Det første er en sak av Christopher Hitchens i Slate, hvor han argumenterer svært godt for at motstandernes insistering på at "moskeen" krenker ofrenes følelser, er påtagelig lik den krenkelses-retorikken som mange muslimer (med rette) kritiseres for å slå om seg med:
"Where to start with this part-pathetic and part-sinister appeal to demagogy? To begin with, it borrows straight from the playbook of Muslim cultural blackmail. Claim that something is "offensive," and it is as if the assertion itself has automatically become an argument."Les!
I likhet med størstedelen av New Yorks innbyggere (som skjønner at to New York-kvartaler unna Ground Zero er et godt stykke) har jeg aldri forstått problemet med kultursenteret. Samtidig klarer jeg ikke å la være å glede meg stort over Fox News-journalisten Greg Gutfelds plan om å starte homobar i nabogården. Pressemeldingen hans er vel verdt å sitere:
“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.Elegeant. Svært elegant.
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.
The goal, however, is not simply to open a typical gay bar, but one friendly to men of Islamic faith. An entire floor, for example, will feature non-alcoholic drinks, since booze is forbidden by the faith. The bar will be open all day and night, to accommodate men who would rather keep their sexuality under wraps – but still want to dance.
Bottom line: I hope that the mosque owners will be as open to the bar, as I am to the new mosque. After all, the belief driving them to open up their center near Ground Zero, is no different than mine.
My place, however, will have better music.”