Photo: Frank Borzellieri on the cover his book in which he says, "diversity is a weakness."
Juan Varela had had enough. During Sunday Mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel church, he spoke out against the principal of the Catholic school and called for his removal. The man he showed such distaste for is Frank Borzellieri, a outspoken man with ties to white supremacy.
At the Mass, Varela, 54, who had been sitting in a pew, walked to the altar and asked parishioners to stand with him against Borzellieri.
In the 90s, while Borzellieri was a school board member in Queens, he made headlines for racist and homophobic slurs and for trying to ban literature he called “anti-American” including a biography of the late Martin Luther King Jr.
He is also known for saying, “diversity is a weakness” and that the increase in black and Hispanic populations will lead to a “New Dark Age.” Also, he has written for the white supremacist publication American Renaissance.
“I wanted them to feel my sense of outrage that he was brought into the community to teach,” Varela said after being arrested about two blocks away from the church.
He was charged with disorderly conduct and criminal possession of a weapon. Varela had a knife in his pocket.
Tuesday, the Archdiocese of New York said Borzellieri was “relieved of his position,” calling his views “incompatible with the philosophy and practices” of the its schools.