Atlas Shrugs in Brooklyn Calls On Brooklyn GOP and Fellow Republicans to Denounce Dr. John Press of The Brooklyn Tea Party
I have spoken with all of my writers, and they all agree: the Brooklyn GOP’s connections with controversial activist Dr. John Kenneth Press are too shocking to be ignored.
His online activities, writings and statements to the press are indicative of a man who clearly does not value or respect the rights and privileges our country and our party has stood for.
Given this inappropriate behavior, we call on all GOP candidates, fellow Republicans, libertarians and Tea Party activists to immediately disassociate with a man who has, among other things, encouraged hate against Muslims and defended ignorance and bigotry against a host of ethnic and religious groups.
Please do not take our word for it.
We encourage our readers and the press to perform a full and complete review of Dr. Press and his history of xenophobia to determine why it is that we are taking a stand against Dr. Press and his ideology.
In a previous piece posted to our website, my colleague Francisco D’Anconia showed us the dark underbelly of the so-called “Brooklyn Tea Party,” a radical organization that has been infiltrated by establishment figures, including Brooklyn GOP Vice-Chairs, District Leaders and establishment-backed candidates.
Candidates visible in the organization are 13th Congressional GOP candidate Michael Allegretti, Senate candidate Jay Townsend, 49th AD candidate Pete Ciriano, and Joseph Hayon.
While we suspect a portion (perhaps even a majority) of the group’s members merely seek the original aims of the Tea Party movement (such as lowering taxes, fiscal responsibility and opposition to the status quo political establishment), Dr. Press’ leadership and the involvement of so many establishment figures leaves no room for doubt that this organization is not what it sells itself to be.
Indeed, photos from one rally indicate that the group believes that all mosques are symbols of conquest and cast them as army barracks for jihad-bound Muslims.
We located a list of Brooklyn Tea Party “candidate pledges,” one of which declares: “Whereas we have national sovereignty, are at war with Islam, and no international right exists for foreign nations to build mosques in our nation; [We pledge] to fight the building of the 9 – 11 mosque.”
These are hardly the proud libertarian values of our First Amendment, which endorse wholeheartedly freedom of religion and freedom of speech.
We are a nation built on these freedoms and so many more. We are a nation of diverse people, and our city has always been the most proud example of that diversity of faiths and cultures. Our history has rejected these notions in their entirety.
We recognize and empathize with the general sentiments of insensitivity toward a variety of figures surrounding the proposed Islamic community center and mosque blocks from Ground Zero. We all respect the feelings of those who lost loved ones and of a city that still grieves over the heinous atrocities of September 11th.
But we will not allow these sentiments and feelings to blind us toward the great founding values of our nation.
The foolish view (shared by many terrorists and few sane Americans) that Islam as a religion is against America and we are against it as a faith is a very dangerous belief. A majority of Americans may not find it appropriate to build a mosque near Ground Zero, but the majority of us also know no one should transform that belief into an irrational hatred toward Muslims overall as a people of faith.
Then, we become just as bad as the terrorists who committed those attacks on our country.
Mr. Press seemingly has an irrational dislike for our differences in America. He must not like New York very much, which could possibly be the most diverse city in the world. He has expressed his belief that this country should solely promote a “Western Judeo-Christian culture” (which is ironic, given his statements that past bigotry against Jews was justified and that “Jews have cultural tendencies that did not perfectly meld with the mainstream of American thought“). He has even taken to commenting on alleged white nationalist websites, such as the American Renaissance.
Thankfully, Dr. Press’ views are far away from the general beliefs of New Yorkers, Americans and fellow Republicans, all of who share in the tremendous wealth of diversity our mutual history has provided society.
Perhaps, if Dr. Press is no longer the voice of authority in The Brooklyn Tea Party organization, it will begin to emulate the goals of the national and local Tea Party organizations more properly and not the fringe of bigots and kooks undermining the more noble message of this movement.
As such, we call on all Republicans to condemn his statements and to promote a constructive and rational political dialogue in the Tea Party and in our party at large. That’s what America is all about.
As always, we welcome your thoughts and comments both below and by email.