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Kern: It’s ’Hateful’ to Say Gays Are Born That Way

by Kilian Melloy
Monday Aug 1, 2011
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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.

Mental health professionals reject such claims, and warn that attempts to "convert" or "cure" gays do not work. When such treatments do not work, they can enhance feelings of shame and even drive gays toward suicide, health experts say.

A growing body of scientific evidence indicates that homosexuality is rooted in physiology and is probably determined in the womb.

Kern did not explain why she thought simply being gay made for a hopeless situation. But she did go on to accuse gays of oppressing Christians and denying them their civil rights while promoting sexual anarchy.

"We’re losing our freedom of conscience," Kern declared, going on to call "the homosexual movement... the tip of the spear" in terms of sexual immorality. "They’re the ones who right now are beating down the door, have their foot in the door, trying to tear down the moral fiber of America," Kern added. "We have to stand up to that. The reason it’s the tip of the spear you don’t see ’Adulterers Victory Fund’ out there trying to promote adultery. God’s people got to stand up to this."

Kern did not explain why she seemingly thought gays motivate married heterosexuals to cheat on their spouses. However, a common accusation from the anti-gay Christian element is that granting gay individuals and families equal rights and protections before the law would automatically erode the First Amendment rights of people who condemn and denounce gays as a matter of their faith.

Kern has also offended the African American community, declaring to her fellow state representatives that the reason more black Americans are poorer than white Americans is because blacks are lazy.

"We have a high percentage of blacks in prison, and that’s tragic, but are they in prison just because they are black or because they don’t want to study as hard in school?" Kern said last April, during a House debate on doing away with Affirmative Action in the state of Oklahoma, reported The Fifth Column on April 28.

"I’ve taught school, and I saw a lot of people of color who didn’t study hard because they said the government would take care of them," added Kern.

After Kern’s anti-gay outburst, rumors circulated that her son, Jesse Kern, was gay. Jesse Kern denied those rumors and said that he was celibate, but not homosexual.

When Kern was found to be carrying a gun as she tried to enter the state capitol on two occasions, she said that she had simply forgotten she had the firearm.

In 2009, a transgender lawyer sought to win Kern’s seat, but was defeated.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor, writing about film, theater, food and drink, and travel, as well as contributing a column. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.

Comments

  • Anonymous, 2011-08-01 14:38:18

    Maybe she needs to ask her God why he visits so many tornadoes on Oklahoma. Maybe because it’s run by a total cunt


  • Anonymous, 2011-08-01 15:46:41

    She’s ignorant. You can compare homosexuals to terrorism. We don’t shoot people and crash planes into buildings. She needs to get her head out of her ass


  • Anonymous, 2011-08-01 18:06:25

    She makes me ashamed to be from Oklahoma. Sometimes I feel guilty for having moved to the Big City (NYC) and left behind my poor, gay brothers/sisters who have stayed behind to deal with such hateful people.


  • Anonymous, 2011-08-02 10:30:30

    She needs a professional dyke to go down on her. Maybe then she’ll change? Of course that’s up there with trying to turn a lesbian straight by having sex with her. She is sooo screwed up.


  • Anonymous, 2011-08-02 13:49:33

    Ms. Kern apparently lacks the awareness, understanding and knowledge related to the homosexual lifestyle. Apparently Ms. Kern is a very unhappy 68 year old woman, to judge and lash out at those who are different. Ignorance is no excuse and I would give a weeks pay to sit down with Ms. Kern and debate her feelings, assumptions and judgements. I ask Ms. Kern to pick up my new release "A Fall to New Heights." I’m an author, who happens to be a Lesbian. It tells the story of my unexpected awakening, at 33 years old, that I was different, that I was a Lesbian for lack of another label. I was married with children and living a very happy and contented life when my awakening occurred. I was panicked and feared I was going out of my mind. How could this happen to a woman like me? Well, Ms Kern, it did and it would surprise you to know that I’ve shared the past 38 years with a woman that has brought me more joy and love; moreover our spiritual life is an awesome miracle and pure indication that God does not play favorites. If it weren’t for our faith in God and ourselves, our journey would have been very different. You see, I didn’t know what "Lesbian" meant or was, until one day, I awakened to a love that had crept in unawares. Please check out my web site at afalltonewheights.com and my vidio on You Tube Ms Kern, unless you are too afraid of the truth. Best, Sidney Andrews


  • Anonymous, 2011-08-02 13:50:17

    She’s probably a closet case herself, she’s the cancer, spreading all of her hate and lies, gay people should be given a form of chemo to deal with " cancers" in society like her. They’re the ones infected. I’m a lesbian, born this way. I’m not the minority anymore... She is


  • Anonymous, 2011-08-02 22:10:51

    Kern often attempts to give the impression of fairness by saying she doesn’t hate anyone and that people who disagree with her are entitled to use their freedom of speech. However, when someone does use their freedom of speech to oppose her by citing facts not myths, she gets all twisted and claims HER freedom is being oppressed. The freedom she speaks of is really the freedom to keep G/Ls oppressed, discriminated against by law, and pushed back in the closet by using the police power of the government as people like Kern are accustomed to doing. She has not learned to share as many of us were taught as young children. I have a hunch she’s eaten up to the point of insanity with the suspicion that a near family member is gay. Who that is I have no way of knowing but readers can draw their own conclusions from the facts in the article above. This is the secret in her own closet of shame. She can’t accept the fact that gays and lesbians are normal taxpayers, well-adjusted in their personalities, and contribute time and money to civic improvement. She’s highly resistant to having her flat-earth view rounded by getting to know some of us personally without the filter of her religious cataracts.


  • Anonymous, 2011-08-02 22:13:15

    It’s an absolute shame she is still alive? Do we still have Jared Lee Loughner on the line? We got him a new target.... This time aim at the head....The back


  • John Hurst, 2011-08-03 03:43:07

    Fuck you Sally Kern


  • Anonymous, 2011-08-03 10:57:59

    What she doesn’t know about humanity would fill a book.


  • Anonymous, 2011-08-03 11:01:24

    Are you born a cunt, or is it also a learned behavior from growing up in a dysfunctional family, and not bonding closely enough with your mother? I wonder if if extreme cuntness can be prayed away?


  • Anonymous, 2011-08-03 20:18:09

    Representative Kern’s is like so many so called Christians who take the bible out of context!! The Bible talks about HATE being a sin yet so many so called Christians have so much HATE in their Hearts. The only reason Rep. Kern is so outspoken is she has issues with her own sexuality!


  • Turner Lessard, 2011-08-04 03:08:58

    This just makes me sad. it’s people like this that promote homophobia, and stand back and watch gays commit suicide.


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