Adams still on the lookout for a job as a homophobic pastor
NEW YORK (1010 VICTORIES) — Mayor Eric Adams is reportedly still considering Fernando Cabrera, an anti-gay, anti-abortion pastor, for a position in his administration despite Adams being revoked from his assignment to a mental health office after LGBTQ+ advocates refused.
Cabrera, who served as a Democratic Bronx City Council member and pastor of New Life Outreach International Church in Kingsbridge Heights, was denied a position as head of the Office of Community Mental Health because of his controversial views.
The pastor was awaiting an assignment from Adams in the municipal building across from City Hall, three unnamed sources told Politico.”
1010 WINS has contacted Adams’ office for comment.
A clip of Cabrera praising Uganda for its anti-gay and anti-abortion policies originally posted on the Hope Alive Freedom Church website in 2014 circulated after the pastor’s appointment to the OCMH, leading advocates of LGBTQ+ to lobby the mayor’s office to rescind the offer.
“Gay marriage is not accepted in this country. Even when the United States of America lobbied and told Uganda ‘we are not going to fund you anymore unless you allow same-sex marriage ‘” Cabrera said. “Why? Because Christians have assumed the place of decision-making for the nation.
Cabrera goes on to praise Uganda’s abortion ban and the role of Christianity in their government.
“Abortions are illegal here, things that Christians really stand for,” he said. “Why? Because the Christians here have taken the opportunity to take their rightful place.
He also attributed a drop in AIDS infection in Uganda to the country’s anti-gay policies, which previously included the death penalty, but were replaced by life in prison, for anyone with HIV who has gay sex. .
Uganda’s infamous anti-homosexuality bill also provides for a 10-year prison sentence for those who ‘promote’ or ‘acknowledge’ homosexuality.
Cabrera was one of three city council members to abstain in a 45-1 vote to punish Ruben Diaz Sr. for homophobic comments against then-gay council member Corey Johnson.
He also voted against a 2014 bill allowing transgender people to change the gender marker on their birth certificates and is a strong supporter of Alliance Defending Freedom, an anti-gay Christian legal group.
LGBTQ+ advocates continue to pressure Adams to remove Cabrera from any position in his administration.
“Our communities need a city government we can trust,” wrote Housing Works, a New York nonprofit that provides services to homeless people with AIDS. “Fernando Cabrera is an anti-choice homophobe. We call on you to condemn fanatics, not hold them accountable. »