Thursday, October 14, 2010

A Gay Nephew? Mazel Tov! Rabbi Yehuda Levin on Carl Paladino's Recantation

If you want a healthy belly-laugh--and at least one good laugh a day is outstanding medicine, I keep hearing--read Elizabeth Harris's report today about the spat that's developing between New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino and the Orthodox Jewish community to whom he made his nasty homophobic remarks several days ago.

Paladino has now recanted.  Sort of.  And he's even claimed--astonishingly--that the remarks were in a prepared text that he didn't write, but were written for him by his hosts, who cheered wildly as he read his text.

So now his recantation doesn't sit well, to say the least, with folks like Rabbi Yehuda Levin, who has made a cottage industry out of working up homophobia within the Orthodox Jewish community.  Levin says that Paladino has "folded like a cheap camera," and that he was eating a kosher pastrami sandwich when the news reached him that Paladino had recanted.  He almost choked on his kosher salami.

He accuses Paladino of having listened to a gay nephew, and having caved in to the gays as a result.  His advice?

“He discovered now he has a gay nephew?” the rabbi said. “Mazel tov! We’ll make a coming-out party!”

Rabbi Levin made all these remarks at a press conference on the steps of St. Patrick's Cathedral yesterday, in the hope that Archbishop Timothy Dolan will now speak out in support of Levin and his hard gay line. 

The graphic shows Rabbi Levin and Carl Paladino in chummier days.
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