GLENN: Let me show you two things on this mosque. First of all, I’m going to show you one person you need to find out about. This lady was on O’Reilly last night. She’s a Muslim. Listen carefully to what she’s saying.
VOICE: I oppose the idea, along with other members of the Muslim Canadian Congress because it’s confrontational, it is in bad faith, and it doesn’t really set up any kind of dialog or discussion on tolerance.
O’REILLY: Well, the pro mosque forces, including the mayor of New York City say, No. 1, to deny the mosque would be a, you know, slap in the face to freedom of religion and, No. 2, the reason that the community center mosque is wanted there by the Muslims involved is to show respect, respect for the victims of 9 11. You’re not buying that?
VOICE: Well, no. As a Muslim, I’m not buying that at all. How does building a mosque in the very place where Muslims murdered so many other Americans would create any kind of respect? What I’m hearing from people, especially those who are victims who are family of the victims, is that this is very hurtful and it’s very painful and as a Muslim, I read in my holy book, the Karan, that we should not we should be very sensitive toward people of other faiths, especially when we are living in lands that are not Muslim lands and these are our neighbors and our colleagues and the people we care about.
GLENN: Hum. Who was it that had the idea of building a Christian church where was that?
PAT: In Srebrenica, a Serbian orthodox church on the ground where 8,000 Muslims were slaughtered in Srebrenica and
GLENN: How tolerant would they be?
PAT: And defending their property rights and freedom of religious expression.
GLENN: First of all, you know, I understand, as a member of a faith who I, you know, had something I guess I could look at it really hurtful, but I don’t because I’m seeing miracles everywhere, everywhere, I had to have a big religious figure the other day stand up for me and had to write something that was remarkable because of my faith and there are Christians who are, like, he’s the devil. No, no, I’m not, really. Shhh. Quiet. And I
PAT: That helped.
GLENN: What helped?
GLENN: Nobody can hear me, just you. Nobody can hear me.
PAT: Never mind.
GLENN: What are you talking about? So, anyway, I’m a member of a faith that, you know, tried to build a temple and it’s almost impossible. Connecticut has rejected a temple that we tried to build. Wouldn’t do it. So, don’t talk to me about religious freedom. It happens all the time. Shouldn’t, but it does.
This is an actual danger. This is a danger because we now have evidence that there’s something else going on here and we cannot reject our gut. Look. I want to be the nation that look. If this lady wanted to build a mosque on next to Ground Zero, I would be all for it.
PAT: It would be totally different.
GLENN: Totally different, totally different, because it would be standing for something. So, now, you can you can band with people like that, but there’s also great gut felt and I would like to share this. So, Muslim investors are championing the construction of a new mosque near Ground Zero. They claim it’s all about strengthening the relationship between the Muslim and non Muslum world. As an American, I believe they have a right to build a mosque, after all, if they buy the land and follow the law, who is going to stop them, which is why in the spirit of outreach, I have decided to do the same thing. He says he’s dead serious. I am announcing tonight that I am planning to build and open the first gay bar that caters not only in the west but also to Islamic gay men. To best express my sincere desire for dialog, the bar will be situated next to the mosque, Park 51 in the available commercial space. This is not a joke. I’ve already spoken to a number of investors who have pledged their support in this by part San bid for understanding and tolerance. As you know, the Muslim faith does not 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 any typical gay bar but one friendly to men of Islamic faith. An entire floor with nonalcoholic drinks since booze is forbidden. Bottom line, I hope the mosque owners will be as open to the bar as I am to their new mosque.