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Atlas Shrugs in Brooklyn Calls On Brooklyn GOP and Fellow Republicans to Denounce Dr. John Press of The Brooklyn Tea Party

August 28, 2010

Controversial Activist John Kenneth Press

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.

Michael Allegretti, establishment candidate in the 13th Congressional race attends Tea Party event.

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.

Brooklyn Tea Party rally, with District Leader Clorinda Annurommo at far left.

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.

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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.

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As always, we welcome your thoughts and comments both below and by email.

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14 Comments
  1. No More Press permalink
    August 29, 2010 9:00 am

    Dr. Press profile says he is an athiest.

    Question:

    Shouldn’t Dr. Press be removed from NY based on his own “cultrist” views?

  2. Lora permalink
    August 29, 2010 9:00 am

    John Press makes the Tea Party look exactly the way the Left wants it to appear: fringe and psychotic. We need to be a party of rational thinkers, not anti-Muslim fanatics. I applaud Atlas Shrugs for bringing rationality and common sense back to the Tea Party discourse in Brooklyn. Great work guys!

    Kiss kiss…

  3. Has Republican Chairman Eaton Gone Completely Insane? permalink
    August 29, 2010 9:18 am

    The leadership of the Kings County Republican Party is lurching about in an uncoordinated frenzy, like a sailor who’s had way to much grog or a cyclops whose eye has been poked with a sharp stick.

    The Brooklyn GOP — Dr. John Press alliance is just the latest of a long series of bad associations snd deals made by KCRP Chairman Craig Eaton.

    This one is particularly heavy-handed and counterproductive, because it is likely to directly undo the “benefits” (just what were they again?) of one of Eaton’s earlier signature deals, his and the Brooklyn GOP’s 2009 endorsement of Mayor Bloomberg. Imagine the way all of this bigotted extremism is going down at Gracie Mansion (actually at Mike’s twin Upper East Side townhouses) or at City Hall.

    If you looked at Eaton’s hate blog The Jig is Up Atlas yesterday, you would know that the Kings County Republican Party has decided to “doubel-down” on the anti-Muslim, anti-constitutionalist rhetoric in opposition to the Park Place mosque.

    I wouldn’t expect any denunciations of Dr. Press’ Brooklyn Tea Party any time soon from the Eatonistas. His Brooklyn GOP honchos will ride that horse straight to hell rather than admit that Eaton made another big blunder.

    BTW, don’t think that State Senator Marty Golden won’t be tarred with this, as well.

  4. Young Republican permalink
    August 29, 2010 1:47 pm

    You gotta give credit where credit is due: Brooklyn GOP Opens Campaign HQ!

    http://brooklyngop.com/?p=456

  5. Robert L. permalink
    August 29, 2010 3:28 pm

    The GOP’s association with Dr. Press reminds me of the Benjamin Franklin saying that fish and visitors stink in three days. In Press’ case, he stunk from the start. I do not support his hateful views, nor do many of my Republican friends.

  6. Young GOP Kid permalink
    August 29, 2010 3:32 pm

    Is there some rule now that Craig Eaton and Co. have to pull out every stop in their race to destroy our party? They’ll associate with fanatics and racists? They’ll insult a Young Republican because of his Lebanese background? They’ll claim that there’s a US war against Islam?

    Is there no end to their hatred?

  7. Doesn't John K. Press look as if he's a likely "Agent Provacateur"? permalink
    August 29, 2010 5:03 pm

    Doesn’t John K. Press fit the profile of any “agent provacateur” (ala Joseph Conrad’s “Secret Agent”, not like Kate Moss in sexy knickers)?

    What does Eaton think (about Press not Kate Moss)?

  8. Tea Party Activist permalink
    August 29, 2010 6:45 pm

    As someone who supports the original Tea Party movement, I support Atlas Shrugs’ call to condemn these hateful views on the part of Press and his group. We should all do the same.

  9. Craig Eaton's TMZ permalink
    August 29, 2010 6:46 pm

    This is an actual story title on The Jig, Craig Eaton’s hate blog:

    “Breaking News: Roy Antoun Deletes Twitter Page!!!”

    It’s the GOP’s TMZ of hate-blogging, and the reformers are the celebrities LOL

  10. What the "Brooklyn Tea Party" is Missing is a Strong Contingent of "Born Again" Christians permalink
    August 30, 2010 9:12 pm

    The “Brooklyn Tea Party” of Dr. John Kenneth Press is and will remain genuine Astroturf unless they canline up some real deal BACs.

    The same applies to the Kings County Republican Party of Eaton and Golden’s RC Bay Ridge cabal.

  11. Gerry permalink
    August 31, 2010 11:04 am

    Apparently O’brien, Eaton, Gallo, & Golden are losing touch with reality in the worst possible way.

    Oh, And Doesn’t Marty Golden have lots of Muslim voters in his district? Lots of Asian American voters? Bigotry against distinct racial groups might not endear them to him in this election. They might even just go for Mr. DiSanto instead.

  12. Take the Revolution to the Establishment permalink
    August 31, 2010 10:53 pm

  13. Not a peep about the Brooklyn GOP & Tea Party rally at the 69th Street Pier permalink
    September 24, 2010 6:42 am

    Since the bogs bloggers mentioned crickets, what happened at the big balloon bash of Craig Eaton’s and John Press’ Brooklyn Tea Party rally in Bay Ridge last Sunday?

    It seemed like little more than a campaign rally for Nicole Malliotakis and didn’t get much coverage…

    What happened?

  14. Joe Appelbaum permalink
    November 26, 2010 12:27 am

    I support John Press and the Brooklyn Tea Party, and denounce Muslims and Mosques. Any questions, cowards?

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