Indeed, calling Allen Roskoff-because we need just the right crusader to pick up on Greg Gutfeld's brilliant provocation of wanting to open an Islamic gay bar across the street-or right next to-the GZ mosque: "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."
As we have already commented, it is always strange to watch people trip all over themselves-in the name of tolerance-to accommodate those who wouldn't afford them the same forbearance. It is high time that we stood up strongly in defense of what makes America great-and if Muslims have a problem with that, well, they have no call on our tolerance.
But we have an even juicier idea-or, perhaps, an add on to the provocative calling out of the High Masters of Tolerance. How about a Planned Parenthood clinic next to the gay bar? And, being that the PP folks are good feminists, we should encourage them to liberally leaflet the neighborhood with calls for the prohibition of female genital mutilation.
Get the picture? There is so much that is retrograde in the Muslim orthodoxy-as it is in most religious orthodoxies-it should be incumbent upon the majority to insist that, if they want to prosper here in America, they need to be able to tolerate the pluralism of democratic America-and read Bruce Bawer's story of how Muslim gay bashing proliferated in the tolerant Netherlands.
All kidding aside, this is a serious issue-especially when Muslim men are insisting on prayer mats in our airports, and Muslim cabdrivers are refusing to transport dogs in their cabs because they're considered unclean by their faith. But maybe, just maybe, Governor Paterson has the right idea-offer the mosqueovites a piece of government land a bit further away from GZ.
As City Room reports: "Governor David A. Paterson on Tuesday said he would consider offering state-owned property to the developers of a $100 million Muslim center and mosque if they decided to build the center farther from ground zero...But Mr. Paterson said he understood the heated opposition to the building, which some see as an affront to the memory of those killed in the Sept. 11 attack. “I’m very sensitive to the desire of those who are adamant against it to see something else worked out,” Mr. Paterson said at a news conference in Midtown..."
Maybe Mayor Bloomberg should have thought of this sensible compromise-but he couldn't think straight in the middle of his self righteous tolerance screed. In fact, we have a better idea, let Mike Bloomberg pony up the entire $100 million just to show what a tolerant guy he is-but move the mosque and let the gay bar stay. In our view, the gay bar is more representative of our pluralistic society than a 13 story mosque at GZ would ever be.