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A man was shouted at for wearing a pink kippah: ‘You’re desecrating the name of God!’

The man who shouted at Adam Eli
Photo: Twitter/Adam Eli

A crazed homophobe yelled at a gay man in New York City, who caught the entire interaction on his phone.

Adam Eli was wearing a pink kippah and a purse while he had a Pride patch on his jeans.

As he was exiting the subway this past Sunday, someone started yelling homophobic taunts at him. “He started following me and chasing me and yelling at me, and then I realized how angry he was and how intense it was getting, so I started filming,” Eli told CBS News.

“You’re desecrating the name of God,” the man can be heard saying in the video.

“What, because I’m gay and wearing a kippah? Is that why?” Eli asked.

The man said that it was “Chillul Hashem,” a Hebrew expression for desecrating the name of God.

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“Any man that lays with another man is an abomination,” the man yelled. “You’ll be murdered for it. Take the kippah off.”

“Take your kippah off. This is not Judaism.” The man’s shouting at the top of his lungs at this point of the video.

He said that he hid in a store until the man left. He has not filed a police report because he doesn’t think it’ll help.

Eli’s video caught the attention of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D).

“It takes courage to confront homophobia and tell a story like this,” de Blasio tweeted. “There’s no place for hate in this city.”

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