As Manhattanite John Kenneth Press Spews More Hate, New Secrets Revealed About Faux “Brooklyn Tea Party”
The asylum inmates hosted a gathering recently–oh, wait. I meant to say the so-called “Brooklyn Tea Party.” Oops…
One of our commentators alerted us to this video floating around the YouTube universe of the intensely irritating John Kenneth Press engaging in his battle royale against local mosques:
Don’t be fooled. As our blog has assessed in the past, individuals like John Press are only Tea Party activists in name only. And new details have come to light that establish that fact even more.
From the various sources that have appeared online, Mr. Press has been desperately attempting to breath life into an issue that is losing steam both in the media and in the minds of voters. That issue is the building of various mosques around the city. Press is opposed to building even just one mosque on American soil because it is, to him, a symbol of conquest.
Yes, he’s nuts. But let’s examine his scary “reasoning.”
His opposition to the various mosques is based on the view that Islam and the cultures the embrace Islam are antithetical to the notions of American society. They are culturally different and, in his view, entirely exclusive.
Basically, Press argues that countries like Saudi Arabia and China are protective of their cultures, so we should also be just as protective here in America.
That’s right. Dr. Press–”Golden boy” of the Bay Ridge apparatchik of the Republican Party–is arguing that the United States should be more like China and Saudia Arabia.
Yep. That’s what I heard.
Now, as my colleagues have said, there are some legitimate concerns and arguments to be put forth about the formation of a mosque or Islamic project. Let’s be frank: no one wants a radical cult of Hezbollah-loving, America-hating crazies building properties in the United States. But we must answer to a higher authority here in our country: the U.S. Constitution. And innocent, freedom-loving Muslims–almost the entirety of American Muslims–want nothing to do with this extremism. They have the same concerns about the economy, family life and neighborhood safety as Christians, Jews and any other religious or non-religious citizen would have. They contribute to American society like anyone else and most work extremely hard.
That’s all very important in what it means to be American, in my view.
Press doesn’t see it that way, which is scary. He fundamentally mistakes what American culture is all about: the blending of other cultures with a continental culture that is already in place, with our freedoms creating an emulsion of the two.
In fact, the biggest impediment to this constant, ever-present “American transition” (which has been going on with both successes and failures for centuries) is xenophobia and racism, which Mr. Press is engendering by leading his hate rallies. He has worked the locals into a frenzy based on passions and not on legitimate criticisms.
Take this excerpt from The Brooklyn Ink about the September 25th Press rally:
Few of Sunday’s speeches mentioned the concerns heard earlier about parking and home values. John Kenneth Press of the Brooklyn Tea Party said in his speech that “Islam has been fighting the West for 1400 years. Do they believe in freedom in the Middle East?”
People shouted “Hell No!”
“Do we believe in it here?” asked Press
“Yes!” screamed his supporters…
A young man pointed at the mosque supporters across the street. “Unlike these terrorists, I stand in front of you unmasked! This is a war! And we’re all soldiers!” He then praised the burning of the Qu’ran calling it a miracle of free speech and asked the crowd if “we need to see Brooklyn and America raped by people who aren’t from this country?”
The next speaker gave his speech in Russian.
The mood became increasingly vitriolic. A woman with a sign saying “NO MOSQUE 1 GOD” screamed at two Muslim girls with American flags. “Let go of the flag and get back to your own country!” Shouts of “Racist!” from the other side became louder. More police arrived….
John Press said that the concerns of the Brooklyn Tea Party are the same as those of the residents on Voorhies Avenue. “We are all worried about people teaching hatred in our communities.”
Press says that the Muslim American Society are affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, an Egyptian organization that supports Hamas and Hezbollah. The FBI have found no such links, but Press says that he has his own evidence.
Yeah, this discourse is soooooo helpful for the community (saracism is free, Dr. Press). I particularly like the bit about Islam being a polytheistic religion. Talk about ignorance!
You see, Dr. Press is willing to support an ugly, violent clash in one of our local communities just to get his point across. He isn’t concerned with the truth. Heck, he thinks he knows better than the FBI. At least the 9/11 mosque protestors have a point in that no complete investigations about its financing have been done yet to my knowledge. But Press is grasping at straws here and using his “culturalist” agenda (again, I stress that “culturalism” is not a word) to tear our communities apart in Brooklyn.
Brooklyn has some of the most diverse neighborhoods in the world. Some people love that fact; others despise it. But like it or not, this has been the story of New York City (and to a larger extent America) since its founding. If you can’t accept that, then there are places out there where other Culturalist Johns live in blissful ignorance and have never shared halal off a street cart blocks away from a Kosher pizza joint.
Why don’t you leave us, Culturalist John? Go find a place that better suits your vision of America?
And while we’re at it, let’s discuss Dr. Press’ legitimacy to even lead an organization of so-called Tea Party activists called the Brooklyn Tea Party.
After all, you might be wondering why the title of my piece refers to John Press as a “Manhattanite.” Well, I hate to break it to you “culturalist” fans out there, but “Culturalist John” is nothing more than a big phony.
According to public records, the man who professes to be the leader of the Tea Party movement in Brooklyn (a laughable claim) is a carpetbagging Manhattan resident, currently registered to vote in the Lower East Side. We learned this after it was revealed to us that Press was not registered to vote in Brooklyn from a source.
You have to wonder if they already knew…
But it gets even better. Culturalist John is always talking about “Judeo-Christian values” and that part of our culturalist identity is to promote those values.
Well, according to his Facebook page, John Press is an atheist… So much for promoting “Judeo-Christian values.”
Ok, let’s recap. He hates Islam. He is registered to vote in Lower East Side of Manhattan (which begs the question: why Brooklyn? Why not get active in your own neighborhood?). And he is a self-professed atheist.
Oh, and did I mention that other members of the Brooklyn Tea Party leadership are also Manhattanites? At least, those that were listed on Dr. Press’ Facebook page before he took them down.
Given all of this, why in God’s name would we allow ourselves to take Culturalist John seriously at all?
For one very good reason: he is a threat to our borough and community.
I will be contacting various Tea Party affiliates to discuss the best course of action to take regarding Dr. Press. When I hear back from my contacts, I will provide you all with an update.