In compiling a list of those wingnuts — Christian, Jewish and Muslim varieties — who immediately blamed Hurricane Sandy on gay rights, abortion or whatever else they hate, I missed Rabbi Noson Leiter, Executive Director of Torah Jews for Decency. But New York Governor Andrew Cuomo didn’t. He put out a press release hammering the guy:
“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. I call on Rabbi Leiter to apologize immediately for his hurtful comments.”
The only part I disagree with there is the last sentence. Why call on him to apologize? What would it possibly mean if he did? He actually believes that, so any apology would be hollow anyway. But I like that Cuomo is publicly calling the guy out for being an asshole. I almost wish I lived in New York so I could vote for that guy.