We’re listening – Is Sally Kern’s son gay?

On March 7, the US Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund  put up  a bizarre screed on YouTube from an Oklahoma State Representative called, “I’m listening.”

The three minute audio/video has been viewed over 8 hundred thousand times. It’s jaw-dropping, and it is difficult to understand how voters can be so desensitized to this kind of speech and behavior from an elected official.

Kern is the state representative for Oklahoma City District 84 and is the wife of Dr. Steve Kern of The SBC Olivet Baptist Church.
The church website header reads, “The end of your search for a friendly church.”

What is even more bizarre is that Kern says she received a standing ovation from 500 state Republicans on Monday for what occurred when the video went viral. 
Kern has received thousands of phone calls and emails from across the US since the video went online,  law officials are investigating possible death threats.

 Hate does not need to be met with hate. An 18 year old tried to deliver this letter to Kern’s office. He was stopped by state troopers and was not permitted to deliver it. 
His uncle put in online. 
The high school student lost his mother in the 1995  terrorist bombing in the district Kern represents:

You were a school teacher and you have seen those things too. How could you care so little about the suffering of some of your students?

Let me tell you the result of your words in my school. Every openly gay and suspected gay in the school were having to walk together Monday for protection. They looked scared. They’ve already experienced enough hate and now your words gave other students even more motivation to sneer at them and call them names. Afterall, you are a teacher and a lawmaker, many young people have taken your words to heart. That happens when you assume a role of responsibility in your community. I seriously think before this week ends that some kids here will be going home bruised and bloody because of what you said.

I wish you could’ve met my mom. Maybe she could’ve guided you in how a real Christian should be acting and speaking.

I have not had a mother for nearly 13 years now and wonder if there were fewer people like you around, people with more love and tolerance in their hearts instead of strife, if my mom would be here to watch me graduate from high school this spring. Now she won’t be there. So I’ll be packing my things and leaving Oklahoma to go to college elsewhere and one day be a writer and I have no intentions to ever return here. I have no doubt that people like you will incite crazy people to build more bombs and kill more people again. I don’t want to be here for that. I just can’t go through that again.

I’ve put Tucker’s full letter up under more. It’s been put up on Geocities (which keeps crashing) and is buried at the New9 Oklahoma site. Sally Kern apparently has been making statements like this for years, this is the first time she has received national exposure.  While groups acknowledge she has the right to free speech and the right to her opinions, her imprudence as an elected official is cause for deep concern in the state.  According to Kern:

- gays are more of a threat to America than terrorists
-  people with a homosexual agenda are going after our young children, as young as two years of age
- homosexual ‘activists’ are infiltrating” city councils across the country, and have completed a hostile takeover of Eureka Springs, Ark.
- 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 our nation has, even more so than terrorism or Islam.
- This stuff [homosexuality] is deadly and it is spreading. It will destroy our young people and it will destroy this nation.

When Kern was asked by state and national media if she believed these statements she acknowledged she did and claimed she could back them up with facts.

She can back them up actually because they come from known discredited hate groups and leaders who use Christianity and the bible to divide and conquer. She is quoting debunked and disgraced individuals and groups such as Paul Cameron, Watchman on the Walls and the American Family Association.

The remarks Representative Kerns won’t apologize for do not happen in a vacuum, her beliefs may be rooted and born fruit in personal problems. 
According to Oklahomans who say they know the family Mrs. Kern has disowned her gay son.

Update and correction: Jesse Kern, the 31 year old son of Sally Kern has responded to media reports and says he is “straight, chooses celibacy and he is not a homosexual.” He told meda, “no one’s sexuality is anyone’s business. It is not even my mother’s business.”   He didn’t address family estrangement.

Sally Kern – wiki

Rep Kern:

On April 19, 1995, in Oklahoma City a terrorist detonated a bomb that killed my mother and 167 others. 19 children died that day. Had I not had the chicken pox that day, the body count would’ve likely have included one more. Over 800 other Oklahomans were injured that day and many of those still suffer through their permanent wounds.

That terrorist was neither a homosexual or was he involved in Islam. He was an extremist Christian forcing his views through a body count. He held his beliefs and made those who didn’t live up to them pay with their lives.

As you were not a resident of Oklahoma on that day, it could be explained why you so carelessly chose words saying that the homosexual agenda is worst than terrorism. I can most certainly tell you through my own experience that is not true. I am sure there are many people in your voting district that laid a loved one to death after the terrorist attack on Oklahoma City. I kind of doubt you’ll find one of them that will agree with you.

I was five years old when my mother died. I remember what a beautiful, wise, and remarkable woman she was. I miss her. Your harsh words and misguided beliefs brought me to tears, because you told me that my mother’s killer was a better person than a group of people that are seeking safety and tolerance for themselves.

As someone left motherless and victimized by terrorists, I say to you very clearly you are absolutely wrong.

You represent a district in Oklahoma City and you very coldly express a lack of love, sympathy or understanding for what they’ve been through. Can I ask if you might have chosen wiser words were you a real Oklahoman that was here to share the suffering with Oklahoma City? Might your heart be a bit less cold had you been around to see the small bodies of children being pulled out of rubble and carried away by weeping firemen?

I’ve spent 12 years in Oklahoma public schools and never once have I had anyone try to force a gay agenda on me. I have seen, however, many gay students beat up and there’s never a day in school that has went by when I haven’t heard the word **** slung at someone. I’ve been called gay slurs many times and they hurt and I am not even gay so I can just imagine how a real gay person feels. You were a school teacher and you have seen those things too. How could you care so little about the suffering of some of your students?

Let me tell you the result of your words in my school. Every openly gay and suspected gay in the school were having to walk together Monday for protection. They looked scared. They’ve already experienced enough hate and now your words gave other students even more motivation to sneer at them and call them names. Afterall, you are a teacher and a lawmaker, many young people have taken your words to heart. That happens when you assume a role of responsibility in your community. I seriously think before this week ends that some kids here will be going home bruised and bloody because of what you said.

I wish you could’ve met my mom. Maybe she could’ve guided you in how a real Christian should be acting and speaking.

I have not had a mother for nearly 13 years now and wonder if there were fewer people like you around, people with more love and tolerance in their hearts instead of strife, if my mom would be here to watch me graduate from high school this spring. Now she won’t be there. So I’ll be packing my things and leaving Oklahoma to go to college elsewhere and one day be a writer and I have no intentions to ever return here. I have no doubt that people like you will incite crazy people to build more bombs and kill more people again. I don’t want to be here for that. I just can’t go through that again.

You may just see me as a kid, but let me try to teach you something. The old saying is sticks and stones will break your bones, but words will never hurt you. Well, your words hurt me. Your words disrespected the memory of my mom. Your words can cause others to pick up sticks and stones and hurt others.

Sincerely

Tucker

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5 Responses to We’re listening – Is Sally Kern’s son gay?

  1. Bill Kinnon says:

    She must enjoy singing that great old tune, “And they’ll know we are Christians by our hate”. Good grief.

  2. David B says:

    The fact that she’s a wingnut is not nearly as frightening as the fact that she was elected and therefore presumably represents the views of a majority of voters in the state!

  3. Bene Diction says:

    I don’t like the term wingnut David, I think she is a psychologically conflicted woman who uses religiousity (religious ideation, grandiousity, persecution complex) to hide.

    She has no boundaries, people need to speak up.

    She doesn’t appear to understand incitement, in a position of leadership defending a bizarre stream of consciousness rant and then attempting to pass it off as a freedom of speech issue shows a disturbing lack of touch with reality.

    If indeed she has disowned her son, (as did Alan Keyes, Phyllis Schlafly) I have room for pity. Pity doesn’t mean voters have to re-elect her.

  4. Jessica says:

    I am a psychologist and work with people who have serious mental illnesses everyday. The way in which she speaks about conspiracy and infiltration worries me greatly. I often hear paranoid ideas like this from patients who are schizophrenic or have other types of psychoses. Her mental should be evaluated as well as her ability to continue her job.

  5. CBEntr says:

    I found this on a Michigan forum…WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan. It was posted by Elizabeth from Oklahoma City. An Elizabeth from Oklahoma City also posted the original Tucker letter. I was on that board when the original letter was posted. I copied it and emailed it everywhere that night. Here is an update:

    http://www.topix.com/forum/source/wood/TSG5B8P35IEIR7IMS/p122

    From Elizabeth, Oklahoma City, OK

    Wednesday Mar 12
    I want to thank the kind words that you have given my nephew Tucker about his letter. I want to thank the person who published it on its own website at http://www.geocities.com/lettertosallykern/

    The letter is gaining national attention. Tucker was contacted by producers from the Ellen show wanting him to come on the show and read his letter in front of a national audience, since Kern has barred the delivery of the letter to her office. So please be watching for that.

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