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A couple of obvious thoughts. Paladino speaks of "perverts who target our children and seek to destroy their lives." This is the gay equivalent of the medieval (and Islamist) blood-libel against Jews. To conflate gay people with child-abusers is an archaic and disgusting calumny, to portray us as a "threat to children" is as dark and as vile a smear as you will find. Many of us are children, in the first place, and although there are some gay abusers, as well as straight abusers, the overwhelming majority of gays and straights love our children and nieces and nephews, would never dream of harming any child in any way, and many gay people indeed have taught and guided and reared children over the centuries, and to levels of excellence bar none. I don't doubt that a gay teacher taught Paladino once; the odds are high. And when I think of the lives of great service so many gay people live in the worlds of education, mentorship and parenting, his demonization sickens me even more.
What's even more amazing is the context of these remarks. Paladino cannot be unaware of the recent spate of gay teen suicides, or the disgusting act of torture against two gay men in the Bronx. At a time when it is the responsibility of public figures to condemn this kind of violence, to defend gay people from the rhetoric that fuels such violence, Paladino has decided to ratchet up the bigoted language in a way that will only help legitimize anti-gay violence. That he is running for governor of New York, and has this notion of responsibility and decency at this moment in time, is a low-point for even today's gay-baiting GOP. Now watch if anyone in the national Republican leadership disowns this bigotry, and disowns him. That will tell you a lot.