Important news in the annals of publicity stunts today, as Fox News’ Greg Gutfeld announced on his blog—the truly unfortunately named “Daily Gut”—that he has aims to open a Ground Zero–area gay bar catering to Muslim men in the space next to a proposed mosque. “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 Red Eye host wrote, identifying the bar’s raison d'être. “After all, the belief driving them to open up their center near Ground Zero, is no different than mine.”Gutfeld is a bigot, but I actually don't have a problem with the idea of opening up a gay bar next to Park51. When a religion itself supports bigotry, it deserves to have its sensibilities stomped over—if the attendees of Park51 have a problem with gay bars, I could care less about their hurt feelings. If they don't have a problem, then the whole thing is a non-issue. The only catch is, that everyone who supports this move automatically forfeits any right to complain when their own bigoted religious sensibilities are stomped all over, as surely will happen in retaliation.
So, I say, yes—yes to a gay bar next to Park51, yes to a gay bar next to Trinity Church, yes to a gay bar next to the Mormon Tabernacle. From coast to coast, a great big yes to gay bars everywhere. Wherever a minaret stands, or a giant cross looms—indeed, wherever two or more are gathered together in His name—let there also be a gay bar there. Hallelujah, and God Bless America!