Former Syracuse Catholic Church to Become Islamic Mosque

Laura Hand, CNY Central, March 25, 2014

Syracuse’s Holy Trinity has a new owner, and some major changes are coming for the former Roman Catholic church.

As we first reported on Monday, the 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. {snip}

The petition also requests permission to to put a 6-foot chain link fence around the property ‘to increase security.’ {snip}

Holy Trinity, on Syrause’s Park Street, was closed by the diocese in 2010 and the parish was merged with St. John the Baptist. Parishoners fought against plans to sell stained glass windows and the building’s hand-crafted interiors. In 2012, the Landmark Preservation Board denied the request to remove the windows.


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  • Wheel of Fortune final puzzle, three words, I’ll give you R, S, T, L, N, E:


    • r j p

      -E—R—- is Destiny.

  • Truthseeker

    The way things are going, America’s going to need a Crusades of its own.

  • LovelyNordicHeidi

    If we do not deport THEM, the West will become a non-White dystopia.

    • 1stworlder

      Our taxes are paying to bring them here under the Refugee Resettlement Program and they are living on welfare. See Refugee Resettlement Watch to see they are brought in to areas lacking diversity and are put on 74 public benefits.

    • Romulus

      I have an altogether more permanent solution.

  • Pro_Whitey

    Oddly enough, the last name of the moo-slime, Soule, is also the last name of a passenger on the Mayflower. I doubt they are related.

  • IstvanIN

    This is just so creepy and wrong. I get uncomfortable when a church is taken over by a Hispanic group, and even when an old church is turned into a home, but this is being conquered, pure and simple.

    • DonReynolds

      I agree. This is an outrage and I say that without being Roman Catholic. All Christians and patriots should be sensitive to this nonsense.

  • Sue

    They’ll break the windows and gut the interior saying it was vandalized by some white mob.

  • Pro_Whitey

    Another thing I’ve been learning slowly over time (that’s how I roll) is that religion appears to be an essential human need for mental and societal health. I think religion provides people a means to make sense of the universe and to feel that they have a place and purpose in it. You lose the religion, then you lose the sense of place and purpose. Islam is a very simple-minded and straightforward creed, made to be easily understood and lived. It’s also a sick death cult, but it won’t be so easy to defeat, because its adherents are instilled with a sense of mission and purpose. How to gain that back among the men of the West is a dang good question.

    • I would say sic the Momos (Mormons) on them, but Viking B*tch reports on her blog that the momos have sold out to dieversity. They’re sponsoring a mass influx of third world black diversity into SLC. The momos have mission and purpose like the muzzies but they just want a big piece of the diversity money the feds are throwing out to religious groups.

      • Einsatzgrenadier

        Shall I tell you the law of God in regard to the African race? If the white man who belongs to the chosen seed mixes his blood with the seed of Cain, the penalty, under the law of God, is death on the spot. This will always be so.

        – Brigham Young (1863)

    • saxonsun

      Well, mainly religion just allows people to indulge their fears, hatreds and superstitions. The small gods of the various religions merely reflect the spiritual, mental and intellectual limitations of their followers. Can a truly intelligent human actually buy into a virgin birth? Or a dead man who comes alive? Or an elephant god? Or the horse of a self-proclaimed prophet who rises to heaven? And on and on. None of these beliefs are born out by reality. And no, they do not require a leap of faith–they require a closed and terrified mind. They are the cause of all of the ignorance and bloodshed on this planet. They are a vestige of a primitive race, the human one. And, as delusion, they are utterly dangerous. That said, there is definitely something there that we call God. This force is, however, nothing like we think.

    • Zaporizhian Sich

      Islam gives its victims a sense of place and purpose, and that is the elimination of Islam and Muslims, by any means necessary.

  • Better to raze the building than to see it fall into enemy hands. Of course, the new Marxist pope’s outreach to muzzies and atheists and gays and etc. approves of this nonsense.

  • Katherine McChesney

    “…the church, rectory and its old school, currently used for refugee and immigration programs…”

    As always the RCC is helping to destroy America with their ‘charities’.

    • gemjunior

      The RCC isn’t the only one, as you well know as there are over 35,000 “Christian” or Evangelical or Protestant churches — but it affords you another cheap shot at Roman Catholics or their Church and you can never pass it up. Everyone comments here or t

      • r j p

        I am RC but can not find an acceptable church in Chicago.
        I do not feel comfortable receiving communion from some “limp wristed” priest. That is learned behavior, which means they are probably frequenting Boystown bathhouses.
        Thought I found one, it’s Polish and near enough to attend, but they have no masses in English. I’d be just as lost as the time I went to a Greek Orthodox church.
        Looking for pre-Vatican II church at minimum.

        • Pelagian

          Try our lady immaculate church in oak park. Guaranteed no limp-wristers.

        • gemjunior

          It takes time. It took my family a long time and we have to travel to another county, but it’s worth it rather than have some wrist tell us to spread the gospel, but only the parts that don’t hurt any Jew or Muslim feelings… LOL The real thing – true Latin Mass. Look it up online and maybe you will find one close, I’m sure there has to be in a place like Chicago. It’s funny but I used to do the Polish mass too whenever I missed it in English…. even THAT is better than the Vatican II farce that is the ‘Novus Ordo Mass’ – whose liturgy was written by a German Protestant. Incidentally, the whole debacle of Vatican II was planned out by “priests” – Jews who temporarily became Catholics, then priests, were moved up the ladder by their scumbag anti-church network inside the church. After doing their damage, they left or were “laicized” and guess what? decided they were wrestling with their conscience and couldn’t pretend anymore — they wanted to go back to Judaism. Amazing, isn’t it.

  • sbuffalonative

    It’s already happened in Buffalo.

  • r j p

    Parishoners fought against plans to sell stained glass windows and the building’s hand-crafted interiors. In 2012, the Landmark Preservation Board denied the request to remove the windows.

    No doubt the Muzzies will remove them though — because the “Stations of the Cross” are such an Islamic tradition. Guess they will probably just throw them in the dumpster out back once they gain control.

  • Romulus

    “Mosque of jesus son of mary???”

    Yet the christian symbols have already been removed!

  • Pelagian

    Two words: Novus Ordo. (Look it up.)

  • Pelagian

    “Well Catholicism was supposed never to have foot in British Colonies/USA”. Except the USA and British Colonies are two different things. The vast territory of the *USA* was settled by Catholics. Catholics had organized societies in the US long before the first British polity was established.

    For example, in St. Louis they are celebrating the 250-year anniversary of its founding. Its all about the French and Spanish … nary an English-sounding name is mentioned. That’s not New Mexico, that’s *St. Louis* an *Eastern* city by today’s standards. If you want to talk about the history of California, forget about it ….

  • Pelagian

    Perfectly good Catholic churches in Christian countries 5000 miles away from Mecca being handed lock, stock and barrel to Muslims! What a perfect story to illustrate my thesis: America doesnt have a race problem, it has a God problem. Belloc pointed out that the church fathers have always regarded Islam, supernaturally, as the Scourge of the West. I.e.: a punishment that God allows on account of our disobedience. Black violence and social degeneracy is another scourge.

    If you fix the God problem first, every other problem will fall in line.

    • saxonsun

      You mean your rendition of God?!

    • Itachi

      What reason does god have to punish anyone? Why not just create a peaceful planet where Christians can live separate and happily!? Oh thats right, god has his ways and we should not question. Sounds like a not-so-nice deity to me :/

      • Pelagian

        You don’t understand heaven. If you did you wouldn’t be asking those questions.

      • Pelagian

        “a punishment that God allows” …. a fallen Earth produces these things of itself.

        And, nope, he is reason and his ways are NOT known only to himself.

  • gemjunior

    Germanicus, I like the way you have framed things that are going on. I feel like I am also duty bound not to cast my faith aside because it has been hijacked by demons but to fight these forces by trying to adhere to the memory of how Our Lord wished the church was in people’s lives. Not barely there breathing it’s last gasp for half hour on one Sunday per week. Any devotions, stations of the cross, confraternities, novenas, benedictions, etc, have been banished….
    I’m happy to hear you aren’t hopeful in altering the opinion of the vicious, anti-Catholic McChesney, because she doesn’t have a clue – as soon as she hears the word ‘Catholic’ her eyes roll back in her head, her body stiffens and begins a grande mal seizure, and she foams at the mouth. Since she was very little, she has listened in terror to the tales of her parents and church elders about the evil Catholics ‘worshipping the Pope’ and ‘worshipping the Virgin Mary’ and ‘adoring the Mother of God’. And back when corrupt families bought the papacy? Oh, that made all Catholics guilty who didn’t have any knowledge of it and likely that God wanted to abolish it. Thank the Lord for Luther, who was able to tell what God really should have his church like. Same with Henry ViIII, who also steered God the right way when he was all tied up with those dirty Popes and St Peters. Good thing someone knew better. If McChesney was around it would probably have even been better.

  • Groovy

    Story is that Turkey is going to turn Haggi Sophia (sp?) into a mosk again. Biggest Christian church ever built. Think anyone in the West will do anything or have anything to say?

  • Allan477

    Normally, the Roman Catholic Church will not sell a church building once it has been consecrated; they will tear it down. I wonder if there is more to this story than is given here.

    • ZB

      What you’re speaking of is the [true] Catholic Church of 1958 and before. The same Church, by the way, which did not allow members to be cremated. What this article is speaking about is the “Catholic Church”….the Conciliar Church of Vatican 2 which is not the Catholic Church at all!

      • SFLBIB

        Do you know why the Church did not allow its members to be cremated?

  • NoMosqueHere

    I visited my old neighborhood recently and found an enormous mosque had been erected in the middle of the residential area, which — I think — is still mostly white and christian. I felt sick for days.

  • Zaporizhian Sich

    I would not be surprised if this church turned mosque burns down one day. Some Muslims tried to establish a mosque in Missouri, and it was burned down twice.

  • Pelagian

    It was arbitrary. I wanted a classical-sounding name that indicated I was a male. At the time I chose it, I was posting on boards with I thought not many Catholics who would know it was the name or a heseriarch. it later became salient though when Pope Francis called traditional Catholics “neo-Pelagians”, and I am a traditionalist. I apologize for any confusion.

  • Germanicus

    You fellows are having too much fun. I was sort of thinking along similar lines as you Rainer, the only twist being that I was going to say that Protestants have not been nearly as much trouble as the Muslims–even though both share the same gravitation towards a heretical, theological minimalization. Haha. We can be light-hearted about this. Actually, I have for years observed that the Anglo Protestants seem to do government well. I would generally prefer a White, British rule to the bad governments of Latin America that seem to coincide with Catholic countries. Now I would bet that there are historians (which I am not) who would point out extenuating circumstances, anti-Cathilic undermining, etc., but hey, I’ll admit, if it looks like a duck, or bad government, then perhaps it is a duck, or… Ok. What I do say is that if a nation really executed Catholic principles of government, it would work even better than the Brit model, but no one has successfully done that and that in modern times and that failure must be admitted. Then we get into the causes for the failure. 1. There is a Prince of this World and his team will expectedly win out. 2. The modern Carholics are too soft for the role of governing with true justice–it takes at least one of the following: tremendous courage, a shadow government, or simply people whose intellects are commonly tuned for astute, decorous, strictly methodical, mission-oriented, efficient, and adequately harsh rule. The Brits and Northern Euros do seem to have what it takes to govern, or did. Everybody is getting pretty messed up these days and English have fallen badly, even apart from the invasion the suffered in the last decades. Corruptio ultima pessima. So, indeed, Protestantism found for a time something worth studying. Don’t underestimate what the Catholics can learn when we have been taken to the woodshed of experience, albeit a bit too slowly for my taste. Youe thoughts were stumulating.

  • Emily

    I’m not a religious person, and lean more Atheist.

    However, the Islamic religion IMO is one of the most brutal and inhumane religions. It’s about authority, death and fatality. There is NO peace within it whatsoever. The Muslims that don’t strap bombs to their wives or children to blow up whatever for whatever reason, do celebrate it! That makes them just as brutal!

    All religion should be rid of. It causes more problems than it’s worth.

    • gemjunior

      It was Christianity and it’s influence on the West that influenced the birth of all the laws which made Europe, and especially America the best places in the world (when they were white). If not for Christianity, you would most likely not be typing this because you wouldn’t know how to read and write, and your burkha would be in the way too. Your life would be so rough you can’t imagine. So maybe not ALL religions should be rid of. After all, when the men and women of Europe carried their religion in their heart with the same earnestness they now do for football or soccer, they stood together against mobs of Muslims and feared absolutely nothing. Now they fear being called names like “racist” or “bigot”. All because of subversive techniques by a very few underhanded, evil, envious men of a totally different species…..So really that one religion has been a bulwark against evil for a long, long time. Until they got inside.