New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo slammed a rabbi who called superstorm Sandy “divine justice” for gay-friendly policies.
Rabbi Nosom Leiter, head of Torah Jews for Decency, praised the destructive storm for making a point, especially in lower Manhattan, which he branded “one of the national centers for homosexuality,” the Daily News reported.
Cuomo dismissed the rabbi’s comments, which came as he endorsed an anti-gay marriage candidate, as the rantings of a hate-mongerer.
“His kind of hateful rhetoric has no place in our public discourse, and is particularly distasteful in times of tragedy,” Cuomo said in statement. “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.”
Leiter compared Sandy to the biblical storm that spurred Noah to build his ark.
“The Lord will not bring another flood to destroy the entire world, but he can punish particular areas with that flood, and if we look at the same-gender-marriage recognition movement that’s occurring, that’s certainly a message for us to learn,” Leiter opined, the News reported.