Like Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Boston's Mayor Tom Menino wants to deny building permits to the Chick-fil-A restaurant chain simply because the Christian owner, Dan Cathy, was open about the fact that he favors traditional marriage between one man and one woman.
They have another thing in common as well. Just like Rahm Emanuel, Mayor Menino is more than willing to favor and assist entities in 'his' city that endorse violently anti-gay sentiments that make anything Dan Cathy said look positively benign in comparison.
In Boston, there's a mosque I know by repute, run by the Islamic Society of Boston. The mosque is very much Muslim Brotherhood oriented, and claims the Muslim Brotherhood's spiritual leader imam Yusef al-Qaradawi as it's major influence and spiritual guide. One of its eight founding members was Abdurahman Alamoudi, who was jailed for 23 years in 2004 for material support of Islamist terrorism and money laundering.
In fact, the Society used Qaradiwi's name in their fundraising, and are suspected of receiving Muslim Brotherhood funds to help build the mosque. In fact he was actually an honorary member of the board.
Qaradiwi, one of the most popular figures in the Muslim world has some interesting views.
He favors a world-wide Islamist caliphate under sharia law, including the beating of 'disobediant' women, female genital mutilation , and death for homosexuals and apostates, just as it says in the Qu'ran.
He's also called for a second Holocaust against Jews, saying, "Throughout history, Allah has imposed upon the [Jews] people who would punish them for their corruption. The last punishment was carried out by [Adolf] Hitler. G-d willing, this time it will be the believers."
Yes, this is the Muslim Brotherhood's real face, despite the white wash going on in the Obama Administration these days. And while the Islamic Society of Boston found it convenient to distance themselves a bit from Qaradiwi personally a few years after the mosque was built and established, but they have never distanced themselves from his theology. Literature found in the mosque, speakers who've been invited guests , writings and speeches of people intimately associated with the mosque and transcripts of a number of sermons preached there confirms exactly how the Islamic Society of Boston views these matters.
And Mayor Menino's connection? He gifted the Islamic Society of Boston land worth $1.2 million at the time in order to establish the mosque.Not only that, he he gave a speech at its ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Just like Rahm Amanuel's endorsement of Louis Farrakhan in Chicago, Mayor Menino's assistance to the establishment of a Muslim Brotherhood oriented mosque makes you wonder exactly where he really stands on gay rights.
Of course, the big difference is obviously who's talking. Apparently a Christian voicing opposition to same sex marriage is to be publicly opposed, but Muslims whose theology is virulently opposed to homosexuals is a very different matter for the likes of Rahm Emanuel and Tom Menino.Or perhaps, it's just that Christians are a safer target.
If you were gay, which would you rather have in your town? A restaurant that provides jobs, serves homosexuals and doesn't discriminate against them but whose president exercises his First Amendment rights by merely stating he's against same sex marriage? Or a Muslim Brotherhood mosque that promotes the views on homosexuals I've outlined here?