Threatened Oklahoma Politician Refuses to Apologize for Saying Homosexuality is Dangerous and Sinful
“I see no reason to apologize for what God says, that homosexuality is a sin, I will not apologize. I did not say anything false. I did not say anything malicious or hateful.”
By John-Henry Westen
OKLAHOMA CITY, March 20, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Oklahoma House Representative Sally Kern is standing firm in her convictions on the immorality and danger of the homosexual lifestyle, despite some 30,000 emails condemning her, many of which included hateful rhetoric and some death threats. The most hard-hitting portions of a speech she gave to a Republican club on the subject of homosexual activism in America were posted online by a homosexual activist group.
Some 300 activists rallied against Kern at the State Capital Tuesday. In comments to AP, however, she stood firm against the criticisms, stating that she was not engaging in hate speech. “I see no reason to apologize for what God says, that homosexuality is a sin,” she told AP. “I will not apologize. I did not say anything false. I did not say anything malicious or hateful.”
During her original speech Kern predicted she might face trouble for her forthright remarks, but she stressed that she was speaking out of concern for those engaged in a destructive lifestyle. “”The very fact that I’m talking to you like this here today puts me in jeopardy,” she said in her speech. “So, so be it. I’m not anti, I’m not gay bashing, but according to God’s Word, that is not the right kind of lifestyle. It has deadly consequences for those people involved in it. They have more suicides … there’s more illness. Their life spans are shorter.”
Kern asserts that the First Amendment protects her in voicing her concerns about homosexuality and homosexual activism. “I’m not going to apologize for exercising my First Amendment right,” she told The Oklahoman.
She was equally supportive of the rights of homosexual activists to protest her remarks at the state capital. “That’s great they came to the Capitol. This is a free country. They’re exercising their First Amendment right,” Kern told AP.
Activists zeroed in on remarks in her speech when she explained the dangers of homosexual activism to society. “It’s not a lifestyle that is good for this nation. As a matter of fact, studies show that no society that has totally embraced homosexuality has lasted more than, you know, a few decades. So it’s the death knell for this country. 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,” she said.
A teacher by background, she noted that children from the earliest ages in school are indoctrinated to accept homosexuality as a normal alternative lifestyle.
Kern affirms she has nothing against apologizing for wrongdoings but refuses to apologize for speaking the truth. “When I am wrong, and it is brought to my attention, I will apologize,” she said.
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