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Religious Right Rabbi blames Hurricane Sandy on gays, marriage equality

BRIAN TASHMAN | Right Wing Watch
Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Rabbi Noson Leiter of Torah Jews for Decency is blaming Hurricane Sandy on gays and lesbians, calling it “divine justice” for New York’s new marriage equality law. Torah Jews for Decency campaigned against marriage equality in New York and New Jerseyworked with Liberty Counsel and New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms in an unsuccessful lawsuit to overturn New York’s marriage law, and has joined with various other Religious Right groups on anti-gay campaigns.

Yesterday, Leiter appeared on Crosstalk, the flagship program of Vic Eliason’s Voice of Christian Youth America, alongside Neil DiCarlo, a candidate for New York State Senate, to discuss New York’s legalization of same-sex marriage.

Leiter asserted that the “the Great Flood in the time of Noah was triggered by the recognition of same-gender marriages,” adding that there are similar “messages in this particular storm for us.” “The Lord will not bring another flood to destroy the entire world but He could punish particular areas with a flood, and if we look at the same-gender marriage recognition movement that’s occurring, that certainly is a message for us to learn,” he said. “We have to learn that the Lord does watch what we do and if we don’t shape up He will deliver divine justice.” Leiter also suggested that God flooded Lower Manhattan because it is “one of the national centers of homosexuality.”

Listen:

Later in the program, Leiter argued that the “LGBT radical homosexualist movement” threatens the survival of society and religious freedom and will even increase child abuse by giving molesters a “license to victimize” children and even “a certain degree of diplomatic immunity.”

Eliason: Rabbi Leiter, you have been passionately involved in the fight for biblical, moral values, why?

Leiter: I think that’s what the Lord wants us to do and if we do not we face an existential threat. There is an issue of the survival of morality being necessary for the survival of society, and that’s not just an issue that’s specific to marriage. In addition there’s an issue of religious liberty. The LGBT radical homosexualist movement is really the Avant-guard of Bible-haters of all different types, not just limited to the left. The advance towards homosexual rights and so-called marriage is not predicated on getting rights, and just thereby stepping on the rights of Bible believers. The purpose is to bash Bible-believers using their so-called rights as a pretext do so and that’s why it is so critical to oppose them because they’re not after something that they think is theirs, they’re after us.

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Leiter: There are so many things that people could point out about the negatives aspects of the homosexual lifestyle that is being touted as being this wonderful idea that the media doesn’t talk about. We’re talking about victimization that goes on under the rubric of protecting people’s rights; they’re not interested in protecting people’s rights, they’re interested in giving people a license to victimize, particularly to victimize children, and we pick up the pieces on some of that. We know how hard this is hitting society. The crisis of child molestation is not independent of the intentional proliferation of unfettered homosexuality, they are definitely connected, it doesn’t meant that every molester is homosexual but many of them are, there is a disproportionate number that are homosexual males. They are in some cases being given a certain degree of diplomatic immunity because of their favored status centered around a common vice. That’s something that no state has a right to do.

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  1. WTFH!?

    Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 11:03pm
  2. again? WTF people come on!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 11:03pm
  3. Apparently this douchebag has gone mental, “get your head out of your ass!”

    Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 11:04pm
  4. Of course he does. What else is new?

    Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 11:06pm
  5. OY!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 11:06pm
  6. Another dumbass heard from unnecessarily….must be the Romnesia effect.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 11:06pm
  7. What an idiot douche-bag!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 11:06pm
  8. Another nutcase that needs psychiatric help

    Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 11:06pm
  9. Man, it’s pretty cool thing that they (right extremists) think we have the power to cause such calamities….so where should we “strike” next?

    Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 11:07pm
  10. Bah-bah-bah-bah-bah-bah Bah

    Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 11:08pm
  11. Religious bigot

    Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 11:08pm
  12. If it was gods revenge, I’d think he’d limit it to just gays… This is beyond idiocy!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 11:08pm
  13. Canada and the UK have gay rights, yet nothing happens to them…. hmmm.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 11:08pm
  14. if it was he got the wrong city,damn how strange people get with religious thought but it is their speech rights. If it were I do kinda think it would have killed a few more folks.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 11:09pm
  15. And his explanation as to why other countries that have recognized gay marriage for much longer escape “unscathed” is…? Is the US just god’s special project? There’s some ego there!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 11:09pm
  16. well you know the bible says everything about how hurricane sandy is to be blamed on gay people right next to how the gay agenda will destroy “traditional” marriage and force beastiality on the masses.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 11:10pm
  17. That’s awesome! All this time I thought I was merely mortal.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 11:13pm
  18. gay marriage isn’t even legal in new jersey yet…..this is even more stupid then it sounds because of that becasue it has no point….if you ask me the damn show Jersey Shore is the cause of sandy spongebob was tired of young ppl watching that shit instead of cartoons so he got his friends together and said let’s get ride of this jersey shore once and for all (before anyone comments mad things I’m from jersey)

    Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 11:13pm
  19. someone please go slap his parents for not using a condom

    Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 11:15pm
  20. I blame the Violence in the Middle East on Israel refusing to offer a BRANCH of PEACE instead of a DAMN RIFLE too! Opinions are like this RABBI, EVERYONE has a ASSHOLES and GAS!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 11:16pm
  21. I’m sick of these Religious nutjobs I wish that we can scoop them all up and deport them out the US so that we can make America a much better place to live. They are fuckin useless piece of shit , people have the right to marry whomever they want to marry and I don’t care if two men or two women wants to get marry so fuckin what that is their life.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 11:17pm
  22. Exactly Mitchell!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 11:19pm
  23. If mass destruction could be caused by somethin so unrelated and easy the government wouldn’t admit it they would keep it secret and use it to there advantage….. People now a days are freekin stupid now a days

    Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 11:20pm
  24. i knew there’d be jesus freaks blaming it on gays -.- so dumb

    Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 11:20pm
  25. Why does he give us so much power????

    Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 11:21pm
  26. Fool!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 11:21pm
  27. Can’t fix stupid !

    Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 11:23pm
  28. isnt religion responsible for social problems anyways? Disease? like the plague.. because it was a sin to bath back then? Oppression like slavery and missing rights… Murder like salem witch trials. Then they justify natural disasters like weather on individuals. …. religious figures idiocy who have the audacity to justify disasters for their bias. Ell Oh Ell

    Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 11:25pm
  29. Us gay people is powerful..I mean with the rainbows and all. Dude have some skittles our something, you ain’t making no sense!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 11:33pm
  30. After Jews being rounded up by the Nazis in Germany and shipped to the extermination camps along with LGBT peoples, one would think the rabbi would find a bit more tolerance in his heart. Gay peoples are not child molesters!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 11:37pm
  31. People just live in fear!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 11:45pm
  32. This Sh!t is ridiculous blame it on something else other then US gays and lesbians. Cause don’t you think if we had so much Powers we wouldn’t just end all you judging AssClowns and be over it!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 11:47pm
  33. Ridiculious!!!! sicko mental problem trash talk shit God’s time plan shut his mouth one day

    Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 11:48pm
  34. Very sad to see this. History didn’t teach this Rabbi one thing. To go blame, very brave. My prayers go out to people like this.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 11:48pm
  35. I await the time when our society views those who make such claims, and laughs. It isn’t a question of “if”, but rather one of “when.” I admit it is believe of which I have no evidence, but going by the track record of whitch burning, slavery, and interracial marriage, same-sex marriage will be allowed. Then, homophobia will be looked at for what it is, some asshole trying to stand in the way of another human being living a life of happiness their own way.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 11:50pm
  36. It was going to happen sooner or later

    Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 11:58pm
  37. Yes yes yes we all know the fabulous gays caused hurricane sandy just like George Michael caused the Holocaust …. Fucking idiot! how can these idiots be allowed to speak publicly? And what kind of insane people actually listen to this shit?

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 12:07am
  38. The irony of one oppressed minority hating on another always makes me ill. In a different time and place, the scapegoat would be Jews. Today it’s the gays. Learn from history!

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 12:21am
  39. Fanatics in any religion are intolerant and stupid.

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 12:31am
  40. Why are there stupid fear mongers in the world! That they have to blame a minority for the problems in the world. And stupid ppl believe this idiot

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 12:35am
  41. Of course, but if we were to remind him of what Hitler did to a few million people he’d likely say that was entirely different and doesn’t count.

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 12:35am
  42. Unbelievable.

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 12:49am
  43. If it is the case that “everything happens for a reason,” then “everything” must include natural disasters. If god is capable of stopping hurricanes, why doesn’t he? Or is he not powerful enough to dissipate tropical cyclone on the surface of the planet he supposedly created?

    Or maybe, bear with me here… Maybe we live in a naturalistic universe in which the laws of physics don’t act with our feelings in mind and bad things happen that we can’t control… Big maybe, just thinking out loud…

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 1:01am
  44. no words

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 1:07am
  45. lol

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 1:21am
  46. Oh yes, and Katrina and the rest of the hurricanes in the past years, I suppose those were because of the election of a black president, or a trans woman entering Ms Universe, or Lady Gaga’s rise to fame, or maybe Denmark’s legalisation of non-heterosexual GRS, or the UN’s first human rights summit on LGBT human rights. what other acts of minorities being recognised as human beings does God want to slaughter people for?

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 1:24am
  47. We shouldn’t make fun of him. He’s obviously mentally ill.

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 1:34am
  48. People need to grow the heck up. Honestly.

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 1:34am
  49. I’m proud to be queer, religious, and Jewish… but man, I’m embarrassed for this guy.

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 1:39am
  50. Poor hurricane, not only is it named hilariously inappropriately but now its blamed for the bigotry of little men. No wonder it was such a bitch.

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 1:45am
  51. This guy is a chilul hashem. Apologies to those who don’t know what I mean.

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 2:46am
  52. Usually it a baptist pastor, a rabbi, I’m surprised

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 2:48am
  53. Ha! Wish we had that much power!

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 2:52am
  54. freak!

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 3:23am
  55. Of course it has to be somebody’s fault! So why not blame it on gays? It makes perfect sense! Moron.

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 3:25am
  56. Haha what??? No I think its deeper than that. They say when God brews a storm he wants us to come together and help one another. We all pay for our dues. Nothing to do with sexuality. Get over yourself egotistic jerkface

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 3:41am
  57. Really, are you kidding me? Would someone please get this obvious mental patient his meds.

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 3:45am
  58. God is not happy with any of us

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 3:46am
  59. They are radical! Religious fundamentalist! And Ignorant!

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 4:09am
  60. hahahaha- it was only a matter of time! Yes, it’s all our fault…. as usual! Since we have the power to control the heavens and all.

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 4:15am
  61. D BAG OF THE WEEK!

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 4:47am
  62. Coming from a group of people who were persecuted themselves, he sure is judgmental.

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 4:54am
  63. I have a feeling this guy denys the holocaust too. Oh they exist!

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 4:55am
  64. WHAT A MORON!

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 5:04am
  65. OMG and he calls himself a Rabbi Shame on him!

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 5:16am
  66. Lmao. Everything is our fault so why not this too……MORon!

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 5:33am
  67. …..whats new? Im convinced that if they shit the wrong way, they would blame us.

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 5:41am
  68. how can a storm be caused by gays and lesbians – come on now

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 6:08am
  69. HAHAHAHA…the poor fellow needs to step out of the closet…reallY!

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 6:28am
  70. They had a storm of a party out in mid-Atlantic. Didn’t you all know that?

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 6:39am
  71. That explains the devastation in Haiti before in got to the States.

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 6:44am
  72. he had better get a better education..

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 6:45am
  73. Did the gays cause the Holocaust? C’mon get real…what a stupid, idiotic remark!!!

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 7:05am
  74. Very scary. Unbelievably scary. Ignorant.

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 7:12am
  75. of course he does….

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 7:14am
  76. stupid people say stupids things

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 7:31am
  77. Are the gays responsible for the holocaust too? get real! idiotic statement!!

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 7:33am
  78. If only we had such power!

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 7:33am
  79. Sometimes I think they just say it because they know they will be stirring the pot and be all over the news. Just ignore them and shove their creepy faces back under the rug.

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 7:34am
  80. Of course he does, we all knew someone would. Either blame the gays of blame Obama.

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 7:34am
  81. DISLIKE! What a hypocrite.

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 7:34am
  82. I long for the days when we simply ignored the fringe lunatics.

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 7:37am
  83. Wish I had this much power, I would have blown him away in the storm.

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 7:38am
  84. WOW! Really, here’s what think. Maybe mother earth is just tired of the infestation that she has all over her. Too many people in the world.

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 7:40am
  85. as jew, please know that the majority of us do NOT feel this way! I didnt say ‘some of us’. I said MOST of us dont feel this way.

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 7:52am
  86. Rabbi Noson Leiter = Dork

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 7:53am
  87. May I also say that every religion, even Atheists, have conservatives, who believe things like this. Why do we focus on those people? It only stirs the hatred. Why not propagate positive messages of hope? how will knowing that ONE ‘Rabbi’ dislikes Gays helps us support those who may commit suicide or help us win Equality? While we need to know their arguments so we can refute them, we too often give credit to the Right Wing when we should be sending messages of hope.

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 7:57am
  88. Oy! It pains me to to say it, but we Jews have our own nut jobs trying to make waves! This is definitely a minority view and a small one, at that. The largest mainstream Jewish movements in the U.S. support LGBT rights and marriage equality. They also perform religious marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples and ordain LGBT people as rabbis!

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 8:00am
  89. See, stupid Jewish fundamentalists can be just as stupid as stupid Christian fundamentalists.

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 8:02am
  90. So, if a righteous Rabbi were killed or his property destroyed by Hurricane Sandy; does that mean he is a closet gay or does God just strike people down indiscriminately when he is pissed with the gay people in society?
    Keith – admin

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 8:03am
  91. The man is a bona fide schmendrick; his knowledge is useless, his learning futile, his wisdom non-existent.

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 8:07am
  92. Religiously stupid… what if LGBT citizens blamed it on the jews or illegal immigrants … Please people… get a REAL life.

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 8:11am
  93. yup!! we queers! are mystical creatures! and we control mother nature!

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 8:13am
  94. Are you fucking kidding me??

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 8:16am
  95. Bend over, suckers, we control the weather!

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 8:18am
  96. Wow if we had that much power we wouldn’t have to hear this crap

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 8:18am
  97. Ignorance

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 8:18am
  98. At least we dress better ✊

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 8:19am
  99. Dumb ass and ignorant

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 8:23am
  100. A clown without a circus

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 8:38am
  101. I think we should put this guy and the preacher who said the same thing on an island in Antarctica that way they can live in good weather forever..

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 8:43am
  102. How sad this man’s life is so empty he has to blame others in order for him to feel human.

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 9:01am
  103. is this idiot blaming us for the storm itself or for the meteorological factors already in place?

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 9:09am
  104. Is God so pathetic that His believers and followers have to pin all His hatred on gays? What a fucktard!!

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 9:16am
  105. Can anyone be this stupid?!

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 9:17am
  106. They should have learnt something

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 9:31am
  107. So just to be clear, using his logic, the millions of Jews that were killed in Nazi Germany during the Holocaust must have also been Devine Justice. That explains alot.

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 10:14am
  108. Really? And Mother Nature had absolutely NOTHING to do with it? It’s good to know we all have the power to control the weather. I always wanted to be an X-men.

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 10:34am
  109. Disgusting behaviour indeed x

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 10:36am
  110. wow …

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 11:10am
  111. That “Rabbi” forgot to never forget that gay men and lesbians were also killed in the same Nazi death prisons as Jews. He also forgot to remember to never forget that in Europe Jews were blamed for the Bubonic Plague which started the inquisition and centuries of pogroms. He also forgot to never forget that Jews were blamed for the death of Christian children when Jews were accused of klllling those children & using their blood and hearts for Passover matzoh

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 12:55pm
  112. I suppose he thinks we are the reason that the Jews wandered around in the desert for 40 year to!

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 1:45pm
  113. Maybe “god” hates religious people?

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 1:55pm
  114. Probably just looking for his 5 minutes of fame. So sick of these people.

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 2:52pm
  115. How do we know that he didn’t create Sandy, he probley did with all his hate.

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 2:58pm
  116. Just when you think religious people can’t pull anything else out of their ass…

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 5:31pm
  117. Religion is not fact based..clearly an agenda.

    Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 7:15pm