Monday, October 11, 2010

Paladino Tells Hassidim He Is Against "Brainwashing Kids" into thinking Homosexuality is OK . . .And This Hurts His Campaign, How?


OK, let’s look at this politically, for a moment. Do you really thing the homosexual community was ready to jump to their feet and support Paladino in this race?  Do you think he needed to pander to them for votes?

Uh . . .no.  

Does he need the votes of blocks of Satmar Hassidim who would back him in astounding numbers.

Uh . . .yes.

Do I think that what he said was “politically correct”?  

Uh . . . it depends upon your politics, doesn’t it?  

In this situation, it certainly doesn’t hurt Paladino to say these things.  Why is everyone one surprised?

This is his religious belief, his personal opinion, and he is planning to stand on those opinions.  That is his own political risk to take.

Do I think this will significantly alter the rights of homosexuals in New York state?  

Uh . . . No.

This is not a monarchy, and the governor of the state does not determine the rights of those he governs. First, there is a federal government with federal laws that guarantee rights and responsibilities to the citizenship of the US.  Then, if he wins the governor’s office, he becomes an executive officer, and the other two branches of government—legislative and judicial—are much more likely to impact those issues than the governor.  

So, what’s the big deal about his saying this?

The big deal is that of the “political minders” that have stationed themselves at every street corner to tell everyone how and what to think about every issue.  They think the have “politically correct” down cold . . .

The “political minders” are those nosey women dressed in flowing skirts and beads at the park who look at my little sons dressed as army men (complete with camo makeup and fake AK-47s), click their tongues, and say that “we don’t allow our children to play with guns.”  

To which I answer, “Those aren’t guns, lady, those are toys.  I don’t let my sons play with my real guns, ever.”

The "political minders" are the men young men wearing the Che Guevara T-Shirts in the grocery store and sneering at my pin with the intertwined American and Israeli flags.

“Do you know who that guy is, and what he did?” I ask, pointing at their shirts.

“No,” they admit, “he just looks cool.”

I realize that I have become what I never thought I would become, the middle-aged plump lady who wears American flag jewelry, but I do know one thing they don’t:

“Politically correct” doesn’t always mean green and lean with a leftist swing.

“Politically correct” means that something is correct according to the political environment at the time that it is said.
So, maybe some people don’t like what Paladino has said, and, even if I disagree with what he has to say about homosexuals (who, I know, are definitely not "brainwashed," and often fight painful internal battles with themselves, society, and who they are), I have to say, right then, at that time and place, he was, most definitely, “politically correct.”


Paladino says kids shouldn't be 'brainwashed' into thinking homosexuality is OK

Last Updated:  7:36 AM, October 11, 2010

GOP gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino   yesterday  went well beyond his opposition to same-sex marriage, telling a Brooklyn Hasidic congregation that children should not be "brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option. It isn't."

He told about 50 worshippers at the K'hal Adas  Kashau synagogue in Williamsburg that kids "would be much better off and much more successful getting married and raising a family."

A  prepared text of the speech distributed by leaders of the congregation before it was delivered was far more incendiary, declaring that God disapproves of homosexuality and gays should be ashamed of themselves.

But Paladino did not read those lines, saying they were inserted by members of the congregation without his approval.

He did tell the congregants that religious values are under attack.

"The ruling elite of this society has got to get over their hostility towards religious people and their values," he said.

"We've  got to stop mocking religion in this country. We have to stop pandering  to the pornographers and the perverts who seek to target our children and destroy their lives."

Paladino's audience at K'hal Adas Kashau and at another synagogue, in Borough Park, applauded much of his anti-gay rhetoric.

"I  oppose the homosexual agenda, whether they call it marriage, civil unions or domestic partnerships," Paladino said at the Karlsburg Synagogue.

"Marriage is between a man and a woman.

"Tell your people that I am the religious-values candidate and my opponent is the ultra-liberal, socialist social extremist that he is."

The text distributed by members of the Williamsburg congregation before the speech included inflammatory lines such as "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."

Paladino  campaign manager Michael Caputo said the candidate's staffers and congregants collaborated on the speech — and those words were written by  members of the synagogue.

When Paladino saw those lines, he disagreed with them and skipped them in his speech, Caputo said.

The congregation distributed the earlier draft in Paladino's name without first clearing it with the campaign, Caputo claimed.

Congregation members with knowledge of exactly what happened did not respond to calls for comment last night.

Paladino's  Democratic opponent, Andrew Cuomo, blasted the speeches as "stunning homophobia and a glaring disregard for basic equality."

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