Lost in the kerfuffle about Carl Paladino’s anti-gay remarks is the reason he gave them in the first place. Carl Paladino, the Republican Party nominee for Governor of New York State, delivered virulently anti-gay remarks in New York City as part of a deal to receive an endorsement from Rabbi Yehuda Levin, the founder and leader of Jews for Morality. Carl Paladino delivered the remarks, which Yehuda Levin wrote for him, and Yehuda Levin gave his endorsement in exchange.
Who is this Yehuda Levin? Why did Carl Paladino seek Levin’s endorsement and read Levin’s prepared remarks?
Yehuda Levin is the founder and leader of a fringe group called Jews for Morality, a group that whimsically claims Yehuda Levin has the magical power to summon rain. Never mind that when he went to Atlanta, Georgia to publicly summon rain and end a drought in November of 2007, the drought kept right on going, straight through 2008 and well into 2009.
Less whimsically, Yehuda Levin blames gay people for terrorist attacks:
Then there is the spiritual aspect of this, and the spiritual aspect is, some eleven years ago I appeared at a press conference approximately, eleven, uh, twelve or thirteen months before September 11, on the very day that New York City and Rudolph Guiliani were passing domestic partnership legislation on a city level, which is de facto homosexual marriage. And at that time, 30 rabbis stood on the steps of city hall and performed a ceremony, pleading with God not to visit his response on all the entire city of New York. We knew, based on our tradition, there would be a problem, and sure enough 13 months later we experienced 9-11.
Yehuda Levin blames gay people for floods:
Then there was the situation of the Days of Decadence followed in New Orleans by the tremendous flooding. We saw the underground earthquakes, otherwise known as the tsunami, and the damage that did half a world away, where there was much immorality and licentiousness.
Yehuda Levin even blames gay people for earthquakes:
And then recently we saw Haiti, which is certainly a hotbed of this type of licentiousness behavior of many types, and in particular AIDS, homosexuality. And once again, we’ve seen the problems.
And the way this works is very simple: God warns us. God warns in the Bible as early as Noah that this kind of misbehavior can lead to floods. It can lead to disasters. It can lead to buildings falling and earthquakes.
So that is our tradition. It is written in our Talmud, two thousand years ago, that because of the sin of homosexuality and the, er, um, uh, organized homosexuality, societal homosexuality, is, cause, brings about earthquakes.
Innocent people then get destroyed with the guilty people, just like when a bus driver drives a bus and goes over a ravine, innocent people are killed. We don’t hold this against God. These are the regulations.
Yehuda Levin has been very clear about all of this. And Carl Paladino sought Yehuda Levin’s endorsement, even read from Yehuda Levin’s script.
Would you seek this man’s endorsement? What does it say about Carl Paladino that he did?