Is she digging her own grave?
Queerty uses this image of Medusa from “Clash of the Titans” in their articles about Oklahoma State Representative Sally Kern and I can’t help think that it’s all too appropriate. She’s recently penned an op-ed to the regional newspaper The Tribune which they’ve posted online. I’ll put the full text below since it looks like it could vanish with the next issue. A relevant excerpt:
Anyone who thinks there is no homosexual agenda need only look here in Oklahoma to the newly formed Equal Rights Project created to help elect candidates by bridging the gay/straight community. The Equal Rights Project states “We felt we were uniquely qualified to help those running in the South and the Bible Belt. Running in these communities is much different than in California and New York. Our idea was to train, educate and support all candidates who support equal rights for all.”
Homosexuals are already citizens who have equal rights. They want “special rights” for the acceptance of their deviant lifestyle. I’m thankful that Oklahoma is different than California and New York. I pray it stays that way.
Like the title of this post, I have to wonder if she is just making it worse for herself. It disturbs me to think that there are educated people out there that feel the way she does even if not quite as extreme. I don’t know of any other well-known homophobes likening homosexuals to terrorists. (The threatening letters, initially reported as death threats after her first speech really didn’t help that, however) Still, clearly there are people on the fence just enough that her words don’t make them feel uncomfortable even if they aren’t coming out in force to support her.
I’m not really sure how I feel about people like Kern, though I know she is hardly rare. I mean while I am opposed to the message of groups like the Westboro Baptist Church, I think they provide an amazing polarizing force for people to examine their own levels of homophobia. They’re a perfect example of hatred and ignorance gone too far.
It’s worth noting, however, that I’ve been unable to find any official statements from any Oklahoma official regarding her comments. I’m not saying that’s tacit acceptance, but they may just be willing to let her stand alone on this one, sink or swim.