Media Coverage of Sally Kern's Speech
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My Response to Representative Kern's Speech

Representative Kern's speech is hate speech unbecoming of an elected representative of the people.

It is this sort of hate speech that leads to violence against American citizens. Violence like the murder last fall here in Oklahoma of Steven Domer by a Neo-Nazi group or the recent murder of the eighth grade boy in California.

Representative Kern's speech is filled with errors. She states wrongly that civilizations which accept sexual and gender diversity aer short-lived. I would challenge with the 1,000 years of the Roman Republic and Empire.

She represents gay people as depressed and unhealthy. I challenge that if gay people did not have to deal with bigotry and hate then their lives would be no less healthy than the lives of anyone else. In fact, given the many roadblocks that people just like Rep. Kern place in the way of gay people living healthy, productive lives, I think we are doing wonderfully well. If she's so concerned about our health and well-being, then she would support hate crimes legislation, fair housing and employment law, and marriage equality.

In her speech Rep. Kern denounced gay people for winning elections. She described winning elections as "taking over" the government. It is interesting to learn that Rep. Kern is opposed to democracy.

Rep. Kern also insults the Muslim religion and its adherents by calling Islam itself a threat to America, "a big threat." She argues for a "return" to Judeo-Christian values. Her statements violate the religious liberty and pluralism that are essential to the American way of life.

Finally, and most importantly, Rep. Kern makes the outrageous claim that we law abiding citizens of the United States are a greater threat to this country than terrorism. How dare she! We are not responsible for the deaths of thousands of American citizens. We are, in fact, more likely to be the victims of terror from people in agreement with her views.

We are entitled to all the rights and privileges of citizenship. We are also entitled to be treated with respect and dignity by elected officials. Rep. Kern has betrayed the public trust. We demand a full and public apology.

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Margaret in Southern Tier New York

Representative Kern, WHAT WOULD JESUS DO???? I don't think he would be saying that about our fellow citizens!!

jamesnimmo

The louder the homophobes holler, the holier than thou they claim to be, the harder they FALL!

I predict it won't be long before Kern will have a large metaphoric bruise on her butt.

Just remember Ted Haggard and Larry Craig--but not at the same time!

Jennifer

I've been dying to get home and share this: We have a student teacher at school who was a student of Mrs. Kern's back in her public schoolteacher days.

Her take on things?

"All you had to do to pass her class was believe in God. I was president of my school's Youth For Christ club and I never had to take a test in her class. She's the reason I have an A in US Government and know nothing."

Irony, anyone?

Graham Shevlin

The condemnation of Rep. Kern should focus on the stupidity of the statements she made, and the fact that she has failed to justify or provide a cogent argument for any of them. Calling the statements "hate speech" unfortunately provides her with the ability to hit back by hiding behind the 1st Amendment, which is what her initial response statement does. She essentially says "you may not like it but I have a right to say it and lots of people agree with me". Opponents need to focus on the fact that she does not have an argument of any substance to back up her words.

Scott

All my public statements have challenged her on the facts, as have many other statements by others. Our strategy is now shifting more directly to content of the speech.

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