For decades now, Islamic extremists have shown that national monuments, financial, and military institutions have been their favorite targets. Over the last several years, groups like ISIS and Al-Qaeda have targeted bars and night clubs. Combine these with the fact that Islamic extremists have made clear that they want to kill all homosexuals in some of the most horrific ways imaginable, and you might imagine the perfect ISIS target of New York's Stonewall Inn.
President Barack Obama announced his decision to designate the site of the Stonewall Uprising for gay rights in New York City as a national monument.
The Stonewall Inn was a gay bar that was raided by the New York City police department to enforce a law making it illegal to sell alcoholic drinks to homosexuals. Gay Americans rioted in response, organizing activists and rallies across the country in support of gay rights in America.
In a YouTube video, Obama recalled the 1969 riots, praising the gay rights activists that reacted to the Stonewall arrests.
“Stonewall will be our first national monument to tell the story of the struggle for LGBT rights,” Obama said. “I believe our national parks should reflect the full story of our country — the richness and diversity and uniquely American spirit that has always defined us. That we are stronger together, that out of many we are one.”
According to the White House, the national park will include the Stonewall Inn and Christopher Park across the street; about 7.7 acres of land.
In his statement, Obama recognized Christopher Park as a gathering place for the LGBT community, recalling that there were celebrations and weddings there after the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in 2015.
He also referred to those who mourned at the park after the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando earlier this month.
While New York City already presents a smörgåsbord of ripe targets for Islamic extremists, now that the Stonewall Inn has been named a national monument, it likely just moved near the top of Al-Qaeda and ISIS's hit lists.