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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Mosque And The Gay Bar Right Next Door

By now almost everyone has heard about the construction of a Mosque to be placed at Ground Zero and the controversy about that placement, with opponents claiming the insensitivity to 9/11 victims and their families and proponents for the Mosque saying people have to be tolerant.

Well, enter Greg Gutfield, with his breaking news at The Daily Gut that in the same spirit of tolerance, he and other investors will be building a gay bar, right next door to the Mosque and will specifically have a floor with no alcohol in order to be Islamic friendly because alcohol is forbidden to them.

So, the Muslim investors championing the construction of the new mosque near Ground Zero claim it's all about strengthening the relationship between the Muslim and non-Muslim world.

As an American, I believe they have every right to build the mosque - after all, if they buy the land and they follow the law - who can stop them?

Which is, why, in the spirit of outreach, I've decided to do the same thing.

I'm announcing tonight, that I am planning to build and open the first gay bar that caters not only to the west, but also Islamic gay men. To best express my sincere desire for dialogue, the bar will be situated next to the mosque Park51, in an available commercial space.

This is not a joke. I've already spoken to a number of investors, who have pledged their support in this bipartisan bid for understanding and tolerance.

As you know, the Muslim faith doesn't look kindly upon homosexuality, which is why I'm building this bar. It is an effort to break down barriers and reduce deadly homophobia in the Islamic world.

Hot Air has been keeping tabs on Gutfield's Twitter with Park51 and it seems that one of the objections to a gay bar right next door to a Mosque is that it does not "consider the sensibilities of Muslims".


Are those planning the Mosque considering the "sensibilities" of the 9/11 victims' families? To Americans horrified over an attack on US soil that killed 3,000 people?

Why should Gutfield consider their sensibilities if they refuse to consider ours?

Both ideas are legal. Both groups have the right to build.

If we are talking legal rights versus should and should nots, well they are both in the same boat.

Just because someone has the legal right to do something doesn't always mean it should be done.

Kudos to Gutfield for exposing the utter hypocrisy in such a public manner.