Enraged at Apology, Rabbi Drops Paladino Endorsement

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

"Which part of the speech you gave to the Jewish community are you apologizing for, Mr. Paladino?" began the Orthodox Jewish Rabbi Yehuda Levin as he withdrew his endorsement of Carl Paladino's gubernatorial campaign on Wednesday. The Rabbi was outraged by the candidate's apology for anti-gay remarks he made over the weekend.

Rabbi Levin represents an umbrella group of ultra-Orthodox leaders who hosted the events where Paladino made the comments. The Rabbi also claimed to be one the writers of the remarks Paladino made on Sunday and said he supported all of them. During one of the Sunday speeches, Paladino stated that children should not be "brainwashed" into thinking homosexuality is acceptable. His words caused an outcry from the gay community and, soon after, Paladino apologized for his inflammatory remarks.

Rabbi Levin said Paladino's apology shows his weakness as a candidate, and asked Paladino to "show his backbone." Speaking to Paladino through the press in front of St. Patrick's Cathedral Wednesday, he said, "How can we depend on you if you folded like a cheap camera?" The Rabbi says he chose the cathedral for his speech so he could implore the Catholic Church to stand up for moral issues and to help guide religious voters who need clarity since Paladino, also a Catholic, has backed down. 

Expressing his outrage and disappointment in Paladino's apology to the gay community, Rabbi Levin argued that kids in the schools are indoctrinated with "homosexualist ideas" and called homosexuality part of America's "declining culture." 

Rabbi Levin says he will not return his support to the gubernatorial candidate until Paladino gives "more time" to the religious community.



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Comments [6]

Dov Rapp from Brooklyn NY

i'm an Orthodox Jew who lived in Brooklyn until two month ago. i must say i have no issue at all with people being gay or so. i think that concerning government , gays have a legitimate argument and should have equal rights. however from a Jewish biblical view, gays are a disgrace to god and humanity. since we find that when god created man, he says that one of the things he wants man to do is to reproduce. and we find as well that two people of the same sex, that are sexually intimate is a sin to god. so i feel people discuss the issue of gay right with lots of feelings and not an intellectual argument, in either side

Oct. 14 2010 02:14 PM
Orthodox in Flushing from Flushing, NY

Although the orthodox community in no way supports gay/lesbian rights, Rabbi Levin is merely an individual. His oratory is not representative of anyone other than himself. Paladino obviously needs to assuage his broadest group of potential voters - and will say whatever needs to be said to achieve that! He is no better or worse than any other politician in that regard and rabbi Levin needs to acknowledge that.

Oct. 14 2010 10:33 AM
David Schulhof

What kind o f"Rabbi" preaches hate like this. My Zaddie (grandfather) was a Orthodox rabbi, and I can tell you Jewish Law is about tolerance and love. This rabbi is no better than any of the hateful groups who in the name of G-d preach hate. Since we know from science that homosexuals are part of nature, i.e. G-d made them too, he should accept them and love them. He is actually saying G-d made them so he can abuse them, so they must be bad.

Oct. 13 2010 06:48 PM
Clevelander in NY

Don't like / trust Paladino, but at least I USED to give him credit for standing up and speaking his mind. Now he has shown himself to be without a backbone. He has a temper tantrum because a reporter won't do his dirty work for him, and now he grovels under pressure. He sure is a politician.

Oct. 13 2010 06:43 PM
Stop the Hate from Portland, OR

Sad on so many levels, indeed.

To preach this level of prejudice, hatred and misinformation in this country is to be on the wrong side of history. I am glad that such wrongheadedness is finally on it's way out.

Oct. 13 2010 06:41 PM
Eagle's Daughter

It is disappointing. We think we finally see a politician who seemed willing to tell the truth, and then he's forced to back down by a tiny minority of sexual deviants.

I weep for this country...

Oct. 13 2010 06:26 PM

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