Lawmaker's Comments on Homosexuality Spark Hate Campaign, Death Threats
July 7, 2008 - 8:06 PM
(CNSNews.com) - An audio clip posted on YouTube earlier this month is responsible for a hate-filled campaign of threats and harassment being directed at an Oklahoma state lawmaker, her family and her Christian faith.
Rep. Sally Kern (R-Oklahoma City) said the clip of a talk she gave on the homosexual political agenda has been accessed "probably a million times" since homosexual activists posted it on the popular online video gallery. It has prompted an outpouring of hatred against her, she told Cybercast News Service.
"We have received close to 30,000 e-mails," Kern said. "When this first hit YouTube, the vast majority of the e-mails were hate mail - vile, vulgar, profane."
A former educator who chairs the Social Services Committee in the Oklahoma House, Kern said the hateful and threatening e-mail and phone calls have given her an education about the vitriolic nature of those who support the homosexual agenda.
"People have called me the most horrible names, saying that they hoped I would die, and worse," she said. "They've used words I've never heard before."
There have also been death threats, which Kern said have been turned over to the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation.
"They haven't just attacked me - they've attacked my family, they attacked the Bible, they've attacked Christianity as being the reason for all the evils in the world," said Kern, who is the wife of a Baptist preacher. "They said the Bible was an archaic book that was no longer relevant."
In the audio clip on YouTube, which was posted March 7 by the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, Kern can be heard comparing homosexual activism's effect on the United States to cancer's effect on the human body, saying: "I honestly think it's the biggest threat that our nation has, even more so than terrorism or Islam, which I think is a big threat."
The Oklahoma City Republican said her talk, which was delivered at a Republican luncheon, was secretly taped by someone and edited to make her sound - in her words - "wild-eyed."
"They made it sound like I was spewing hate and talking in one long rant against homosexuals," Kern told Cybercast News Service. "I would never do that. I have never done that."
Kern said she was not talking about homosexuals as individuals, as the clip makes it appear.
"I was dealing with their radical agenda," she said. "I was talking about the political homosexual agenda that is funding homosexual and pro-homosexual candidates to run against conservatives."
Kern said she was especially trying to publicize the fact that, in 2006, homosexual activists such as billionaire Tim Gill targeted 70 conservatives running for office and defeated 50 of them.
Homosexual activists are making hay over the clip.
The Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund (GLVF), a Washington, D.C.-based political action committee, is using the clip as the centerpiece of a fundraising campaign.
In a letter that accompanies the group's solicitation, GLVF Chairman Chuck Wolfe links Kern's comments to the murder of Matthew Shepard, the openly homosexual University of Wyoming student killed in 1998.
"Comparing gays and lesbians to cancer and terrorism and saying they are the 'biggest threat to America' gives license to others to treat us that way, especially given the leadership position you hold in your community," Wolfe wrote.
Wolfe's group, which backs homosexual and pro-homosexual candidates, has targeted Kern for defeat. Calls to the GLVF were not returned by press time.
Homosexual hate campaign?
The backlash against Kern has become widespread. In the media, Kern's name is being used as an epithet. Bloggers are calling her "bigot" and "hate-monger."
For instance, under the headline, "Sally Kern is Satan's Spawn," writer Emily Michels wrote of Kern in the Michigan Daily newspaper's blog, The Podium, on March 12: "For lack of better words, the woman is a close-minded, discriminatory, hateful b*tch."
"The people of Oklahoma should be planning a militaristic coups (sic)," the University of Michigan journalist wrote. "Instead of realizing that she is a complete idiot who thrives off of destroying any moral fabric left in society, this woman (I am actually so upset I can barely grasp the fact that she is human) defended herself, refusing to apologize."
Michels added: "Our nation would be stronger and more accepting if people like Sally Kern were out of office and forced to live underground. May all of Sally Kern's babies be gay."
Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, an open lesbian, has used her television program to take Kern to task and tried to phone Kern during the broadcast. Comedienne Margaret Cho has called the lawmaker's comments "appalling."
Even Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry denounced Kern, saying that Oklahomans should be "tolerant."
Conservative groups, meanwhile, say the backlash against Kern's so-called hatred is itself a "hate-filled intimidation campaign" that has been ginned up to try to silence any opposition to the "gay agenda."
Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality accused some of Kern's attackers of being like terrorists.
"They are trying to demonize her - and it is all about destroying her and making her an example to intimidate other politicians," LaBarbera told Cybercast News Service.
LaBarbera defends Kern's assertion that homosexual activism has even tried to reach into kindergarten and nurseries.
Attorney Richard Thompson of the Thomas More Law Center, meanwhile, has volunteered to represent Kern in the legal arena, if need be, against what he calls homosexual "smear" tactics.
"Their actions are right out of a play-book developed by radical homosexual activists in the 1980s to manipulate and intimidate the majority of Americans into accepting the normalcy of the homosexual lifestyle," Thompson said.
Kern, meanwhile, said she stands by her comments that the homosexual agenda is "dangerous" to society in the same way cancer is dangerous to the human body.
"By dangerous, I mean (it's) an unhealthy lifestyle," she said. "It's dangerous to those people who are in it. Statistics prove that they do have shorter life-spans and have more health problems."
But the homosexual agenda itself is dangerous, she said, because activists are targeting their messages to America's children.
"The homosexual agenda is dangerous because they want to destroy the basic moral fiber of this nation, which is traditional marriage and the traditional family," she said.
LaBarbera couldn't agree more.
"Gay activists are trying to reach younger and younger children with their message," LaBarbera said. "It's to the point where they are propagandizing toddlers in the gay agenda. We've known this for years.
"Remember 'Daddy's Roommate?' The book that said that homosexuality is just one more type of love? How can that be an appropriate message for toddlers, who don't even know what sex is yet?"
Kern said gay activists and sympathizers are writing and calling people in her district who have contributed to her in the past and have targeted businesses in her district that have supported her.
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