Jul 14 2013
Activist Lesbian & Democrat Mayoral Candidate Christine Quinn vows to close NYC public schools for two Muslim holidays if she become Mayor
I wonder if she knows Muslims will call for her execution for being a homosexual as Islam requires?
NY Times Christine C. Quinn, the City Council speaker and one of the leading Democratic candidates for mayor, walked into a clubhouse in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, just as people had started to eat and was escorted straight to the buffet. “I’d like to say I planned it,” Ms. Quinn joked. She grabbed a plate, sat down, set aside her fork and started stuffing one of the stuffed halal vine leaves (down her fat mouth).
The event at Dyker Beach Golf Course was an iftar, a meal to break the daylong fast during Ramadan, hosted by local Muslim Americans. For Ms. Quinn and several other candidates who attended, it was just another stop on a busy campaign trail. But for the Muslim community, it represented an opportunity to make its voice heard and build bridges with key government figures.
Among those DEMOCRATS ONLY present was John C. Liu, the New York City comptroller who is also a Democratic mayoral candidate; he arrived shortly after Ms. Quinn and settled on the other side of the room. Sal F. Albanese, another Democratic candidate, had come and gone. State Senator Eric Adams, a Democrat who is running for Brooklyn borough president, sat in a corner of the room. And a group of Brooklyn police officers occupied a table next to Ms. Quinn’s.
“I don’t remember, ever before, the Muslim community having this kind of a presence in a citywide election” Ms. Quinn said. Naji Almontaser, an American citizen born in Yemen, sat across the table from Ms. Quinn and said that reports about police surveillance of mosques and other Muslim institutions had agitated the community and driven more people to speak out over the last two years.
The community was already aggrieved, he said, when Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg vetoed a Council recommendation to add two Muslim holidays to the school calendar. In an appeal for support, Ms. Quinn said she would close schools for those holidays. “So if you get elected, we can count on that?” Mr. Almontaser asked. “Oh, absolutely. Absolutely.” she responded.
In May, the Arab American Association of New York and the Islamic Center at New York University held a forum where Mr. Liu and another Democratic candidate, the Rev. Erick J. Salgado, said that they believed surveillance of Muslim institutions by the Police Department was unconstitutional.
Earlier this month, another Democratic candidate, Jewish Democrat Anthony (Twitter pervert) Weiner, spoke at a Muslims for Peace event in Queens and noted that his wife, Huma Abedin, was Muslim (and a front woman for the Muslim Brotherhood).
On Thursday night in Brooklyn, Ms. Quinn was still finishing her rice and okra when she was called to the lectern. “The Muslim community is on the political map in New York,” she said. “The days of ignoring the interests and the significance of this community, those days are over.” For the first time in the evening, the room filled with energy and erupted in applause.
Mr. Liu, who has repeatedly visited Muslim groups, followed. “Assalamu Alaikum,” he said, offering the customary Arabic greeting. “With a lot of hard work, inshallah, we will win this election and we will change this city.”