So last night I announced plans to build a gay bar catering to Islamic men near the proposed mosque site near Ground Zero.
The goal? To echo the mosque's own website, which says it's trying to promote integration and tolerance. I figured I could return the favor by opening a gay bar. After all, Islam despises homosexuality, and this Muslim-friendly gay bar would help mend fences.
Right now the working name of the bar is Heaven and Halal. It will be two floors, one serving halal food and other serving cocktails. There will be 72 of them and they will be virgin.
So here's an update since last night. Now, I've scoped out properties. There's a bar for sale next to the mosque, very close. There are also two bars for sale to the rear of the mosque, which may be more discreet.
Meanwhile, I've received countless inquiries regarding investment; folks who have offered up to six figures. But because some of them were drunk, they may have placed the decimal point in the wrong place. It could be like $4,000.35. I don't know.
I also contacted the Cordoba House — the folks behind the mosque — but they have not returned my calls. So I Tweeted them. Here's what they Tweeted back: "You're free to open whatever you like. If you won't consider the sensibilities of Muslims, you're not going to build dialog."
By the way, I'm not building dialog, I'm building a bar. And as for the sensibilities of Muslims — which involves homophobia — that's not for me.
And that's my point. It's weird being educated in tolerance by an incredibly intolerant ideology. As long as gays and women are treated so poorly, how can they teach us compassion and generosity?
Anyway, I will keep you all up to date on the progress, and for more info go to DailyGut.com.