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Published on: October 10, 2010 06:37 PM
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'I don't want [children] brainwashed into thinking homosexuality is an equal valid and successful option', Paladino said during a visit with Orthodox Jewish leaders in Brooklyn Williamsburg at K’hal Adas Kasho.‘I don’t want [children] brainwashed into thinking homosexuality is an equal valid and successful option’, Paladino said during a visit with Orthodox Jewish leaders in Brooklyn Williamsburg at K’hal Adas Kasho.

New York - Flame-throwing Republican Carl Paladino blasted gays Sunday - saying there is “nothing to be proud of in being a dysfunctional homosexual.”

“I don’t want [children] brainwashed into thinking homosexuality is an equal valid and successful option,” Paladino said during a visit with Orthodox Jewish leaders in Brooklyn Williamsburg at K’hal Adas Kasho.

Paladino, who is running for governor, told the conservative Jewish leaders he would veto a gay marriage bill if it’s passed by the Legislature.

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Paladino drew a distinction between himself and Democratic rival Andrew Cuomo, saying he boycotted the gay pride parade while Cuomo marched.

“I didn’t march in the Gay Pride parade this year. My opponent did. There is nothing to be proud of in being a dysfunctional homosexual. That’s not how God created us, and that’s not the example that we should be showing our children - and certainly not in our schools,” Paladino said.

He went on to zing Cuomo for allowing his daughters to also march in the gay parade.

“My opponent took his daughters to march in a homosexual parade,” Paladino scoffed.

Asked whether such comments are appropriate given Saturday’s stunning charge that nine members of a sadistic Bronx gang tortured a gay man and two gay teens, Paladino said he does not support gay bashing.

“Don’t misquote me as wanting to hurt homosexual people in any way. That would be a dastardly lie. My approach is live and let live,” Paladino said.

Cuomo spokesman Josh Vlasto ripped Paladino as a homophobe “unfit to represent New York.”

“Mr. Paladino’s statement displays a stunning homophobia and a glaring disregard for basic equality,” Vlasto said.

He said the comments “along with other views he has espoused make it clear that he is way out of the mainstream and is unfit to represent New York.”


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 Oct 10, 2010 at 06:43 PM harvey Says:

a real politician

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 Oct 10, 2010 at 06:45 PM dropping Says:

this guy will never win, its a shame.

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 Oct 10, 2010 at 06:58 PM Anonymous Says:

You don't speak in a shul about gays its below our dignity

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 Oct 10, 2010 at 07:01 PM Boro Parker Says:

This guy is "sick" not a politician

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 Oct 10, 2010 at 07:18 PM Anonymous Says:

Finaly a candidate that shares our moral values!

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 Oct 10, 2010 at 07:27 PM BenGrey Says:

I wonder if such a performance by a non-Jew is good for the Jews. Do we want to be closely associated to the general public via him and by giving a platform to him in a Shul or Jewish setting? I agree with #3, and add it is not kavod to us, our community or our Shul.

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 Oct 10, 2010 at 07:31 PM Anonymous Says:

What an incredibly stupid political move.

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 Oct 10, 2010 at 07:45 PM Anonymous Says:

Bravo Mr Paladino. We agree with your moral compass and hope cuomo follows suit in this regard.

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 Oct 10, 2010 at 07:52 PM abeytt03 Says:

While this is probably a terrible political move, and insensitive by today's politically correct standards, it is an opinion and sentiment shared by many rational people.

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 Oct 10, 2010 at 08:03 PM phx613 Says:

Mr. Paladino says what he thinks, and on this matter his perspective is the same as those of us that are Orthodox Jews. So, why bash him? We've had enough of the homosexual community shoving their abnormal, aberrant behavior and agenda down our throats. Maybe some of you are more comfortable with the Orthodox Shelly Silver, who promotes the homosexual agenda. Bravo, Mr. Paladino, you speak for the silent masses of people who lead normal lives. We were once called the "Silent Majority", which hopefully we will silent no longer.

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 Oct 10, 2010 at 08:17 PM BenGrey Says:

Not everything we think and opine needs to be aired to the public via a non Jewish, non- orthodox person. His opinion may be similar to ours on this matter but he does not represent our lifestyle and Mesorah. I say this is not healthy for us long term. Maybe I am a chicken - ghetto Jew?

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 Oct 10, 2010 at 08:18 PM Anonymous Says:

Coming one day after the tragic and brutal assault on two teenagers and a young man whose only crime was being gay, I cannot believe he would show such hate by calling gays dysfucntional etc. I only hope his daughters and those of anyone who applauded his hateful remarks don't have to deal with the same tragedy but unfortunately that may be the only way they will learn tolerance.

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 Oct 10, 2010 at 08:21 PM luchinkup Says:

Scary stuff. It seems all the posters above me forgot Germany 1939. Moral values? Yeah, let's kill all gay folks...you're all kinda evil, and if this is what Yiddishkeit is, you can keep it.

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 Oct 10, 2010 at 08:21 PM yankelde Says:

If the silent majority come out to vote he might win. Take an example greenfeld, he won strong even in boro park because of a silent majority or thompson he could of won he was close to bloomberg. I am voting for paladino, even though he is a mshugener, because a mechugener is better then a big shot. Let albany rumble for 4 years and then things will get alittle bit more centered. If we ny handeled patterson ny will handle palidino coumo will just forget of everone after his election.

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 Oct 10, 2010 at 08:28 PM yaakov doe Says:

Who are these Orthodox Jewish leaders referred to in the article? I don't think any candidate of any office belongs in a shule unless he's there to daven. Shules should not be campaign stops of photo ops. The topic he chose to discuss in the shule doesn't seem appropriate. Of course we all know if the issurim having just heard the leining on Yom Kippur, we don't nead to hear it from a non Jew who has his own issues with morality.

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 Oct 10, 2010 at 08:43 PM Anonymous Says:

who is the guy standing behind on left with the down hat? He is a interesting fellow who is always around when gays are discussed, he was heavily involved in Lakewood when corzine was up for election...

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 Oct 10, 2010 at 09:03 PM Smokey Says:

This so-called moralist (Paladino) is already on record as saying hat he would support gay marriage if there was a referendum by the people of NYS voting for it. For those of you men who applaud politicians who are against gay marriage, be consoled that if you should choose to marry a woman instead of a man, no law of NYS could ever prevent you from doing so. You should confer with your rabbis regarding what is halachically allowable, and you should not dovetail your moral compass with that of politicians.

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 Oct 10, 2010 at 09:24 PM luchinkup Says:

#17: Get help. Seriously.

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 Oct 10, 2010 at 10:23 PM Tzi_Bar_David Says:

Paladino is, allegedly a Catholic, and the Catholic churches* forbid political speeches in their churches (even if it's anti-abortion). Why didn't the Brooklyn Shul take a hint from Paladino's own faith? There was nothing to stop them from going to a nearby park or restaurant to hear him speak.

* (The Black churches are, of course, special)

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 Oct 10, 2010 at 11:29 PM open-minded Says:

Reply to #13  
luchinkup Says:

Scary stuff. It seems all the posters above me forgot Germany 1939. Moral values? Yeah, let's kill all gay folks...you're all kinda evil, and if this is what Yiddishkeit is, you can keep it.

Classy liberal, some one doesn't think the way you do, scream: hitler, racist, etc.
Paladino never said he's gonna kill the gays, the opposite, he said: live & let live.
In the last few decades the gay community is intruding in our way of life, the wanna rename gay activity, marriage. They march in the streets almost naked to influense our children's thinking, you don't see what's wrong with taking your daughters to a gay rally? Go ahead take them to a gay march & watch them get married to each other & shap "nachas".
All paladino said is: gay people are dysfunctional, & you bet they are dysfunctional, once gay people start having babies I'll be the first one to support gay marriage.
gay right Activists say that gay people could have children because they could adopt...
Well, where does kids come from?....

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 Oct 11, 2010 at 12:29 AM Anonymous Says:

To Open-Minded

I look forward to the day your little Moishele comes home and says he has found his beshchert and you should start planning a chassanah...in fact he has invited Avrumele over next weekend for shabbos so he can meet the mishpoiche. This happens every week in many heimeshe families who deal with it with screaming gevalt and threats, throwing their own children out of the ehouse and sitting shivah. Some yinglach have even comitted suicide but your hero Paladino calls them "dysfunctional" and says "live and let live" after hateful rhetoric from other "open-minded" yidden and goyim resulted in the near-death of three young men over the weekend.

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 Oct 11, 2010 at 12:31 AM geniusofflatbush Says:

Reply to #1  
harvey Says:

a real politician

You people are all shoytas. I dont understand how you prefer to vote for the other g.o.p., when he is pro homosexual. It is against the Torah and all our values which we live for. This man is right for opposing them. However I think that the only reason why he is opposing them is because the other g.o.p. is pro homosexual, and in order to raise his status he is putting the other guy down. I don't know if paladino is anti-homosexual, but I know that coumo

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 Oct 11, 2010 at 02:33 AM lakewooder Says:

We all have lives and priorities, such as our health, safety and financial well-being. How do we manage to make our political agenda one thing and one thing only? The truth is that the gay agenda has not been shoved down our throats. None of us have beeen forced to experiment and we can stay married to our wives.
No. 22 It is happening every week in heimishe homes. Boys are coming home and telling their parents that they want to marry another boy. Who is the shadchan in these cases? If they came home and said they met a girl would their parents accep it? Unless heimish means something else (remember this speech was in Williamsburg) You are off your rocker.
Now, politicians know that they do not have to provide us with anything that we need, just empty rhetoric about gays. Nice job leaders.

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 Oct 11, 2010 at 02:52 AM cowfy Says:

mr. paladino does not say he negates hate laws and has the perfect right to his moral opinion.why on earth would any thinking person be happy to accept a groupes moral opinion and be happy to be silent on his own?vis a vis the gay community.

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 Oct 11, 2010 at 03:15 AM carl paladino Says:

Reply to #9  
abeytt03 Says:

While this is probably a terrible political move, and insensitive by today's politically correct standards, it is an opinion and sentiment shared by many rational people.

Most rational people are not gay bashers. All Carl should have said is that "while I respect people's individual lifestyle choices, I'm against gay marriage, because marriage is between a man and a woman" that's it!

instead he listened to that extremest loon, mr levin

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 Oct 11, 2010 at 06:28 AM charliehall Says:

#15,

AG candidate Schneiderman showed up in an Orthodox synagogue in my neighborhood one Friday night. The rabbi insisted in recognizing him, and he spoke for about two minutes, simply introducing himself, thanking the rabbi and the congregation, and asking everyone to vote. He didn't talk about any political issues, and certainly did NOT bash any Orthodox rabbi the way Paladino did in BP.

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 Oct 11, 2010 at 07:40 AM Brian Says:

Paladino, we've got your back! If you want to vote a promoter of G-D's morality code vote Paladino. If you want to vote for a promoter of what caused the great flood (maase znus caused the mabul), vote Cuomo. If you want Cuomo to win, stay home and it may as well be a vote for him. Please come out en masse to vote Paladino!!!

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 Oct 11, 2010 at 09:15 AM Anonymous Says:

Leven is worse than Paladino...he runs around lending a "black hat" and veneeer of respectability to th biggest haters and anti-semitim...its rare that we should daven that bad things should happen to a rav but in this case, the tefilot would come easy to someone who seeks to create such tragic outcomes for the kehillah...he is playing with fire and hopefully will be consumed by his own flames of hatred.

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 Oct 11, 2010 at 10:32 AM bollocks Says:

Reply to #9  
abeytt03 Says:

While this is probably a terrible political move, and insensitive by today's politically correct standards, it is an opinion and sentiment shared by many rational people.

To all you who say that what Paladino says is rational and moral and representative of a lot of folks' opinion, how about this for a thought: Imagine if the non -Jewish citizens of Munich and Berlin in the 30s had said the same thing after one of Hitler's many hate filled rants. Come to think of it , I'm sure they did. That's all the more reason that some Jews need to get off their Moral pedestals and recognize hate and bigotry when they see and hear it.

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 Oct 11, 2010 at 03:06 PM HaNavon Says:

#5,

Our moral values?!

Whether or not the government recognizes homosexual marriages is not an indication of our moral values at all.
Our government has no place in recognizing any marriages, it's not the job of a government, but once a government has decided to take upon itself to give recognition to marriages, they should recognize all marriages.

As for those who claim that it is our job to bring the world toward outlawing homosexuality, they need to realize that the word "To'eiva" is also used regarding adultery, which is a significantly bigger problem in America, and which takes priority over the issue of homosexuality.

We live in a time where there are advertisements that say "life is short, have an affair", and are aimed specifically for married women! Anyone who is speaking about the societal ills of homosexuality and only about homosexuality is probably a closet homosexual.
The case in point is a certain unnamed rabbi of the Levite tribe who has such flagrant homosexual tendencies in his speech and in his loud, obnoxious antics, that he has become the laughing stock of everyone who has ever seen him speak!

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