Tuesday, August 10, 2010

A Conservative Blogger's Curious Satire: Ground Zero Gay Bar

Conservative blogger Greg Gutfeld says that he is planning to open a gay bar in lower Manhattan near the so-called "Ground Zero Mosque." Gutfeld says that he is "serious," but his article seems satirical:
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.
Many conservative blogs have reported this story as if represented a major rebuttal of liberal support for the mosque. Apparently, the notion of having a gay bar near the mosque will outrage its supporters, and their anger will allow them to see the perspective of the mosque's opponents -- or at least expose them as hypocrites.

There is one major wrinkle in this line of reasoning. The idea of a gay bar near or next to a mosque is not inherently offensive. The idea of a gay bar that is "friendly to men of Islamic faith" is also not inherently offensive. Gutfield's satire appears to rest on his belief that homophobia will paralyze supporters of the mosque. There is no reason to believe that it would.

If Gutfeld is truly serious about supporting Muslim glbt individuals, he should contact members of Al-Fatiha -- a US-based organization for Muslim glbt individuals. Of course, Gutfeld is not serious. His homophobic satire, however, is seriously offensive.

15 comments:

Hippi Chicki Niki said...

Awesome post.

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Thanks, Niki

Infidel753 said...

Of course he's not serious, but I rather hope someone actually does this. It would be a good idea all round.

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Yes - why not?

daveworksunion said...

Good post. Nothing but net.

andgarden said...

In all probability, there's one nearby already! Just as there's already a mosque nearby.

How well do these people actually understand Manhattan?

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Andgarden: You are thinking what I am thinking. I worked in lower Manhattan for over 4 years. There is just about everything on that island a few blocks away.....

Dave: Thanks for reading!

liberal dissent said...

I really hope he does this; the response (or lack of it) will be priceless.

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

LD: Absolutely!

Hippi Chicki Niki said...

I'm sorry, wait... back up. Is your name "Infidel 753"? Not only is that just plain hilarious before you get to the number; but, am I to understand that 752 people on Google were already named "Infidel" before you signed up?

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Infidel is a longtime reader -- back when I had just started. He also has a great blog of his own! PS: I love his screen name too.

Infidel753 said...

Niki -- if you're curious, see here (2nd paragraph). Actually, we infidels are beyond counting:-)

datechguy said...

So let me get this straight. Ground Zero mosque, not offensive. Gay bar next door to Mosque offensive.

Considering how easy a time homosexuals have in Islamic countries your statement on Islamic tolerance of homosexuality is rather amazing.

Gutfeld insists he is serious, and even as I write defends his position on Twitter. I take him at his word. Will you preemptively condemn any Fatwa that may be launched against him over this?

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Datechguy: You need to read the post (and comments) again. I did not say that the idea of a gay bar near a mosque was offensive. In fact, I said it was NOT. Also, the US is not the same legally or culturally with respect to gay rights as countries that enforce conservative Islamic values on the subject. You are conflating Islam with conservative Islam. The fact that there are organizations for GLBT Muslims proves that you are wrong.

Hippi Chicki Niki said...

re: comment directly above:

Where's that facebook "like" button when you need it!

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