Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Oklahoma Rep. Sally Kern: Gays More Dangerous Than Terrorists

Rep. Sally Kern (R-OK) has infamously said that minorities don't work as hard as whites, women don't want to work as much as men and homosexuality is “the biggest threat our nation has, even more so than terrorism or Islam.” Kern recently spoke to Peter LaBarbera of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality while promoting her book, "The Stoning of Sally Kern." Kern again said that homosexuality is worse than terrorist attacks because "It's something [young people] have to deal with every day." Her comments were made on Aug. 31, shortly before the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Listen:

Kern: ...which has destroyed and ended the life of more people? Terrorism attack here in America or HIV/AIDS? In the last twenty years, fifteen to twenty years, we’ve had maybe three terrorist attacks on our soil with a little over 5,000 people regrettably losing their lives. In the same time frame, there have been hundreds of thousands who have died because of having AIDS. So which one’s the biggest threat? And you know, every day our young people, adults too, but especially our young people, are bombarded at school, in movies, in music, on TV, in the mall, in magazines, they’re bombarded with ‘homosexuality is normal and natural.’ It’s something they have to deal with every day. Fortunately we don’t have to deal with a terrorist attack every day, and that’s what I mean... It’s more dangerous, and yes I think that it’s also more dangerous because it will tear down the moral fiber of this nation. We were founded as a nation upon the principles of religion and morality, if we take those out from under our society we will lose what has made us a great nation, we will no longer be a virtuous people, which we see happening already. And without virtue this nation will not survive.

Beyond Kern's bigoted remarks, there are factors at least as disturbing. Regarding the racist statement, the Oklahoma House had to be pressured to reprimand Kern. She has not been reprimanded for the anti-gay remarks; the words above, then, are perfectly acceptable to today's GOP. Apparently they're also acceptable to those who vote for Kern.

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