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Former and Current NY Governors Blast Conservative Rabbi for Blaming Hurricane Sandy on Gay Marriage: AUDIO


Last week, Right Wing Watch reported on Rabbi Noson Leiter of Torah Jews for Decency, who blamed Hurricane Sandy on gay marriage in an October 30 radio interview:

Leiter asserted that the “the Great Flood in the time of Noah was triggered by the recognition of same-gender marriages,” adding that there are similar “messages in this particular storm for us.” “The Lord will not bring another flood to destroy the entire world but He could punish particular areas with a flood, and if we look at the same-gender marriage recognition movement that’s occurring, that certainly is a message for us to learn,” he said. “We have to learn that the Lord does watch what we do and if we don’t shape up He will deliver divine justice.” Leiter also suggested that God flooded Lower Manhattan because it is “one of the national centers of homosexuality.”

Former NY Governor George Pataki blasted the rabbi's remarks over the weekend:

Pataki called on fellow Republican Neil DiCarlo — who is running on the Conservative Party line for a state Senate seat from the Hudson Valley — to denounce the remarks of Rabbi Noson Leiter. DiCarlo opposes gay marriage, and the orthodox rabbi made the statements in support of his third-party candidacy.

“It’s simply incomprehensible that anyone could attribute the devastation and loss of life caused by Hurricane Sandy to divine retribution against the New York State legislature,” Pataki railed.

Today, Governor Andrew Cuomo piled on:

"The comments made by Rabbi Noson Leiter that sought to link the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy to our state's embrace of marriage equality are as offensive as they are ignorant. This catastrophic storm claimed the lives of more than forty New Yorkers. This kind of hateful rhetoric has no place in our public discourse, and is particularly distasteful in times of tragedy. Our state is proud to offer equal rights to all our citizens, and we will never tolerate the use of a tragedy like Hurricane Sandy to promote a divisive and bigoted agenda."

Listen to Leiter, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Why even bother to respond?

    Posted by: Paul R | Nov 5, 2012 6:31:09 PM

  2. in proper context it's:

    "Rabbi States that God Gets More Angry at Gay People Marrying Than He Did About 6 Million Jews Being Exterminated in the Holocaust, and Centuries of Slavery, then Racial Segregation."


    His God was notably absent from those atrocities to humanity. Deb wants to marry Jane? RELEASE THE KRAKEN!!!!

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Nov 5, 2012 7:01:39 PM

  3. I recall that the Nazis blamed all of Europe's problems on the Jews. Now that sick Jew is blaming Gay citizens for killing innocent New York citizens? Wow just Wow. It's good to see that bigot is being called out on his hate.

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Nov 5, 2012 7:11:50 PM

  4. No no no guys !

    God only gets angry at US American gays who marry.
    God likes European gays who marry......otherwise the Netherlands would be under the North Sea by
    It's you bad Americans who are the cause of God's righteous wrath.....he's just not into you.
    And remember this is the same gang of primitves who brought us the posters of the eigties telling us that Aids was god's punishment because we were gay...
    Well, we're back, we're in the Military, we're marrying, we're making babies....
    so Leiter, blow me.

    Leiter is a real weirdo.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Nov 5, 2012 7:20:29 PM

  5. I don't know why they bothered to such obvious batshittery. Who cares what the head Rabbi of Cuckoos for Cocoa Puffs has to say?

    Whether it's Christians, Muslims, or Jews, fundamentalism is a mental illness.

    Posted by: Caliban | Nov 5, 2012 7:21:02 PM

  6. God, like many other people, clearly has also forgotten that Canada is still standing....

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Nov 5, 2012 7:26:45 PM

  7. I take it everyone who died is gay. And everyone who had property destroyed is gay. No? Color me confused that God would be so off target.

    Posted by: unruly | Nov 5, 2012 7:57:35 PM

  8. Not to be a nit picker, but didnt Noah's sone get him drunk and rape him while on the boat.....

    Posted by: Homo Genius | Nov 5, 2012 8:01:07 PM

  9. I didn't know that Pat Robertson had a Jewish drinking buddy, must be a fun pub crawl.

    Posted by: jsb | Nov 5, 2012 8:21:06 PM

  10. I'm a devout Catholic, a religion, which like Judaism, allows for a great deal of intellectual flexibility. Don't let the extreme right of either religion tell you otherwise. The point is that no one but God has the answers and, in fact, to act like you know what God thinks is blasphemy. We are all in process, we are all learning, and no one has the all of the answers. We all have answers. And the point is to find the truth (God) together. Even if you don't believe in religion, this is how democracy works- our truths collectively shape collective experience. I hope that you believe in democracy and believe that you think that truth is a collective, not personal, enterprise.

    In short, the people who yell loudest are the most afraid of having their power taken away: narrow minded priests from IL; bigoted Rabbi's from NY. They see the tide turning. Also, Muslim fundamentalists. They see democracy emerging in the middle east and it terrifies them. The point is, let's not mistake the headline-grabbing right wing of a religion for the religion itself.

    Posted by: Miguel R. | Nov 5, 2012 8:21:51 PM

  11. Well, Denmark was the first country to legalize registered partnerships, back in 1989, and finally full marriage equality back in July of this year. No floods or other disasters yet... Although, it did rain heavily all day yesterday, so who knows?

    Why anyone take these hateful morons seriously is beyond me. Clearly they must be morons as well, right? Maybe it's time to pass a law that prohibit morons to take part in modern day society politics? I get that you have the right to voice your OPINION, but once you've been proven wrong by like, FACTS, you need to sit your azz down, and STFU!

    Pathetic, delusional haters.

    Posted by: DeeperStill | Nov 5, 2012 8:21:54 PM

  12. I guess this Rabbi's god and my god don't live in the same sky. My god is good, loving, supportive and non-judgemental. I'm not sure if his god got mixed up at birth and had a bad chidhood. Anyway, I think every religious nut job has weighed in that we powerful and magical gays have once again caused havoc in the world.

    Posted by: Bernie | Nov 5, 2012 8:25:55 PM

  13. Noah's flood was caused by same sex marriage? That's a new one.

    Also, the guy's hat is pretty funny looking.

    Posted by: Randy | Nov 5, 2012 8:28:42 PM

  14. I wonder if he shaved his religious beard or poked his wife from behind, would a mini-tornado take him out?

    Posted by: trees | Nov 5, 2012 8:47:55 PM

  15. More proof that God is an underachiever. The big guy must have gotten a C in geography.If he was trying to punish New York why make a left turn at New Jersey.

    He Rabbi, next time your god wants to punish a state for legalizing gay marriage tell him to get a Garmin GPS.

    Posted by: Dearcomrade | Nov 5, 2012 8:51:14 PM

  16. Hey Rabbi, remember that great flood that never happened (and geologists, plants, and many other things prove it). There is about as much truth in your biblical flood as your claim to the purpose of hurricane Sandy.

    Posted by: Kogenta | Nov 5, 2012 9:06:28 PM

  17. Newsflash. this just in..... Religious fanatic makes stupid remark..shows ignorance hatred and bigotry. Isn't that sort of what they do ? Why are we surprised or why do we even react anymore ? they all do it so often im starting to get really indifferent which is actually much better than being hurt by their cretinous beliefs.

    Posted by: paul | Nov 5, 2012 9:09:44 PM

  18. Beyond stupid! Beyond.

    Posted by: Leroy Laflamme | Nov 5, 2012 9:16:20 PM

  19. Beyond stupid! Beyond.

    Posted by: Leroy Laflamme | Nov 5, 2012 9:16:21 PM

  20. This dude is now cancelled, a contemptable and laughable low life.

    Hey, HOMO GENIUS...that's right, the big B says that Noah's own son got drunk and raped his father. The B is so X-rated. Rabbi Pinhead is consumed with envious yearning.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Nov 5, 2012 9:20:29 PM

  21. To correct a couple of misconceptions:

    - According to Jewish tradition, the flood was caused due to violence, not marriage equality.

    - Noah was raped by one of his sons - this is the story about Hamm and the traditional reason to denigrate Blacks - but it happened after the flood. (The first reference to viticulture is after the flood.)

    - Roman Catholicism has very strong strictures on "intellectual flexibility". No well-formed conscience can disagree with church teaching. period. See TR 11/03/12: University of San Diego Bars Brit for Gay Marriage Support

    - Judaism's tradition of "intellectual flexibility" depends greatly where on the spectrum one is. There are multiple organizations in this country. Three can easily be placed on the spectrum (from left to right): Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox. There is a group called Reconstructionist. Some also include the unorganized ultra-Orthodox as a separate far right-wing group.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Nov 5, 2012 9:30:13 PM

  22. P.S. I am sure that the rabbi in question is not Conservative (upper case c). To call him conservative (lower case c) is misleading. By the way he's dressed, he must be Orthodox if not ultra-Orthodox.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Nov 5, 2012 9:35:37 PM

  23. I wonder if he shaved his religious beard or poked his wife from behind, would a mini-tornado take him out?

    Posted by: gay | Nov 5, 2012 9:38:19 PM

  24. Now you know why people don't like JEWS.

    Posted by: Larry | Nov 5, 2012 9:44:13 PM

  25. It is wonderful that our people have the power of such destruction. Harness it and we shall take over the world!!

    Posted by: MarcosLB | Nov 5, 2012 10:19:30 PM

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