Kern: It’s ’Hateful’ to Say Gays Are Born That Way
Time has done little to mellow Oklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern, judging by her latest comments about gays.
The 64-year-old lawmaker has offended African Americans and been caught entering the state capitol with a gun on two occasions. But one of her biggest headline moments took place in 2008, when she addressed the College Republicans club at the University of Central Oklahoma.
Kern called gays and lesbians a "cancer," and warned that they would bring civilization to an end if granted legal and social equality. Kern claimed that societies that have accepted homosexuality in the past "lasted [no] more than a few decades," and declared that America’s tolerance of homosexuals constituted a "death knell of our country."
Kern also claimed that gays and lesbians were "the biggest threat our nation has, even more so than terrorism of Islam," and said that "gays are infiltrating city councils.... They are winning elections."
"[Homosexuality] has deadly consequences for those people involved in it," declared Kern, who cited dubious "studies" purporting to show that being gay leads to shorter life spans.
When a recording of her comments was leaked, Kern found herself at the center of a firestorm. She refused to apologize for her comments, however, stating that had she known her remarks were being recorded, she would not have changed them.
"I will not back down from what I believe the Bible teaches," Kern said. She also claimed not to have been "bashing" anyone with her comments.
A July 29 On Top Magazine article reported that Kern has now written a book. "The Stoning of Sally Kern," about her experiences following the media uproar that took place after her comments. Kern put in an appearance at American Family Radio to plug the book, and bantered with another high-profile anti-gay figure, Tim Wildmon, the head of the American Family Association.
The two joked about the Christian tradition of compassion, before Kern offered the notion that to acknowledge homosexuality as an innate and natural characteristic was "hateful" because it suggests that gays cannot be "cured."
"To me what is hateful is when those people who say, ’You’re born this way. There’s no hope in change. You’re stuck in this, deal with it,’ that is hate," Kern said. "There’s no hope in that."
It is a point of contention among anti-gay religious traditions that gay people "choose" to be sexually and romantically attracted to members of their own gender. Some such faith traditions offer "reparative therapy" or even exorcisms as a means to "curing" gays and making them heterosexual.