12 Mar 2008
Oliver P Camford
You also get people like Sally Kern (what a dirty campaign this is turning out to be):
Oklahoma state politician Sally Kern is under fire after an audio recording was leaked of her comparing gays to terrorists and telling fellow Republicans the "homosexual agenda is destroying this nation."
The recording and accompanying YouTube video have sparked outrage from many, but Kern defends her words, telling the press: "What I'm saying, I believe in."
The YouTube video posted this weekend by the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund featured Kern speaking out against gays to a group of Republicans who had invited her to express her views about homosexuality.
Leaked audio of the speech is accompanied by images of people holding signs such as "Words matter," "I am listening" and "You don't represent me."
In the speech, given privately to a group of about 50 Republicans, Kern says of homosexuality:
"According to God's word, that is not the right kind of lifestyle. It has deadly consequences for those people involved in it."
Although she claims she is "not gay-bashing," Kern continues by saying gays "have more suicides ... there's more illness, their life spans are shorter ... studies show that no society that has totally embraced homosexuality has lasted more than, you know, a few decades."
Kern also accuses homosexuals of pushing a "gay agenda" and trying to "indoctrinate" children as young as two years old through tolerance education and gay-straight alliances.
"This stuff, it's deadly," Kern says, "and it's spreading, and it will destroy our young people. It will destroy this nation."
The infiltration of gays into city councils also seems to be of major concern to Kern, who speaks out on this perceived problem at length.
Kern said that city councils from Pittsburgh to West Palm Beach, FL are under the "control" of gays.
The Oklahoma representative's hate speech extends several times into another sensitive arena as well, religion.
A staunch Christian, Kern says in the speech that "Not everybody's lifestyle is equal, just like not all religions are equal" and believes gays are an even bigger threat than "terrorism or Islam, which I think is a big threat."
In an exclusive interview with News9.com about the statements made in the leaked speech, Kern refused to apologise for her words or her views on homosexuality.
"What I'm saying, I believe in," she said.
"There are indisputable facts that show its a deadly lifestyle. What is wrong with me, as an American, exercising my free speech rights?"
In an email to PamsHouseBlend.com, Kern seemed somewhat more concilitary. "I am totally against hate speech," she wrote.
"The account given on YouTube took my words out of context and omitted other parts stringing certain words together to make it appear I was engaging in hate speech.
"I was not and would never do such a thing."
In the next paragraph, however, Kern returns to the message she served up in the leaked audio recording that has stirred so much controversy.
"The homosexual agenda is real, the movement is aggressive, and it is a very real threat to the sacred institution of marriage and the traditional family unit."
While claiming gays "have every right to choose that lifestyle," Kern says "I do not have to agree with it and speaking against it is not hate speech."
Kern said no one should be suprised by her views on homosexuality, saying in the interview with News9.com that she's made similar statements in the past.
However, Kern did feel whomever was responsible for the speech being recorded and posted should have spoken up.
"Shame on the person who didn't have the courage to come and say, 'I'm going to tape you and put it out on YouTube.'"
This excerpt from http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-7096.html
and the accompanying video is at http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=tFxk7glmMbo&eurl=http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-7096.html
A dirty little campaign on both sides!