How Is This Not Homophobic?

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Politics is without a doubt a dirty business.  Every time a new elction rolls around we are, more often than not, subject to deciding on the lesser of two evils.  There are a few instances where some of the evils of certain candidates are a bit more obvious than others.  In the New York race for Governor the choice between the lesser of two evils is quite clear.  The Republican candidiate for Governor in New York is Carl Paladino.  Paladino began his political career in the 1970's as a Democrat but always associated himself as a "Conservative Democrat" or a "Reagan Democrat"; after expressing his views on homosexuality during his 2010 Gubenatorial campaign it is no surprise that he would have associated himself with a president who in the 1980's during the AIDS epidemic did little to nothing to provide government funds to further AIDS research.

During a campaign speech in October Paladino addressed the issue of same-sex marriage before a group of Orthodox Jewish constituents.  Paladino claimed, "I just think my children and your children would be much better off and much more successful getting married and raising a family, and I don't want them brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option -- it isn't."  Let's not forget that while Paladino delivered this speech (which was met with applause by his audience) the nation was still reeling from the tragedy of the several young people who had taken their lives due to homophobia, homophobic bullying and abuse.  It is absolutley clear that by making such a claim, Carl Paladino has nothing but contempt for the LGBT community and as a proud gay man I am offended and disgusted by his claims. 

Paladino went on to attack his opponent, Andrew Cuomo for supporting the LGBT community of New York by marching in a gay pride parade.  Paladino said, "I didn't march in the gay parade this year -- the gay pride parade this year. My opponent did, and that's not the example we should be showing our children."  This claim was also met with applause and praise from his audience.  Apparently showing your support for a minority group, reassuring them that they are valid human beings and that they do have a place in society is setting a bad example for children in Paladino's eyes; all that I can assume from these statements is that Carl Paladino hates homosexuals and he feels the nation's youth should be taught to do the same.  I am happy to report, however, that Mr. Paladino did show some restraint during his homophobic rant.  Newsday.com reported that he did in fact omit a line from his written speech which stated,"There is nothing to be proud of in being a dysfunctional homosexual." Perhaps he thought that one was a bit "over the line" I mean he already claimed queers are not valid human beings and that they should be shunned by letting our young people know that they are abnormal and somethign to be feared so maybe he figured calling us dysfunctional was just beating a dead horse.  Following Paladino's hateful diatribe a response was issued from the camp of his opponent, Andrew Cuomo.  It said, "Mr. Paladino's statement displays a stunning homophobia and a glaring disregard for basic equality. These 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."

In response to the backlash from the public, Michael Caputo, Paladino's campaign manager defended Mr. Paladino, "Carl Paladino is simply expressing the views that he holds in his heart as a Catholic. Carl Paladino is not homophobic, and neither is the Catholic Church."  In response, all I can do is call Holy BullShit. Paladino's a vile bigot and the Catholic Church has been one of the biggest and loudest opponents of gay rights in history but I guess since they do it in the name of God ya know like the Crusades and the Inquisition its ok (not to say that denying people rights and telling them they're damned is equal to the horrors of the Inquisition or the Crusades but it's just one more item on a long long long list of stupid bullshit perpetrated by religious people, namely the Catholic Church in the name of their imaginary friend).  But I guess when you are taught as a Catholic like Paladino you're bound to be a bit nuts.

To read Paladino's quotes yourself please click here       

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