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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. This moron should stop reading the Torah until he's taken a few years of college-level physics courses - enough so that he would understand where double rainbows come from. He shouldn't read the Torah during that time so he can concentrate on problem sets - i.e., homework.

    He might even learn that double rainbows are a natural phenomena, seen more in some areas than others due to the way storms come in, and are not a message from some Deity, real or imagined.

    This rabbi might also want to get his rear end out of New York City, where the buildings tend to obscure one's view of the sky, making phenomena such as double rainbows harder to see.

    Posted by: Bill | Nov 5, 2012 11:48:59 PM

  2. @Larry: Reform: marriage equality and gay (and lesbian) rabbis
    Conservative: marriage equality and gay (and lesbian) rabbis
    Orthodox: one openly gay rabbi (he came out after ordination)

    see also:
    TR post on Conservative marriage equality 09/09/12

    (BTW - There's a nice slide show of LGBT religious leaders at the end of the HuffPost link.)

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Nov 6, 2012 12:56:09 AM

  3. Go vote today! Shut these fools up.

    Posted by: sparklekittens | Nov 6, 2012 12:57:26 AM

  4. The flood was caused due to violence, not marriage equality.

    Posted by: Angelic Stephen | Nov 6, 2012 1:17:39 AM

  5. I'm Jewish,and not a Rabbi... but I blamed the Republicans Party for the hurricane Sandy with all the hot air they have caused with their B.S.during this political season! However, religious people like this proves that there should be a separation of Church and State.

    Posted by: Jerry Pritikin aka The Bleacher Preacher | Nov 6, 2012 2:10:38 AM

  6. We are surrounded by idiots; some wear hats, some have beards and some have both.

    Posted by: StevyD | Nov 6, 2012 2:46:29 AM

  7. ROFL @ Little Kiwi

    Posted by: Tristram | Nov 6, 2012 8:03:09 AM

  8. editorial correction requested: Noson Leiter is NOT a Conservative rabbi (as in Conservative Judaism movement). He is most certainly an Ultra-Orthodox Haredi rabbi. I recognize that he is also member of New York's Conservative Party, but a distinction needs to be made so that the article doesn't confuse the two very different affiliations. Conservative Judaism has made huge strides over the last two decades to be gay-inclusive and gender-inclusive (allowing gays and women to serve as rabbis and allowing rabbis to preside over gay wedding ceremonies).

    Posted by: Michael Godwin | Nov 6, 2012 8:50:40 AM

  9. I am glad that my Partner of 32 years, a JEW, does not "DO" computers (His Cell Phone is complex enough) because he would gladly let the good Rabi have a piece of his mind. For myself, I was raised in a strict Catholic household; (In my youth,We did not eat any meat after Noon Thursday for fear that some may still be in our bodies at midnight when it became Friday.) I was interested in the Priesthood when I was 16, but after three meetings with my Parish Priest, he told me that it was not for me because I could get along fine without having others control my everyday activity. This Rabi is a REAL Nutcase.

    Posted by: Jerry6 | Nov 6, 2012 3:04:54 PM

  10. Shouldn't her sign read...'protect freedom from religion??'

    Posted by: billmiller | Nov 6, 2012 7:09:17 PM

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