Carl Paladino now says he is a big supporter of gay rights, which in his case means that despite the fact that he considers their sexual orientation “invalid,” he still feels that, l ike child molesters and criminals, they deserve basic Constitutional rights…except gay marriage, of course.
The GOP candidate for governor of New York chose a day just barely removed from a series of vicious attacks on gay men, and just a couple of weeks after a gay Rutgers student was humiliated into suicide by a cruel “prank,” to proclaim to a gathering of Hasidic Jews that he does not want children to be “brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option,” and criticized his opponent, Andrew Cuomo, for marching in the city’s Gay Pride parade, saying,”I didn’t march in the Gay Pride parade this year. My opponent did. And that’s not the example that we should be showing our children and certainly not in our schools.” But Mr. Paladino isn’t homophobic; oh no! He just thinks children should be taught that they shouldn’t hang around with gays, like, you know, lepers, winos, and cannibals.
That these comments were ignorant and offensive is beyond argument (being gay is not an “option”); that to make them after New York gays have so recently been subjected to brutal bigotry and hate shows a stunning lack of responsibility, common sense, and empathy by Paladino, who came perilously close to endorsing hate and violence.
He is, to be blunt (a quality that Paladino admires), an ethics cement-head, who is driven by ignorance and reckless disregard for human beings he seems incapable of comprehending as anything but second-class citizens to put gay Americans in mortal peril. His explanation is that the Catholic Church teaches him such bigotry.
The Catholic Church has been wrong many times in its long history, and this is one of those times. But even the Church has never advocated making ignorant statements when they can do the maximum harm. That part is Carl Paladino’s fault, and he doesn’t see it, even now.
What an awful candidate…and an Ethics Dunce.