August 10, 2010
MEGAN MCARDLE ON THE GROUND ZERO GAY BAR: “I am hoping that at least one person will attempt to explain why we should support the mosque near Ground Zero, but not the gay bar next to the mosque near Ground Zero. I would find that very entertaining. . . . I’ll be surprised, however, if he manages to get a liquor license from Bloomberg’s government.” Do you need a liquor license for an Islamic gay bar? I mean, they’re not supposed to drink alcohol. Of course, they’re not supposed to be gay, either. . . .
UPDATE: A New York reader emails:
New York state issues liquor licenses, not Bloomberg’s City Hall. And no bar can be within 200 feet of a place of worship. Will the state rule the Islamic site is such a facility? Or a mere “cultural center”? As it is, there’s no shortage of watering holes downtown…one can certainly unfurl a gay pride rainbow flag with a crescent superimposed…