Rabbi Drops Support For Paladino After Apology

NEW YORK (AP) — An Orthodox rabbi says he’s withdrawing his endorsement of New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino because the Republican apologized for comments he made about gays.

Rabbi Yehuda Levin, who represents an umbrella organization of ultra-Orthodox clerics, accused Paladino on Wednesday of bowing to political pressure when he apologized for saying children shouldn’t be “brainwashed” into thinking homosexuality is acceptable.

Levin, speaking in New York City in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, says he can’t support Paladino’s campaign “until such time as he straightens out.” He also called on Archbishop Timothy Dolan to speak out against Paladino.

The campaign didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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  • Tim

    Seems Levin and Paladino would make good bedfellows. They both want to spread hatred. All this .. in the name of God? Religion … or better yet … their interpretation of said … is the root of all evil, wars, hatred and bigotry. Do they really think God would ever intended that?

  • jay

    I find complete disgust with this Rabbi, no wonder people are leaving religion and all the hate it produces.

  • Dr J

    No one who is religious rejects God’s creation. God doesn’t make mistakes. He made us in His image the way we are. Relgion teaches acceptance, tolerance, and love. No real Rabbi rejects God’s creation. This “rabbi” is a fake.

  • EWagner635

    Wait a second. When Paladino made the “anit-gay” comments, most everyone thought he was wrong for saying it. Now we see the rabbi is withdrawing his support for Paladino because of his clarification of the statement. So I ask why isn’t anyone here badmouthing the rabbi for supporting Paladino’s “anti-gay” remarks??????

  • nyfmp

    I don’t think Mr. Plaladino is playing with a “FULL DECK”!

  • nathan

    lol now they dumped him too!

  • charlie

    money talks what a shame.

  • Josh P

    Hassidic children shouldn’t be brainwashed into believing that a woman’s place is only in the home and to bear children. Hassidic Jews, although 99% peaceful, are the religious extremists in Judaism. Their views don’t jive with the rest of us who have happily assimilated into the mainstream and still remain true to our religion.

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