Someone Think of the Children

Ladies and gentlemen, meet your rebranded right wing of the GOP:

Addressing Orthodox Jewish leaders, Mr. Paladino described his opposition to same-sex marriage. 

"That's not how God created us," he said, reading from a prepared address. "I just think my children and your children would be much better off and much more successful getting married and raising a family, and I don't want them brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option -- it isn't." 

And then, to applause at Congregation Shaarei Chaim, he said: "I didn't march in the gay parade this year -- the gay pride parade this year. My opponent did, and that's not the example we should be showing our children." 

Newsday.com reported that Mr. Paladino's prepared text had included the sentence: "There is nothing to be proud of in being a dysfunctional homosexual." But Mr. Paladino omitted the sentence in his speech.

Sometimes the posts write themselves. That Carl Paladino, a man whose past-times including disseminating images of bestiality, would lecture anyone on what "we should be showing our children" is, at once, stunning and predictable. That he would do this withing within days of New York learning of one of the worst anti-gay hate crimes is about the same.  

That aside, it's worth noting, again, that Paladino is the Tea Party's candidate for the governor of New York. There is a set of people in this country who would like to believe that some kind of genuine, nonpartisan, anti-deficit movement with no interest in the culture wars is afoot. These people are wrong.
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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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