Media picking up on my point: Boston’s Menino has no problem with Islam’s view of homosexuality

Finally. Actually, I can not take sole credit for pointing out Boston mayor’s Tom Menino (D) hypocrisy as he targeted Chick-fil-A business owner Dan Cathy’s personal view on gay marriage, compared to his complete silence on radical Islam’s extreme view on homosexuality; death to them…

But now the Boston Herald’s Michael Graham reports

Given his stance on Chick-fil-A, would Mayor Tom Menino grant permits to a group that has counted among its leaders a man who has repeatedly called homosexuality a “crime that must be punished” by death?

Actually, he has done that  . . . and more! Menino effectively gave away city land valued at $1.8 million to the organization, and he gave a speech at its ribbon-cutting ceremony.

It’s the Islamic Society of Boston’s mosque, and when it comes to anti-gay sentiment, one of its early supporters makes Chick-fil-A look like the Provincetown Men’s Chorus.

One of the spiritual guides for the mosque was imam Yusef al-Qaradawi.

Outside Boston, al-Qaradawi is better known as a vocal supporter of terrorism who teaches a hard-core version of Islam. His claim to fame as a “progressive” is that he was the first prominent imam to urge women to become suicide bombers, too.

It was only when his terror support became known that the Islamic Society of Boston announced that epeated (sic) listings of al-Qaradawi as an ISB trustee had been a mistake.

But Graham didn’t go far enough in his reporting. Sure, he found one radical Muslim iman associated with the Islamic Society and put the target of bigotry on his back and his back only. My original point was not only associated with radical Islam. Find me an Islamic sect – any Islamic sect – who are PRO gay marriage.

Betsy Woodruff writes at NRO concerning Menino’s charge against Chick-fil-A.

Boston’s mayor, Thomas Menino, has been even more explicit; it looks as if the entire city will probably miss out on the chance to boycott “Chick-fil-A or whatever the hell the name is,” as he put it. The Atlanta-based chain doesn’t have any restaurants in Beantown yet, but it has been considering opening one near the Freedom Trail. That won’t be an easy task. “If they need licenses in the city, it will be very difficult — unless they open up their policies,” Menino told the Boston Herald.

“Open up their policies?”

Exactly what policy is Menino talking about? Dan Cathy expressed a personal opinion after he was asked a question and it has nothing to do with corporate policies.

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  1. Benjamin Less on July 27, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    With 40% of the Boston population Catholic, 7 dioceses and a huge Protestant population, 0ver 40% conservative in the Hillsborough County? ….
    You drink the campaign Kool-Aid thinking everyone is a rainbow licker and Hollywood Lover while supporting some non-popular or non-religious beliefs you’re in for a world of hurt.? It just shows how out of contact Mr. Obama-Rama and his Followers are while connecting with the silicone implant, Clorox Bleach crowd called the Silver Screen or a small percent of the flashy “Out-Spoken-Ones.”?
    It ain’t gunna help your image.

    • ricbee on July 27, 2012 at 11:53 pm

      You would think all those Christians could elect a like minded mayor.

  2. Dimsdale on July 27, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    And “Godfather” Emmanuel in Chicago is all over the highly anti semetic Farrakhan, but slams Chick-fil-a.
    It is clear that one can be so politically “correct” that it makes you stupid.

  3. Plainvillian on July 27, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    What tenet of Islam agrees with American concepts of freedom?? How much of Islamic doctrine is repressive?? Does Islam recognize borders or avow a world dominant ideology?? How does Islam differ from world wide socialism in repression and thuggery?? Why do today’s Democrats encourage Islam in our midst?

  4. Benjamin Less on July 27, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Not only did Farrakhan imply that homosexuality is insane and immoral, he went one step further and challenged politicians and clerics who he insinuated were acting hypocritically and cowardly on this issue. As for politicians, Farrakhan asked: ?Why is [it] that ? you ? take your oath of office on the Bible? If the book is no good, what the hell are you using it for to take an oath of office to uphold, not the Bible, but the Constitution??
    LOL, quote from Farrakhan.

  5. ricbee on July 27, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    Merino is a typical liberal,he thinks words are more important than actions.

  6. PatRiot on July 27, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    – Have other Christian companies been targeted / questioned about their positions on gay marriage?
    – If the mayor is that adamant about not providing?licensees to Christians, is he capable of denying photo id’s?to Republicans??

  7. chetisyourbet on July 28, 2012 at 12:24 am

    you don’t have to be a Christian to disagree with same sex marriage or agree with traditional marriage.
    But it will not be long before the conscience police will be rampant saying, “if you don’t agree with our views you have to sit in the back of the bus.”

    • JBS on July 28, 2012 at 12:06 pm

      . . . or, you aren’t parroting our approved views, so don’t even think about getting on the bus.

  8. JBS on July 28, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Look, I think Don Cathy was set up by the media in Boston. The media was there to set him up, thee were there to take the mayor’s statement, they were there to fan the phony flames of controversy. (“He said this! What do you say to that?”) Like a flash mob.
    This is media control from the DNC. Keep everyone from focusing on something other than Obama’s dismal record and pathetic campaign. It’s about time to hear from Gaffman, again.
    “Hey, over here!”

    • Benjamin Less on July 29, 2012 at 10:18 am

      @JBS, I tend to agree with your thinking based on the fact that the Press loves the explosive nature of the subject, “Gay Rights.”? President Obama is in dire need of the youth vote in the nation.? Any time THE Gay Rights issue is brought up – there are only two answers that are weighed in on.? 1.For 2.Against?
      If you’re against, well …you’re against all civilization, all human rights, all that America was built upon and all that is good and truly balanced.?? Having any other opinion or view-point other than Pres. Obama’s is just not an opinion worth respecting.?
      That’s our Media in a nut shell.? [popular culture at its best]

    • Lynn on July 30, 2012 at 7:52 am

      I think you are right. MSM is so ridiculous, they just keep following the dancing beachballs. ?Now they set up their own “news”. ?Steve, you made it relevant by showing the hypocrisy of Rahm and others ?positions. Hey, maybe Rahm was told to make up this “issue” and he followed WH orders only to fall on the sword.

  9. Dimsdale on July 31, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Menino has always had the politically correct welcome (prayer) mat out for the Muslims, with nary a comment on their treatment of women and gays.


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