Steve Ralls

She's Baaaack . . .

Filed By Steve Ralls | August 07, 2008 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: Oklahoma City, PFLAG, Sally Kern

A few words of wisdom for Oklahoma State Representative Sally Kern: Sometimes, silence is golden.

The Oklahoma City lawmaker, who infamously compared gays to terrorists . . . said she never said the things she said . . . and then toted her handgun into the state capitol when she forgot to remove it from her purse . . . is back again. And despite the sound counsel of her hometown paper, The Oklahoman, which urged "this one-trick pony to put her tiresome personal agenda aside and work to do something constructive," Sally just won't quit, and she's just as outrageous and offensive as ever.

On Tuesday, Kern showed up at the Cleveland County Republican Club and, according to On Top Magazine, "once again repeated her opposition to gay marriage and homosexuality."

She opened, the magazine reports, by saying she is a "cultural warrior for Judeo-Christian values."

"I am not saying everyone has to be Christian; this is not a homogeneous nation," Kern told the audience. "What you have to be is someone who believes in a Judeo-Christian ethics . . . "

"Not all lifestyles are equal; not all religions are equal," she said. Then, just in case a tape recorder was whirring somewhere in the audience, she added, "Was I saying all people are not equal? Heavens no; we were all created equal."

Apparently, Sally thinks all people might be equal, but neither their faith nor, in some cases, their families, qualify as the same.

That might come as a surprise to some of Kern's constituents, including the state's largest LGBT community, which resides in her very own district. Or to the many people in Oklahoma City who are people of faith . . . but, according to Sally, just not of the right kind of faithful ethics.

But is it ethical, as a public servant sworn to uphold the law, to create an entire second-class of citizenship based on religion or sexual orientation? Did Sally forget that her real job is supposed to be advancing the cause of liberty and justice for all? And what will Oklahoma City voters have to say about it all come November?

As On Top Magazine reminds us, "Kern is running for a third term against Democrat Ron Marlett, 59. Marlett has said he wants to represent everyone in the district 'equally with no discrimination as to race, religion, gender or sexual preference.'"

Of course, Sally's partly right: All people are created equal. But are all politicians, and one trick ponies, created equal too?

Originally posted at the PFLAG National Blog.


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I completely expected this post to be about Elaine Donelly, Steve.