Task Force’s National Religious Leadership Roundtable responds to Carl Paladino’s divisive comments

October 11, 2010

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 — The National Religious Leadership Roundtable, convened by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, responded to the divisive comments about homosexuality by the New York Republican candidate for governor, Carl Paladino. He told a gathering in Brooklyn on Sunday that children should not be “brainwashed” into thinking that homosexuality was acceptable. According to media reports, Paladino’s campaign manager said that the candidate “is simply expressing the views that he holds in his heart as a Catholic.”

Statement by the Rev. Rebecca Voelkel
Faith Work Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

“In a time when anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender violence has risen in New York City, Carl Paladino’s comments are especially hurtful and dangerous. They incite violence against people for being who they are. That they clothe themselves in religious language is even more disturbing. Preaching hate from our pulpits, in our politics, or to our pupils is simply unacceptable. It literally endangers lives. And the life and ministry of Jesus always calls us to stand against that which hates, hurts or destroys.”

To watch the Rev. Voelkel talk about the need for people of faith and others to speak out against anti-LGBT violence, click here.

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