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Greg Gutfeld Plans to Open a Gay Bar Next to Ground Zero Mosque

Because fundamentalist Muslims do not tolerate gays (and, you know, want to kill them), Red Eye's Greg Gutfeld says he is planning to open a gay bar next to the controversial Ground Zero mosque. Gutfeld says that he wants to "break down barriers and reduce deadly homophobia" when in reality he just wants to assault the Muslims with something as abhorrent to them as the Ground Zero mosque is to right-wing conservatives.

Gutfeld  Gutfeld's post:

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.

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.

Who knows if Gutfeld is serious, but floating the idea is heinous enough.

Gutfeld's show, of course, is well-known for its trans bashing ("These people disgust me") and jokes mocking gays. No doubt Barney Frank, who Gutfeld once called a "wrinkly creature with a knack for anal probing" is Gutfeld's presumed customer for this new bar.

In related news, the New York Transit Agency just approved an ad to go on the sides of buses which depicts the mosque, and a plane flying into the World Trade Center, MSNBC reports:

"The ad was paid for by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, an organization that opposes radical Islamic influence in the United States. The group's executive director says she doesn't find the ad offensive. The group sued the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to demand it accept the ad, which was approved Monday. MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz says the agency doesn't endorse the ad's views."

The controversial ad:


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  1. Simply a brilliant idea! Indeed, why not turn the site into a entire red light district to celebrate life?

    Posted by: Jimbo | Aug 10, 2010 10:24:39 AM

  2. i think it's a good idea; or at the very least, i don't think it's so bad as the post would have it.

    a few things:

    ** let's not make an amalgam between al qaeda and muslims in general, please. muslims didnt attack this country on 9/11. al qaeda fundamentalists did. and please stop rehashing the "they hate capitalism and our way of life" meme. when did they attack canada? the issue is much more complicated than that.

    ** i don't recall this guy really caring about gays or gay rights in the past, whether in the west or in countries where we are murdered as a matter of public policy; so his interests may be suspicious, to say the least. i say "whatever". don't matter. the point is, having a gay bar there, a gay bar next to churches and mosques and synagogues across this land would be precisely the kind of emblem of a pluralistic society that al qaeda despises (they don't have a monopoly on that btw; i would love to see how the wbc would respond to that).

    so all in all, i think it's not such a bad idea.

    Posted by: daftpunkydavid | Aug 10, 2010 10:28:24 AM

  3. Gutfeld's motives aside, that neighborhood really could use a gay bar.

    Posted by: potted palms | Aug 10, 2010 10:28:28 AM

  4. The Ground Zero Victory Mosque is a well publicized example of a general phenomenon - mosques bring trouble!

    In Europe (and soon in America), wherever Mosques are built, the locals can say goodbye to their homes, streets, neighborhoods and eventually their towns:

    Posted by: Trencherbone | Aug 10, 2010 10:28:57 AM

  5. KEVWYN,

    You have a hard time taking cries for tolerance seriously... you don't appreciate being used in this way....

    But, you have no problem at all working for "evil incarnate"? Isn't that just being "used" for money?

    Posted by: Tim | Aug 10, 2010 10:30:26 AM

  6. I like the idea of a gay bar with an entire floor of non-alcoholic drinks. Politics and religion aside, sober gays still like to dance, and I think an alcohol-free bar could do quite well.

    Posted by: SoberGay | Aug 10, 2010 10:35:29 AM

  7. this whole thing is confusing and disappointing.

    1) organized religion is for idiots
    2) the more press gutfeld gets, the more his agenda is fulfilled
    3) the more press the mosque gets, the more THIER agenda is fulfilled

    if we all stop talking about it, stop wating energy on it, stop caring about it, everyone will calm down and move on.

    Posted by: jim | Aug 10, 2010 10:45:16 AM

  8. How about a Muslim/Christian/Kosher Gay Bar + Mosque, Baths and Gloryholes with a basement Leather Boutique and Bookstore?

    It encapsulates all the juiciy ideas into one big eggroll of fun for all!

    Talk about diversity and acceptance! Yay!

    Posted by: johnny | Aug 10, 2010 10:49:36 AM

  9. The Assata Islamic Center in the Lower East Side is NEXT DOOR to a radical feminist lesbian bookstore.

    The Islamic Council of America in the East Village is ACROSS THE STREET from the Asher Levy Elementary School.

    Nice try though.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Aug 10, 2010 10:58:47 AM

  10. Although they've slowed down a bit, I'd like to point out a group called Al GAMEA ( in Dearborn, a suburb which is surrounded on one half by the city of Detroit.

    Dearborn has the country's biggest mosque, and also one of the biggest Arab American populations. While it might not be easy for young gay Muslims and I've heard a couple stories about mothers insisting that they take a wife and screw men on the side, I know plenty of Muslim Arab Americans who don't have a problem with gays. Who are my friend. Who go to the clubs but don't drink. Not every Muslim is insanely devout.

    On the other hand I greatly doubt anyone will go to this guy's club should it open.

    Posted by: Dylan | Aug 10, 2010 10:59:48 AM

  11. I love Islam and I love gays. This sounds like heaven to me!

    Posted by: Alhamr | Aug 10, 2010 11:00:03 AM

  12. I think the tone of the posting threw me.

    It seemed to suggest that this dude shouldn't be trying to gross out Muslims with the idea of being next to gay folks - but the posting didn't challenge the underlying assumption that religious folks shouldn't be grossed out by gay folks to begin with.

    Posted by: JoeBlow | Aug 10, 2010 11:04:59 AM

  13. Andy--if you had left out the word "heinous," your post would have been better.

    What Gutfield is doing is "obnoxious," "insincere," "deliberately inflammatory" and "disingenuous." But it is not "heinous."

    What IS "heinous" is the way gays are treated in most, if not all, Islamic countries.

    You could even label some of Gutfield's comments on his broadcasts as "heinous."

    But to use the word against the bar in this context was as bombastic as the people who say the mosque is "heinous."

    You may be shocked, but many of your readers believe the mosque is inappropriate. They are not bigots, they are not Islamophobes. They are gay and liberal and open-minded...but they think the mosque should be built elsewhere.

    It's not a question of one block or two blocks or three blocks away. If the builders of the mosque were interested in being sensitive to the community, they would never have chosen that proximity to begin with. They would have spent some time understanding what an appropriate and sensitive distance might be and how New Yorkers passing by the mosque and the WTC site would be reminded NOT of the advances of Moderate Islam, but of the day Fundamentalist Islamists brought jihad to New York.

    Posted by: Laurence | Aug 10, 2010 11:08:13 AM

  14. Don't fool yourself, Laurence. You are a bigot... and the worst kind too because being "gay and liberal and open-minded" (or so you say) means you should know better.

    Posted by: zxcv | Aug 10, 2010 11:17:46 AM

  15. Clearly, Laurance, from your post, it IS a question of one block or two blocks or three blocks if you're questioning why they didn't evaluate an 'appropriate and sensitive distance'.

    There is a mosque three blocks north of the Ground Zero site that already exists.

    Why are so many people falling for what is so clearly a ploy to rile conservative voters in time for the November election?

    Use your fucking brains and get over it.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Aug 10, 2010 11:21:19 AM

  16. @Gregoire:

    hu·mor /ˈhyumər or, ˈyu-/[hyoo-mer or, often, yoo-]


    1.a comic, absurd, or incongruous quality causing amusement: the humor of a situation.

    2.the faculty of perceiving what is amusing or comical: "He is completely without humor."

    Posted by: johnny | Aug 10, 2010 11:22:59 AM

  17. What are the zoning laws there? How often do establishments serving liquor open up near religious institutions? Is this even possible?

    Also, I think GG is SO HOT!

    Posted by: Vince in WeHo | Aug 10, 2010 11:26:00 AM

  18. Hey Johnny, hate to break it to ya, but Gregoire was clearly not responding to your attempt at humor. It's not all about you.

    Posted by: zxcv | Aug 10, 2010 11:33:47 AM

  19. I hope someone other than Gutfield actually does open a gay bar next to the mosque. Let's all play the "tolerance" game.

    Posted by: Jason | Aug 10, 2010 11:42:37 AM

  20. Hey guys in support of the gay bar,

    Remember like 5 days ago when people were talking about not supporting Target becasue it gave a bunch of money to bigots? This is the same shit.


    Be responsible for the mark you make in the world. Would you really support a gay bar made by this jerk? You will support him over other gay-owned gay bars, or your community bar? You get to decide what you do with your money, please be responsible you asshats.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Aug 10, 2010 11:48:30 AM

  21. Fenrox, I never said I would go there. Only that I support his right to build one.

    The best scenario would be build the mosque, enrage bigoted right wingers, build the Muslim gay bar, enrage bigoted Muslims, then watch it go out of business when no gays actually want to go there.

    Posted by: Wes | Aug 10, 2010 11:58:03 AM

  22. As a New Yorker who lives a couple of blocks from Ground Zero and who has worked across the street from the site for years, I like most of my neighbors support the construction of the proposed community center, including a mosque, and wish that outsiders would stay out of this, especially right-wing politicians who are simply seeking to advance their own narrow political interests by stirring up controversy.

    "If the builders of the mosque were interested in being sensitive to the community, they would never have chosen that proximity to begin with." They chose this location because they've been in the neighborhood, as responsible, peaceful members of the community, for years. Btw, the proposed project will include a 9/11 memorial as well.

    "They would have spent some time understanding what an appropriate and sensitive distance might be and how New Yorkers passing by the mosque and the WTC site would be reminded NOT of the advances of Moderate Islam, but of the day Fundamentalist Islamists brought jihad to New York." As someone who walks by Ground Zero every day, I can tell you as an actual New Yorker that, whereas Ground Zero itself may remind me of the events of September 11 and the threat posed to humanity by extremist religious bigots of all stripes, when I pass the proposed community center I will be reminded of the wonderful and continuing commitment of my City to multi-culturalism and diversity. If the mosque upsets you so much, then stay away; believe me, there are too many tourists on our streets as it is.,8599,2009147,00.html

    Posted by: Patric | Aug 10, 2010 12:06:42 PM

  23. I don't know about New York, but in Tennessee there are zoning laws that state that a bar cannot be built within a certain distance of a school or a house of worship - any house of worship, be it church, synagogue, mosque, etc. Anyone know about the laws in NY? And as another poster has said, this Islamic center IS NOT ON GROUND ZERO, and not really that close to it. And when are they going to protest the mosque in the Pentagon, which was also struck on 9/11? BTW, can we start tearing down Catholic cathedrals, too, since they tacitly supported Nazi atrocities against the Jews. I mean, turnabout IS fair play.

    Posted by: Dommyluc | Aug 10, 2010 12:08:48 PM

  24. I don't see what's so bigoted about Laurence's comments.

    Posted by: JeffNYC | Aug 10, 2010 12:11:46 PM

  25. Brilliant plan! Why call it heinous? Islam is horribly homophobic. There is not one Muslim country where homosexuality is even legal, not one. Why is Towleroad more interested in the sensitivities of fag-hating muslims than in the rights of gays to be visible and live unafraid?

    Posted by: Alex M. | Aug 10, 2010 12:13:56 PM

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