OK Rep. Sally Kern blames recession on moral crisis in new “citizen’s proclamation”


A new level of batshit crazy has come out of Oklahoma, and not surprisingly authored by homobigoted Rep. Sally Kern (R).
The state representative has taken it upon herself to create an “Oklahoma Citizen’s Proclamation for Morality,” which essentially blames the nation’s sinners (you know, like the gays and divorcees) on the economic recession. Here’s a snippet of the document, which can be read in its entirety here:

WHEREAS, we believe our economic woes are consequences of our greater national moral crisis; and
WHEREAS, this nation has become a world leader in promoting abortion, pornography, same sex marriage, sex trafficking, divorce, illegitimate births, child abuse, and many other forms of debauchery; and
WHEREAS, alarmed that the Government of the United States of America is forsaking the rich Christian heritage upon which this nation was built; and
WHEREAS, grieved that the Office of the president of these United States has refused to uphold the long held tradition of past presidents in giving recognition to our National Day of Prayer; and
WHEREAS, deeply disturbed that the Office of the president of these United States disregards the biblical admonitions to live clean and pure lives by proclaiming an entire month to an immoral behavior;

This makes me shudder to think that this woman has any clout in this state (or on earth, for that matter). Check out some video news coverage after the jump.

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40 Comments

  1. americanaexotica
    Posted June 30, 2009 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    I don’t understand what she means by the President “proclaiming an entire month to an immoral behavior.” Can someone explain what this is referencing?

  2. darlene sunshine
    Posted June 30, 2009 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    I live in Oklahoma (to my unending embarrassment). This didn’t even make the local news I saw last night mainly, I think, because it’s pretty normal here. Stuff like this happens here in the heartland all the time.

  3. RaeRae25
    Posted June 30, 2009 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    @americana: i think she is referring to recognizing PRIDE month.

  4. preppy
    Posted June 30, 2009 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    oh yea. i almost forgot that the USA is built on a RICH Christian Heritage… wait… it is?

  5. llevinso
    Posted June 30, 2009 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    I was trying to recall why the name Sally Kern rang a bell. But now I remember. She’s the crazy homophobe from Oklahoma. Oh how proud my mother must be to have been born there. *headdesk*

  6. liz
    Posted June 30, 2009 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    She’s referring to June being LGBT Pride Month:
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Presidential-Proclamation-LGBT-Pride-Month/
    Whitehouse.org had a good parody about this stupid way of thinking:
    http://whitehouse.georgewbush.org/dof/marriage.asp

  7. Jack
    Posted June 30, 2009 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    One assumes it’s a reference to Gay Pride Month. I know that a) it’s almost over and b) it was Clinton, but probably she doesn’t know. And let’s be honest, can we really be surprised at all that this woman doesn’t know something?

  8. Morgan
    Posted June 30, 2009 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    What does morality have to do with the economy? Did “the gays” tank the economy with risky loans and such? I just don’t understand the connection between the two. Make sure you listen to the speech she gave a while ago, about how homosexuality is a cancer of our society and more dangerous than terrorism and Islam. It will make your blood BOIL.
    I sincerely hope Jon Stewart covers this. I would love to hear what he has to say about this bullshit.

  9. BadgerWithSpoon
    Posted June 30, 2009 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    “this nation has become a world leader in promoting abortion, pornography, same sex marriage, sex trafficking, divorce, illegitimate births, child abuse, and many other forms of debauchery;”
    Oh sure, the USA does something and suddenly you’re the world leader. Well I’m from the Netherlands and I take offence! First legalize at soft drugs and prostitution, and then we’ll talk about you being the world leader in debauchery.

  10. BadgerWithSpoon
    Posted June 30, 2009 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    Her comments also make me wonder if there perhaps should be have been something in the bible against inbreeding… Although I guess that would cause some slight problems with their Adam and Eve theory.

  11. rustyspoons
    Posted June 30, 2009 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    What does any of that have to do with the bad economy? Or is she like a female Fred Phelps and think it’s somehow God’s “punishment” for our having a Pride month? Idiotic.

  12. rustyspoons
    Posted June 30, 2009 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    What does any of that have to do with the bad economy? Or is she like a female Fred Phelps and think it’s somehow God’s “punishment” for our having a Pride month? Idiotic.

  13. Posted June 30, 2009 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    I’d just like to point out that for all this bigoted nonsense no one even took the time to consider subject-verb agreement in her proclamation. Unless she’s referring only to herself by saying “we,” the title should be Oklahoma Citizens’ ..etc. Sorry if that seems irrelevant, but I feel even more vindicated in my anger when people saying ridiculously asinine things can’t even take the time to make sure they don’t mess up their grammar while doing it.

  14. Ori
    Posted June 30, 2009 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know what’s worse. The proclamation’s homophobic content, or the fact that Kern lumps same-sex marriage and divorce in together with sex trafficking and child abuse. This is twisted, and Kern really needs to get her moral priorities straight.

  15. Sigmund
    Posted June 30, 2009 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    Ugh. Unfortunately, I hear this argument quite often, apparently because some people believe if they say it enough times it becomes true.

  16. Sigmund
    Posted June 30, 2009 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    Holy crap, the look in that lady’s eyes scares me.
    On a side note, I believe that crimes like sex trafficking occur around the world, so why is she targeting the U.S. on this? Nobody’s denying that it’s appalling, but she makes it sound like America started the entire thing and keeps it afloat out of sheer evil.
    Not to mention the fact that paralleling same sex relationships with sex trafficking and child abuse is just disgusting.

  17. bifemmefatale
    Posted June 30, 2009 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    Actually, it was Clinton *and* Obama. It’s not permanent, like a national holiday. It’s one of those things the Pres. has the option of doing every year.

  18. bifemmefatale
    Posted June 30, 2009 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    If she’s worried about immorality, she ought to look to her fellow Republicans’ problems with adultery first.

  19. bifemmefatale
    Posted June 30, 2009 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    Also re: “rich Christian heritage upon which this nation was built”:
    Thomas Jefferson:
    “I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature.”
    “Religions are all alike – founded upon fables and mythologies.”
    “Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burned, tortured, fined, and imprisoned, yet we have not advanced one inch toward uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half of the world fools and the other half hypocrites.”
    Ben Franklin:
    “He (the Rev. Mr. Whitefield) used, indeed, sometimes to pray for my conversion, but never had the satisfaction of believing that his prayers were heard.”
    James Madison:
    “During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What has been its fruits? More or less, in all places, pride and indolence in the clergy; ignorance and servility in the laity; in both, superstition, bigotry, and persecution.”
    “In no instance have . . . the churches been guardians of the liberties of the people.”
    “Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise.”
    1797 Treaty of Tripoli, article 11, ratified *unanimously* by the Senate and signed by Pres. John Adams:
    “As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion;…”

  20. penny rose
    Posted June 30, 2009 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    Just look at her eyes… nuff said.

  21. ikkin
    Posted June 30, 2009 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    WHEREAS, deeply disturbed that the Office of the president of these United States disregards the biblical admonitions to live clean and pure lives by proclaiming an entire month to an immoral behavior
    That’s because he has better things to do? Seriously. Do they think the President just sits around watching daytime TV between global crisis?

  22. Ori
    Posted June 30, 2009 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    THANK YOU SO MUCH for pointing that out! I’m so sick of hearing fundamentalist Christians claim that the U.S. is a “Christian nation”, when many of the founding fathers were non-Christians. I’m wondering if they would change their tune if they did their homework on the founding fathers’ beliefs, as you have.

  23. Kat
    Posted June 30, 2009 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    ‘First legalize at soft drugs and prostitution, and then we’ll talk about you being the world leader in debauchery.’
    This just made my day! Thanks so much for the smile!

  24. Disarm33
    Posted June 30, 2009 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    It terrifies me that people like this are elected into positions where they can affect decisions the government makes. Her remarks are disgusting.

  25. BackOfBusEleven
    Posted June 30, 2009 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    So what are we going to find out about her in a year or so? She’s a lesbian? She’s had 15 abortions? She’s a secret Muslim? It’s bound to happen. She is a Republican after all.

  26. Blackrose
    Posted June 30, 2009 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    Not only do fundies use it, but I got into an argument on Generation life, the Philadelphia based pro life group about it. I then sited that and let’s just say that comment where I blew him out of the water was never posted on their blog….

  27. sundaymorning
    Posted June 30, 2009 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    Sally Kern is a terrible person. You can reach her at the following numbers to tell her how you feel:
    Office: 405.557.7348
    Home: 405.942.3504

  28. Blackrose
    Posted June 30, 2009 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    Not only do fundies use it, but I got into an argument on Generation life, the Philadelphia based pro life group about it. I then sited that and let’s just say that comment where I blew him out of the water was never posted on their blog….

  29. Lisa
    Posted June 30, 2009 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    Can you imagine what lovely people live in District 84 to elect (and re-elect twice) someone like this to their state legislature? Remember, she’s reflecting the values of the majority of that community. These people would rather have someone blame political and economic realities on a vengeful God than try to help through real, legally-binding policies.

  30. BackOfBusEleven
    Posted June 30, 2009 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    Keep in mind, the vast majority of incumbents get reelected. People are afraid of change.

  31. Brandi
    Posted June 30, 2009 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    I wouldn’t make that leap that all of the folks in District 84 agree with her. Heck, I’d hate to know people thought that of me simply because Kentuckians have re-elected Mitch McConnell numerous times.
    As BOBE said, almost all incumbents get re-elected, so once you’ve gotten in once then it’s pretty much smooth sailing. Plus, politicians are adept at hiding their true feelings about controversial topics until they’re in office.

  32. Lisa
    Posted June 30, 2009 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

    I wasn’t clear, but my comment was only in reference to the people who voted for her. Yes, the incumbency rate is extremely high, but people still have to vote to get a representative re-elected. In March 2008, Sally Kern stated that gay people are the number one threat to the U.S. (“even more so than terrorism or Islam”), they are the death knell of our society, and that they were going after small children. Eight months after these remarks, they had no problem re-electing her.

  33. Interior_League
    Posted July 1, 2009 at 12:39 am | Permalink

    WHEREAS my undies
    are wedge so deep in my butt
    I sneeze dryer lint

  34. libdevil
    Posted July 1, 2009 at 3:36 am | Permalink

    Yes, clearly the month dedicated to the immoral behavior of loving someone and being honest about who you are is the cause of our problems. It surely can’t have anything to do with the decades dedicated to greed, or the 8 year orgy of theft and skeezy backroom dealings, or the years long national celebration of usury, or going on six years of celebrating the slaughter of people who just wanted to mind their own fucking business without bombs falling on their heads.

  35. freezer burned
    Posted July 1, 2009 at 4:03 am | Permalink

    I would like to think that predatory lending is an immoral practice and therefore immoral behavior led to the economic crisis at least to some degree. There are probably more immoral practices that led to it that I just can’t think of at three in the morning. Homosexuality clearly wasn’t one of them, though.

  36. FLT
    Posted July 1, 2009 at 6:54 am | Permalink

    Does she realize she’s implying Madoff is gay?
    Or is critical thought to much to ask?

  37. Haleigh_IowaCity
    Posted July 1, 2009 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

    Wow, this woman just managed to leapfrog both Michelle Bachman of Minnesota, and Steve King of (western) Iowa as craziest Republican nutjob loon in the House. That’s quite a feat.

  38. Haleigh_IowaCity
    Posted July 1, 2009 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

    Sorry, I guess I didn’t catch that she’s just an Oklahoma state Rep, not US Rep–I can breathe slightly easier knowing she isn’t a player on the national stage (although with all this good publicity she’s getting, I’m sure she’ll be making a run for the House soon).

  39. Vexing
    Posted July 1, 2009 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    Wasn’t America’s ‘rich CHRISTIAN heritage’ built on the corpses of native American Indians?

  40. Anathema
    Posted July 7, 2009 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    Thank you! Yes it certainly was. Kern may also wish to note that Christianity (as far as many different sects such as Protestant and Lutheran Christians) did not exist at the start of the nation. And Catholicism/Christianity started out as a very small sect, not the basis of America. Native Americans were here first, and with their rich culture this nation was founded actually on a religion of polytheism. Monotheism did not even come into play for a long while. She really needs to update her logic..I did however thoroughly enjoy her use of the word “debauchery”, such entertainment..

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