Carl Paladino Is an Idiot

We must stop pandering to the pornographers and the perverts who seek to target our children and destroy their lives. 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 that we should be showing our children, and certainly not in our schools.

And don’t misquote me as wanting to hurt homosexual people in any way. That would be a dastardly lie. My approach is ‘live and let live.’ 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 to be brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option – it isn’t.

If Paladino doesn’t want to march in a Gay pride parade, fine. I find the whole idea of a _____ Pride parade to be ridiculous, as it encourages identity politics and quite frankly, brings out the fringe nuts or any movement for public display. (If you doubt that, imagine what a White Pride Parade would look like, and how instantly it would be condemned — because when they happen, they are, and rightly so.) Seriously, folks, is a squad of men in bondage gear and assless chaps really the way to convince straight people that you’re not a deviant freak?

What I have issue with is this nonsense that homosexuals are teaming up with sinister pornographers to target children and teach them to be gay, because they all want your children, because homosexuality = pedophilia.

Sorry, Paladino, you’re an idiot. Homosexuality is only a “lifestyle choice” if you’re peddling some sort of “gay recovery” brainwashing program. Every study has indicated that homosexuality has a strong biological component, related to a feature in the hypothalamus. And the notion that homosexuals only desire to prey upon children is asinine.

Dale Carpenter at the Volokh Conspiracy has more on this:

I have some news for Mr. Paladino.  Being gay is not an “equally valid and successful option” for a heterosexual child.  But for a gay kid, being gay is the option.  Whether it is “successful” depends a lot on the love and support shown to that child as she grows up. It depends on whether the people whose words she hears in public media, and yes in schools, tell her that nobody could possibly feel the way she does unless she had been “brainwashed.” A heartbreaking number of gay youths conclude, at a rate several times that of their peers, that everyone would be better off without them.

If you think gay marriage is some kind of threat to heterosexual marriage, fine — that’s your prerogative. But do you have to justify it by spouting this nonsense? And more importantly, if all you’re relying on to support your argument is nonsense and a handful of Bible verses, is that really a solid justification for a legal position that affects millions?

Idiot.

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