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Sally Kern

Unless you've been living under a rock, I'm certain you have heard about the remarks of Sally Kern, suggesting that homosexuality was a bigger threat than terrorism.

Now, my 11-year old niece has a good reason for not remembering the attack on the Murrah Building in April 1995 -- it's because she wasn't even born yet. But a 60+ year old woman should remember that day, even if she wasn't a resident of the state she now represents.

When I heard the remarks, I was stunned that she seemed to have forgotten. Well, apparently, some of the victims of the Oklahoma City bombing have heard her and one person in particular, decided he wanted to tell Kern what a horrific mistake she's made.

Here's a letter I found on my f-list page, and I'm reproducing it here.

Letter From High School Senior To Sally Kern

Today my nephew attempted to deliver a letter to Sally Kern but was stopped by a highway patrol man. With his permission I am distributing the letter to all news stations and thought I would include it here.

Maybe we can all stand to learn a listen from this smart, loving, young man. He more than most has reason to hate. He lost his mother, my sister, in the Murrah Building bombing.

Elizabeth
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

You know, I have to say something. As much as I think Scientology is a joke, I just can't believe that the same people don't put this level of effort and organization into something that actually fucking matters.

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desert_trove
Mar. 13th, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC)
Wow, I didn't hear about this. Sally Kern is a wretched human being. I really hope she realizes how egregiously she misspoke.

Tucker's letter had me struggling to hide tears here at work. It really moved me, and I hope so much that it gets the attention that it deserves. After the highway patrolman stopped him, did he then mail the letter to Kern, do you know? Did your friend say whether the media has published it?

I'd love to hear about it if he ever receives a response, or if anything else comes of his letter. Indeed, he is a brave, smart, good-hearted young man, and my heart aches for his loss. People like him give me so much hope for the younger generations. Thanks for sharing this.
fydyan
Mar. 13th, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC)
I'm amazed that no one has yet made a big deal over Kern's comment that not all religions are equal. Although the Muslims in Oklahoma are (rightfully) outraged by her comments that Islam is a big threat.

For some comic relief, have you seen the clips from the Ellen DeGeneres show about this?

Ellen herself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBzTWcTwJJM
Wanda Sykes on Ellen's show: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3n9Z2m3IeI0 -- for the best one-liner ever about the whole situation.
rushomancy
Mar. 14th, 2008 01:05 am (UTC)
I am shocked to learn that a political representative from Oklahoma is a complete fucking moron. Seriously can we just kick all the white people out of the state and rename it CasinoLand?

Incidentally I agree that not all religions are equal, although if I was a politician I would never actually say so of course. When you have a religion founded buy a guy known as the "Prince of Peace" who commands you to love your enemies, and then you compare that to a religion that has war against the infidel unbelievers as one of its fundamental tenets, you know what, I can't really view those religions as being basically the same thing. Now, in PRACTICE there are just as many asshole Christians as there are asshole Muslims, which tells us that people are pretty much about the same wherever you go, but in terms of the religions themselves, it would be hopelessly naive of me to say that they're all pretty much equivalent.
elgoatherd
Mar. 14th, 2008 10:00 pm (UTC)
See, I thought you were referring to Deuteronomy 13, not the Koran.. never mind.
rushomancy
Mar. 15th, 2008 02:28 am (UTC)
Deuteronomy 13 is my favorite Francis Ford Coppola movie.
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