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Kern Falls Back On First Amendment

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Oklahoma state lawmaker Sally Kern had a lot of explaining to do this weekend after Victory Fund posted the her very anti-gay audio.

Rather than begging for mercy, as some other public figures may have done, Kern’s sticking to her guns:

I’m not gay bashing, but according to God’s word that is not the right kind of lifestyle… It has deadly consequences.

What is wrong with me as an American exercising my free speech rights on a topic that is a very big issue today?

Gay activist Karen Parson cries, foul, however, saying that Kern and other politicians should be held accountable:

…It’s this kind of speech, this kind of hate speech that gives the bullies the license to do it, and that’s got to stop.

Hate speech has such negative consequences. The words really mean something. She’s a legislative leader and people pick up on her words and they take them to be the truth.

Some defend Kern, saying that she thought she was in a private, secure setting. Would they feel the same if Kern had been bashing blacks? Actually, don’t answer that…

By:           Andrew Belonksy
On:           Mar 10, 2008
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  • 18 Comments
    • Peter Pan
      Peter Pan

      “I’m not gay bashing, but according to God’s word that is not the right kind of lifestyle… It has deadly consequences.”

      That’s not true! When I last spoke to God he said that my gay lifestyle is cool! I wonder if we spoke to the same God?

      Mar 10, 2008 at 2:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Paul Raposo
      Paul Raposo

      God also said women were NOT to be in positions of power within the church, or the law. Yet there’s Mrs. Kern…

      Mar 10, 2008 at 3:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • M Shane
      M Shane

      It’s just part & parcel of the Rightwing Corporate powers harnessing hatered in it’s most viable form in America to get votes at any cost.
      As long as we allow this sideshow of ignorance dominate the politics of this country with it’s new right wing partners we will just have our own home grown version of fascism.Someone should start formalizing a program of hatred against them. But I guess it takes some breed ofchristianity, it takes belief, not sense to hate so much.

      Mar 10, 2008 at 3:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mark
      Mark

      Is anyone suggesting that people should not be allowed to say what Kern did? (I HOPE that’s not what Karen Parson is getting at.) Because if not, the “free speech” defense is irrelevant. Yes, Mrs. Kern, you have the right of free speech. And so do others have the freedom to challenge what you say, and point out its ignorance.

      Mar 10, 2008 at 3:25 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jennifer
      Jennifer

      What a hypocritical C U Next Tuesday. Par for the course, for the whores of fundamentalism.

      Mar 10, 2008 at 3:25 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • oakling
      oakling

      OMG. I could go on for hours and hours about the incredible toxic effects of living in that codependent, judgmental, obsessive way that involves trying to control how everyone else lives and what they see and learn “for their own good” because how THEY are is soooo bad and has suuuuch negative health effects. It’s beautiful irony.

      Mar 10, 2008 at 3:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Leto
      Leto

      Okay, first of all, the First Amendment has nothing to do with this matter. The First Amendment is about what the government can and cannot do vis a vis Speech. She is an idiot to think First Amendment has any application here. She is a Congress Woman and doesn’t even understand the application of the First Amendment. The issue is: do we want any elected official spewing speech hate about any group? The part about indoctrinating two year olds is an out and out lie. This is the reason gay kids are beaten and killed. She is not representing Christian views. Christ never spoke about homosexuality. She is entitled to her views and she can oppose gays all she wants. But, when she begins telling outrageous lies which she did–She MUST be called on this. She knows absolutely nothing about which she is speaking–she is just parroting the hate speach of others. This is totally unacceptable.

      Mar 10, 2008 at 3:44 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Terry
      Terry

      It’s obvious who the real terrorist is here, and in this case she is posing as a state representative. This is unacceptable and we all need to do our part to stop this type of hatred.

      Mar 10, 2008 at 4:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jack Jett
      Jack Jett

      Since she is promoting the first admendment and free speech, I am sure she is okay with me saying that her face looks like a dried up cunt that no one in their right mind would ever want to fuck.

      Mar 10, 2008 at 5:17 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • a. mcewen
      a. mcewen

      It really doesn’t matter whether or not free speech has anything to do with this.

      The fact of the matter is perception. Rep. Kern said a lot of untrue things about gays and very few have challenged her to reveal her proof. All I read were things like “Sally Kern is a bitch” and such.

      Look, I know we get mad at things like this and we should. But it’s sad that no one directs our anger in proper channels. We end up looking like shrieking intolerant boobs while those who tell lies on us look like defenders of the First Amendment.

      Mar 10, 2008 at 7:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Scooter
      Scooter

      Spewing evil in the name of God. She isn’t a Republican by chance…is she?

      Mar 10, 2008 at 9:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Denis Dison
      Denis Dison

      Let’s be clear. Rep. Kern’s speech was hateful. Comparing the LGBT community to terrorism and cancer is the definition of hate speech. Does she have a right to say it? Of course. Does she have a right to do so without a backlash? Of course not. http://www.victoryfund.org/listening

      Mar 10, 2008 at 9:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sandy Jones
      Sandy Jones

      I am embarassed to be from Oklahoma City at this very moment. Rep Kern’s comments do not represent mine, and she does not deserve to represent the citizens of Warr Acres/ Oklahoma City. How dare she use her position for such a platform. This is the very reason I no longer attend any organized religion..bigots like her.

      Mar 10, 2008 at 9:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • key
      key

      Actually here in Oklahoma there are many people who find her repulsive, but there are scores of Sally Kern’s in every state. I only hope that the Religous Right doesn’t hold her up as an example and turn her into a “Celebrity”.
      Sally Kern is a State Representative from the Oklahoma City area, so hopefully they will band together and take away her platform in the next election.

      Mar 10, 2008 at 10:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Phoenix
      Phoenix

      If you want to tell the cow just how unpleasant you find her you can at:

      Capitol Address: 2300 N. Lincoln Blvd. Room 332 Oklahoma City, OK 73105 (405) 557-7348.

      District Address: 2713 Sterling Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73127.

      Email: sallykern@okhouse.gov

      Mar 11, 2008 at 12:27 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jim
      Jim

      Lets have hate speeches aginst straights, lets shoot a few of their children because their too straight acting, shall we tie one to a fence to die in the cold?

      Mar 11, 2008 at 3:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • M Shane
      M Shane

      I’d like to see her pulling train in a public area with 40 or 50 Christians guys, all dressed like angels . She would probably think she was thre blessed virgin.

      Mar 11, 2008 at 4:30 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • M Shane
      M Shane

      a passion play , if you could get anyone who would touch her yuke!

      Mar 11, 2008 at 4:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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