Sally Kern, the Republican state representative from Oklahoma who’s known for stating that homosexuals are more of a threat to the US than terrorists, has shown us her “Christain love” yet again. She’s filed three anti-gay bills in her state legislature:
House Bill 1597: Allows businesses to refuse service to individuals based on sexual orientation. Fuck civil rights.
House Bill 1598: Allows parents to send their kids to “conversion therapy” without interference from the state. Despite the fact that psychologists have shown that therapy cannot change a person’s sexual orientation, and that this type of treatment is harmful (and inhumane), Kern wants to make it easily accessible to parents whose ignorance and intolerance match her own.
House Bill 1599: Keeps same-sex marriage legal (it was held up by the courts last year), but makes it nearly impossible to perform. This bill focuses on government employees, saying no local or state employee would be allowed to “officially recognize, grant or enforce a same-sex marriage license and continue to receive a salary, pension or other employee benefit.” So it’s meant to instill fear in government employees. It’s an underhanded way to make your own laws that we’ve come to expect from today’s politicians. It’s basically the equivalent of keeping murder illegal but making it illegal to arrest anyone for it.
Rep. Kern is just the latest example of those in the Religious Right using their faith to mask their own bigotry. She’s using her taxpayer-funded salary to further her personal mission to outlaw homosexuality as much as legally possible, using Christianity as her excuse. But why focus on homosexuality instead of the countless other things that are condemned in the Bible? Why this and not adultery? Or dishonoring your parents? Or worshipping false idols? I mean, those biblical rules are spelled out so much more clearly in her good book than the vague sexual orientation references. Is it because this “sin” is closer to her than we know? Is she trying to overcompensate for her own guilt? Could she be a lesbian in disguise? It seems to me that those who go so far out of their way to condemn certain behaviors are, in many cases, hiding their own struggle with them. Take, for example, Ted Haggard and his history with gay prostitutes, or Kevin Gray, who also hired male escorts but stole over a million dollars from his church to do so, or Trey Radel, who voted in favor of drug testing welfare recipients and was later arrested for cocaine possession.
For the most part, I don’t have a problem with people believing in whatever sordid fairy tale makes them happy. It becomes a problem, however, when people use those beliefs to harm others or infringe on the rights of other individuals who may not share their views. As we all have the right to our own beliefs, or lack thereof, we must respect the rights of others. Infringing on another’s “pursuit of happiness” in order to further your religious or political agenda is simply un-American. Congratulations, Sally Kern, you’re violating the very intent of our Founding Fathers, as outlined in the Declaration of Independence.