Carl Paladino, the NY Republican candidate for governor, apparently has stepped in it again. He said what he believed. He spoke his mind, expressed his opinion, exercised his right to free speech. EGADS!
The NYPost had one the least offensive headlines: "Paladino says kids shouldn't be 'brainwashed' into thinking homosexuality is OK". Salon (sorry, not linking this) says "Carl Paladino goes after gays". My favorite headline is from NY Times"Paladino Attacks Gays in Brooklyn Speech"
But here's the thing. Paladino did not attack gays. I'm paraphrasing, but he DID say that society doesn't need to make being gay 'normal'. He didn't say gays were unequal, should be discriminated against, were dysfunctional, etc. He DID say “Don’t misquote me as wanting to hurt homosexual people in any way. That would be a dastardly lie.”
Many news outlets were also reporting that these comments were made just as NY Police announced progress in the torturing of 3 gay men. Right, because Paladino's speech and the vicious beatings are related.
His campaign also issued this statement to counter the lies that many media outlets were saying:
STATEMENT OF CARL PALADINO
CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR OF NEW YORK
(NEW YORK, NY) - In reaction to inaccurate media reports of his comments to Orthodox Jewish leaders today in Brooklyn, New York, Carl Paladino issued the following statement:
"In my speech today to Orthodox Jewish leaders in New York City, I noted my opposition to gay marriage, inspired by my Catholic beliefs. I also oppose discrimination of any form. I did not say this phrase, as was inaccurately attributed to me by some media outlets:"There is nothing to be proud of in being a dysfunctional homosexual. That is not how God created us."
I do not agree with this passage, nor did I say it. Apparently a few reporters relied upon suggested remarks distributed by my hosts at the synagogue in Williamsburg after my departure, not the actual statement I made. My campaign staff has worked with the inaccurate outlets and most corrected their stories after viewing video of the event.
I unequivocally have no other reservations about homosexuality. I enjoy a close relationship with my nephew who is gay and I certainly consider him to be a functional child of God."
It is refreshing to hear someone speak their mind, and say what so many of us are thinking. There are too many little groups to be politically correct about. Gays, African-Americans, Native Americans, Hispanic-Americans, anything-American, width-challenged people, vertically-challenged people, women, blah, blah blah. We are all God's children. No one deserves more 'rights' than any other.