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Gays Are A Bigger Threat Than Terrorists

Gays are a bigger threat than terrorists. That’s what Oklahoma State House Representative Sally Kern said to fellow Republicans in a speech that showed up on YouTube.

Thank God for YouTube. I mean, really, as recently as five or ten years ago, a politician could go around saying outrageous, bigoted, crazy, hateful things to small groups of people, and not much would happen. But now, all it takes is someone with a cell phone and suddenly the whole world starts to understand just what’s going on out there in city councils and state governments. It becomes a little clearer why tens of millions of people would rather vote for a moron for president – twice – than risk electing someone who just might show compassion for people who, gasp, don’t live the same kind of lifestyle that they do.

“What is wrong with me, as an American, exercising my free speech rights?” said Kern, in a local news interview on “I have never spoken in hate against them — never would, never will,” Kern said, “Nor will I ever apologize for anything I said.”

I’m all for differing opinions, and debate, if at the end of the day you get to live your life and I get to live mine. But once laws and politicians enter the picture, then it’s not just opinion, it’s not just live-and-let-live, and you don’t get to be a gay-bashing bigot and hide behind free speech.

She claims that she doesn’t hate them, but she thinks that the gay agenda will be the downfall of our entire nation. Doesn’t exactly sound like a love fest to me, but OK, let’s take her at her word that she doesn’t hate homosexuals. What is undeniable, however, is that her words, and more importantly the laws that she has the ability to pass, have great consequences, and that is what is wrong with her exercising her free speech rights. If she doesn’t hate homosexuals, she sure as hell has the opportunity to inspire people who do, people who look to their leaders for guidance.

Perhaps the scariest thing she said in the entire speech was that she had been a school teacher for more than 20 years! She helped to shape young, impressionable minds! And as a legislator, she tried (unsuccessfully) to get a bill passed that would ban libraries from carrying books in their children’s sections that had gay themes.

Sally Kern is standing behind her comments. She says that those comments were made by her on at least four occasions publicly so she isn’t even sure when the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund recorded her.

“The homosexual agenda is destroying this nation, OK, it’s just a fact. Studies show no society that has totally embraced homosexuality has lasted, you know, more than a few decades. So it’s the death knell in this country…I honestly think it’s the biggest threat that our nation has, even more so than terrorism or Islam, which I think is a big threat,” Kern said.

Kern claims that in her speech, she was not talking about individual gay people, but rather the “homosexual agenda”. She seriously believes that groups’ efforts to get openly gay people elected to public office will be the end of the United States of America. But besides being asinine, her words hurt. They especially hurt a young man named Tucker, who lost his mother in the Oklahoma City bombing. But out of his hurt came a response more eloquent than anything that I will ever write.

I have no idea if Tucker exists. I haven’t found any evidence that his letter is a fake. But real or not, it makes its point. The entire letter is reprinted here, but it’s the end of the letter that had me in tears:

I wish you could’ve met my mom. Maybe she could’ve guided you in how a real Christian should be acting and speaking.

I have not had a mother for nearly 13 years now and wonder if there were fewer people like you around, people with more love and tolerance in their hearts instead of strife, if my mom would be here to watch me graduate from high school this spring. Now she won’t be there. So I’ll be packing my things and leaving Oklahoma to go to college elsewhere and one day be a writer and I have no intentions to ever return here. I have no doubt that people like you will incite crazy people to build more bombs and kill more people again. I don’t want to be here for that. I just can’t go through that again.

You may just see me as a kid, but let me try to teach you something. The old saying is sticks and stones will break your bones, but words will never hurt you. Well, your words hurt me. Your words disrespected the memory of my mom. Your words can cause others to pick up sticks and stones and hurt others.

My kids both have friends who have two mommies. My sister is gay. My husband’s good friend, whom they refer to as their uncle, is gay. I’m glad that my kids will grow up thinking that this is a normal occurrence rather than an aberration. I’m glad that they’ve gotten to know these people first as people, without any labels. Because when they’re older, and start asking questions, then maybe their automatic, knee-jerk, gut reaction to people like Sally Kern will be “WTF?”

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Monday 2nd of June 2008

Thanks for adding your voice, Amy!


Monday 2nd of June 2008