Oklahoma House of Representatives
March 10, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: State Rep. Sally Kern
Capitol: (405) 557-7348
Kern Responds to Activist Criticisms
OKLAHOMA CITY - State Rep. Sally Kern (R-Oklahoma City) issued the following statement today in response to the criticisms of homosexual activists who have objected to a recent speech she gave on their efforts to promote their agenda at both the federal and state level.
Oklahoma's Sally Kern is defiant as ever
"To put this simply, as a Christian I believe homosexuality is not moral. Obviously, you have the right as an American to choose that lifestyle, but I also have the right to express my views and my fellow Oklahomans have the right to debate these issues.
"In recent years homosexual activists have begun to aggressively promote their agenda through the political process, often providing substantial financing to candidates who agree with their views, including many running for state legislative races. National publications such as Time, The Atlantic and USA Today have noted that trend. That is their right, just as it is my right to voice opposition to their agenda, which I have been asked to do at several public forums in recent months. That's what democracy is all about. It appears some homosexual activists believe only one group is allowed a voice in this debate. I disagree.
"A vigorous debate on an issue is not 'hate speech' - it's free speech. I have made clear my opposition to the agenda of homosexual activists, but I have never endorsed or supported any hateful action targeting individuals on the other side of this debate and never will. The fact that many gay rights activists claim anyone opposing their agenda is engaging in 'hate speech' says more about them than me.
"Most Oklahomans are socially conservative and believe marriage is a sacred institution, the union of one man and one woman, and that the traditional family is worth protecting and preserving. When I campaigned for office, I promised my constituents to stand up for those values, and I do not apologize for keeping my word."
Studies show, no society that has totally embraced homosexuality has lasted for more than, you know, a few decades. . .
...They are going after our young children, as young as two years of age, to try to teach them that the homosexual lifestyle is an acceptable lifestyle.
One of my colleagues said We don't have a gay problem in our community...well you know what, that is so dumb. If you have cancer in your little toe, do you just say that I'm going to forget about it since the rest of you is fine? It spreads! This stuff is deadly and it is spreading. It will destroy our young people and it will destroy this nation.
UPDATE: I received this letter from reader Rev. Russell Mark, who is actively involved with the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists (www.wabaptists.org). He's not a spokesperson for AWAB, but he said "I can say many of us have had our belly full of this theo-fascism. It is, in itself, a form of terrorism. We have to strike back in a language they might possibly understand." This is the letter that he sent to Rep. Kern:
State Representative Kern:
As a concerned citizen; as a Baptist minister and as a Christian, I applaud your intent to protect our children, our communities and our country. After all, you swore an oath to uphold the law and the Constitution of the State of Oklahoma and to serve your constituents. I am concerned, however, that in your zeal you have fallen into the trap of so many well-meaning extremists and that is to dehumanize your perceived enemies. To do so, no doubt, is to make them easier to attack, after all, no one really quibbles at squashing bugs. However, you may be familiar with the recent murders of a 15 year old boy in Oxnard, CA and the murder of another teenager in Fort Lauderdale, FL. These young men, among the many people that are attacked each month in this country, had the audacity to present themselves publicly as being gay. For their sin at such a very young age some well intentioned, god-fearing individual, took it into their hands to destroy the enemy. The CA boy was killed by his peer; a teenage young man that was taught by his elders at home and at church that gays are the scourge of society. Yes, he snuffed out a fag for Jesus. Just like you teach.
Though your recent public words did not call for murdering gays, there may be those that take your authority to heart and kill the enemy. You said to your constituents that you had been a teacher, but a teacher is first a student, yet your words were filled with idiocy and lies. So are you are a poor student that can't research and find truth for yourself? Do you only repeat what your elders have taught you? I seriously doubt if you've ever had the courage to meet with a gay group of any kind and talked about your concerns, or more, actually learn first hand about those you think are your enemy. Instead you stand at a distance and throw rocks and incite others to throw rocks or worse. For that, you are a coward and a bully and need to fully understand that the blood of every young gay man and woman that is physically or psychologically injured or dies in this country is on your head. These are the real stakes, Representative Kern, and yes, words do matter.
As a Christian I have to ask what kind of god do you worship that you would seek the murder of children? Does your Jesus call you to spread lies, repeat gossip and innuendo about people you don't even know? Does your Jesus teach you to spread hate and to live in fear and teach others to live in fear? So very odd isn't it that your Jesus and my Jesus are so very different. You see, my Jesus teaches the power of love; to confront my enemies face to face; to embrace them and seek to understand them; to find commonality. Out of humility, seek understanding and out of love, to not be afraid. Even in my anger at what you have said, I would seek to understand how you, my sister-in-Christ would say such ignorant, offensive and inciteful things. How do you take a few obscure passages and totally ignore all that Christ teaches and seek to bludgeon an entire people? How do you do this and then go to church and worship the Christ who gave everything to reconcile the world? What about bigotry and fear-mongering is Christ-like? How dare you treat the cross with such disdain! And how dare you misuse the authority of your office. Be ashamed Representative Kern. Be very ashamed. More than your constituents are watching; God is watching.
Lastly I would say that it is not too late to learn from your grievous error and to make amends. Our faith teaches us a lot about forgiveness; how to seek it and how to find it. After all, the Gospel is about reconciliation with God, ourselves and with one another. This choice is yours.
Rev. Russell Mark