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03/31/2008

Silly Sally sullies PFLAG's account

by Jeremy Hooper

200803311011Last week, as you might recall, the Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) organization met last week with Oklahoma's new face of queer basis, Rep. Sally Kern. And while PFLAG's account of the session left us with the impression that Sally had at least made some positive concessions in terms of the hiring and firing of workers based on sexual orientation, Rep. Kern has taken the opportunity to clarify that in actuality, she's still just as queer-hostile as we always thought she was. In a new press release, she says, in part:

While I did meet with PFLAG in what was a cordial and polite meeting, they have taken my statements and have spun them to make it appear that I am backing off my comments that homosexuality is a sin. As a Christian who believes in the authority of God’s Word, I will never retract my comments that homosexuality is a sin.

PFLAG has also spun my words to say that I am in favor of “sexual orientation” laws. I unequivocally do not support “sexual orientation” laws. While I do not advocate employers going on a witch hunt to fire homosexual employees who are performing their jobs in a manner just like any heterosexual employee, I do not support laws that would force employers to check their First Amendment rights to freedom of religion, speech, and association at the workplace door.

Since PFLAG has shown their lack of integrity by misinterpreting my statements from our meeting to fit their agenda — thus revealing their purpose of open dialog to be just a means of seeking to weaken my position and strengthen theirs — I see no benefit in having future meetings with them.

Oh, Sally. All PFLAG really indicated is that even though you compared us to terrorists, you still support our right to stay employed within our society-wrecking careers. What they did for you is provide the first signs of a semi-compassionate heart than any of us have seen in the weeks, months, and years that we've been following your anti-gay exploits. And now your poo-pooing them for it? Good lord, Madame Representative -- what about the Anita Bryant career trajectory appeals to you so much?!

But whatever, Rep. Kern: If you wanna side with the movement that is rapidly heading towards its inevitable place in the Annals of Unfortunate Civil Rights History, then you have every right to do so. Your nutty gays/terrorism-linking comments will certainly provide a great teachable moment for many a future generation.

Sally Kern Rejects PFLAG Account of Meeting [AFT]

***PFLAG's Steve Ralls has responded to Kern over on the organization's blog.

**UPDATE, 4/8: Now you can decide for yourself how the meeting played out. PFLAG has uploaded the audio from the session:



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Your thoughts

Will somebody start slipping some thorazine into her kool-aid already?

Posted by: Scott | Mar 31, 2008 12:56:03 PM

You think this is a big deal?

I guess you haven't seen the letter Rep. Kern wrote to the Bethany Tribune. It's at

http://www.bethanytribune.net/opinion.htm

and at

http://www.boxturtlebulletin.com/btb/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/sally-kern-letter-to-the-editor.pdf

Posted by: David | Mar 31, 2008 1:16:56 PM

I love when common sense negates bullshit. "If homosexuality were influenced by genes, it would appear in every culture, but in 29 of 79 cultures surveyed in 1952, homosexuality was rare or absent."

1952 was hardly the era of equality for gays, and cultures jailing gays or putting them to death, no wonder homosexuality isn't "present" in every culture, especially in 1952.

Posted by: | Apr 1, 2008 12:48:14 PM

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