Carl Paladino Accused of ‘Stunning Homophobia’ after Anti-Gay Rant at meeting with Jewish leaders
Flame-throwing Republican Carl Paladino erupted again, declaring yesterday that being gay is “not the example that we should be showing our children.”
“I don’t want [children] brainwashed into thinking homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option – it isn’t,” Paladino said to applause at a meeting with Hasidic Jewish leaders in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg section.
In a version of the speech distributed by a rabbi, the anti-gay rant went further, charging there is “nothing to be proud of in being a dysfunctional homosexual.”
Paladino appeared to wince as he got to this line, and skipped it.
The Tea Party darling drew a distinction between himself and Democratic rival Andrew Cuomo, saying he boycotted the gay pride parade while Cuomo marched in it.
“That’s not the example that we should be showing our children,” he said.
Paladino, who also spoke at a Borough Park synagogue, even chastized Cuomo for taking his daughters with him to march “in a homosexual parade.”
His comments come amid a recent wave of anti-gay incidents, including last week’s stunning revelation that nine members of a sadistic Bronx gang tortured a gay man and two gay 17-year-olds.
Last week, two Staten Island men were charged with assault as a hate crime for an attack on a gay man in the West Village’s legendary Stonewall Inn, the birthplace of the Gay Rights movement.
Paladino insisted yesterday he’s not condoning violence.
“I just think my children and your children would be much better off and much more successful getting married and raising a family.”
He later noted that “marriage is between a man and a woman. Period.”
Leaders in the gay community reacted angrily, saying Paladino’s comments encourage gay bashing.
“We’ve seen the very real harm this does over the past few weeks. Hate speech is never ‘live and let live.’
Paladino drew firm support from some of the rabbis he appeared with.
“The primary issue with Orthodox Jews is that gay marriage poses an existential threat to religious liberty and Paladino is strongly against gay marriage,” said Rabbi Noson Leiter, executive director of Torah Jews for Decency.
Rabbi Yehuda Levin called Paladino a “little course” but said “he tells it like it is.”
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