abroad. When Obama et al. force us to buy oil from the Middle East instead of drilling our own or importing it from Canada via the hamstrung Keystone XL pipeline, some of the money comes back into the USA to establish terrorist incubation facilities.
By the way, Syracuse is a preferred resettlement site for Muslims imported from abroad by the iniquitous federal government.